When the Oberoi Marrakech opened this past December, it made waves in the city’s luxury hotel market. It was the brand’s first venture into Morocco, and the hotel’s interiors and impeccable level of service, coupled with the brand's reputation for grandeur, made it one to anticipate. But the property's crown jewel, an aptly-named Royal Suite that offers panoramic views of the estate and the Atlas Mountains, makes the hotel a top contender for one of the most lavish properties in Morocco—if not the world.
Stretching over 1,900 square feet, not including the 1,500-foot terrace, the suite feels more like a home-away-from-home than a hotel room. Every detail has been considered with the guests’ comfort in mind, from the luxury linens to a personal on-call private butler.
With 84 guest rooms ranging from Deluxe Rooms to private villas (all of which have their own private pool, I should add) all come with the same elevated design, from the detailed plaster wall carvings to the colorful decorative tiles. The rooms start at 750 square feet and stretch all the way up to 3,800 in the soon-to-be-completed Presidential Villa (expected to open in mid-March).
But it’s the Royal Suite that commands well-deserved attention. The hand-carved double wooden doors open up to a large foyer with a kitchen on the side, and follows through to the expansive living room and dining room area (complete with a grand fireplace for those cold nights), and then onto your private terrace. The terrace, undoubtedly the showstopper of the suite, offers a centralized view of the property's abundant gardens and over 2,500 olive trees, bordered by the Atlas Mountain range in the distance. In the middle of the terrace, guests will find a private 33-foot infinity pool. There’s also a large master suite with a walk-in closet and ensuite marble-clad bathroom (with picturesque views and a shower that opens up onto the terrace, of course).
When architect Patrick Collier and designer Madisson Cox were working to reimagine the former orchard, they wanted to ensure that it looked like it had been there for years. So, they left as many of the olive trees in place as they could, making it appear as though this new property had in fact been there for ages. It took five years to construct the hotel on the 28-acre property, with the help of hundreds of artisans.
Open for only three months and the suite has already welcomed royals from around the world, according to a representative at the hotel, so you know you’re in good hands.
The Royal Suite goes for $2,100 per night in the low season and $3,600 per night in the high season.