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La Mamounia, Marrakech

When I think of Morocco I think of clay and colour – an abundance of earthy architecture with beautiful bursts of colour  and pattern in intricate tiling. There’s truly something magical, historical and regal about Morocco, and this is truly evident in the ultra luxe La Mamounia in Marrakech.

You might not have heard of the name La Mamounia, however I’m sure you’ve seen photographs of its exquisite grounds – namely the spa’s indoor pool. This 2500m2 space demands worldwide attention with its high vaulted ceiling, crisp white horseshoe arches and the majorelle blue coloured Zellij (Moroccan tile work) that lines the lower half of the space. In true Moroccan style, warm metal lanterns hang between each arch, tying in seamlessly with the gold columns featured on the pool’s hovering platform.

The beauty extends through to the spa’s ‘cooling pool’, which features a similar aesthetic, only on a darker and more dramatic level. Dark Zellij is complimented by oversized red and frosted white lanterns that are interspaced between the underground room’s ornate structural columns. The captivating tile work, its intricacies only seen in Islamic architecture, extends above ground through to the hotel’s guest quarters, restaurants, and beautiful paved pavilions.

The hotel itself features rooms, suites, and – for the ultimate luxurious Moroccan experience – riads, all of which offer intimate and grand settings. Deep reds in a mixture of leathers, satins, velvets and timbers adorn the rooms and suites, while the signature suites and riads offer a more tailored approach to the interior colour scheme, complimenting the interior to the names given to each palatial space.

Private gardens filled with fragrant fruit trees, palm trees, and other species, span almost 20 acres, creating a true exotic oasis for guests to relax and unwind from the crowded maze-like streets of Marrakesh.

It is simpler than it seems to add a slice of Moroccan design to your home. From a detailed tile splashback in the kitchen or bathroom to accent vases in living spaces.

Max Sparrow

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