La Mamounia

Marrakech, Moroccco | C.1923

Photo Credit: @s1000

Walking past the doormen into the crimson velvet lobby of La Mamounia hotel feels like walking into a Moroccan painting. Dubbed “the most lovely spot in the whole world” by Winston Churchill, and named the Best Hotel in the World at the 2018 Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, La Mamounia sits atop many world travelers’ bucket lists.

Built in 1923 when Morocco was a French protectorate, La Mamounia blends a Moorish style with Art Deco influences. The hotel has long been considered a masterpiece of this fusion of styles, a combination unique to a handful of Moroccan buildings.

La Mamounia was initially a gift from King Mohammed ben Abdallah to his son, Mamoun, after his marriage. Part of the gift included eight acres of land, on which fruit trees, ancient olive trees, rose beds, and cactus plants grow today. The most sought-after rooms in the hotel are those overlooking this green expanse.

Revered for centuries as a pinnacle of design, La Mamounia wanted to retain its reputation in a modern era. Such is the reason why, in 2009, French interior designer Jacques Garcia was employed for a €100 million interior remodeling.

The pool house (pictured) copies a 17th-century princely pavilion, where sculptures in the Moroccan Zellige mosaic style are carved across the plaster walls, overlooking a 600 sq ft swimming pool filtered with ozone. It is in houses like these where La Mamounia offers traditional and private hammams, or Turkish baths.

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