Morocco’s most intoxicating city, Marrakech just got a new luxury hospitality address. The Mandarin Oriental brings to the city its trademark standards of comfort, style and elegance with a resort that looms large against the majestic snow-capped Atlas Mountain range. If the light and play of the sun is right, you may just stand hypnotised by the surreal beauty of the scene that appears to be carved from the master strokes of a water colour artist. The 20 hectares of landscaped gardens are filled with the scent of roses that come in every size, shape, colour and variety.
Extremely well located, with barely ten minutes from the city’s central district and the historic Medina, each of the Mandarin’s 54 private villas are inspired by Berber and Moorish influences. Taking privacy to an entirely different level, the villas have their own secluded walled gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, extensive areas for sunbathing and shaded alfresco dining enclosures. For the discerning vacationer there are another nine spectacular suites, seven with their own rooftop plunge pool, featuring panoramic vistas of the gardens and the surrounding countryside. Here, you can lose the sense of time and day. The magical hypnotism of the city, combined with the resort’s own aura is a heady combination.
Designed by the well-known architect, Pascal Despez along with French architects, Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier, special care has been taken to provide stylish luxury for the cosmopolitan traveller. The Mes’Lalla restaurant rustles up a contemporary bouquet of dishes inspired by traditional Moroccan cuisine with its snacks and main course menus. The spa comes with a hammam, indoor heated pool, fitness centre, yoga studio, as well as hair and beauty salons. The resort surely has taken pains to make the property so tempting and comfortable, that venturing out will be something only the brave and hugely motivated would embark upon. Till then, they would rather soak in the pleasures and soulful ambience of the property.