If you have been keeping up with my travels on social media, you may remember the moment I was left in awe during my visit to The Oberoi - Mauritius. Recently, during my trip to Marrakech in February, I had the pleasure of experiencing The Oberoi there as well. It was my first time in Morocco, and I instantly fell in love with the enchanting warm pink-coral buildings and the fascinating intricacies of their rich Moroccan history.
First Impressions & Setting
Nestled in an idyllic locale boasting awe-inspiring vistas of the Atlas Mountains, and positioned southeast of the bustling medina along the road to Ouarzazate, this extraordinary hotel awaits.
Our 5 star hotel in Marrakech has beautifully landscaped gardens punctuated by water features. Its authentic architecture is inspired by palaces of ancient Morocco.
Exhibiting the iconic pink hue of traditional Moroccan architecture, the hotel's exterior is a sight to behold. Yet, it is upon stepping through its doors that the true opulence and grandeur are revealed. The proportions are nothing short of majestic, and the decor is intricate and ornate, capturing the essence of Moroccan artistry.
A highlight of this remarkable establishment is its magnificent courtyard, which draws inspiration from the renowned 14th-century Medersa Ben Youssef of Marrakech. A captivating centrepiece, the courtyard is a testament to the hotel's commitment to creating an ambience of splendour and cultural authenticity, adding to the allure of this exceptional destination.
During our stay, we had the privilege of indulging in the opulence of their 'Deluxe Villa with Private Pool'. Within, we were greeted by expansive interiors, including a regal master bedroom that exuded elegance. However, it was beyond the villa's walls where true bliss awaited.
Outdoors, a haven of seclusion beckoned, with plush deck chairs inviting us to relax and unwind amidst the serene surroundings. The heated private pool offered a respite from the world, inviting us to take a leisurely dip. The verdant hedges were adorned with vibrant flowers that perfectly matched the pool towels (a testament to the meticulous attention to detail).
Inside, the extravagance continued with a walk-in wardrobe that boasted ample space, adding a touch of sophistication to our stay. The dual-sink bathroom, replete with sumptuous amenities, exemplified the epitome of luxury. Every facet of our experience was curated to perfection, leaving us with cherished memories of a truly refined retreat.
Another exquisite personal touch that graced our arrival was a beautiful welcome arrangement, adorned with a bottle of fine wine, an assortment of fresh fruits, delectable Moroccan pastries, and a thoughtful welcome note.
Tamimt delights guests with its exquisite Mediterranean, Indian, and International cuisines, skillfully crafted using locally sourced ingredients and the freshest produce. As the main restaurant where we savoured breakfast each morning, Tamimt offered a plethora of sweet and savoury options, including the delectable Msemen - square-shaped pancakes - served with their luscious Amlou.
An evening dining experience at Tamimt was truly a culinary journey to remember, as we indulged in the rich and vibrant flavours of their Indian cuisine. The skilled chefs were accommodating to dietary requirements, ensuring a memorable dining experience for all. Adding to the enchanting atmosphere, live music played throughout the evening, enhancing the ambience and creating an unforgettable dining experience at Tamimt.
Siniman, commands a breathtaking view of the courtyard and is renowned for its impeccable Moroccan cuisine. Stepping into Siniman, one is enveloped in a warm, dimly-lit ambience, adorned with elegant chandeliers and sumptuous ruby-red plush seating, creating an intimate and sophisticated dining setting.
The culinary experience at Siniman is nothing short of extraordinary. The seven salads, a tantalizing medley of flavours and textures, are not to be missed, showcasing the culinary prowess of the skilled chefs. And the tangia, a hearty and flavoursome Moroccan speciality, is a true indulgence for the senses, leaving one craving for more.
Siniman is a culinary haven that epitomizes the epitome of fine dining, where every detail is meticulously curated to ensure an elegant and unforgettable dining experience.
Vue is a haven for those seeking a refined and sophisticated drinking experience. With its breathtaking view and inspired British interior, Vue exudes a mellow and warming ambience that envelops guests in its charm. The bar boasts an extensive range of exquisite wines and spirits, curated to cater to the discerning palates of its esteemed guests. For those who appreciate the finer things in life, Vue also offers a selection of premium cigars to indulge in, adding to the unparalleled experience.
The Vue Bar is the perfect spot to unwind and relax, whether it's for post-dinner plans or a pre-dinner aperitif.
Around the hotel
Spa: A personal favourite of mine, provided a blissful and rejuvenating experience with its traditional Hammam ritual, leaving our bodies exfoliated and cleansed. Boasting a plethora of amenities including a spacious indoor pool, well-equipped gym, serene yoga studio, beauty studios, and private treatment rooms, the spa offers a sanctuary for self-care. The floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light, creating an airy and tranquil atmosphere, truly making it a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Library Room: The Library Room, often overlooked, is a hidden gem for book enthusiasts. Lined with a curated collection of books ranging from history to Moroccan recipes and culture, it offers a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration. A true haven for bibliophiles, it's a delightful space to curl up with a good book and immerse oneself in the world of words.
Outdoors: The outdoor spaces are a veritable oasis, with the main pool enveloped by swaying palm trees, creating a serene and picturesque setting. The beautiful gardens beckon to be explored, offering a serene backdrop for a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk, immersing oneself in the natural beauty of the surroundings.
This meticulously curated hotel is truly a haven for those seeking respite from the bustling energy of central Marrakech. The Oberoi Marrakech offers a sanctuary that caters to both families and couples, thoughtfully crafted to provide an unparalleled experience. Even if you do not plan on staying as a guest, I highly recommend indulging yourself in one of their exquisite restaurants.
Visually, this hotel is simply breathtaking, with exceptional service that leaves a lasting impression. The attentive and accommodating staff makes you feel like royalty, evoking a sense of regality throughout your stay. The experience is reminiscent of a palace, where every aspect is carefully curated to ensure your utmost comfort and satisfaction.
The Oberoi Marrakech is truly a must-visit destination, offering a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, and an experience that leaves you feeling pampered, rejuvenated, and truly cherished by their world-class hospitality.
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This stay was gently offered by The Oberoi - Marrakech. All views and opinions here are as usual my own.