The Royal Mansour
by: Ravinder Bhogal
For a two day eat-a-thon to celebrate newly appointed 3 Michelin star chef Yannick Alleno (from Le Meurice in Paris).
A gaggle of famished food writers & professional eaters.
The indoor pool -- part of the heaven-like spa.
Vibrant floor tiles.
Dessert. Serenity now.
Welcome to The Royal Mansour.
Highs + Lows
Calling a day spa “heaven” has become an industry cliché, but if ever that label deserved to be applied, it’s to this airy white latticed hideaway that makes you feel like you are floating among the clouds.
The check-in starts at the airport where you are ushered off the plane, directly into a private lounge while a minion processes your passport details before ushering you into a limousine directly to the hotel. No airless immigration halls to deal with here.
It is rumoured that the King employed every single skilled stonemason in the country for two years to build the hotel. The craftsmanship from the tiles to the carved walls and cedar scented woodwork is jaw dropping. Every detail makes you want to stare - the chic staff uniforms gave me major outfit envy.
Each riad has a private terrace with a plunge pool.
There is an underground system of tunnels leading to the individual guest riads accessed by staff ensuring privacy, quiet and constantly plumped pillows.
The general manager Mr. Jean-Claude Messant is a charming silver fox who engages with many witty “off-the-record” tales – it’s the way he tells ‘em.
The larger riads have staff quarters for those who travel with an entourage. I took a peak and found them meanly plain.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
A royally luxe hotel owned by King Mohammed VI commissioned for an undisclosed but immense sum.
Tasteful opulence mixed with local heritage and artisan traditions.
53 two story riads.
The gentle swishing of the several tranquil water features, and the sweet symphony of pretty parakeets housed in the main atrium.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
International architecture firm OBMI and French interior designers 3BIS. Landscapes by Luis Vallejo.
Yes, two; an outdoor pool and an indoor pool housed in a paradise-like spa.
Yes three; La Grande Table Marocaine for plush locally inspired food, La Grande Table Francaise for French fine dining & La Table for casual breakfasts, lunches and awe inspiring patisserie and tea.
Yes (they do a terrific martini) and a cigar bar for bon vivants who like to be veiled in plumes of expensive smoke.
Yes and it’s free.
No small people while I was there. Perhaps the hotel’s dedicated Kids Club makes sure they are neither seen nor heard.
From 1650 euros a night for a one bedroom riad.
In the Area
Rue Yves Saint Laurent، Marrakesh 40090, Morocco
Privately owned by fashion designer and long-time Marrakech resident Yves Saint Laurent, the Majorelle Garden was created in the 1930s by two generations of French artists, Louis Majorelle and his son Jacques.
33 Rue Majorelle
33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
For beautiful ceramics, uber cool homeware and cotton kaftans.
Al Nour is a women’s cooperative
Rue el Ksour 57، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
All the elegantly embroidered table linens, clothes and silk scarves are made by disabled local women; proceeds fund computer training and life skills classes.
The Royal Mansour
The Royal Mansour
Hotel Location: Rue Abou Abbas el sebti، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco