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Amanjena
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Route de Ouarzazate, km 12 | Amelkis, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #128 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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“Exotic 50th Birthday Party”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

Amanjena is an oasis of exotic delight situated just outside Marrakech.
I stayed at the hotel for several days and hosted my 50th Birthday party for 20 guests in the wonderful Berber tent.
Drinks were set up in the Olive Grove with bonfires and lanterns lighting up the desert sky. I delighted my guests by arriving out of the darkness on a well behaved camel behind a tribal trio of trumpeters and drummers! Red carpets governed the way to the tent where an evening of regal dinning and entertainment created a memory that will last a life time. I cannot thank enough Livio, Joy and all the staff who put together this perfect evening. The cuisine, wine and entertainment were perfect.
The piscine pavillion I stayed in was everything you expect from an Aman Resort Hotel. I'll be back.
S H-W London UK.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2011

We just spent 5 nights in one of the Pool villas and loved every luxurious moment. The property is tranquil and although apparently about 11 years old it is impeccably maintained. Luxury and service is apparent in every nook and cranny while keeping the architecture and ambiance of the Moroccan culture. Every night hundreds of lanterns are lit with candles around the property which is just beautiful. The staff was excellent and very respectful of our privacy but helpful with any request we had. The weather was perfect and dinner was served outside overlooking the lagoon. It is also possible to have any meal served in your villa; the food arrives hot and is beautifully presented on your private outdoor living dining area. The resort is located about a 15 minute drive from the hectic city so perfect for visiting the Medina etc. while avoiding the noise.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

Stayed here in Sept 2010 for a wonderful week. Despite being immaculate (as Aman always is) Amanjena has a look of being sun bleached which really sets the tone for the whole place. Far enough out of town to avoid the hustle and bustle it is a little oasis of stunning beauty and serenity
Typically perfect Aman staff with their 6th sense about what you want and where they need to be (despite it being a very hot Ramadan).
There are 3 restaurants.... the first by the lovely pool for breakfast and lunch and the other 2 by the main entrance, one indoor (in a fabulous ornate room) and one outdoor with nightly local entertainment. The food was always excellent and focused on local produce and dishes, we stayed again on a half board deal which seems great value.
We liked Amanjena so much we only left the resort one evening for a trip into town for dinner at the much hyped Mamounia (Oh Dear, we made the correct hotel choice).
If you want calm, relaxation and great spa treatments this is the hotel for you.
As an aside Marrakech has upped it's game in recent months and there are a string of 5 star hotels opening and about to open, hopefully this will bring some much needed tourism money in to a wonderful country.
Aman was here very early and it is faultless, I hope the newcomers take note of what they should be aiming for.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

We have previously stayed in a number of Aman resorts in Asia, America and Europe and seek out the Aman group of properties when we travel for leisure.

The resort is beautiful and a peaceful haven from the busy Medina. The grounds are kept immaculate and the ochre masonry contrasts beautifully with the lush green landscape and soft jade tiling of the reflection pools.

Amanjena is around 10 years old and is planned in a formal and elegant manner - that would expect from an Aman property.

The weather was 40 degrees plus everyday of our visit to Marrakech. This made visiting the various sites around the city just bearable. However, we made the most of our pool in the villa which was a must in the heat.

Dinner was served outside, by the reflection pool every night, so unfortunately we didn't get to experience the beautiful Moroccan restaurant. The exterior setting was, however, a beautiful environment to enjoy a meal with musicians playing traditional music. The only let down was the quality of the food at dinner. Both the Moroccan and Thai menus were small and the dishes generally uninspiring. After a few days we were thoroughly bored with the dinner menu.

We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast and lunch in the restaurant area by the pool. The staff at the pool area (particularly our waiter from Tunisia) were delightful.

The suite had a fireplace which I'm sure would be a great feature in the cooler months. The pool suite was extremely spacious and comfortable. A large vase of beautiful roses graces the room for the period of your visit. The suite had everything you could want - large walk in wardrobes (x2), bath with a view onto a courtyard with citrus trees, comfortable king bed with great linens, a Nescafe machine, and comfortable seating both inside and in the outdoor pavilion. The rooms were showing their age in some respects - such as broken insect screens on the sliding doors and wear and tear on the joinery. This didn't, however, distract from the overall luxurious and calming feel of the suite.

