Historic Marrakech has havens to suit all tastes so we check out two different properties. The second is the luxurious Royal Mansour. In December 2016 they unveiled a new restaurant, a new swimming pool and seven Pavilions hidden among shrubs and palm trees next to the pool and the sun deck to offer guests the comfort and peace of a private salon.
As Director arrived in Marrakech for a stay at the Royal Mansour, we were met with two welcome surprises. The first came as we disembarked from the plane to find a member of staff from the luxury hotel waiting for us before passport control.
Within 10 minutes passports were checked and we were fast-tracked through security, ready to collect our luggage. The service, we learnt, is extended to all guests of the hotel both on arrival and departure.
After a short drive we came to a small tree-lined street and pulled up outside two large ornately carved doors. The second surprise was how swiftly the desire to drop our bags and head out into the nearby city dissolved, as the doors opened to reveal a stunning lobby with traditional Moroccan tiles, lanterns and a fountain.
There came an instant feeling of never wanting to leave, in an atmosphere so homely you knew right away you wouldn’t be disappointed to stay within these walls for the whole trip.
Owned by the king of Morocco, the Royal Mansour takes exclusivity, luxury and privacy to remarkable levels. It offers 53 extraordinary, spacious and opulent rooms, connected by pathways set within a private medina that mirrors the city’s souks. The pathways are lined with beautiful flowers and fruit trees, tended to by staff in traditional dress.
Director’s riad was set over three floors and featured a living area, kitchen, en-suite bedroom, two small patio areas and a private roof terrace with plunge pool. If you’re looking for something more regal, the Grand Riad even features a home cinema, gymnasium and a Moroccan hammam!
Three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno supervises all of the Royal Mansour’s restaurants, while the spa – which is situated over three floors and offers a huge range of more than 100 treatments – is set among a beautiful garden bursting with flowers and orange trees.
Time flies in such wonderful surroundings and before we knew it, it was time to check out again. But while your bag-packing will be reluctant, you’ll be considerably more content and laid-back than when you arrived.
British Airways flies direct to Marrakech airport from Gatwick. Club class tickets start from £135.
A one-bedroom riad starts from approx 9,000 MAD (£632) per night including VAT and service charge and excludes local taxes.