The Luxurious Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco
The famed city walls of Marrakech have some fresh competition from a not-so-humble neighbour: the Royal Mansour Hotel. The luxury hotel has been included in the 2011 edition of the Best of the Best List compiled by the luxury goods resource the Robb Report. The stunning luxury hotel more than pays homage to the Moroccan city’s imperial splendour, it recreates it.
The sheer scale and pedigree of this particular project set expectations high from the first. Developed by King Mohammed VI himself, the massive complex was conceived as an echo of the legendary Medieval city that birthed it. The imposing, red clay walls that blocked its construction from the public eye now enclose a network of lanes and squares that wend their way between riads, the opulent courtyard palaces that were constructed throughout the medieval center during the city’s mercantile heyday. But unlike the bustling souks of the medina, the lanes here skirt serene ponds and fountains, clusters of silvering olive trees, and boughs of bougainvillea.
The riads themselves echo the decorative and architectural flourishes of Marrakesh’s most illustrious buildings. The stark symmetry of the 12th century Koutoubia mosque, the explosions of geometric lattice of the Saadian Tombs, the elaborate woodworking that graces doorways of even the humblest homes throughout the old city – all this is on profuse display within the walls of the Royal Mansour, a testament to the Imperial city’s great artistic heritage, and the continued excellence of the artisans who keep those traditions alive. Visit them online (or better yet, in person!) to view a true testimonial to Moroccan artistry and exceptional décor.