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October 12, 2015

Mandarin Oriental Opens in Marrakech

By Zahra Al-Kateb

marrakech-mandarin-pool-villa-living-roomMandarin Oriental has opened in Marrakech, Morroco.

The contemporary resort located 10 minutes from the heart of the city boasts 54 private villas. Inspired by Berber and Moorish influences, each villa features its very own secluded wall garden, swimming pool, hot tub and an extensive area for sunbathing and shaded alfresco dining. A further nine suites come with their own rooftop plunge pool and boast stunning views of the gardens and countryside.

Architect Pascal Desprez worked alongside renowned French architects Patrick Gilles and Dorothee Boissier to develop a rustic yet sophisticated finish. The relaxed and stylish feel is a credit to the hotels Berber and Andalusian-Arabic influences. The hotel features plenty of natural , local materials, while the interior and exterior boast an abundance of natural light.

The hotel also plays host to a number of restaurants and bars covering a diverse range of global cuisine. The Mes’Lalla restaurant serves traditional Moroccan cuisine with a contemporary twist under the leadership of renowned Chef Meryem Cherkaoui. Le Salon Berbère boasts stunning views over both the resort’s blue and green pools and the Atlas Mountains, serving traditional Moroccan as well as international breakfast, drinks and light bites throughout the day.

Guests can also indulge at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, a unique experience featuring spa suites with private terraces and gardens designed for outdoor treatments. The spa also includes two luxurious hammams, an indoor heated pool, a fitness centre and a yoga studio. Guests can also enjoy the hair and beauty salons.

“We are delighted to combine the art of oriental hospitality with the generosity and warm welcome for which Morocco is renowned” said Mark S. Bradford, General Manager. “Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is set to become the region’s most sought after and exclusive resort, offering stylish accommodation and a range of impeccable facilities, all of which are underpinned by Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service,” he added.

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