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A Moroccan Paradise

A Moroccan Paradise

Enchanting Oriental charm at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

ARTICLE BY : Hanisha Sethi

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Encompassing beautiful gardens, spread among an oasis of glistening pools, breath-taking villas, exquisite fine-dining restaurants, and the most heavenly spa, there are many reasons to escape to the Mandarin Oriental in Marrakech. The imposing entrance with its huge courtyards is instantly eye-catching upon arrival, as is the tiled-water feature in the marble lobby. Throughout the 20 acres of olive groves and gardens, it’s hard to escape the beautiful aroma of the thousands of fragrant roses of 30 different varieties. The hotel marks the debut of the Mandarin Oriental Group in Africa and the hotel celebrates Morocco’s rich heritage.  You’ll notice the Berber, Andalusian and Arabic influences both in the exterior and interior, with particular influence on light entering the vast spaces.  Dining wise, the food is modern and inventive yet draws on Moroccan tradition. At night, the hotel is illuminated by candles and lanterns scattered across the property, creating a beautiful, romantic atmosphere. The villas have a feel of intimate riads, whereas the suites immerse guests in the heart of the landscapes. Each, promises a luxury experience combining comfort, space and total privacy – perfect for intimacy and romance.

HOTEL SERVICES
The hotel offers transport to the city’s bustling Medina, which is only a short drive away. If you prefer to explore activities at the resort, why not take up a cookery class with the resident chef?

VILLAS & SUITES
The suites in the main building are all equipped with heated plunge pools and beautiful views of the Atlas Mountains to gaze upon. For an added touch of luxury, book the Mandarin Pool Villa, which is extremely spacious, and comes with a courtyard, private pool, Jacuzzi and even a fireplace if the temperature drops in the evenings. The villas at The Mandarin Oriental villas are rated the most luxurious in the world with their large walled courtyards, and good-sized pools.

WELLNESS WONDERS
The captivating magic of the spa is also in its design. Inspired by the historic cathedrals and mosques of Andalucia, the Spa has high arched ceilings, long corridors built from red brick and a stunning sun-drenched ornamental pool leading off reception. The spa has 6 treatment rooms, including suites with private gardens where guests can relax. Try The Digital Wellness Escape – a signature treatment which focuses on the head, eyes, neck, shoulders, hands and feet. It’s a restorative treatment to aim the stresses from the use of mobiles and laptops.

MOROCCAN GASTRONOMY
Visit Mes’Lalla, which specializes in traditional Moroccan cuisine. Using contemporary touches and organic products from the hotel garden, you’ll taste delightful tagines and succulent meat dishes. Try one of the exquisite, local wines to complement your meal.

• Mandarin Oriental
Marrakech, Morocco
www.MandarinOriental.com

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