Luxury destination Morocco opens its doors

Schenelle Dsouza 
One of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Morocco is famous for many things, including its varied geography. From the Atlas Mountains to the Saharan dunes, Morocco has time and again proved they have the best of the best. And while Maldives and Bali became the ‘it’ destination for a while, Morocco has once again opened its doors, welcoming the world to experience the rich Moroccan culture.
Among most things, Morocco is known for its lavish hotels and impeccable hospitality. Take a look at some of the best hotels to bookmark for your next holiday.
Amanjena, Marrakech
Amanjena, Morocco
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The word Amanjena means ‘peaceful paradise’, and this magical hotel in Marrakech is just that. Surrounded by an expanse of palm and olive trees, open courtyards near vast reflecting pools, and splendid Moorish architecture by Ed Tuttle, the hotel captures the Zen-like calm of its namesake. Choose from lavishly appointed Pavilions and Maisons elegantly decorated with Berber carpets scattered over zellij-tiled floors and high-ceilings windows overlooking the property. Relax by the pool, enjoy an active game of tennis on Amanjena’s clay courts or take to the 27-hole Amelkis Golf Course next door, or go all out with the magical landscape of the Agafay dunes deep in the desert.
Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Fnideq
Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Morocco
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An all pool villa resort, Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay stands as a sanctuary for the senses. The hotel is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Hidden in the Rif Mountains, the resort’s architecture pays homage to the region’s Andalusian-Moorish legacy and Moroccan heritage. Each villa with its own private pool blends exotic Moroccan charm with a relaxing Mediterranean vibe. Designed in contemporary elegance, the rooms carry a floral Arabesque theme throughout. The Banyan Tree Spa is said to be one of the best in Morocco and a must try for all travellers.
Fairmont Royal Palm, Marrakech
Fairmont Royal Palm Morocco
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An escape into the mountains, Fairmount Royal Palm offers a postcard-like backdrop with a 231-hectare estate and the famous Atlas mountain range. A country club-style resort, the hotel offers everything within the realm of luxury, all under one roof, right from an 18-hole golf course to a swimming pool that is the size of a lake. The hotel’s Le Spa is a tremendous 3,500 sqm haven of bliss, offering world-class treatments that are inspired by local traditions. And not forgetting the little ones, the hotel has a fun Kid’s Club that organizes themed events for children and even houses its own restaurant for nutritional but delicious meals after playtime.
Kasbah Tamadot, Asni 
Kasbah Tamadot Morocco
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Another spectacular hotel in the renowned Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson who had it transformed from a crumbling fortress into the stylish award-winning safari that it is today. The luxe resort is situated in the Ouirgane Valley and offers a total of 28 accommodations. This includes 10 traditional Moroccan Berber Tents (nomadic tents originally made of camel and goat hair) fitted with private decks and private outdoor whirlpool tubs. While each room is uniquely designed, every room is fitted with a private terrace or balcony and furnished with artefacts from the Arab Peninsula, India and the Far East. High Atlas trekking, camel riding, quad biking and paragliding are some of the fun activities organised by the hotel.
La Sultana, Oualidia
La Sultana Morocco
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La Sultana is one of the most sought after hotels in Oualidia overlooking Morocco’s pristine Atlantic coast. Surrounded by blue lagoons and greenery, the stone-built property is designed as a villa with terraces that run down to the tidal lagoon. The hotel offers absolute privacy to its guests, with 12 individual rooms and suites, designed oleander wood, stone and tadelakt walls, painted wooden furniture and floors of aged marble, giving them a rustic but sophisticated feel. One of the biggest highlights is the hotel’s glass-roofed spa which comes with a heated indoor pool and a fresh-water infinity pool just outside, a Hammam, a hair salon and five treatment cabins for the ultimate spa experience.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
Mandarin Oriental Morocco
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Unlike most Moroccan hotels, Mandarin Oriental has a more contemporary character in terms of architecture. The entire building is designed to resemble the deserts with sand-coloured exteriors. Sitting in the middle of twenty hectares of landscaped gardens, the hotel offers one of the best views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The hotel redefines luxury with its collection of fifty-four villas and nine suites. Designed as mini riads, the villas offer an abundance of space compared to the suites. Furnished in Mandarin Oriental’s signature palette of cream and mahogany, the rooms are furnished with Berber inspired décor – handwoven rugs, textured tadelakt and latticework screens with Berber art. From cooking classes and workshops to bike rides, tours and treks, Mandarin Oriental creates tailor-made experiences for each guest, creating the most memorable trip ever.
Royal Mansour Marrakech
Royal Mansour Morocco
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Regarded as the gold standard of luxury in Marrakech, Royal Mansour is a timeless architectural masterpiece. The hotel designed as a royal palace is decorated in opulence with sparkling chandeliers, silk carpets, embroidered curtains and loads of antique furniture. One of the highlights of the hotel is its unique accommodation concept. In place of rooms and suites, the hotel features two and three-bedroom riads spread across three floors. Although the hotel reeks of traditional décor, the rooms are fitted with the best of modern amenities including a stocked minibar, plunge pool, digitally controlled lighting, air-conditioning and heating. The hotel also features one of the biggest spas in Morocco – the Royal Mansour Marrakech Spa, and a beautiful Hammam, which offer signature treatments inspired by ancient Moroccan traditions.
Royal Mansour Morocco
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