Royal Palm, a Beachcomber Resort: starting off with the latest announcement, the Royal Palm (sister hotel to the flagship in Mauritius) has 135 suites and villas in 231 hectares outside of the old city, with a golf course and all the other luxury amenities you can think of.
Four Seasons: having just celebrated its two year anniversary this summer, the Four Seasons has 140 rooms and suites within walking distance of the Medina, which caters to teenagers with a Young Adult Centre.
Palais Namaskar: part of the Oetker Collection (which includes Hôtel du Cap in Antibes and Frégate Private Island in the Seychelles), has 41 suites and villas, and a private jet for those times that flying commercial just won’t do.
Le Royal Mansour
Le Royal Mansour: lavish is probably the word we’ve seen used the most to describe this hotel. Given that it was built by the King of Morocco, it’s said that money truly was no object in decking out the 53 riads that make up the hotel, which based on the unbelievable detail you can see in the gorgeous photos, wouldn’t surprise us.
Selman: Garcia also oversaw this 56-room resort, opened last year, which counts sixteen Arabian thoroughbred horses among its amenities.
Delano The Pearl: given all the stuff Morgans Hotel Group is dealing with these days, its Delano Marrakech property didn’t last long, having now reverted back to its pre-renovation name of the Pearl. The 71 rooms, facilities, and design remain – for now at least.
Taj Palace: opened earlier this year after some prolonged drama (including the Sex and the City kind), the hotel formerly known as Mandarin Oriental Jnan Rhama opened with 161 rooms and suites at the foot of the Atlas Mountains
Briefly listing these, we haven’t even touched upon all the Riads Marrakech offers, many of them stunning and most individually owned and designed. There are countless options to rent villas as well.
Where is the tipping point from healthy competition to unsustainable pressure on rates? That’s difficult to tell, but we’d expect most hotels to keep an extra close watch on existing competition and newcomers. And so will we of course.
[Photos: Beachcomber Royal Palm, Le Royal Mansour, Taj Palace]