Morocco as a destination has something for everyone. Ditto Marrakech, where those seeking luxury are spoiled for choice with the plethora of hotels, resorts and riads on offer.
But right here, under the watchful gaze of the majestic Atlas mountains and the star-filled night sky, I pulled up in the hotel car and discovered another reason to keep coming back here: the oh-so-special Mandarin Oriental. For this, Marrakech’s only hotel inspired by Berber roots and therefore not typically Moroccan in style (as in no gold and glitz), is gracious, laid back and the stuff dreams are made of. At the risk of sounding clichéd, it’s an oasis outside of the frenetic and exciting city where it’s based.
Opened to visitors in the second half of 2015 with 29 villas and seven suites in operation, the second phase to include an additional 25 villas (all 54 with their own pool and hot tub) will open in April 2016 and guests will be segregated into a family section and a couples-only section for the most part.
I didn’t expect such style, finesse, modernity and polished service. I didn’t expect such natural beauty all around, and I certainly didn’t expect such gardens, flora (100,000 roses) and fauna. I expected a five star resort in this, the ‘Red City’ of extremes, to be relaxing, exotic and, indeed, very special, but I never imagined that I would love it this much.
If your life is busy, hectic and fraught with life’s daily travails, then turn your phone off and stay awhile. This is truly the place to forget there’s a world out there and let everyone else (the 220 staff members) take over. Even a few hours in the 1,800 m² (19,375 ft²) world-class spa will have you rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Read more Golden Palm reviews here.
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