Marrakech, Morocco


Price per night from$857.81

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Rose-hued refinement


Beyond the Red City

Amanjena means ‘peaceful paradise’, and boy did they nail the brief with this one. This is an epic set piece of a hotel, with a dash of cinema in the pink clay walls topped with minty embellishments, and there’s an infinitely pleasing symmetry to the angles and curves of the precise, palace-style arrangement. The kitchens’ refined dishes, from Moroccan to Italian to Japanese, are presented with painstaking care, every morsel a mouthful to brag about to envious friends back home. And you’ll struggle to find fault with the impeccable service, on hand 24 hours a day to cosset even the most exacting residents. Hit the pool, the clay courts, the hammam, the daybed beneath your gazebo – whatever peaceful paradise means to you.

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Need to know


40 impeccably appointed suites.


Midday, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £812.32 (€960), including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include an à la carte breakfast, which you can enjoy in the restaurant or by the pool and olive grove. There’s an additional charge to have it served in your room.


Designer Ed Tuttle (the name behind Amankila in Bali and Amanbagh in India) is responsible for Amanjena’s striking angles and curves, and rose-hued walls of washed clay that pop so satisfyingly against the blue sky backdrop.

At the hotel

13 acres of neat grounds, two clay tennis courts, olive grove with golf course and Atlas-mountain views. Free WiFi, bikes to borrow. In rooms: sound system, fireplace, minibar, espresso machine, tea-making facilities, Aman bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Even in the smallest of suites, we were starting to see ourselves as Moroccan royalty in the face of all the candle lanterns, polished marble and zellij tiling. Each guest space is like a private villa, generous on space and meeting the same sky-high interior design standards as the rest of the complex. If you twisted our arms for an overall winner, we’d recommend the Maisons, particularly for longer stays. These two-bedroom residences with capacious bathrooms, private heated pools, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and superb gardens give you all the lounging and dining space you could need – and then some. Do ask a member of staff to light the fires of an evening for a little extra visual magic.


The main outdoor heated pool is in a picturesque courtyard bordered by two pillared walkways. There’s also a dedicated children’s pool for little Smiths to splash about in.


The spa has four treatment rooms, where you can take your pick from a menu of facials, scrubs, wraps, massages and mani pedis, plus two Moroccan-style hammams. There’s a gazebo for guided yoga sessions, two clay tennis courts and a well-equipped gym. The hotel can organise private personal training sessions on your behalf. Alternatively, you can book onto the Rest Easy Anti-Stress Experience, made up of a yoga class, hammam session, deep-tissue massage, and argan hair treatment and head massage.

Packing tips

Your slinkiest, and we mean your very finest, swimsuit. In fact, buy a new one right now.


You can enjoy your treatments in your room for an additional fee. All of the suites, except the Maison and Maison Jardin category, are wheelchair accessible.


Small pooches are welcome to stay at no extra cost. See more pet-friendly hotels in Marrakech.


Amanjena welcomes little people with open arms, offering a range of fun activities and a dedicated pool.

Best for

Babies and up.

Recommended rooms

Some of the pavilions and maisons can be made into interconnecting complexes to house larger groups or families, and baby cots and baths can be provided in rooms. Up to two extra kids’ beds can be added in the maisons.


There’s a kids’ club offering activities like donkey rides, calligraphy workshops, tennis or golf lessons.


In summer, the hotel puts a large tent up by the olive grove courtyard, which is used for kids’ activities and shade for hanging out in the day.

Swimming pool

There’s a heated children’s pool on site that’s great for preschooler Smiths to splash about in.


Highchairs are available in the restaurant for meal times.


You can book a babysitter or nanny with 24 hours’ notice for an additional fee.

No need to pack

Travel cots, baby baths/bath seats, portable highchair seats.

Sustainability efforts

The restaurant and bar use local, seasonal ingredients to craft their changing menus. Guests are incentivised to avoid changing linens and towels daily – if you reuse them, the hotel says thank you by way of a donation to a local charity, either focusing on environmental protection or supporting the local community. Amanjena is a supporter of the local Jarjeer donkey sanctuary, a home for retired donkeys and mules, and invites guests to feed the animals and learn about their care. The hotel also supports local children’s charity, Les Enfants de L’Atlas. Guests are invited to meet the orphans living here and be a part of their education, either by sharing stories in English or French, making one-off donations or sponsoring a child long term.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Top table at the Moroccan restaurant is a side table with a good view of the musicians. At Nama, take a table facing the shimmering pool waters – it’s especially romantic lit up at night.

Dress Code

The Moroccan Restaurant is slightly more formal, so feel free to add your wardrobe bells and whistles, gold-toned jewellery and sparkliest pumps. For Nama, you can’t go wrong with a flowing silhouette for glamorous poolside billowing in the night breeze.

Hotel restaurant

There are two main restaurants at Amanjena. Open every Monday to Saturday evening from 7pm, the Moroccan Restaurant serves (surprise, surprise) mostly Moroccan cuisine, made using traditional Berber methods and with a hint of Middle Eastern and Andalusian influence. There’s also a full Italian dinner menu. You’ll want to try the selection of briouates (Moroccan samosa-like parcels stuffed with cheeses, fish or meat) and the chicken tagine with baby potatoes, olives and candied lemon. From the Italian menu, go for risotto with squid ink and peas or linguine with langoustines and tomato.

Nama is the hotel’s Japanese restaurant overlooking the pool. From Wednesday to Sunday you can watch the chefs at work at the robata grill and sushi counter preparing fresh fish delivered daily from Essaouira. Don’t miss the Kaisen Don (marinated fish served on steamed sushi rice) and the Yaki Zakana (charcoal-grilled fish of the day with spinach, asparagus and teriyaki glaze).

