CB Places: Amenjena, Morocco

  Photo: geofflung.com

Photo: geofflung.com

If like us, you spend the majority of your time in London, Paris or NYC, the commotion and clamor that takes place in Morocco’s famous markets is likely not the best antidote. But Amanjena is. Palatial, peaceful and perfectly placed to offer sublime views of the Atlas Mountains, Amanjena is a resort we are always happy to escape to.

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Photo: designertravel.co.uk

Amanjena’s remote location adds to its tranquil atmosphere, as does the breathtaking architecture, which although faithful to the Moroccan capital’s Moorish and Arabian heritage, doesn’t overwhelm. Designed by American architect Ed Tuttle, renowned for his extensive portfolio of hotel projects, the luxurious Amanjena resort is situated just 12km south of Marrakech on the road to Ouarzaza, known locally as ‘the door of the desert’.

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Photo: the-spa-spy.com

The resort centres around a stunning water pool and comprises 32 round pavilions, two two-story townhouses or maisons and a spectacular residence known as the Al Hamra Maison - a favorite of the resort’s clientele. Each property, although contemporary, retains traditional design features such as the rose-blush and pale peach colored walls, magnificent Berber carpets, gleaming candlelit lanterns and natural clay tiles or zelliges, typically associated with Moroccan style.

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Photo: carrier.co.uk

Two elegant restaurants offer either traditional Moroccan or Japanese. In fact, we returned to the Japanese several times for the maguro tataki, although a hearty tagine should be tried at least once.

For R&R, the Amanjena Spa features two steam baths, which are a central feature of local life. Each hammam (one each for men and women) is complemented by a glassed-in whirlpool and massage rooms.

The perfect place for a birthday or long weekend, Amanjena has everything you need for a heavy-duty refresh (and a bit of celebration thrown in).

Amanjena
Route de Ouarzazate
km 12, Marrakech
Morocco 40000
+212 5 24 399 000