Sartorials, scenics & sustenance

La Mamounia

La Mamounia is a palatial paradise which carries with it a prestigious past. Since 1923, this exquisite hotel has welcomed wanderers from all over the globe, including famous frequenters Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt who fawned over its sheer beauty. For almost over a century, it has been accredited and adorned with an abundance of accolades, cementing its preeminence as one of the best hotels in the world and it's easy to see why. 

Following a 2009 rejuvenation from French architect, Jaques Garcia, La Mamounia was propelled into to a ravishingly regal renaissance pioneered by millennials who sought to capture and catapult what once was into the modern world of social media.

Located in the centre of Marrakesh, 17-acres of gated garden encloses the retreat from the outside world, blocking out the feverish verve emanating from the city next door, promoting a peaceful tranquility instead. Inside, you immediately succumb to the subtle sweet scents of orange blossom, jasmine and cedar, which pollenate every inch of the vicinity. Moreover, it's indulgent incarnation boasts new heights of opulence it seems only lifestyle luminaries can reach.

I first became aware of La Mamounia through several Marrakesh vlogs I'd seen in preparation for our trip. After conducting some deeper research, I was amazed that it wasn't a prerequisite to stay at the hotel in order to enjoy the amenities and luxuries they had to offer. Alternatively, various day passes are available, which enable you to access the indoor and outdoor pools as well as the spa, without the residential price tag. I was extremely fortunate, as Joe surprised me with a 'Seasonal Day Pass'. This entitled us to a sixty-minute massage, a three course Italian lunch and access to the facilities from dawn 'til dusk. Totalling 1,500 MAD, (which works out at around £125 per person), the price is extremely well-rounded given what the package comprises of - as opposed to paying for each  individual inclusion of the deal separately.

From hardcore hammams easing the aches from your hamstrings to four entirely different restaurants catering the most popular cuisines, La Mamounia is a pure den of decadence. Staff are happy to oblige with every whim and are attentive, regardless if you're only there for the day or not. For the well seasoned traveller or someone who is looking for some straight up TLC - I would highly recommend it and I cannot wait to go back!

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