Featured Destination: Marrakech

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
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Marrakech, Morocco

For over 1000 years, the Jemaa el-Fna square has been a meeting place for all of life – head here after dark for the full atmospheric experience, where crowds gather around dancers, musicians, acrobats and storytellers, and Marrakchis eat at the food stalls. In the daytime, escape the heat with a visit to the subtropical Jardin Majorelle. Created by French painter Jacques Majorelle, this small but lush garden was bought in 1980 and restored by Yves Saint Laurent. There are numerous beautiful and historic sites, such as the 19th century Bahia Palace, but for a modern contrast, also keep a look out for examples of Marrakech’s burgeoning street art scene.

Of course, a visit to Marrakech without stepping into its labyrinth of stalls (buy slippers, rugs, and the city’s famous black soap) would be an oversight. But there is also a wealth of interesting stores and highly skilled artisans to discover outside the Medina. Guéliz has international brands and local heroes. Yahya, run by a London-born Moroccan designer, makes exquisite one-of-a-kind homewares such as lighting and decorative art using traditional jewellery-making techniques. When you are ready to dine in style, Nomad in the Medina is the place to be. Find a small alleyway with an unassuming door and tiny sign, and you will be rewarded for your adventurousness – get a table on one of the several levels of outdoor candlelit terraces and enjoy contemporary Moroccan dishes. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset over the Medina. 

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop and a series of serene ponds as a centerpiece, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech lies nestled in an abundance of olive groves and landscaped gardens, beautifully scented with jasmine, night-blooming cestrum and over 100,000 fragrant roses. Only 10 minutes from the city’s famous Medina, this elegant, contemporary resort feels a world away in terms of serenity, with just 54 luxurious villas and nine spacious suites, a world-class spa and excellent dining overseen by celebrated chef Meryem Cherkaoui.

The 54 villas, which start at a luxurious 3,096 square feet, are a smart mix of Moorish and Berber stylings, and each centers on a heated pool. The nine suites are equally sublime with spacious living areas to stretch out. All guests also enjoy privileged access to the Royal Golf Club and its 27-hole course. Additionally, the serene spa is the ultimate holistic oasis, with high arched ceilings, long corridors built from red brick and a stunning sun-drenched ornamental pool leading off reception, providing the perfect backdrop for its long list of treatments and therapies.