Amanjena (peaceful paradise) is the first Aman resort on the African continent and is located just outside the ancient city of Marrakech. Set within an oasis of palms and olive trees, Moorish heritage is reflected throughout the pisé-walled resort, including the Morocco luxury pavilions that radiate out from an ancient bassin, echoing the style of a sultan’s palace.
Amanjena offers a variety of guided excursions on foot, bicycle or private car into the medina, the souk and squares, palaces, gardens and craft shops of ancient Marrakech. Translating to “peaceful paradise,”Amanjena takes great pains to live up to its name, offering guests glorious north African views of the Atlas Mountains and the Medina. The first thing that visitors notice is the riot of vibant colours: the reddish brown of the pavilions and maisons, the turquoise waters, and the green leafy palms dotting the property. All of the materials used at Amanjena are indiginous, lending an authentically exotic feel.
There’s so much to do at Amanjena that you may reconsider your departure plans. Everyone will enjoy the three onsite restuarants, including a Spanish-themed restaurant that’s a delight for the eyes as well as the stomach; the upscale boutiques right on the property; the two-storey library stocked with a variety of games, travel books, DVDs, and newspapers; and an indulgent spa. Active travellers will particularly enjoy the two clay tennis courts, heated outdoor swimming pool, and luxurious gym.
Guests have their choice of ultra-posh pavilions or maisons during their stay at Amanjena. The pavilions—some with their own pools—offer décor such as brass lanters and Berber carpets and accommodations including a platform bed, open fireplace, a bathroom with a marble soaking tub and separate shower, and a private courtyard and gazebo. The four maisons are two storeys of bliss, with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms (featuring a domed shower and green marble tub) along with a courtyard, private pool, and gazebo.
The signature Spanish restaurant at Amenjena serves authentic, gourmet Spanish cuisine within an atmosphere that will ignite your imagination at every meal. The spacious dining area features an onyx fountain surrounded by olive trees, a central skylight, and walls carved with ancient Berber motifs. The Thai Restaurant, located next to the swimming pool, offers a lunch and dinner menu that takes diners on a journey to Asia. The beautiful eatery boasts glass doors and walls adorned with old Moroccan saddles. The Pool Terrace is a prime spot for breakfast and light lunches, offering relaxing vistas of the neighbouring golf course.
The Amanjena Health and Beauty Centre brings the delightful cultural tradition of the hammam to guests of the resort. The hammams contain separate baths for men and women, showers, changing areas, and whirlpools enclosed in glass. Enjoy a spa therapy such as a body scrub in one of the opulent treatment rooms; pamper youself with a manicure or pedicure in the beauty salon; or work up a sweat in the state-of-the-art gym, complete with wooden floors. The facilities also include two clay tennis courts that are lighted for nighttime play and a large outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by a lounge chair-studded patio.
True pursuers of luxury should select the Al-Hamra Maison, the incredible accommodation that consists of two pavilions, huge living and dining areas highlighted by an open fire place, exclusive heated pool, two gazebos ideal for dining or relaxing, and private butler service dedicated to Al-Hamra Maison residents.
Weddings are a specialty of Amanjena, with the breathtaking landscape of the resort offering an unparalleled backdrop for a romantic ceremony. Many choose a classic Moroccan experience, wherein the bride and groom are prepared the traditional way: a hammam, massage, and henna tattooing accompanied by soothing Arabic music. The day also includes a carriage ride to and from the ceremony, an exquisite feast in an olive grove, and entertainment including belly dancers late into the night.
Ideally located in the Palmeraie, at the edge of Marrakech, the Amanjena hotel affords spectacular views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains while providing an ideal base from which to explore the cultural and historical sights of the nearby city. 4.3 miles from Marrakech Menara Airport. Transfers to the hotel can be arranged through the hotel concierge.