The Royal Mansour is the result of pure inspiration: a dream made real, and a spectacular recreation of a beautiful way of life. The very soul of Morocco is reflected in the fulfilment of this vision, one that is faithful to architectural tradition, and honours both heritage crafts and contemporary artistic talent. Yet its most memorable aspect is its sense of welcome – that’s where the real magic happens. Guests come away surprised and happy, charged with all the emotions of an exceptional experience.
Is this a palace? Is it an ancient medina? Walking down winding passageways, wandering among leafy courtyards, and tarrying in the gardens, you’ll find peace and pleasure. Welcome to Royal Mansour’s three and a half hectare estate, a haven of luxury and privacy in the heart of Marrakech.
A masterpiece of Moorish-Andalusian architecture
The layout of the main building stays true to the style and symmetry of classical Moorish architecture, the exterior retaining a certain sobriety, while the interior pays homage to the virtuosity of Morocco’s artisan craftsmen. Distinctive geometric zellige tiles cover walls and pillars. Sleek tadlakt plaster gleams in contrast with intricate plasterwork. Wrought iron lamps compete for finesse with the carved wood of the doors.
The ingenuity of Moroccan design offers infinite combinations of colour and finish among the hallways and salons, each space given its own unique feel.
The silvery floral motifs adorning the glowing glass bar contrast with gold-on-white foliage patterns on the ceiling; the wood panelling in the library displays the exquisite art of marquetry inlay.
The Royal Mansour’s role as a patron of traditional Moroccan arts and crafts is a vital aspect of its unique status among luxury hotels; with its 550-strong collection of paintings, the hotel also champions contemporary Moroccan artists.
Through the year, the garden is perfumed first by orange-flower, then honeysuckle, jasmine, roses and, in autumn, the subtle scent of oleasters, while daturas, bougainvilleas and carnations bring colour. In a land of sunshine, there must be shade, so palm trees sway gently overhead, tracing their infinite patterns on the ground. There’s not a sound to disturb guests’ reveries, only the music of falling water, which plays such a vital role in any Moroccan garden. Water trickles, flows, cascades, leaps from fountains… Apart from this, all you will hear is birdsong.
“At the Royal Mansour, every guest will find a cuisine to match his or her tastes: gastronomic, French, Moroccan, contemporary…” So says Yannick Alléno, the much-garlanded Parisian chef, who believes that variety is key to a truly enjoyable dining experience. This simple idea colours his approach to the three Tables at Royal Mansour, where his combination of tradition and creativity achieves elevated results.
Time to Relax
The Royal Mansour is a place where guests are encouraged to take their time and relax. Life at the hotel can be quiet and peaceful, then fun and lively, in turn. According to mood and time of day, guests are free to alternate solitude and calm with moments of joyful conviviality. These welcoming spaces suit both inclinations, and each is equally striking in terms of decor.
All day, from breakfast to dinner time, La Table offers light meals and snacks based on exceptional products prepared with perfect simplicity. Order lobster with a simple butter sauce, share a whole free-range chicken with creamy mashed potato, or go for a classic club sandwich or a caviar club. Don’t miss the pâtisserie counter – as much of a treat for the eyes as for the palate. Guests can sit outdoors amid the heady scent of jasmine and gardenia, or in the shade beneath the loggia; the indoor dining room and private salons are also at your disposal.
Bathing rituals are at the heart of traditional Moroccan culture; the physical wellbeing they bring to the body lightens soul and spirit. Massage, facial treatments, hydrotherapy and body wraps take place on the first floor, where the private spa suites are located. The two hammams and relaxation area are on the ground floor, as well as a Watsu pool, and a tea salon serving light, healthy dishes, herbal teas and fruit juices. The hair salon and mani/pedi space occupy five private cabins. Japanese-designed chairs upholstered in white leather offer spa guests the ultimate comfort. The swimming pool, with its orangery-style glass roof, opens onto the gardens. Hidden beneath ground level is a handsome space dedicated to sports and fitness, with a coach on hand, and state of-the-art equipment, plus a sauna. There’s also a spa boutique selling jewellery and accesssories.
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