After a brief jaunt over to Essaouira for a couple of days, we continued our Moroccan adventure and returned to spend more time in Marrakech. And we stayed in the most incredible place. A fairy-tale like dream of a place. THAT place. I kept waiting to hear the director yell, “Cut!” because I could’ve sworn I was on a film set as I have been so many times before. But, this was real and not a movie. So, I thought I would share what it’s like to stay at the best luxury hotel in Marrakech, the Royal Mansour!
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About the Best Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Commissioned and owned by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, the Royal Mansour Marrakech is a city within a city. Really, you have no reason to ever leave the huge peach walls that surround the property. With 53 stand-alone riads, a pool that seemed a mile wide, top-notch restaurants, tropical gardens and a spa that resembled floating on white fluffy clouds, it provides everything you could possibly desire.
We were greeted upon arrival in Marrakech by our friendly driver who was immaculately dressed in a sleek, black suit. He escorted us to a black Range Rover where massage seats and built-in seatback TVs awaited us along with chilled bottled water and warm homemade caramel candies. We were then driven to the hotel and through the massive gate of the towering peach walls. I didn’t miss the security aspect. Guarded by police outside and with double checkpoint entries, no one gets through without having good reason.
Walking into the main entrance
The lobby is a riad itself. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with a central courtyard that is typically open to the sky.
The many different rooms surrounding the atrium included a bar
a piano room and a boutique area
as well as a sitting room that houses the Royal Mansour pet parakeets. Yes, even the pets get their own room!
Ever get the feeling someone’s watching you?
Surprise! Someone is…well, through a camera lens anyway. The birds were beautiful and clearly used to having visitors.
In a separate building and perhaps my favorite room of the common areas was the atrium of their Moroccan restaurant, La Grande Table Marocaine.
I loved the floors and their brilliant blue color!
Roaming the grounds could take you all day.
Not only is the property gigantic, but it consists of beautiful tropical settings and the calming tranquil sounds of several fountains!
We stayed in Riad #3 of the 53 standalone riads. I do want to be clear. We had our own, freestanding house for a “room”. Three stories (four if you include the second-floor loft) of pure Moroccan beauty. I had personally never seen (let alone stayed in) anything like it!
After opening the traditional, heavy Moroccan door, our personal atrium greeted us with lanterns and a water feature.
Because the atrium is open to the sky, there’s a second set of doors to keep the rest of the riad air-conditioned.
I loved the lanterns lighting up all the Moroccan patterns on the walls and floors!
The Living Room
The living room was a large, elegant room that featured everything from this dining table to the fireplace (in the left background), a large couch, bar and roll-top desk.
How beautiful is this fresh flower arrangement?
On the coffee table in front of the couch, we found our daily assortment of freshly baked treats
and there was a full bar complete with snacks for anything else one might desire.
From the living room, we could access the first-floor outdoor terrace which also featured double water fountains.
There was also a kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, kettle, toaster, and sink. The interesting thing here is there is a butler’s entrance on EVERY floor of the riad.
You are never bothered by the staff unless you want to be. Specify where you would like service delivered (living room, kitchen, bedroom, rooftop terrace) and then they are in and out through their own separate entrances!
Right outside the kitchen (and across the hall from the powder room-yes a second bathroom!) was this lantern sitting in a little nook in the wall. I fell in love with all the colors it projected!
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The bedroom was dramatic with dark wood floors, shutters and stage-like curtains that had the ability to make the room a complete blackout.
As you probably imagined, the beds were extremely comfortable and every amenity you could think of including bottled water, outlets, reading lights and light controls was provided on the nightstands!
These photos show off the grand decor and the signature M found throughout the property.
Looking into the bedroom from the bathroom
This will sound strange I know, but welcome to what was probably my favorite room in the riad…the master bathroom. All three rooms that formed one, large bathroom were made entirely of marble with fancy fixtures and mirrors.
High-end toiletries and amenities in little sachet bags
Things you miss if you forget to look up. The ceiling fixtures were my favorite part of my favorite room!
This is the entryway into the shower room of the bathroom. Yes, shower room. That entire room was half stand-up shower, half jacuzzi bathtub!
Finally, the top floor of the riad revealed our rooftop terrace complete with sun chairs, a fireplace
and our own private pool!
The Spa at the Royal Mansour is just on another level all by itself. Doesn’t it kind of give the feel of what you imagine floating on clouds would be like?
Or maybe floating on a bed of roses among the clouds? Regardless, they succeeded in creating that relaxing, stress-free environment!
Relaxation pool at the Spa
Now you know that a 5-star resort built by the King has an amazing pool and this is it!
Lined by lanterns and surrounded by palm trees and tropical gardens, the pool is an oasis where you can relax and truly escape life.
And really, isn’t that what vacation is all about?
Surely you didn’t think I was going to leave out the food, did you? 😉
As I already mentioned, we had daily freshly baked treats in our riad. They were superb!
With a Moroccan variety of juices, croissants, cakes, and muffins served “afternoon-tea” style, breakfast at La Table is a unique experience all its own. Want something cooked-to-order? No problem, they have a full menu too.
The beautifully set table looked like something out of a magazine shoot
Be sure not to miss the pastry library!
Freshly baked, moist cakes and fruit
If you’re relaxing at the pool or want to eat in a tropical setting, have lunch at Le Jardin. I highly recommend the sushi, but they have a large variety of different options on the menu.
Now can you see why it’s the best luxury hotel in Marrakech?
Pretty incredible isn’t it? This is the ultimate resort you wander around thinking “am I really here?” Please, nobody pinch me!
What is your favorite feature of the Royal Mansour? If you’re like me, you can’t pick just one because there’s so much that makes it the best luxury hotel in Marrakech. However, I would love to know what stood out to you the most!
‘Til next time…