070410 1Known in Arabic as Al Medina al-Hamra, the‘Red City’, Marrakech lies near the foothills of theHigh Atlas Mountains, an ancient city of romanceand culture at Morocco’s heart. Just outside its walls,set within an oasis of palm and olive trees alongsidea golf course, is Amanjena or ‘peaceful paradise’.A tranquil retreat, Amanjena reflects the region’sMoorish heritage in every graceful arch, stonecourtyard and rose petal-strewn fountain, its sun-paled red walls and reflective pools paying homageto North Africa’s stark beauty and rich history.
070410 3Twin lounges frame the Entrance Colonnade,each featuring a brass lantern nearly two metreshigh adjacent to an open fireplace. Rising fromcircular banquettes of hand-printed velvet, thelanterns reach towards lofty ceilings as traditionalMoroccan music drifts through the open spacesof the resort, framed by Moorish arches.2 070410
Featuring clusters of cotton-sabraarmchairs, The Bar is ideal forcasual dining, pre-dinner aperitifsand post-dinner nightcaps. Thevenue is airily cool in summerand warmly welcoming duringwinter with its open fireplace andambient lighting. Housed withinThe Bar, The Fumoir offers aselection of cigars.070410 54 070410
070410 76 070410Framed by onyx columns, The Restaurant is an elegant space centred bya marble fountain and lit by a retractable skylight. The menu featuresMoroccan and Mediterranean cuisine.
070410 9Situated alongside the pool,Amanjena’s Thai Restaurant(left) features banks of glassdoors and coral-tadlekt walls.Amanjena’s traditional CaidalTent (below) is set in an olivegrove and offers a romanticvenue for private dinnersaccompanied by local music.8 070410
10 070410 070410 11The resort’s 33-metreswimming pool, heatedin cooler months, isfinished in hand-cut,glazed green tiles.
070410 13The Pool Terrace enjoys views of an olive orchard, the resort’s canals, a golf course and the HighAtlas Mountains in the distance. Casual meals and refreshments are served throughout the day.Two clay tennis courts with minzahs (gazebos) for drinks and breaks can be lit for night play,while a timber-floored gym is available at Amanjena’s Spa.12 070410
14 070410Three boutiques are located within the cedar-ceilinged colonnadethat embraces the main swimming pool. A variety of locally-craftedproducts (above) is available for purchase.The two-storey Library (below and right) features a fireplace anda six-metre, double-volume ceiling. A balcony runs along theperimeter of the second floor.070410 15
070410 17Spa treatments ranging fromtraditional Moroccan gommage(scrubs) to a selection ofmassages can be enjoyed atAmanjena’s Spa. Other servicesinclude reflexology, facials,manicures, pedicures andwaxing. Private treatmentrooms offer a peacefulsanctuary for relaxation.16 070410
070410 1918 070410Amanjena’s Spa features two Turkish-stylehammams (steam baths) complemented byshowers, washrooms, a dressing area anda glassed-in whirlpool. The whirlpool opensonto a fountain courtyard bordered by atwo-metre pisé wall.
20 070410 070410 21Amanjena’s 32 Pavilions, six two-storey Maisons and the Al HamraMaison radiate from the ancientbassin (irrigation pool) which liesat the heart of the resort.
The resort’s 32 Pavilions lie beneath their own gracefulstuc Venetien domes. A wood-burning fireplace brightensthe living area while Moroccan marble finishes the bathroomand its stepped and columned bathtub. Berber carpets arescattered about zellij-tiled floors.22 070410 070410 23
24 070410Six Pavilions Bassin arelocated next to the mainbassin and feature gardencourtyards with pillaredminzahs (below left),loungers lit by candlelanterns and zellij fountainsrecessed into terracotta-tiled floors.Identical in design, eightPavilions Piscine (right)each feature their ownheated pool and anextended private garden.070410 25
26 070410Amanjena’s six two-storey Maisons capture the spirit of Moroccan town houses, each featuring a courtyardgarden, private pool and two ensuite bedrooms. Steps from a Maison’s living room rise seven metresto the master bedroom and marble-pillared bathroom.070410 27
28 070410The Maisons have private pools (right)situated between covered loungingand dining areas and traditional minzahs.The master bedrooms (above) featureking-size beds.070410 29Maison guest bedrooms (above) arelocated on the ground floor and featuretheir own bathrooms and separateentrances to the garden courtyards.
070410 3130 070410The Al-Hamra Maison has bothindoor and outdoor living anddining areas, an open fireplace andits own private butler service. Twobedrooms are linked by an openpassageway to the shared gardenwhere there are two minzahsand a private heated pool.
070410 3332 070410Amanjena offers guided excursions on foot, by bicycle or private car into the medina, the souks, squares, palaces, gardens andcraft shops of Marrakech. The Djemaa el Fna (below) is one of the busiest squares in Africa, bustling with dancers, acrobatsand musicians by day and a huge open-air restaurant at night.
34 070410 070410 35Two golf courses, one located alongsideAmanjena, also offer lovely views of thesurrounding region.The High Atlas Mountains are a spectacularsight, in summer as well as winter whensnowfall attracts skiers. In summer, guestscan enjoy high altitude picnics with breath-taking views or explore the traditional Berbervillages tucked into the foothills. The quaintseaside town of Essaouira on the Atlanticcoast offers another daytrip option.
36 070410Rose-hued walls enclose the contemporary oasisthat is Amanjena, a peaceful sanctuary imbued withthe historic elegance and romance of Marrakech,Morocco’s ancient soul.Route de Ouarzazate, km 12, Marrakech, Morocco 40000BP 2405, Poste principale de GuelizTel: (212) 24 403 353 Fax: (212) 24 403 477E-mail: email@example.comAmanTM, AmanresortsTMand AmanjenaTMare registered trade marks of Amanresorts Limited.