A large outdoor pool leads onto the recently extended spa garden, gently fragranced by honeysuckle, jasmine and rose, which features an extensive medicinal herb plantation for the hotel’s wellness programmes, and organic vegetable beds, irrigated using traditional Andalusian techniques.
The hotel’s 53 private three-storey riads have been individually furnished by craftsmen from Marrakech, Essaouira, Fès and Meknès, using traditional wood panelling, Zellige tiling, tadelakt and plasterwork techniques. The ultimate in private luxury, they are serviced via hidden corridors and a series of underground tunnels and each one boasts a private plunge pool and roof terrace with views over the city or the majestic Atlas mountains.
The riads are connected by winding pathways, leafy courtyards and water features that punctuate the journey from the reception area to the gardens and the impressive spa.
“It’s an incredible concept, the way it’s designed as a traditional Moroccan medina to showcase everything that is beautiful in the kingdom – the arts, crafts, gastronomy and culture,” says Jean-Claude Messant, managing director of Royal Mansour, who has worked closely with director of spa and wellness Malika Rojhani and micro-nutritionist Valérie Espinasse to transform the spa into a world-class wellness destination.