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“An exotic escape” 5 of 5 stars
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Amanjena
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Route de Ouarzazate, km 12 | Amelkis, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #182 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
paris
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“An exotic escape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

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...

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank jasmindesiles
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NYC
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34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2010

We were there on our honeymoon , thankfully only for 2 nights . Everything is extra , and extremely expensive , including the car service into Marrakech for $40.00 a ride for about 20 minutes . Food - awful , I returned my frozen fish at our meal there . You're not in Morocco there . Just in a giant fake setting , where there is none of the warmth of this lovely country .

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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10 Thank seriouslyours
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

Stayed here in October and I recommend it. It is expensive but worth every penny. Great villas, fantastic food (I ate at the hotel almost every day, I particularly liked the pool restaurant). Small details make such a difference like the free provision of water in the rooms, refreshments and towels by the tennis courts, free car service, etc. The staff provided probably the best service I've ever had. I will definitely go back. The only slightly negative point was the quality of the massage. I think it could have been better.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank LD73
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

what can i say. it is paradise on earth. i am writing this review from Amanjena, and so far it is incredible. the beauty of this hotel is just unbelivable. the rooms are amazing, we are stay in the bassin with pool. the staff is beyond, and the manager is always there.
the only dowside is the food is not consistant, the Thai food is the best (there r 3 menues - Spanish,Marrocan and Thai) i recommend the guided tours, they r done in S class or ML class which is great. the spa and gym are amazing. i read an unfaforable comments about it, but coming from the best spas in Europe (last one four seasons provence which won the best in Europe) i prefer this one. if i think of a place i want to renew my vows, this will be the place. i do recommend though for all Aman resorts to try and do some networking activities - like a big table dinner or cocktail or shesh besh tournament. we do pay alot for this privacy - but it would be nice to communicate with some of the guests (who r interested).
i will definetly come back

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank yohannovak
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somewhere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2009

This is an absolutely beautiful resort with only 37 rooms spread over a large, nicely landscaped area with many water details. The rooms are basically "Casitas" with a walled enclosure and a pavilion outside with built in lounging furniture. The rooms are large and clean with large baths having windows to small outside gardens. There were always snacks in our room, fruit, dates, almonds and peanuts, the limited menu room service was good.

We were there a week and a half and the service and cleanliness throughout the hotel were excellent. The car service provided by the hotel was efficient and the drivers knew the area quite well.

I was a bit surprised at some of the negative comments in other reviews. Other than the food falling a bit short of my expectations, I did not experience any issues with service or cleanliness and I will gladly return to Amanjena in due course.

The manager of the hotel is Miguel Guedes De Sousa and I had several conversations with him during our stay. He was very helpful to us and he certainly seems committed to maintaining a quality operation.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank roccoriley
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Munich, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2009

Never before have I experienced such well trained staff and such excellent service - the staff anticipated ones every wish, while still being discrete.
The architecture, selection of materials and interior are of absolute highest standards, combined they create a majestic yet peaceful atmosphere and form the perfect surrounding to relax and enjoy being treated like a king. The beauty of this place will let even the most unskilled of photographers return home with mindblowing pictures - if you won´t take my word for it, just look at my attached pictures.
I will definately come again, the 4 days just passed by too quickly.

  • Stayed February 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank 2globe
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Lisbon
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

It was my third time in Amanjena, always during New Years, we come
back because the Hotel is the most beautiful hotel in terms of
architecture that I know. Amanjena has now, I think over 10 years…of
course is not brand new, but it has mature well, the vegetation has
grown impeccable, and it is well maintained for 10 year property.
Every time we come back there is always something new or improved, or
is the new cars, the gym machines, the new dining experiences,
activities etc. My only critic is the Spa is too small for a Hotel of
this league, the manager has told us they are on planning stage to
build a new one, I hope so, because it is a must. The rooms are still
amazing, an example of simplicity and great taste, always respecting
the local culture, like Aman Resorts do best. That's way most Aman
Resorts get better with time…the opposite happens with design hotels,
like W, Ian Shrager Hotels and others. The Staff still is the same
since my last visit, always kind, attentive and professional, it is
not the same feeling in Asia, because is not Asia…but you cannot find
better in Europe or around the Mediterranean countries, Carabien. The
food this time was very good, good Spanish Food program at lunch time
terrace (something new) great paellas and tapas, the chipirones are
for dying for, the Thai food restaurant continuing to be very good,
very authentic (perhaps too spicy for us...) and the Aman restaurant
which serves Moroccan food and now some Mediterranean dishes, were
very well done has well by the new Chef Thomas, who visited our table
daily with great suggestions. The New years party was superb, when we
come out of the room heading for the cocktail, was like 1001 nights
set up, they had over 1,000 lanterns around the large water reserve, 3
large fires in the middle, what a great affect! all in all very
elegant, again with simplicity and great taste. In the restaurant
there was a correct jazz band, the menu was delicious, the surprised
belly dance show was the hit of the night. Lastly when we arrived to
the room we had a beautiful romantic candles set with a present of the
Amanjena family saying goodbye and thank our stay. On the next day on
departure we felt left like we leave a home of a good friend, it would
be difficult to get better...
Miguel e Rosa Agrela

  • Liked — Style and confort
  • Disliked — TV facilities
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank MAgrela
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Property: Amanjena
Address: Route de Ouarzazate, km 12 | Amelkis, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Marrakech
#98 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#98 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#115 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanjena 5*
Number of rooms: 40
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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