Ravinder Bhogal

The Royal Mansour

  • Where:
  • 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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The Royal Mansour Courtyard vibes.

Courtyard vibes.

The Royal Mansour The terrace.

The terrace.

The Royal Mansour The indoor pool -- part of the heaven-like spa.

The indoor pool -- part of the heaven-like spa.

The Royal Mansour Vibrant floor tiles.

Vibrant floor tiles.

The Royal Mansour Dessert. Serenity now.

Dessert. Serenity now.

The Royal Mansour Gold details.

Gold details.

The Royal Mansour Welcome to The Royal Mansour.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

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.

  • Health & Wellness

    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

  • 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.

Jardin Majorelle

Jardin Majorelle

Rue Yves Saint Laurent، Marrakesh 40090, Morocco

33 Rue Majorelle

33 Rue Majorelle

33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Al Nour is a women’s cooperative

Al Nour is a women’s cooperative

Rue el Ksour 57، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

The Royal Mansour

The Royal Mansour

The Royal Mansour

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