At the beginning of September, I went to Morocco for a luxury escape of 4 days stay at La Mamounia in Marrakech.
La Mamounia is an incredible hotel that was voted best hotel in the world Readers’ Choice 2015, and the Best Hotel Middle East and Africa Readers’ Choice Award 2015. The reason for this? There is so many.
First of all this hotel has a long story starting with a fairytale : La Mamounia is named for its 200-year-old gardens, which were given as an 18th century wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father and was transformed later on into an hotel in 1923.
Since 1923, La Mamounia was the house of statesmen like Charles de Gaulle, Rossevelt or Churchill who was a regular and called this place, “the most lovely spot in the whole world.”. Winston Churchill is long gone but the hotel paid him a tribute by naming a bar at his name and by conserving the room he used to stay at where some of his watercolours painting are exposed.
But not only statesmen stayed in this hotel, royalty and celebrities also know this corner of paradies : Alfred hitchcock filmed the movie the man who knew too much and a part of Sex and the city was also filmed ther ( I can hear you say : OMG it’s there !!!;).
David Beckham celebrated there is 40’s birthday and Poppy Delevigne got married there.
If all those people like to stay there it is afor the simple reason that this place is magical. It made me feel like a Princess from A Thousand and One Nights from the very beginning at my arrival at the airport to the very end when flying back.
When going down the stairs of the plane, La Mamounia organized a very quick security check at the airport and a chauffeur that bring us in a very nice Jaguar to the hotel. There we sat in the lobby and experienced a traditional Moroccan welcome composed of mandel milk and dates while a musician dressed in traditional Moroccan robes was playing a stringed instrument nearby.
The lobby and most of the interior is in art deco style and was redesigned by french architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia ( who also designed places like hotel Costes to Fouquet’s restaurant in Paris) in 2009 after La Mamounia closed it’s door for a few years.
After this delicious snack we went up to our room, an executive suite with two balconies overlooking the 8 acre-garden of the hotel, the most comfortabel bed and a white marble bathroom a girl can only dream of ( I shooted the pictures of my Givenchy make-up here). In the living room was waiting for us a bottle of red wine and every day we got delivered fresh fruits in the morning and good night sweets in the evening.
After relaxing a bit we went down for dinner at le Maroccain, one of the three restaurant of La Mamounia where we ate Tajine and Couscous while listening to live marrocan traditionnal music.
I did ate a lot of couscous in my life (my mum used to have a passion for couscous, so she took me to a lot of maroccan restaurant in Paris and learned herself to cook couscous) but this was from far the best couscous I have ever eaten. As a starter I also ordered a plate made of a few traditional maroccan dishes and had the most famous maroccan dish : lamb brain !!
The following day, we started the day with a visit of the Winston Churchill room aka the room he used to stay in as well as a visit one of the three riads pricate riads with private pools and classic Moroccan-style courtyards for the ultimate luxury experience.
Everyday we started with a breakfast at the pool with a large offer of marroccan and french pastries, eggs sous toutes ses formes, french toast, pancakes, and local fruits.
Talking about local fruits, La Mamounia has its own 1500 square meters potager, and the food offered at La Mamounia comes from there.
During the day, we explored the buzzling city of Marrakech check what to do in Marrakech on the blog of Maroc Mama 🙂 but came back to the hotel to relax and enjoy it’s many leisure amenities.
Indeed unlike most of the other riad in Marrakech, La Mamounia is situated outside the Medina (old city of Marrakech that is encercler de murailles) and therefore in a more calm area but still not far away from any of the attraction in Marrakech so you can do everything by foot.
La Mamounia has 200 guest rooms but since the hotel is so big and there is so much to do, you always feel like you are there alone. Pure luxury! During our stay, we took a walk into the 8 acre-gardens, enjoying exotic flowers, centuries-old olive trees, cactus plants that are my favourites and animal sculptures , went window-shopping in the designer boutique of the hotel, my favourite stores were studio 14 and La Mamounia that is selling products and parfums of the hotel. We also swimmed, sunbathed and drinked mint tea at the outdoor pool, or enjoyed the indoor spa that has got the most beautiful indoor pool I have ever seen : Princess from A Thousand and One Nights, feeling here again.
Pictured below : pools of La Mamounia
A big thank you to La Mamounia for this amazing experience!