One of Morocco’s finest luxury retreats, Amanjena is a magical haven within the bustling city of Marrakech. The palatial, rose-hued property is styled on the beautiful, intricate Moorish buildings of the old city - a spectacular façade houses a vast complex within, boasting flower-filled courtyards featuring opulent fountains, arched cloisters providing cool shade, traditional vaulted ceilings and expansive gardens lined with date palms and olive trees.
The hotel is composed of 32 expansive Pavilions and seven Maisons, contemporary and typically Aman in style whilst taking influence from traditional Moroccan interiors. These private residences are elegant and characterful, adorned with Berber carpets, stunning Zellij-tiled floors, sumptuous chaises-longues, hanging lanterns, marble bathtubs and open fireplaces. Some of the residences have private gardens, swimming pools and Moroccan tents, and guests can choose to dine in the privacy of their spacious living quarters, either indoors or outdoors. Rooms could do with renovation but are still very nice inside.
The Amanjena adult-only swimming pool is stunning and huge - perfect for lap swimming, surrounded by sun-loungers which are attended by staff, meaning you can spend the day relaxing without having to worry about anything, ordering food and drink as you please. For a wellness-focussed stay, there is a spa which, as I write this, is in need of a serious upgrade, which is apparently happening. At the moment it has two Hammams and a menu of treatments using local herbs and Argan oil. Aman properties are renowned for the highest standard spa facilities and Amanjena won’t disappoint. There are also flood-lit tennis courts, gym facilities and direct access to the Amelkis golf course, as well as two more golf courses just minutes away, Al Maaden and Marrakech Royal golf clubs.
Dining is incredibly atmospheric at Amanjena, where tables are positioned amidst olive trees and fountains in a candlelit courtyard, with beautiful views across the pools and gardens. Poolside dining in the Tadelakt is a spoiling affair and the décor is very unique, with the walls draped in Moroccan leather horse saddles. Amanjena’s Japanese restaurant is really superb and worth a visit even it you are staying elsewhere, featuring a sushi bar and robata grill, it serves the freshest seafood in the city.
For a special private dining experience, the Caidal tent is a very romantic setting within the Amanjena olive groves. Guests are served a Moroccan feast such as Lamb Mechoui, accompanied with live music, candle-lit torches and spectacularly colourful rugs and cushions to relax into. I would highly recommend spending a morning with one of the Aman chefs, exploring local souks and picking up fresh ingredients and spices to cook back at the hotel, usually a delicious Moroccan recipe such as a traditional tagine.
This is another hotel that is lovely for a private party, and we can organise these for you, contact our team for more information.
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