Amanjena Resort in Marrakech, Morocco

September 9, 2010 by

Amanjena is a 39-room, 5-star luxury boutique hotel resort in Marrakech, Morocco.

Amanjena, or ‘peaceful paradise’, is the first Amanresort on the African continent. The property is located just outside the ancient Moroccan city of Marrakech on the southern road to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. The High Atlas Mountains claim the Marrakech horizon and the Atlantic coast is just two hours away. The 18-hole Amelkis Championship Golf Course lies immediately alongside Amanjena, with a second course – the Royal Golf Course – just minutes away.

Known in Arabic as Al Medina al-Hamra, the ‘Red City’, due to its rosy-hued walls and structures, Marrakech was the inspiration for Amanjena’s design. The resort’s walls echo the city’s old pisé (rammed earth) buildings as well as the Berber villages that cling to the High Atlas Mountains. Green is also a predominant color in the oasis of Marrakech – the color of Islam, paradise, royalty and abundance. The color of nature gilds Amanjena, too: its lawns and vines, its emerald-clay roofs, Moroccan marble fountains and the dazzle of hand-cut, glazed tiles known as zellij.

The Restaurant at Amanjena is open for dinner and specializes in authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. Soft lighting lends warmth to the generously-proportioned room, centered by a scalloped onyx fountain surrounded by olive trees beneath a commanding central skylight. Arched moucharabieh wood screens decorate the upper reaches of onyx pillars while the tinted plâtre ciselé walls are the color of honey, chiseled with Berber designs. Banquettes and tables line the walls. During the summer months, dinner seating is moved outdoors.

The Thai Restaurant, situated alongside the swimming pool, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The light-filled room features banks of glass doors and coral-tadlekt walls decorated with old Moroccan leather horse saddles.

The Pool Terrace meanwhile is open for breakfast and lunch, overlooking the pool and adjacent golf course. Guests can also enjoy private dining in their Pavilion or Maison. Special dinners or buffets to celebrate a unique occasion can be arranged.

Upon request, intimate dinners accompanied by local music can be organized in the Caidal Tent, a traditional and romantic venue situated in an olive grove.

Featuring clusters of cotton-sabra armchairs, The Bar is ideal for casual dining, pre-dinner aperitifs and post-dinner nightcaps. Located just off Amanjena’s entrance-way, the venue is airily cool in summer and warmly welcoming during winter with its open fireplace and ambient lighting. Smoke-tinted mirrors along with old Berber daggers and Arabic swords in scabbards of deer antler, camel bone and olive wood decorate the walls. Housed within The Bar, The Fumoir offers a selection of cigars.

Amanjena’s Spa features two Turkish-style hammams (steam baths) complemented by showers, washrooms, a dressing area and a glassed-in whirlpool. The whirlpool opens onto a fountain courtyard bordered by a two-metre pisé wall. Spa treatments ranging from traditional Moroccan gommage (scrubs) to a selection of massages can be enjoyed at Amanjena’s Spa. Other services include reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Private treatment rooms offer a peaceful sanctuary for relaxation.

Amanjena’s 18 rose-toned Pavilions, six Pavilions Bassin, eight Pavilions Piscine, six two-story Maisons and the two-bedroom Al-Hamra Maison all radiate from the ancient bassin (irrigation pool) which lies at the heart of the property.

The resort’s 32 air-conditioned Pavilions lie beneath their own graceful stuc Venetien domes. The pale peach-colored walls feature a lustrous tadlekt finish, a treatment originally reserved for waterproofing hammam (steam bath) walls. Under the dome is a king-size bed and a wood-burning fireplace brightens the living area. Other furnishings include a daybed and a desk finished in Moroccan leather, as well as a cherry-wood chair. Quarzazate green marble finishes the bathroom with its stepped and columned bathtub, twin vanities, soaring mirrors, twin dressing areas and separate shower and toilet. Berber carpets are scattered about the zellij -tiled floors.

The Pavilions Bassin accomodations enjoy sweeping views over the central irrigation pool whilst the Pavilions Piscine (pool pavilions) have their own 25-square meter heated pools and extended private gardens. Courtyards feature large lounging couches flanked by black lanterns as well as zellij fountains recessed into the terracotta-tiled floors. Chaise lounges and Maillechort candle lanterns lend Moroccan ambiance. For families or couples traveling together, the courtyard’s facing cedar doors can be opened to the adjacent Pavilion . All Pavilions enjoy a pillared minzah (gazebo).

Amanjena’s six two-story, two-bedroom Maisons rise seven meters from floor to ceiling in a variation of the Moroccan town house. The living area, located on the ground floor, features an arc-cut fireplace, a zellij wall fountain and a small bathroom. The self-contained guest bedroom, with its queen-size bed, bathroom with separate shower and toilet, dressing area and separate courtyard entrance, is also located on this floor. The master suite upstairs features a king-size bed and divan, while the en suite bathroom is defined by marble columns, a domed shower, a pillared green marble bathtub and separate toilet. Each Maison ’s courtyard enjoys its own private heated swimming pool, most with views directly over the bassin. Two of the six Maisons come with garden courtyards. These Maisons Jardin feature a fireplace, a large minzah, a butler’s pantry and a shade tree.

The largest accommodation unit is the Al-Hamra Maison. This graceful abode features an extensive main pavilion with a large indoor living and dining area, an open fireplace and private butler service. Two bedrooms are linked by an open passageway to the shared garden which offers two minzahs for dining and lounging as well as a private 36-square meter heated pool.

For an exotic wedding ceremony, Amanjena, near Marrakech, can arrange a traditional Moroccan wedding. Pink-hued rose petals whose scent fills the air, adorn the various water pools and fountains dotted around the property. Arabian music plays softly in the background as the wedding couple are prepared according to the ancient rites of the harem – with a traditional hammam followed by a massage and henné tatouage. A wedding carriage led by Moroccan chants carries the bride, while her husband-to-be accompanies the musicians on horseback. After the wedding ceremony the couple travels together by carriage while enjoying the traditional after-marriage refreshments of milk, dates and orange-flower water. Rose petals are scattered over them for luck, and, as dusk falls, the wedding party enters the graceful reception tent set in an olive grove. After an exotic feast rounded off with Moroccan tea and pastries, Andalusian music and belly dancers entertain the wedding party well into the balmy night.

A tranquil retreat, Amanjena reflects the region’s Moorish heritage in every graceful arch, stone courtyard and rose petal-strewn fountain, its sun-paled red walls and reflective pools paying homage to North Africa’s stark beauty and rich history. Book your trip now to enjoy a luxurious getaway.

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  1. Mya says:

    I heard about that hotel in morocco, she said that it is exotic and very calm. I would like to go one day.

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