The Royal Mansour is by far the most wonderfully indulgent hotel I’ve had the pleasure of staying in. Simply put: it is luxury at its finest. From the delectable food to the personalised letter headed paper found on the desk in my room (I say room, but what we’re actually talking about is a 3 storey private Riad. Complete with rooftop terrace, plunge pool, walk in wardrobe and two fireplaces). Another unique feature is the underground tunnel network, accessed by staff in order to guarantee the utmost discretion.
We arrived at Marrakech Menara airport early and were swiftly ushered through security (one of the perks that comes courtesy of the Royal Mansour) to a chauffeur waiting to take us to the hotel in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz. The entrance to the Royal Mansour is situated down a long private road, lined with olive trees, palm trees and orange blossom. Two huge brass doors are positioned at the bottom of the road, where the smartly uniformed staff warmly greet you and suddenly, the outside world feels a million miles away.
After a swift check in and some fresh mint tea, we are shown to our living quarters for the next 3 nights. I can honestly say that upon entering I was completely blown away. The Riads are impeccably designed, showcasing some of the most beautiful examples of Moroccan architecture in the world. The hotel was commissioned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco and was handmade by artisans using only the finest materials, so you can imagine how high the standards must have been during construction. The interiors are gorgeously rich, intricate tadlakt plasterwork and woven silk fabrics decorate the walls, marble bathrooms and exceptional quality bed linens make you feel as though you’re holidaying in a palace.
Tear yourself away from your own private lap of luxury and more splendour awaits. Within the lush 8 acre grounds, the hotel has been designed as a small medina, with winding paths from Riad to Riad, opening up to idyllic courtyards framed with palm trees and stunning water features. After glorious long breakfasts on the terrace of our Riad, we would meander down to the outside pool, sipping on fresh carrot and ginger juices and reading our books, or more excitingly – the spa menu. The spa, voted by Conde Nast as one of the best in the world, is entered via an impressive atrium and features intricate lattice interiors. It’s such a beautiful light and airy space. Treatments are fairly pricy but worth every penny, I opted for a traditional Hamman followed by a relaxing massage which was absolute heaven.
Evenings here are best enjoyed indulging in one of the hotels three restaurants, all of which are over seen by 3 Michelin Starred chef, Yannick Alleno. We enjoyed a wonderful meal at the hotel’s authentic Moroccan restaurant, La Grand Table Marocaine. Be prepared to return home a good few pounds heavier. Think Moroccan salads, chicken pastillas and fish tagines, not to mention their signature dish of succulent shoulder of lamb: the most memorable meal I’ve ever had in Morocco. We were thoroughly spoilt by not only the food and entertainment but by the level of service.
Marrakech has no shortage of luxury hotels, but the Royal Mansour is in a league of its own. There’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re living in the magic of a Disney movie, albeit just for a few days.
- Each Riad has its own open air courtyard and rooftop terrace, the perfect place to have a leisurely private breafast or evening nightcap by the fire underneath the stars
- How breathtakingly beautiful everything is! There are stunning water features overflowing with fresh flowers around every corner
- The hotels pet Parakeets, who can be found in their birdcage in the lobby
Need To Know
- 15 minute walk to Jemaa el-Fnaa square
- Complimentary airport transfer
- Check-in 3pm. Check-out Noon
- Daily breakfast per person, per room is included
- Riads vary from 1 to 4 bedrooms and are each spread upon 3 levels.
No. of Rooms & Suites: 53
Rate Per Night: Superior Riads from £1080.00