La Mamounia, Marrakesh, Morocco
What’s so great about this pool?
The outdoor pool at La Mamounia in Marrakesh is large, lovely and fringed with palms. This is an ideal place for just sitting and relaxing or eating wonderful international or Moroccan cuisine. The pool and accompanying spa have some of the most up to date facilities. And if you don’t fancy sitting in the sunshine, there’s a wonderfully designed indoor pool as well.
- Water on the outdoor pool is ozone treated to keep it pure, so there are fewer unpleasant chemicals and the water feels softer on your skin
- The outdoor pool is open from 6am to sunset and the indoor pool is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm.
- The outdoor pool is a very spacious 26m long and 25m across. The indoor pool is 11m long and 7m wide.
- Both pools are kept at a comfortable 28 degrees Centigrade.
- Superb buffet breakfasts and lunches are available at Le Pavillion de la Piscine – the restaurant next to the large pool.
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So the pool’s fab – now what about the hotel?
This is one of the most splendid hotels in the country. It was built in 1923 and has hosted famous celebrities and politicians. The hotel is famous for its splendid gardens – filled with roses, cedars and date palms. Walls are covered in traditional tiles, mouldings and carvings. The hotel brings together traditional Moroccan culture and top international standards. The rooms are palatial and there are three restaurants –Le Marocain is renowned for fine dining with local dishes and Le Francais is excellent for seafood. And if you want to relax, the spa has great facilities and wide range of treatments.
What else is there to do around there?
Even 1,000 years ago Marrakesh was an ancient city. It was one of the great centres of Morocco and has huge fortified walls from the 13th century. There are vast markets (souks) selling just about everything – but specialising in carpets and metalwork – and the vast Jemaa-al-Fnaa square still has snake charmers, stalls and entertainers – much as it would have done 500 years ago. There are historic mosques and palaces. It is one of the great jewels of North Africa.
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