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Yet Another Luxury Hotel For Marrakech

December 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM | by | Comment (1)

As we start to take stock of 2013, there is no doubt that it was yet another eventful year for hotels, full of ups and downs – something we’ll talk more about before the year is officially out. Many destinations saw new additions to their hotel scene, but seeing yet another release for a new luxury hotel floating into our inbox for this particular city made us pause: Marrakech.

The Moroccan hotspot has seen an influx of new hotels in recent years few others can match. While lots of competition in some ways can only mean good things for us guests (read: better rates), a city needs to be able to support the number of hotel rooms it has to offer to create a viable environment. With the Royal Palm, a Beachcomber Resort, taking advantage of the magic 11.12.13 date to soft open, we wondered how long a quick off the cuff list of current options, recent arrivals and upcoming openings would be. Let’s have a look, shall we?

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.

Amanjena: the African outpost of Aman Resorts, Amanjena has just shy of 40 accommodations, ranging from Pavilions to Maisons, sprinkled around an ancient irrigation pool at the centre of the hotel.

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.

La Mamounia: Jacques Garcia designed the 209 rooms and suites. Also, Gwyneth goes there. We’ll leave it at that.

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

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

Mandarin Oriental: losing the Jnan Rhama hotel to Taj did not discourage Mandarin Oriental from trying again, with a new 60-ish riad & suite hotel planned some time next year.

Ritz-Carlton: one of many, many new Ritz-Carlton hotels being planned around the world, Marrakech will be one of three in Morocco, next to Rabat and Tamuda Bay.

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]

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Beautiful resort

Such a beautiful resort. We look forward to hearing some travelers feedback which will be for sure excellent !

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