I am generally suspicious of gushing reviews. If you are as well, either look away or believe it when I say that my stay at Royal Mansour was simply the best I have ever had.
Royal Mansour is, for me, the perfect Marrakech property. Set within the ochre walls of the medina, it is a hop, skip and a jump (five minutes’ walk) to the hullabaloo of the souq and tussle of the old city. And yet it is also just a short walk back from all that to an incredible oasis of calm, opulent surroundings and silence, interrupted only by the gurgling of fountains or the clinking of (very beautiful) glass. I can’t think of a property that does extravagance to such an elegant, yet understated degree.
Fifty-three riads are spread out through lush gardens. Each ranges over three storeys and showcases the hotel’s dedication to astonishing Moroccan craftsmanship and modern-day luxury. Lush gardens surround you at every turn, a set-up that guarantees privacy. Step outside to dine, where you can move from a delicate French breakfast to arguably the best Moroccan fare in Marrakech. Or simply relax by the glamorous pool. Pull up on a sunbed or repair to a fully stocked cabana.
Royal Mansour’s design is breathtaking, and it is no surprise that the hotel plays host to guests of the King, who is also its owner. But it is the staff who combine polish with intuition to ensure that the place is not stuffy; they elevate it to an exciting destination that complements the city of Marrakech so well. Make sure to tap the concierge team for their treasure trove of ideas.
Incredibly impressive, this is going to be a repeat ‘special place’ destination for me, even if that means committing to a second (full-time) job.
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