Just returned from the Amanjena and we loved it. The palace is amazing, very peaceful and relaxing. There were very few people staying there and we had the feeling that we were not in a hotel but in our home. Service is perfect, always very helping, quick and discret.
Our room was a basic pavillon and it was awsome : falling asleep in an absolute sechluded ambiance with a warm fire in the fireplace was magic.
Bring your ipod/iphone, you can put your music over the flat TV and the sound is top notch.
The bathroom is very very large, the Aman bath products are very rich and smell ginger. The hotel offers you a pair of typical slippers for his and her which are very comfortable. Towels are really fluffy, the bed is extra and very welcoming. You can drink tea mint all over the day. You never sign anything during your stay, and the night before your departure, they give you the bill. A driver comes to pick you up at the airport in a rutilent Mercedes (the same to go back at your departure). Anytime you want to go to town (about 15 min), a driver is available with a rutilent Mercedes (charged for about 45 euros) and you can just call him whenever you want to go back to the Amanjena.
You can ask the hotel to call a taxi (very dumpy and smelly car) and it will cost you about 10 euros for one trip without the return. It is more economic also.
I can understand why some people do not appreciate this place because it is quite desert in people, it is not close to the Medina and it is an expensive place to stay but if you are looking for an exclusive service and environment, Amanjena is for you. Clients are very discret because the place is it for : many international celebreties come here and you never see them as you almost never see the other client. The resort is really huge, and it has only 34 rooms...
The Spa is small and very well maintained and the massage was good but the hammam was not hot enough for me. There is no sauna or interior swimming pool but there is a jacuzzi (whirlpool).
We spent some time during our stay in la Mamounia which is more central and close to touristic attractions. It has been all renewed and we did not like the ambience there : it seems to be like any other 5 stars hotel and the world, very new, very perfect and so much more people than at the Amanjena, who are looking at you and overall, wanting to be seen.
All in all, I could say that if you want to see and be seen, you should stay at la Mamounia : you'll get for your money (although its Spa is wonderful). If you want calm, discretion and not be seen : choose the Amanjena. People who are staying at the Amanjena don't want to show off, they don't want to expose how rich they are, how successfull they are... So, it really depends on your own expectation. But nobody care at the Amanjena how pricey is your watch or diamond, neither you can show your last it bag, it really doesn't matter ! On the other hand, you will find at the Amanjena so many details to make you feel special (each night, you have a surpise on your bed : a little gift from the hotel, you always have some fresh fruits, nuts etc.. with a bottle of wine waiting for your pleasure in your room). Each room has a large terrace with a fountain, a large gazebo with comfortable chairs. You have storage in your dressing space for a minimum of 15 days of stay, you have a hat to protect you from the sun, a large coat to protect you from the cold, etc... You just feel at home.
I higly recommend this place for people looking for true luxury in an absolute discretion and warm peace. I just cannot wait for going to an other Aman resort...
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amanjena Hotel Marrakech
- Amanjena Resort Marrakech