Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
What We Love
- The dreamy Atlas Mountains backdrop
- Direct access to some of Marrakech’s best golf clubs
- The five-acre rose garden
- Spa menu treatments informed by Berber, Thai, and Chinese traditions
- 24-hour in-villa dining
What To Know
- A complimentary shuttle takes hotel guests to Marrakech’s spirited souks
- The hotel is just 15 minutes from Marrakech Menara International Airport
- For younger travelers, children’s books, movies, and electronic games are available at the concierge desk
- The concierge can help facilitate a Land Rover excursion through Berber villages and the Atlas Mountains
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Endless olive groves and jasmine trees lend a distinctly Garden of Eden-like feel to this bewitching resort, a hushed expanse in otherwise frenetic Marrakech. At this walled hideaway, replete with Moorish arcades and courtyards, romance is practically a prerequisite. Paths are dotted with dainty tea lights, the air seems perpetually scented with rose and orange blossom, and there’s even an onsite champagne bar. Dial up the euphoria at the spa (which includes a couples’ suite) where the black salt exfoliations, saffron scrubs, and milk baths might leave you so relaxed that all you can manage afterwards is a lazy meal—a succession of creatively reimagined Moroccan classics— before retiring to your villa, which the staff light with flickering lanterns.
Each of the 54 villas here is astonishingly private and comes with its own pool, Jacuzzi, and outdoor shower. The signature villas are modeled after miniature riads and swathed in a royal fusion of cream and mahogany, with latticework screens and infinity pools lined with black zellij tiles.
Herbivores flock to the Pool Garden for its Mediterranean veggie-centric dishes, best enjoyed outdoors—but evening meals are a must at Mes’Lalla, where a Paul Bocuse-trained chef offers a visionary take on Maghreb staples like pastilla and tagine.
You’d never know you’re just a 20-minute drive from the chaotic city center, a lively square that teems with snake charmers, henna artists, and live musicians. Other easily accessible landmarks include the Majorelle Garden, a 12-acre botanical paradise and archaeological museum. The property is just 15 minutes from Marrakech Menara International Airport.
How to Get There
A special thank you to our butler, Ahmed Bennani, who went above and beyond during — and after — our stay (family of six from Mexico, June 25-27, Mandarin Pool Villa and Oriental Pool Villa).
We had the unfortunate circumstance of losing one of our luggage during our flight to Marrakech. Not a great start to a one-week exploration of Morocco to celebrate our daughter’s 15th birthday (from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and to the desert’s of Merzouga and back).
Fortunately, Ahmed worked tirelessly to find its whereabouts even after we checked-out. We spent everyday of our vacation messaging Ahmed from the corners of Morocco. To our delight, Ahmed was able to track down the luggage and we were able to recover it upon our departure in the RAK airport’s Lost & Found after one week.
We are in the hotel business so we know about resourceful employees, but Ahmed exceeded our expectations. He was even kind enough to recover an unopened bottle of champagne from our villa and return it to us upon our departure.
“I’m still your personal butler any time you need me,” he wrote in his final phone messages to us before boarding our flight.
We smiled upon reading this. It was accurate. It defined Ahmed’s dedication. He could have easily stopped helping us after we checked-out and a week had passed. We knew this, in which case we would have never located our luggage within the endless dead ends of Iberia Airline’s lost luggage system nor retrieved it from RAK airport’s overflowing Lost & Found luggage office.
So, we are, of course, big fans of Ahmed, as well as all the staff at MO Marrakech.
I am familiar with Mandarin Oriental, but it was my very first time at MO Marrakech.
The place is breathless, but people working there really make the difference: we met professionals but smiling and goodhearted working people, able to understand guests’ needs.
A very rare and unique mix of abilities and skills.
A special gratitude to the extraordinary hotel director Monsieur Clément that was able to satisfy our unusual requests .... I’m interested in local schools and organic farms and local products.
Our butler Ali made our stay smooth and enjoyable. He really made the difference. Merci Ali.
Breakfast is something to experience: lots of choices and healthy raw materials too.
The resort is a sustainable place, the SPA - place to experience - uses many natural and local products.
The restaurant Ling Ling was able to surprise me with delicious Asian food.
I really enjoyed the overall atmosphere there. Something to experience.
The few moments spent around the pool side have been unforgettable too.
We’ll be back for sure.... hopefully in November to enjoy the intriguing saffron harvest.
The Mandarin Oriental is a beautiful resort in a great location in Marrakech. Except for a minor service issue that was addressed immediately, we had a great experience.
We were warmly greeted by Gigi and a very attentive staff with cold towels and drinks upon our arrival. Our butler escorted us to a huge, private villa with enough outdoor space for a huge party! The villa is massive with top notch finishes, a hot tub and good size pool. There is plenty of seating for almost 20 people. It was 104 degrees Fahrenheit when we arrived, so it was a good think the A/C worked very well. We had trouble connecting to the Internet, but Gigi brought the IT Manager to our villa to solve the issue. Our butler was very accomodating and made sure our every need was addressed.
With a huge private villa and outdoor living space, this feels more like a high end neighborhood than a resort. The grounds are meticulously maintained and there are gorgeous flowers blooming everywhere. Our villa was the third one from the pool, so expect to hear lots of children if you are that close! We drowned out the sounds by running the bubbler on the hot tub! The main restaurant is nicely decorated and very impressive. An enormous buffet was set up for the last three nights of Ramadan, and as soon as the sun set, the locals who came to the resort swarmed the buffet area. It was quite the experience, but it was at times rather tense trying to get to the food! Speaking of which, the quality and quantity of the food are superb with some of the best we have ever had. The service the first night was great, but it declined noticeably the following two nights. I brought my concerns to the general manager who addressed it immediately. He apologized and sent one of his staff to our villa to offer us breakfast in our villa and to have dinner at the other main restaurant the next night. We had very nice spa treatments and found the staff to be nice and charming. We had several great excursions to Marrakech and the surrounding area which were nicely arranged by the resort.
The gym is small but has nice equipment. There is a large swimming pool, but we chose to hang out by our own in the villa. Housekeeping is fantastic, efficient and very friendly! In fact, we seldom have experienced better housekeeping services. There is noise from planes, but it is not a deal breaker for us. Be sure to bring insect repellent as it can be quite buggy at night.
The resort is well maintained. The villas offer a great deal of privacy. Since many of the guests are French and it is Marrakech, it was hard to escape the cigarette smoke! Nonetheless, this resort offers privacy, good service, excellent food, a perfect location and luxury.