With international flights available again, Marrakech – a colourful, evocative and vibrant city that has long inspired travellers, dreamers, romantics and wanderers – and its Grand Dame, La Mamounia, lies within reach.
Ahead of its upcoming centenary, the hotel has recently undergone an extensive renovation that preserved its original character, heritage and signature architecture, while creating new guest experiences including a private cinema, reimagined bar spaces and new restaurants in partnership with celebrated chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Pierre Hermé.
One of the world’s most recognised and respected chefs, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees a brand-new Asian restaurant, L’Asiatique par Jean-Georges, with the finest dishes from South Asia, as well as taking the helm of the hotel’s much-beloved L’Italien Restaurant. Near the Galerie Mamounia, guests will now find the Salon de thé by international pastry chef, Pierre Hermé, serving breakfast, afternoon tea and gastronomic snacks.
Le Bar Majorelle, named after the renowned Jacques Majorelle, a French orientalist painter and lover of Marrakech,has introduced a new menu of elevated French cuisine, adding to the sophisticated nature of this much beloved social space. The sought-after intimacy and seclusion of La Mamounia’s historic Churchill Barhas been further enhanced, with the 20-seat bar now offering the opportunity taste La Mamounia’s special Caviar Maison, made specifically for the hotel from the oldest caviar factory in Paris, Kaviari.
Additional new experiences in this garden sanctuary includes a new underground wine bar, L’Oenothèque, where up to 12 guests can sample selected grand cru wines or dine surrounded by more than 2,000 bottles of wine, and a new 20-seat private cinema for hotel guests to view movie classics or new releases.
Abercrombie & Kent (www.abercrombiekent.co.uk; 01242 547 760) offers a three-night stay at La Mamounia from £1,499pp
based on two people sharing Superior Room. Includes flights, transfers and room only. Comes under A&K’s flexible booking policy.