Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
Don’t bother spending much time planning a city break itinerary if you’re planning to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech; once you arrive, you won’t want to leave the hotel’s sumptuous surrounds any time soon. Luxurious and beguiling to a fault, the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is set amidst hectares of olive groves and gardens, lit by lanterns at night and perfectly placed for sun-worshipping by day. There’s a world-class spa with hammam treatments and even a treatment menu for the well-groomed travelling gent, and dining options for both international and Moroccan cuisine. And that’s even before you see the rooms.
Oh, the rooms. Or rather, we should say, villas and suites. No rooms here. The villas are designed with traditional Moroccan riads in mind; namely, organised around a central courtyard where you can swim, entertain, and just bask in your own private paradise. There is, after all, nowhere to rush to when you have your own jacuzzi, open fireplace, handwoven rugs from Rabat to admire and high-tech amenities to use all within ambling reach. The suites, meanwhile, from the Royal to the Infinity Pool Suite (it’s exactly as wonderful as it sounds) offer views of the Atlas Mountains beyond, the hotel’s swanky pool closer to home, and your very own Bose sound system, Nectarome bath products and, in some cases, your own private plunge pool closer still. Like we said, you’ll be lucky if you can drag yourself out of your room to avail yourself of the hotel’s services, let alone bring yourself to leave the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech entirely and sightsee. But if you are indeed made of stronger stuff than us, you’ll be rewarded with a easy jaunt of a few minutes to get into Marrakech proper.