"The most lovely spot in the whole world." A comment not from TripAdvisor, but rather from Winston Churchill, a regular Mamounia visitor as he painted the Atlas Mountains from its gorgeous roof terrace. Other famous heads on the hotel’s beds have included Nelson Mandela, the Rolling Stones and Alfred Hitchcock. Read the sacred Livre d’Or (guestbook) for the full roll call, before adding your own autograph. You might as well show off: wholly refurbished from 2007-9, the five-star Mamounia remains the iconic residence in Morocco.


There are 135 stylish, high-ceilinged rooms, plus 71 suites and a trio of separate riads, each with three bedrooms, private terraces, salons and a pool. Carefully balancing comfort and Moorish/Art Deco opulence, every room has striking views of city, gardens or mountains.


La Mamounia’s setting is like a sleight of hand: hidden in 17 pretty acres of gardens and parkland, yet under ten minutes from Marrakech’s focal Jma El Fna square. The facilities are just as impressive: four restaurants, including two with Michelin-star chefs; five bars; a 27,000sq.ft spa offering 80 treatments; a pool; tennis and squash courts; a casino; and a driving range, with two nearby golf courses for good measure.


Culture’s a big thing at La Mamounia, with regular art exhibitions and fascinating photography lining the walls. And its brilliant staff are able to arrange anything: souk tours, skiing and probably even an easel on the roof...

For your Marrakech City Break holiday at the legendary Mamounia, call 01672 500555 to discuss your plans.