La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
La Mamounia is nothing less than mythical, magical and very, very special – a legendary palace that has always attracted equally-legendary guests for over 90 years.
Fêted amongst the travel cognoscenti the world over, La Mamounia – formerly a Moroccan palace – was converted into a luxury hotel in 1923.
Following renovations in 2006 by designer Jacques Garcia, the Art-Deco-meets-Arabesque-style is now even more spectacular. There's a slick yet sensitive modernity to the place; one which retains all the charm of the original palace.
Accommodation is over 135 leather- and wood-infused rooms; 64 roomy suites; seven opulent Signature Suites; or one of three palatial Riads, each with its own pool.
The complete collection includes four gourmet restaurants, five chic bars, a fitness pavilion, tennis courts and an immense subterranean spa that's nothing short of magnificent. Not forgetting La Mamounia's pièce de résistance, The Park... oasis barely covers it.