If you're in need of a luxury getaway, look no further - here are the 5 most luxurious hotels in Marrakech, Morocco's famed ochre city.
1. La Mamounia
Possibly the most famous hotel in Marrakech, La Mamounia began attracting stars and public figures as soon as it opened its doors in 1923. It was a favorite spot of Winston Churchill, who would paint the beautiful views of the Atlas Mountains from his suite during the 1940s.
La Mamounia has not lost its magnetism to stars since then, drawing big names such as Nicole Kidman, Sylvester Stallone, and Orlando Bloom. Among a plethora of other awards and nominations, La Mamounia won World’s Leading Hotel in 2015 and Africa’s Leading Hotel three years in a row from 2013-2015.
Just a ten-minute drive from the airport and a 5-minute drive to Jemaa El Fnaa Square, this historic hotel is in an ideal location.
Rates: The most luxurious room, the “Al Mamoun Suite,” can cost up to MAD 50,000 for a single night, but you can get the “Classic Hivernage Room” for MAD 5,000 per night.
2. Hotel Selman
Famous French designer Jacques Garcia, who also designed La Mamounia, brought his dream of mixing utmost luxury and traditional Arabian elements to life when he designed the Selman, creating an absolutely breathtaking hotel.
The palace-style hotel stands at the foot of the Atlas Mountains with the most scenic views Marrakech has to offer. The hotel is also famed for its stud farm, home to Arabian Thoroughbreds, one of the most distinguished horse breeds in the world. The sight of the majestic horses in such a beautiful setting is one of the Selman’s most unique assets.
Rates: A villa can cost up to MAD 12,000 per night, but a “superior suite” starts at MAD 3,500.
3. Royal Mansour
The Royal Mansour consists of 53 private riads, creating an oasis of peace and quiet with the bustling city just outside of its magnificent gate. The finely crafted gate in itself is a sight to behold and is modeled after the gates seen in all of Morocco’s imperial cities.
The hotel is also home to three fine-dining restaurants: La Table which offers international cuisine, La Grande Table Francais, and La Grande Table Marocain. After a delicious meal, the riads themselves are the epitome of luxury. Each of the 53 riads is unique, some containing fireplaces, hammam, dining rooms, private pools, and private butler service.
Rates: The most economic room, the “superior one bedroom riad” goes for MAD 13,000 a night, whereas the luxurious “privilege two bedroom riad” goes for MAD 35,000.
4. Fairmont Royal Palm
Just 20 minutes from Marrakech, the Fairmont Royal Palm is perfect for someone who wants to escape the bustle in style. The hotel features 134 luxury suites and villas, a 231-hectare garden, and an 18 hole golf course. With 4 fine-dining restaurants and 2 bars, everything you need is onsite.
The rooms were designed with space and light in mind, ranging between 72 square meters and 310 square meters, and the villas are a luxurious 741 square meters. You can wake up to beautiful and unobstructed views of the snow-capped mountains, the garden full of palms and olive trees, or the carefully-designed golf course.
Rates: For the “Deluxe Room” overlooking the golf course, rates start at MAD 3,000 a night. If you require more space and luxury, the “Prince Villa” begins at MAD 10,000 a night.
5. Mandarin Oriental
Although only 20 minutes from the medina, the Mandarin Oriental feels like a calm oasis. The 50-acre property is home to olive groves and orange trees, and most notably, 100,000 roses in 30 different varieties. Inside, the decor is Amazigh (Berber) inspired while still remaining chic and modern. With 54 villas, 7 first-floor suites, and 2 infinity pool suites, there is no shortage of choice.
Rates: The “Atlas Suite” begins at MAD 10,000 a night, whereas the ultra-luxurious “infinity pool suite” with direct access to the spa goes for MAD 22,000.