La Mamounia Hotel is a magnificent display of Moroccan luxury and grandeur. The ornate tiles, luscious gardens, and plush furnishings ooze romance. From the massive outdoor pool to the world-class spa, this oasis in Marrakech is so fabulous it almost feels like fiction.
It's real-life guests have ranged from Winston Churchill to the Rolling Stones, and yes, it would be wonderful to join the list of pampered people who have stayed at this North African palace, but the nightly rates are formidable.
On my solo journey through Marrakech, I discovered a great way to experience the lavish amenities without spending my savings: I sat by pool, ordered a cold glass of white wine, and was provided with three hours of complimentary internet connection. Sitting amid climbing bougainvilleas and listening to the giggles of carefree kids, I touched base with friends and relatives back home.
Some day I intend to wheel my suitcase into La Mamounia and settle in for a good, long stay - but I can at least say I've tasted a bit of what Churchill called, "the most lovely spot in the whole world."
Initially skeptical of the costly renovation of La Mamounia I was delightfully surprised at the beautiful and elegant outcome. Truly an experience not to miss on a visit to Marrakech, an early evening drink at the Churchill Bar is a decadence to indulge in.
One of the most luxurious hotels in the world opens its bar and gardens to the public during particular hours of the day. A welcome respite from the frenetic pace of the medina, the lush and manicured gardens feature olive, palm and flowering bougainvillea trees. The air is filled with birdsong. Have a drink or a tea in the bar or terrace before wandering the 200-year-old gardens that were presented as a wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father, King Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah.