Hospitality designers have a great sense of color, drama and balance and most hotels are designed to be eye-catching, surprising and yes, even a bit theatrical. From the contemporary, the exotic and the more traditional, there is always an inspiring idea or three to take away from a well-designed hotel to incorporate into your own home. If you are a color and pattern afficionado, one of the best hotels to look to is the glamorous, luxurious Royal Mansour in Marrakech. There is something to please the eye, excite the senses and cause the heart to be smitten yet again at the turn of every mysterious, enchanting corner.
The Royal Mansour, Marrakech is set within the walls of the old Medina and was built by King Mohammed VI as an homage to Moroccan design. The French firm of 3BIS, founded by architect Nicolas Papamiltiades and designer Fabric Bourg, created the space. It took over 1,200 master artisans three years to build the hotel on nine acres, which opened in June 2010.
There are no rooms — the Royal Mansour is comprised of 53 riads, each varying from 1,400 square feet to 20,000. There is an underground labyrinth that guides you directly to your riad and these tunnels are only accessible by the staff, ensuring your privacy. Once you reach your private quarters, you have access to your own private roof terrace and pool courtyard in addition to living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.
In the public areas as well as the private, no surface is left undecorated. Each is adorned with tile, fretwork, decorative art, marble, verre eglomise, mother-of-pearl marquetry and mosaics among many other incredible decor elements. The goal of the architects and design firm was to create a hotel that was its own work of art. The attention to detail is nothing short of magical.
The Royal Mansour Spa has a decadent design and philosophy: to have each guest enjoy their own space with marvelous suite within the spa. Instead of the guests running to each treatment, each treatment you choose comes to you!
There are Andalusian courtyard gardens available to the guests with winding, shaded walkways along spectacular fountains, a pool and water displays. You can also visit their library, bar lounges, loggias, Michelin-rated restaurants and a children’s club dedicated for the enjoyment of little ones. No fantastical detail and luxury was spared — you even have access to your own personal private jet.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the magic and romance of this virtual visit to the Royal Mansour. If you’d like to see and learn more, I’ve found a wonderful video to savor. Of course, I would love to know what you think of the hotel and what your favorite design and decor idea is – if you can even narrow it down to one!