Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced today that it has signed a long-term agreement to manage a luxury resort currently under development in Marrakech, Morocco. The owner and developer of the project is Park Palmeraie S.A., which owns the Hyatt Regency Casablanca and the Barcelo Marina Resort Hotel in Smir. Park Palmeraie SA is a family owned company led by Omar Kabbaj, whose name has also been associated with Angsana Riads Collection in the Old Medina of Marrakech (managed by Banyan Tree)
This is the second attempt by Mandarin Oriental to open in Marrakech, after having pulled out from a previous property, last year, in final stages of construction which was owned and developed by an Indian entrepreneur. The respective project will open under a management agreement by Taj Palaces & Hotels this summer.
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, which is scheduled to open in 2014, will be an intimate and exclusive retreat, set in 20 hectares of landscaped olive groves in the heart of the exotic Palmeraie region, with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. The resort comprises luxurious accommodation, offering the utmost in privacy. Innovative dining, a signature Mandarin Oriental spa and verdant gardens featuring orchards, pools, water features and fountains combine to provide guests with an ideal palace resort environment.
Positioned within the lush, landscaped grounds will be 54 individual villas, or riads, each housed in 300 square metres of private walled gardens, featuring their own pools and hot tubs, open-air showers, extensive areas for sunbathing and shaded alfresco dining. In keeping with traditional Moroccan customs, each riad will feature an interior courtyard, creating a calming, reflective arrival experience. The resort’s palatial main building will house a further seven expansive suites, each with their own rooftop pool and panoramic vistas of the gardens and the surrounding countryside, bringing the total number of guestrooms to 61.
An eclectic selection of Moroccan and international cuisines will be provided by five innovative restaurants and bars, including poolside alfresco dining, a vibrant bar with live music and a signature fine dining restaurant. Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will also feature an 80-seat ballroom with three additional function rooms.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will focus on the well-being of its guests, offering holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a serene, meditative setting. The expansive 1,800 sq.m Spa will feature eight private treatment rooms, including two deluxe couples’ suites, each with associated hammams, relaxation areas, significant water and heat therapies as well as a comprehensive fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Set to provide an all-encompassing range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments, the Spa will offer life-enhancing signature programmes created exclusively by Mandarin Oriental as well as specifically developed treatments inspired by local Moroccan traditions.
Serene yet contemporary in character, celebrated French architect Pascal Desprez has modelled the resort’s architecture on Morocco’s rich heritage and the cultural influences of the region. Renowned Paris based design-duo Gilles & Boissier will oversee the interior design of the main building’s public areas. Pascal Desprez’s previous projects include: Hyatt Regency Madeleine in Paris, the renovation of Majestic Barrière Hotel in Cannes and the luxury resort of Naoura Barrière in Marrakech.
The resort is ideally located for access to the region’s varied and extensive leisure activities, such as year-round golfing, Marrakech’s three premium clubs, Royal Golf, Golf D’Amelkis and Golf Al Maaden, are all located within close range of the resort. The city’s celebrated walled medina, with its palaces, mosques and lively souks where intricate handcrafts and delicate jewellery are sold alongside aromatic spices, traditional slippers and colourful fabrics, is a short drive away.
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