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Berber-inspired Mandarin Oriental Marrakech debuts with spa by Gilles & Boissier

by Jane Kitchen | 14 Oct 2015

The Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, set amid 20 hectares of landscaped gardens and 100,000 roses, is now open. The hotel features 54 private villas inspired by Berber and Moorish influences, all with secluded walled gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as nine suites – seven with their own rooftop plunge pool.

The 1,800sq m (19,375sq ft) Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech was designed by French duo Gilles & Boissier, who took their inspiration from the architecture of cathedrals and historical mosques in Andalusia. A sun-drenched entrance opens onto a pool and fountain, and Marrakech’s ubiquitous red bricks cover the walls and columns. The architecture and layout are designed around the five elements, and play with the five senses.

An arched corridor leads to a 70sq m (753sq ft) heated indoor pool, whose bay windows overlook the gardens. The room is embellished with a white carved stucco ceiling marked by modern, graphic lines, and features a large brick fireplace.

The spa also offers retreats dedicated to wellbeing, including “The Berber Experience,” which offers a discovery of the people, life and culture of the Berber mountain villages. Guests can discover Berber crafts, such as the drying of traditional Moroccan rugs, and enjoy Berber cuisine, as well as use of the spa facilities, a hammam, massage, facial and a guided bike ride in the Atlas Mountains.

The spa includes six treatment rooms, two hammams dedicated to the traditional black soap scrub, a hairdresser, manicure and pedicure studios, yoga studio and fitness centre. Product houses include Biologique Recherche, Aromatherapy Associates, and local organic brand Nectarome.

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The Mandarin Oriental Marrakech, set amid 20 hectares of landscaped gardens and 100,000 roses, is now open. The hotel features 54 private villas inspired by Berber and Moorish influences, all with secluded walled gardens, swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as nine suites – seven with their own rooftop plunge pool. The 1,800sq m (19,375sq ft) Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech was designed by French duo Gilles &
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The spa was designed by French duo Gilles & Boissier, who took their inspiration from the architecture of cathedrals and historical mosques in Andalusia / Mandarin Oriental
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