Inaugurated in 2015, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Marrakesh is the first hotel of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel chain to be opened in Africa. It features all the know-how of the Mandarin Oriental Asian Group, already present in North America (Las Vegas, New York), Europe (Paris, London, Geneva) and Asia (Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore) with thirty upscale hotels.
The hotel is adjacent to the Royal Golf de Marrakesh, in the southern part of the city. It is fifteen minutes driving distance from Menara International Airport and 10 minutes, also by car, from the famous Jemaa El Fna square.
In the heart of a beautiful garden with 100.000 roses, Mandarin Oriental Marrakesh’s guests can enjoy the charm and exclusivity offered by 54 private villas and 9 suites. With the Atlas peaks for background, the garden offers guests the shade of palm trees and centenary olive trees as well as the sweet scent of jasmine, pink geraniums and many varieties of roses. Once night falls, the night gallant releases its delicate essence.
We can find in the interior architecture and decoration, a subtle mix of Moroccan, Eastern and Western influences offering the traveler the experience of a change of scenery in a unique setting.
Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, Mandarin Oriental Marrakesh interior architects, have pride of place to space and light. Indeed, the suites have generous surfaces from 135 to 218 sqm (1,453 to 2,346 sqft). The villas extend over surfaces ranging from 288 to 423 sqm (3,100 to 4,553 sqft).
All villas have a private garden with heated private pool and whirlpool. With their outdoor kitchen, guests can enjoy a meal prepared on site by a butler in the privacy of their villa.
The suites offer magnificent views of the Atlas. They are equipped with a heated outdoor pool. Overall, the complex has 120 pools and heated pools, a record for a Marrakesh hotel!
Dining options include three restaurants and room service is available 24/24. Mes’Lalla restaurant, run by Chef Meryem Cherkaoui, serves traditional Moroccan cuisine. Berber lounge is the perfect place for breakfast with its view of the Atlas mountains. One can also take tea in the afternoon, with of course delicious Moroccan pastries. Finally, for lunch, the Pool Garden offers a light menu made of Mediterranean inspiration that can be discovered outside under a pergola in the shade of bougainvillea.
In the garden, there is also a beautiful garden where over 90 varieties of tomatoes are cultivated, including a blue one! The cultivation of herbs, fruits and vegetables from the garden follows the principles of organic farming. The kitchens of the hotel restaurants use the products of the vegetable garden to prepare a refined menu. The hotel guests can enjoy cooking courses given by the Chief Meryem Cherkaoui directly in the garden.
Many activities are available to guests of Mandarin Oriental Marrakesh. Most athletes will take advantage of the jogging track along the resort. Bike rides are also possible thanks to bicycles complimentary available. Finally, guests have privileged access to golf courses available just next to the hotel.
Excursions to discover the Atlas Mountains, the desert or Essaouira can be arranged as well as trips on quad, horse or even camel! For culture, Marrakesh is full of treasures from the Medina, different markets and souks and the Majorelle Garden which is just a short drive from the hotel.
Finally, you can benefit from the Mandarin Oriental expertise and refinement in well-being and relaxation at the spa that spans over 1,800 sqm (19,375 sqft). Moroccan and Thai treatments and massages are provided there with an Andalusian decor. There is also a fitness center and heated indoor pool.