The Royal Mansour feels so incredibly special. So when I had the opportunity on my most recent trip to visit once again and spend a day at Le Jardin, an Asian and Mediterranean influenced restaurant under the direction of multi Michelin-starred French Chef Yannick Alléno, I jumped at the chance. My husband doesn’t find Marrakech appealing, much to my dismay, so I grabbed my sister in law and we embarked on a girls weekend, complete with a trip to my favourite place in the city. The hotel was exactly as I remembered it, luxurious, fancy and perfumed with orange blossom and jasmine flowers.
Le Jardin opened last year and encompasses a lavish new pool area with seven incredibly stylish pool houses, a chic outdoor bar and aforementioned al fresco restaurant. After looking at the menu we asked the chef to choose his favourites for us, which resulted in us being completely spoilt with a table full of fresh sushi, ceviche, crispy wontons and our favourite – Tuna pizzetta. If you go make sure you order it, I’m still dreaming of it to this day.
After a light but filling lunch – perfect for the 46 degree heat, we made our way to the pool where we happily set ourselves up for the rest of the afternoon with good books and a chilled bottle of Vin Gris.
We wandered around the landscaped gardens, the one and a half hectares abundant with olive, orange and lemon trees and dipped in the pool, which at 30m by 20m never feels crowded. Framing the pool are the seven Pavilions, which were fully booked whilst we were there – the more sensible guests seeking respite from the insanely hot weather whilst we English girls sunned ourselves by the pool whilst simultaneously dehydrating through wine consumption. The ‘mad dogs and Englishman’ phrase ever prevalent.
And when the sun finally went down across the gardens we moved onto the cocktail bar desperate to drag our time out for as long as possible with a couple of Royal Spritz’ – A fitting upgrade on a favourite Aperol classic.
Reluctant to leave we finished our drinks and took a final stroll along the lantern lit pathways whilst I made a mental promise to myself that I’ll come back with my husband. If there’s one place that will change his opinion on Marrakech, its here.
During Ramadan, the restaurant is open for dinner from 08:00pm to 11:00pm
We were invited to The Royal Mansour as guests of Le Jardin Restaurant