Known as La Grande Dame, an icon of traditional Moroccan hospitality and at the same time an example of the continuous reinvention of a culture, La Mamounia in Marrakech is more beautiful than ever in the restyling curated by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku.
La Mamounia is the fairytale hotel that is lost in a secret world made of courtyards adorned with Moorish columns and friezes, ancient olive trees, rose gardens, orange trees and another thousand species of plants that make it the flagship and da always characterize the five-star hotel as a true legend that has lasted for 97 years.
The structure develops around the eight hectares of garden that were the wedding gift of the king to his son, Prince Al Mamoun, in the eighteenth century.
In 1923 the oasis was transformed into La Mamounia, a hotel that blended Arab and Andalusian architecture with Art Deco influences.
The last major renovation was entrusted to the duo of architects and designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, in whose design actions we can read a significant contribution in terms of contemporaneity, both for the copious and disruptive presence of design furniture and for the greater dynamism granted to the hotel environments.
The project has introduced new convivial spaces and other prestigious services related in particular to catering. For example, next to the Galerie Mamounia, the Salon de thé led by Pierre Hermé was designed with inspiration from Moroccan tea rooms with small sofas along the walls that overlook a wonderful central fountain.
The experience continues in the adjacent courtyard characterized by the architecture that enhances the Moroccan riad in all its splendor.
A quiet and perfect place in its geometry where some seats and lanterns have been added to invite guests to taste one of Pierre Hermé’s creations.
The restaurant Le Français becomes L’Italien, also managed by Jean-Georges Vongerichten but expanded to take the form of a winter garden with large windows that open generously onto the vegetation.
The open kitchen is positioned in the center of the space under a huge glass installation. Completely redesigned, the existing Churchill Bar looks like an ultra-intimate “smoked oak sanctuary” and also serves as an entrance to a novelty: the cinema.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Asiatique, which took over from the former Italian restaurant, offers a menu characterized by Chinese, Japanese and Thai influences. The two swimming pools are certainly the real must of the structure.
The external one, immersed in the garden, and the internal one inserted in a Moorish architecture with vaults, columns and polychrome mosaics.