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Three Years After "Sex And The City", The Taj Palace Marrakech Finally Opens

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January 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly three years ago the movie (or borderline international incident – sorry, SJP, but just. no.) Sex and the City 2 came out. Way back when, we reported on the backdrop for all the hotel-room scenes in the movie being the (then) future Mandarin Oriental Jnan Rahma, Marrakech, which substituted for Abu Dhabi in the film.

One delay to the first quarter of 2011 later and the hotel was taken over by Indian group Taj Hotels, still optimistically scheduled for the fall of that same year. Now, another year plus later, the Taj Palace Marrakech is finally ready for all those people who have been saving for an SATC-themed journey to Morocco.

A sprawling complex in an oasis at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, the hotel has 161 guestrooms, including 25 suites and one Royal Suite. The Royal Suite doubled as the lavish accommodation the SATC ladies had to evacuate but quick for fear of incurring the exorbitant cost themselves.

As you can tell from the picture below, designer Stuart Church brought the extravagant exteriors inside in a whirlwind blend of Moroccan, Indian, and Asian influences that should satisfy anyone looking for an Arabian fantasy-type of experience. A Jiva Grande Spa with 14 treatment rooms, two large hammams and fitness centre would surely have pleased Carrie Bradshaw and co.

An opening date of January 15 has been replaced with the more non-committal “Opening Soon!” on the hotel website, but we have it on good authority that this month should really happen. Reservations aren’t open yet for now, but rates show 5,300 MAD ($620) in April, similar to the fairly new Four Seasons nearby. Who knows though, maybe Taj will pull a Delano and give us some sweet opening deals?

[Photos: Taj Hotels]

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