La Mamounia Hotel & Spa
- Fine Dining
- Thermal Facilities
- Pool – Outdoor
If you are looking for the grande dame of Moroccan hotels, you’ve come to the right place – La Mamounia has been the ritziest of Marrakech’s hotels for 90 years: it has welcomed guests from the Rolling Stones to Winston Churchill and today remains the place to be seen for French, American and British visitors to the Red City. The ambiance by the swimming pool is St Tropez on tour – swish sunglasses, dinner jackets and designer bikinis are in full evidence.
The hotel’s magnificent entrance hall, improved after a three-year renovation overseen by Jacques Garcia, is burgundy with draped curtains and porter staff in traditional dress. The ceilings are traditionally Moroccan – finely painted in rich jewel reds, blues and greens – but marble and glassware keep things contemporary.
To the hotel rear, through a lobby with a ceiling painted by Jacques Majorelle, and past the Italian bar, where there is live jazz music every night except Wednesday, lies the stunning swimming pool and La Mamounia’s eight acres of beautiful gardens. I take a dip in the pool – with its central palm tree island in the middle – and wonder at how I am basking in 29 degree heat at the beginning of November.
Winston Churchill reportedly said La Mamounia was the most beautiful spot in the world: at least in terms of hotels. He might have been right.
La Mamounia’s 2500 square metre spa is probably the best in Morocco. Through a calm interior courtyard lined with Moroccan tiles, and down a flight of stairs lies this calm space, where the sounds of fountains and soft Moroccan music soothe guests. Black marble and orange leather are the dominant materials and sumptuous taffeta curtains separate the changing areas from the reception.
The indoor swimming pool (separate from the large outdoor one) makes you feel like a queen: it is surrounded by columns and has its own lounging platform suspended in the middle. For those not staying at the hotel, day passes are available.
- Traditional Moroccan hammam
- 2 private hammams
- State-of-the-art fitness centre
- Tennis courts
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
One Hour Mamounia Massage – This was possibly one of the best massages I’ve ever had. My therapist noted that I had one of the knottiest backs she had ever come across and tailored the treatment accordingly. I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t painful at times but needs must.
She really took control of my back and manipulated areas that masseuses don’t normally reach, such as the sides of the rib cage. Afterwards, as I sipped mint tea served from a silver pot in the relaxation area, my limbs and torso felt more supple than they have for years.
The Energising Body Experience includes a stimulating scrub and clay and algae body mask. During the wrap a relaxing foot massage and a mini facial treatment is performed. The treatment ends an invigorating massage and the application of an hydrating body cream.
- La Ric
- 136 guest rooms
- 71 Suites including 7 Signature Suites
- 3 riads each with three bedrooms, private terraces, Moroccan salons and private swimming pool
Koutoubia Suite Room 330 – My enormous suite was one of the best the hotel has on offer and it really was quite plush. The private terrace had a beautiful view over the famous Koutoubia mosque, and the larger lounge had the most incredible carved and painted ceiling, along with three dangling Moroccan lanterns. An antique keyhole-shaped door, complete with intricate carved plasterwork, leads through to the beautiful bedroom.
The bathroom is enormous and filled with La Mamounia branded products: large bottles of shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, a loofah and bath salts.
Le Marocian – modern Moroccan cuisine.
L’Italien – italian cuisine serving lunch and dinner.
Le Francais – gourmet cuisine serving dinner and weekend lunches.
Pavillion de la Piscine for breakfast and pool-side lunches.
In Le Français, I ate a beautifully-cooked steak, prepared as requested (rare), accompanied by stuffed vegetables. My amuse-bouche of celery gazpacho was slow to come, although this may have been because a private function in Le Marocain had left Le Français busier than normal.
A divine breakfast is served poolside in the Pavillion de la Piscine – and where do I start!? The format is that of French grocery deli, with a cheese counter, a meat counter, a smoked salmon counter, a fruit counter, a make-your-own-muesli counter, and a central table with the finest of French breads and patisserie. Delicious!
Facilities and Activities
- Private fitness lessons
- Jogging with a professional coach
- Power plates
- Table tennis
- Boules pitch
Each floor is dedicated to an artist: Saadi Moulay Mhamed, Alan Keohane, Suzanne Porter, Michèle Maurin, Saâd Tazi and Yvan Moreau. All share a love for Morocco, its culture and its people. Take a stroll through the hotel and immerse yourself in an artistic journey!
Also be sure to take a wander around the beautifully manicured Mamounia gardens, which are lined with white roses, palms and orange trees.
Avenue Bab Jdid
40 040 Marrakech
+212 524 388 600
Marrakesh Menara Airport