Royal Mansour, Marrakech
Posted on 11 January 2017
I had the great pleasure of visiting the Royal Mansour luxury hotel during my incredible visit to Marrakech, Morocco. The visit opened my eyes and gave me a taster into a new world of design, style and breathtaking luxury. During my visit, I was able to discover the unique services the hotel provides to guests and the intimate detail that has gone into every single part of its design. If you are looking for a place to awaken the senses, push boundaries and give you a true appreciation for design, Marrakech has it all and the Royal Mansour exhibits the very best of it.
From the moment guests step onto the grounds, they are surrounded by the highest level of luxury. Luscious palms, foliage and flowers inject rich and vibrant tones into their surroundings as they lead visitors to the main entrance of the hotel. Entering into the central courtyard, it is easy to witness the level of detail that fills this impressive space. From the intricate hand painted tiles to the fine wooden carvings that decorate the arches, ceiling and lounge furniture, there is beauty and discovery in every blink of the eye.
The ceiling of the concierge is another fine example of the grandeur created in the construction and design of the hotel. Resembling a towering temple, this space would be the centrepiece to any other hotel, it is the standard in design for the Royal Mansour. What looks as if it has been created and treasured for hundreds of years is actually a design that is barely a decade old. A country known for the intricacy of design and finest craftsmanship is on full display for guests to admire.
Each space has its own unique look, a contemporary take on the classic Moroccan style. Utilities such as heating and air conditioning along with fire alarms, speakers and controls have all been cleverly concealed, hidden away from sight so not to detract from the opulent comfort and calming ambience created in each space. The Chimney lounge featured above is a personal favourite. The grand ceiling is lit from below to add further depth to the carved wooden ceiling. Centred around an large window that doubles up as a fireplace, beautiful views can be seen of the gardens on a Summer's day or a roaring fire during the longer Winter nights, the use of the room changing per season.
Whist described as a luxury hotel, the Royal Mansour is essentially a collection of private, specially built Riads (large traditional houses that are built around a central courtyard) All with access to the main hotel buildings that house the restaurants, bars, spa and other services. The Riads are available in three "Exclusive" configurations: Superior, Premier and Privilege, and two "Exceptional" configurations: Prestige and Grand, the latter providing the highest level of service and comforts with an impressive amount of space to match.
The hotel offers four exquisite dining destinations accompanied by three bar spaces to take your fancy. Each destination has an entirely different look and feel to the next, each offering their own unique seasonal menus, understandably fit for royalty. La Grande Table Marocaine encapsulates the flavoursome Moroccn dishes around the draped arches and beautifully blue Moroccan tiles of the courtyard. La Grande Table Française proposes the finest in French dining, surrounded by light silvery tones and luscious textures. La Table introduces the tastes of the Mediterranean reflected within a warming and colourful interior design containing floral fabrics and vibrant crystal. After an unforgettable dinner, guests can unwind in one of the three bars: The Art Deco inspired Royal Mansour Bar with hand crafted silver carved ceiling, The Chimney Lounge featured above surrounding yourself with live piano music or the Cigar bar, designed to create an intimate club atmosphere with an extensive selection of famous cigars.
Our final area is one that I get most excited about, the spa. In contrast to the main hotel, the spa has a very contemporary feel, particularly within the wellness area with its vast three storey decorative cage towering above the treatment rooms and central fountain. The modern mesh design allows natural light to flood into the space and the calming trickles of the fountains to echo around the entirety of the building. The spa offers everything from fitness and leisure to beauty treatments, massages and spa suites.
Each room and suite has been beautifully designed to compliment and enhance the treatment or facility applied within that space. From the warming brown and red marbles of the massage and treatment rooms to the white clean and refreshing lines of the wellness space, every material has been carefully considered from a visual and psychological point of view. Once visitors have enjoyed a long, luxurious pamper session, its time to make their way to the spa gardens and tea lounge to enjoy the enjoy the sounds and beauty of nature whilst enjoying a classic Moroccan tea.
Details and images of my tour around the Royal Mansour Riads will be available shortly in my second post.
For further details, services and spa treatments, click to view the official Royal Mansour website.
Photography: Martyn White