In summary, best to enjoy Amanjena in the cooler months when you can enjoy the sites of Marrakech in more comfort.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011 via mobile

The hotel is beautiful, the grounds stunning, and the service overall causually excellent, exactly what you expect from the Aman brand. The room was minimal Morrocan chic and was comfortable though I think Aman beds worldwide are a bit on the hard side. It was a nice retreat from tours in the Atlas Mountains and Souks. The food was excellent and room service was prompt and friendly. We celebrated a wedding anniversary at the Amanjena in the olive grove tent and it was top notch wonderful and made our celebration special. The service and kindness of everyone was above and beyond and even seemed sincere.

We had one small glitch at checkout with the bill and it was a confusing process but was resolved. They did not have the billing information in front of the therefore resulting in a back and forth game that took far to long, resulting in the overall very good rating versus excellent. I would, however, not prevent this from visiting again as overall we very much enjoyed our stay. Also we cobined this trip with a visit to Essouira returning to Marrakech to a in the wall city hotel which I think made our trip to Marrakech complete.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

I've just returned from a 3 day party trip to Marrakech to celebrate my 50th birthday,
travelling with my wife and 22 other guests. We were based at the Ryad Zouina, but held the main party at the Amanjena. Myself, wife and daughter have stayed 3 times before at the Amanjena and know that it's a wonderful hotel whch is why we chose it for my party. Of course ensuring my guests had a memorable time was very important to me.
To say that the staff at the Amanjena excelled is a massive understatement. Of course we had expectations, but they were exceeded by about 200%! It was the most amazing night.
Drinks first by the large pool and then dinner in the berba tent. Ok, that sounds a fairly so-so experience - you had to be there! - but the lighting, candles, bonfires, music, service, table decorations, wine, food, entertainment was simply incredible. If you're thinking of where to host a special occasion - take a look at the Amanjena - you won't be dissapointed. Thank you to Livio and Joy and their team. You're stars!
Shaun & Julie Power

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

Stayed at Amanjena for the second time. We love staying out at the Palmeraie for various reasons, the obvious one being that it is much quieter than staying in Marrakech itself. The rooms are spacious and very private. Each room is built as a separate pavilion with its own gazebo. I won't go too much into the room description as its internet portal does do the rooms justice. The pool area is very relaxed and staff are very helpful and responsive. We went horseback riding the other day in the desert. As it was a cloudy day with the odd raindrop our boots and chaps got very dusty and dirty. Upon our return those were taken from us and returned as clean as if they were new. Equally great and convenient is the car service the hotel offers; unless one goes on a longer tour the use of the chauffeured cars is free of charge. There is very little room for improvement in my opinion. One area might be the restaurants at the hotel, but that might also be down to our own laziness. Eating out when staying at the Palmeraie is a little of a hassle, hence, we prefer eating at the hotel. The Thai restaurant isn't that great and the food on the French/Moroccan restaurant can get a little boring as there is not that much choice on the menu; but then my complaint might also be due to the fact, that I do not really like Moroccan food.
One last thing, which is more in response to a previous post: We have taken the hotel's offer up to organise some tours; the horseback ride through the desert was a true highlight and truly magical; if you are an able rider, by all means do it; but - and this is a but written in capitals - we would never have anyone organising any trip for us with a guide going either into the Atlas mountains, a Berber village or the Medina. The possibility that one ends up at a carpet shop, or the guides aunt, cousin or other family member who is in possession goods that you do not want but they wish to sell to you, is just very very high. We had similar experiences not in Morocco and not at this hotel, and learnt the lesson.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Route de Ouarzazate, km 12 | Amelkis, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Marrakech
#31 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#50 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#121 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanjena 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is a place in paradise where peace holds time, where nature and culture know no seams, where comfort and luxury unite in style and where water reflects the blush of clay. This place is Amanjena, Morocco’s Moorish rose, a resort secluded in a private lush haven near the pulsating Medina of Marrakech and the High Atlas Mountains. ... more   less 
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