Ravinder Bhogal

The Royal Mansour

Morocco

by: Ravinder Bhogal

  • Why

    For a two day eat-a-thon to celebrate newly appointed 3 Michelin star chef Yannick Alleno (from Le Meurice in Paris).

  • When

    May 2015

  • Who

    A gaggle of famished food writers & professional eaters.

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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.

: 47/50
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Important Bits

  • Type

    A royally luxe hotel owned by King Mohammed VI commissioned for an undisclosed but immense sum.

  • Vibe

    Tasteful opulence mixed with local heritage and artisan traditions.

  • Location

    Marrakech, Morocco

  • Rooms

    53 two story riads.

  • Music

    The gentle swishing of the several tranquil water features, and the sweet symphony of pretty parakeets housed in the main atrium.

  • Year Opened

    2010

  • Designed By

    International architecture firm OBMI and French interior designers 3BIS. Landscapes by Luis Vallejo.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, two; an outdoor pool and an indoor pool housed in a paradise-like spa.

  • Restaurant

    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.

  • Bar

    Yes (they do a terrific martini) and a cigar bar for bon vivants who like to be veiled in plumes of expensive smoke.

  • Minibar

    Yes

  • Wifi

    Yes and it’s free.

  • Children

    No small people while I was there. Perhaps the hotel’s dedicated Kids Club makes sure they are neither seen nor heard.

  • Price

    From 1650 euros a night for a one bedroom riad.

In the Area

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.

Jardin Majorelle

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.

For beautiful ceramics, uber cool homeware and cotton kaftans.

33 Rue Majorelle

33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

For beautiful ceramics, uber cool homeware and cotton kaftans.

All the elegantly embroidered table linens, clothes and silk scarves are made by disabled local women; proceeds fund computer training and life skills classes.

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.

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The Royal Mansour

The Royal Mansour

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