Royal Mansour Marrakech will reopen this fall following a renovation project that will expand the property’s existing footprint by nearly two acres. Following the completion of the renovation, the hotel’s entry gate will be relocated to accommodate a new Yannick Alleno restaurant, extended gardens and a new swimming pool lined with shrubbery and palm trees. Seven new cabanas will be constructed within the pool’s surrounding greenery, while a new Kid’s Pavilion will be situated away from key relaxation areas.
The project is being carried out by Luis Vallejo Landscape Studio, the original architect of Royal Mansour’s grounds.
The new 6,000 square-foot swimming pool will be surrounded by a sundeck apportioned into “sun” and “shade” zones. For added privacy, seven new cabanas will be hidden along the deck’s borders and will be available for poolside spa treatments and dining.
Positioned away from the private cabanas, the new Kid’s Pavilion will be a poolside extension of Royal Mansour’s Kid’s Club.
With the expansion also comes Royal Mansour’s fourth dining destination from Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno. The yet-to-be-named poolside restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at garden-side tables.
The garden’s design draws inspiration from a number of traditional Moroccan reference points. A grid of olive trees stands at the center of the garden as a nod to the UNESCO World Heritage Agdal Gardens, while palm trees found throughout Moroccan valleys define the newly expanded property line. Traditional date palms will grow up and over the boundary walls, creating a visual connection with the local areas surrounding the property. Lastly, the lawns will be a geometric patchwork of greenery and walking paths, evocative of traditional agriculture patterns. There will also be various ponds and streams that will dot the grounds as a reference to ancient irrigation systems.
Royal Mansour Marrakech first opened in June 2010. Now covering over 10 acres, the property comprises 53 individual three-story riads with central, open-air courtyards, roof terraces and private plunge pools. Public areas such as the bar have antique mirrors. There is also a 27,000 square-foot spa with a white, birdcage-like atrium constructed of metal latticework. Art from 80 Moroccan artists is on display both in the riads and throughout the property.