Royal Mansour Marrakech has shared that it’s expanding its outdoor footprint by nearly three acres. The new outdoor spaces include an herb and vegetable garden that will be utilized by the property’s restaurants and spa, as well as a private dining experience elevated above the trees for up to eight guests. The property has also designated a new artist’s studio, Atelier d’Artiste, housed in a glass-paneled greenhouse, to host a myriad of well-being activities, including pottery, photography, land art and embroidery, led by art therapists.
Here’s what guests can expect:
Dining Above the Red City
Elevated 14 feet above the gardens within lemon and palm trees, a new private dining experience, named “The Nest,” offers views over Marrakech and the Koutoubia Mosque’s Atlas tower. Accommodating up to eight guests, the 430-square-foot, open-air dining space is an extension of Le Jardin, offering a Mediterranean and Asian-fusion menu by Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno (think: royal sea bream ceviche, sirloin beef wagyu and a frozen coconut dessert). Each experience is completely customizable as the team works with guests to finalize curated playlists, floral arrangements and exclusive menus. Through the winding pathways and verdant gardens, an al fresco dining table, La Table Champêtre, will also be available for private luncheons.
Well-Being Through Art
With the expansion also comes Royal Mansour Marrakech’s Atelier d’Artiste, a glass-paneled greenhouse surrounded by the property’s gardens. Further enhancing the property’s approach to well-being, the Atelier d’Artiste will host art therapy sessions, including painting, modeling, pottery and calligraphy—each beginning with a guided meditation. Available a la carte or as part of the multi-day wellness retreats launching in September, guests will choose between private, couples or family sessions with the resident expert. The two-hour creative workshops aim to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and encourage self-reflection through the act of learning a new skill. There’s a maximum of four people per class.
Expanding the property’s footprint to over six acres, the new outdoor spaces include a robust herb garden and organic vegetable orchard. Medicinal plants, including mint, rosemary, sage and lavender, are cultivated for use in infusions and treatments in the 27,000-square-foot Spa Royal Mansour. Meanwhile, freshly picked organic carrots, cardoons, eggplants, broad beans and more are used at the property’s four restaurants.
Good to know: Luis Vallejo Landscape Studio, the original architect of Royal Mansour’s grounds, was chosen to oversee the expansion. In 2016, Luis Vallejo oversaw the relocation of the hotel’s entry gate to accommodate extended gardens and Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno’s fourth dining destination, Le Jardin, a poolside Asian-fusion restaurant. A 6,000-square-foot swimming pool was also added, surrounded by a spacious deck to lounge, as well as seven cabanas available for pool-side spa treatments and private dining. A Kid’s Pavilion, Le Jardin de Lila, also opened with a menu of activities embracing the local culture, including Moroccan art activities, Arabic lessons and dance classes.