- Fine Dining
- Thermal Facilities
- Pool – Outdoor
Date palms and olive trees dot the grounds of Amanjena, a peaceful oasis outside the ancient city of Marrakech. The resort’s indulgent tranquillity is complemented by easy access to the medina and Morocco’s mesmerising landscape.
Moroccan in design with rich hues and elegant furnishings, Amanjena oozes style and finesse. Beyond the entrance lies a vast lake surrounded by palm trees, modelled on Marrakech’s Menara gardens…
Amanjena’s spa is home to two hammams complemented by showers, washrooms and a glassed-in whirlpool that opens onto a relaxation courtyard with a bubbling fountain. Holistic treatments inspired by local cultures and customs infused with raw organic products are offered for wellbeing of the mind and body.
- Two Turkish-style hammams
- Dressing area
- Glassed-in whirlpool opening onto a fountain courtyard bordered by a two-metre pisé wall
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Amanjena’s 32 Pavilions and seven Maisons are contemporary interpretations of Moroccan traditions.
Private Pavilions are designed with clean modern lines and wooden furnishings, with Moroccan touches such as ochre-coloured walls and keyhole-shaped doorways – some boast private pools.
Both restaurants at Amanjena are decorated with traditional Moroccan elements, from the central, scalloped onyx fountain in the main Restaurant to the coral-hued tadelakt walls draped with Moroccan leather horse saddles in the poolside eatery.
Local ingredients and culinary traditions inform the cuisine, complemented by a range of cocktails served at the airy bar.
Facilities and Activities
- Excursions to Essaouira or Oualidia
- Mountain biking in the Atlas mountains
- Daily village markets
- Tennis with professional coach
- Cycling in the Palmeraie
You can take a girl out of Marrakech, but you can’t take Marrakech out of the girl. I’m so attached to the centre of the ‘Red City’ and the maze of alleys of its old town, the medina, that I’m always reluctant to leave. Any hotel outside of the city walls – and there are lots of them now – was going to have to really impress to contend with my love for those intimate places in the old town.
Amanjena hotel, then, was a pleasant surprise. Rather than miss the medina, having been here for a couple of hours, enjoying its serenity, I was loathe to go back into the bustling streets in central Marrakech. Out of town on the road to the desert kasbah at Ouarzazate, Amanjena is simply beautiful. Arriving guests are led through gates to an enormous entrance hall, typically Moroccan in design but given modern touches with round velvet sofas and elegant dining chairs. A bar to one side has Moroccan tiling and intricately carved wooden doors, but doesn’t feel OTT as some Moroccan hotels can.
The service was thoughtful – when a waiter saw me struggling to make notes in the half-dark, he brought up a large candle and placed it on the pretty octagonal table beside me.
Beyond the entrance lies a vast lake surrounded by palm trees, modelled on Marrakech’s Menara gardens (this one is for display only, but the hotel’s 33-metre pool for swimming is just around the corner). It feels like it goes on for miles. Everything is serene and, as night falls, staff light candles and the glow glimmers off the water. It really is beautiful, and calm, and suddenly I realise that while Marrakech’s medina cannot be missed, Amanjena makes a stunning counterpoint.
The spa is secreted behind another intricately carved wooden door. I am welcomed into a beautiful high ceilinged entrance corridor, with traditional Moroccan tiling. A rose-filled pool sits in the waiting area, where I am offered tea, water, and a plate of Moroccan sweets (I went for a coconut orb, covered in crunchy sugar crystals).
There is a pleasant scent of honey and cedar. There are Amanjena branded products in the showers along with body lotion, rose water and Argan oil at the sinks. Facilities include male and female hammams, a glassed-in whirlpool and a gym.
The Signature Bloom is a Moroccan speciality. I’m first left to steam in the traditional marble hammam (bathhouse). Lying in this (single-sex) shared space may sound intimidating, but it is more authentic than spas in which you are taken into a private room for this stage. It is really no different from sharing a steam room in a normal spa.
My therapist then comes to cover me in traditional Moroccan black soap, made from olive oil and scented with healing eucalyptus. She then uses an exfoliating mitt – which is as tough as sandpaper but leaves my skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom – to do a full-body exfoliation. She then covers me in heavenly orange blossom scented rhassoul mud and leaves it to work its magic before rinsing.
This treatment really is impressive. Next, I am taken back to the waiting area and served a plate of chopped fruits and some water, before being shown to the massage room. A 50 minute knead with Argan oil follows, during which lots of attention is given to the hands and feet. When I leave the spa, my skin is almost luminescent and the softest it has ever been.
Aroma Hot Argan Oil Head Massage – The relaxing head massage uses local heated argan oil with added essential oils of rosemary and geranium. The pressure point massage combines different strokes to relieve stress and deliver a deep feeling of calmness and relaxation. Argan oil in itself improves the condition of the hair and scalp, has therapeutic properties and is rich in Vitamin A and E.
Guests at Amanjena can rent private pavilions, which are so secluded it is possible to visit and hardly bump into other guests at all. They are perfect for those seeking peace, quiet and privacy. Some have private pools, and have clean modern lines and wooden furnishings, with Moroccan touches such as ochre-coloured walls and keyhole-shaped doorways.
There are private dining areas to which staff can bring food if guests do not wish to eat in the hotel’s two restaurants.
Bathrooms have Amanjena’s own brand of toiletries and beautiful low marble baths. The scale is enormous and after the confines of the medina, everything feels luxuriously spacious.
Amanjena has two restaurants – The main restaurant serves Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine in a beautiful room centred around a scalloped onyx fountain and olive trees. Guests can dine outside in the summer months. The restaurant serves dinner only.
The Thai Restaurant, by the swimming pool, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; its walls are decorated with antique Moroccan horse saddles.
Sitting by that amazing lake as the sun sets, sipping mint tea by candlelight.