La Mamounia Marrakech
The Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakech is a stunningly regal palace of unimaginable beauty and elegance. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World collection, La Mamounia is one of a kind, exuding exceptional opulence.
Situated right on the edge of the walls of the ancient medina, La Mamounia is named after its 200-year old gardens, which were given as a wedding present to then Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father. The present day gardens cover almost 20 acres and contain literally thousands of different species of flora and fauna.
The hotel itself was designed and built in 1922 by the architects Prost and Marchisio. Since its creation, the hotel has been renovated several times; the latest 3-year renovation was completed in 2009 by the French designer Jacques Garcia.
Its hard not to fall in love with this wonderful paradise, and the list of loyal patrons includes numerous famous people. Sir Winston Churchill called La Mamounia, “the most lovely spot in the whole world”. Churchill first visited La Mamounia in 1935 and continued to do so on a regular basis. In 1943 after the Casablanca Conference meeting of the Allies, Churchill invited President Roosevelt and General Charles de Gaulle to join him at La Mamounia for further discussions. His suite was renamed in his honour and today in addition to the Churchill Suite, the main bar, the Churchill Bar is also named in his honour.
You don’t have to stay at La Mamounia to partake of its magic – it’s possible to purchase a pass to spend the day beside the pool and the restaurants and Churchill Bar are open in the evening to non-residents. In the evening after dark, be sure to take a walk in the garden – it’s stunning, with rows of ancient olive trees lit up to form magical tunnels.