Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
A quietly gorgeous oasis close to the medina
What we think
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Lying in 20 hectares of fragrant gardens and gnarly olive groves, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is a five-star luxury resort only minutes from the city centre. With excellent facilities and world-class dining, we offer the ultimate Moroccan escape. With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is an oasis of luxury close to the medina. Our beautiful villas, spacious suites, fabulous spa and choice of innovative restaurants will take your breath away. 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 9 spacious suites, a world-class spa and excellent dining overseen by celebrated chef Meryem Cherkaoui.
Restaraunts & Bars
Salon Berbere - Offers an exceptional view over both the resort’s blue and green pools and the Atlas Mountains, and makes for a lively dining room that evolves throughout the day. Ideal for breakfast, where the buffet includes many traditional Moroccan specialties such as Msamen – small squared-pancakes that are eaten hot with a little honey – as well as Western dishes. The wooden buffet table, its top carved from a block of marble, was designed by Gilles & Boissier, and is transformed into a pastry counter for afternoon tea, when the restaurant takes on the feel of a tea room, with sweets and delicacies displayed under stylish glass bells, for eating in or takeaway. The atmosphere changes again at sunset, as Salon Berbere morphs into a champagne bar, perfect for a pre or after dinner drink.
The Pool Garden - Offers a refreshing spot to enjoy lunch outdoors. The menu offers a selection of healthy dishes designed around fresh fruits and vegetables sourced directly from the vegetable garden. Light Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as crunchy vegetables with anchovy dressing or sweet red pepper gazpacho are complemented by the fish of the day from the seafood grill, or the truffled croque monsieur. The small islands on the water ponds can be used for a quiet drink or a more private lunch, while a handful of tables in the shade of the bougainvillea complement those of the adjoining garden.
Mes’Lalla - Serves traditional Moroccan cuisine with contemporary touches, under the leadership of renowned Chef Meryem Cherkaoui. A native of Rabat, Cherkaoui is a keen proponent of her native culinary heritage and offers a contemporary interpretation of Moroccan classics. Reviving local recipes of fishermen and farmers, she harnesses the richness and diversity of popular cuisine, bringing a street-food touch to her cooking. The result makes for the refined but casual discovery of an exceptional culinary heritage, with a particular focus on organic products grown on-site and by local farms or cooperatives.