La Mamounia, is nestled in a 17 acre park just 5 minutes walk from the fabulous Jma El-Fna square. Wholly refurbished from 2007-9, the five-star Mamounia is the iconic residence in Morocco, if you prefer grand-dames to boutique riads.
There are 135 rooms, plus 71 suites and a trio of separate riads, each with three bedrooms, private terraces, salons and a pool. Deftly balancing comfort and Moorish/Art Deco opulence, every room has striking views of city, gardens or mountains.
The facilities are impressive: four restaurants, including two with Michelin-star chefs; five bars; a 27,000sq.ft spa offering 80 treatments; a pool; tennis and squash courts.
If ever a city was primed to be discovered, it was this. Hidden doorways, maze like souks, the Old Medina – you can lose yourself here in the best way possible. Haggle for souvenirs at the market stalls, then relax in a hammam or over a cup of mint tea in a café. Some of the architecture – such as that of the Koutoubia Mosque – is truly magical. Exploring the main square, Djeema el Fna, is best done in the evenings, when the snake charmers, musicians and jugglers are in full force.
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The longest established inhabitants of Morocco, the Berber people come from a feudal society, who have preserved their culture and traditions. Arabic is not widely spoken, and their music and dance are unique, with men and women dancing together. The Berber hospitality is justifiably famous, and you are sure to enjoy mint tea with them, […]