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La Mamounia Review
Since 1923, Morocco's most prestigious hotel has achieved legendary status for its opulence, grandeur, celebrity guest list, and hefty price tag. After a period of closure to undergo a major face-lift, this wondrous beast reopened its doors in 2009, magnificently restored by architect Jacques Garcia and a team of hundreds of master craftsmen. La Mamounia occupies 20 acres of fragrant gardens that once belonged to 18th-century Prince Mamoun and is a glowing example of Moroccan Arab-Andalucian fine arts. It delivers luxury hospitality on a regal scale. A sumptuous underground spa, with jacuzzi and hammam is one of the new features of the hotel. If money is no object, then your own private riad for a night will set you back around 80,000 DH. Otherwise, prices start at "only" 6,000 DH for the room only (breakfast is an additional 350 DH per person).
Since it first threw open its doors in1923, La Mamounia has been attracting a celebrity guest-list of royalty and rock-stars. An extensive 2009 makeover by French designer Jacques Garcia has given new life to this classic arabo-andalusian palace. Sumptuous suites and villas equipped with 21st century mod-cons are juxtaposed with traditional Moorish décor, and many have views of the high Atlas Mountains and Agdel gardens. These exotic gardens where Prince Sidi Mamoun threw private soirees have been re-sculpted with a wild profusion of exotic trees, seasonal flowers, and deliciously cool lawns ideal for sipping afternoon tea. In the restaurants, Michelin-starred chefs choose from a cornucopia of produce from their own organically-composted gardens.
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