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Living Out SATC Dreams at The Mandarin Oriental Marrakech Will Have to Wait

October 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM | by | ()

After scoping out what was happening with the Mandarin Oriental Paris (it's opening in 2011), we got thinking about another MO property we're dying to see: Mandarin Oriental Jnan Rahma, Marrakech. It was on our Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings in 2010 as opening this year, but the conspicuous quiet on the MO Morocco front led us to believe it might be delayed. Yep, we now see that it's scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2011.

There isn't a lot of intel available beyond that--although keen Sex and the City fans may know that the hotel-room scenes of Sex and the City 2 were shot at the hotel. So, if you've seen the flick, you've had a sneak peek at the new MO without even realizing it.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this will be one swish property, combining MO's signature luxury with gorgeous Moroccan design. The 161 rooms and suites (riads) are set around courtyards and the hotel's main pool--and they all have their own outdoor living room with a daybed.

The Spa will offer exclusive Mandarin Oriental treatments and others inspired by Moroccan traditions.

While the MO Marrakech is located 20 minutes from the center of Marrakech, lazy guests won't have to travel far for dinner--the hotel will have a total of eight bars and restaurants.

For more on exploring Marrakech, courtesy of our friends at Conde Nast Traveler, check out 'The Magic of the Medina' article in the magazine's latest issue.

And to get into the MO Marrakech mood, add Sex and the City 2 to your Netflix queue: the DVD is out on October 26.

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