There’s also the less formal option of top-quality, wood-fired pizzas fresh from the outdoor oven, plus grills and salads served in the shade of the ancient olive grove from midday to 5.30pm.

Hotel bar

In the bar area, complete with graceful arches, pillars and tall flickering candles, you can not only try house drinks mixed with Moroccan herbs and fruit, but also take a cocktail masterclass should you wish to turn mixologist. We recommend the Atlas Breeze (vodka, lemon, orange blossom, almond and cinnamon) or the Desert Fashioned (argan oil-infused bourbon with dates). You can order light dishes here too, such as fish croquettes, arancini, bruschette and California rolls.

Room service

There’s a 24-hour room service menu offering Moroccan and international dishes to enjoy in the quiet of your quarters.


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Route de Ouarzazate, km 12

Amanjena resides in the sun-baked outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco.


Marrakech Menara Airport is around 20 minutes’ drive away. You get a free return airport transfer with your stay at the hotel. Additional transfers, for example if you have guests arriving at different times, cost 540 dirhams for a car and 780 dirhams for a minivan.


Marrakech train station is around 20 minutes’ drive away. Hotel transfers are available.


There’s a private car park on site with valet service.

Worth getting out of bed for

The expertly delivered spa treatments at Amanjena, including massages and facials, are top tier, and tennis lovers will appreciate the two clay courts. The technically challenging 27-hole course at Amelkis golf club is just moments away, and there’s also the course at Royal Golf Marrakech, set within lush gardens. Families can take a carriage ride courtesy of resident donkey Tarik, or join a family calligraphy session.

If you can be tempted off the stunning grounds of Amanjena, try a hike into the Atlas mountains for lunch with a local family. You can navigate the Agafay sand dunes on a 35-kilometre e-bike tour or see the Red City big sights and hidden gems from a sidecar on a special Marrakech motorbike tour. Or you might prefer a simple stroll around the magnificent city souks.

Local restaurants

For lunch, check out Le Jardin, a green-tiled former riad serving up fresh favourites like cheese briouates, lentil salad and chicken tagine. For dinner, you could go for Royal Couscous or Tom Yam-marinated Wood-Grilled Chicken in the enchanting, candlelit Comptoir Darna. Or you could reserve a private dining room at Dar Yacout and sample its tried and trusted set menu of traditional Moroccan cooking, including salads, tagines and Moroccan pastries to finish.

Local bars

The rooftop bar at the El Fenn hotel is a local favourite spot for a glass of something cold and refreshing with a view of the Koutoubia Mosque. Equally nice is the rooftop terrace of restaurant-bar Le Foundouk.


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Gilly Hopper

Anonymous review

By Gilly Hopper, Thesp/typist

As the old adage goes, ’You never get a second chance at a first impression’; but, regal Moroccan hideaway Amanjena needn’t worry – it made a great one. Pulling up to the palatial, sun-baked property our jaws dropped a solid inch. Collecting ourselves, we stepped inside and were offered mint tea and some delicate baked goods (take your pick from pistachio or chocolate), which we nibbled and sipped while attempting to rotate our heads in an awe-struck owl-like fashion. To quench our curiosity, we ventured off on a short tour of the opulent interiors, and down one of many rose-toned avenues we found our room. Following a swift check-in, Mr Smith and I were left to enjoy our quarters. 

We took up residence in one of the Pavilion Piscines, meaning that, yes, we had our own pool, set within a large garden, complete with outdoor gazebo. As for the bedroom itself, around a central king-size bed are Berber carpets, gradated green zellige-tiled floors and dark woods, all of which create a traditional Moroccan feel with some Aman flair. The room’s circular shape and domed ceiling further added to the calm that permeated the space. As a bit of a post-flight ritual, Mrs Smith drew a bath, and while it filled, we settled: toiletries were dispersed across the twin sinks while umpteen shoes and an assortment of clothes were deposited into their relevant his-and-hers dressing areas. 

Post-bath, wrapped up in a fluffy RKF linen robe and doused in Aman spa products, I sauntered out onto the patio. Keen for a proper snoop about, I quickly dressed, and we made tracks in the rough direction of the pool. On reaching the sun-drenched courtyard, dotted with mint-coloured umbrellas, we were shown to cushioned day-beds and decamped for a couple of hours. Chilled water is left in arm’s reach and neat, rectangular pillows are placed just behind our heads. A stomach grumble (from Mr Smith) prompts our lunch break. We nab a shaded table at Arva, Aman’s signature Italian restaurant. Plotted at the far end of the pool, the casual eatery’s mosaic-topped tables are positioned under a series of arches in view of the water. A menu of wood-fired pizzas cooked up fresh in the outdoor oven, some excellent salad options (the poke bowl was delicious), and moreish desserts offered ample variety. 

Having exerted all that energy, it was back to day-bed flopping, until we had to return to our room to get ready for dinner, of course. Scrubbed up, we took pre-dinner drinks in the romantic courtyard, where tables are discreetly separated by greenery and candlelight flickers in all directions. A jazzy rendition of Falling in Love with Love played in the background and I found myself falling a bit in love myself, with this magical place. The Moroccan Restaurant has similarly knee-weakening powers, as you enter its white and amber dining room, with its tea-light-decorated trees and willowy candles atop tables. And the arrangement of slim marble columns and long drapes subtly offers diners a little more intimacy. As the name suggests, menus are largely Moroccan, made using traditional Berber methods. The chicken tagine with candied lemon was a stand-out; but if you’d rather sample something from the Italian menu, the squid-ink risotto is a good choice. 

Post-dinner, and back in our suite, we called on a member of staff to light our fireplace – note to self: it’s a smarter idea to do this earlier in the evening, as the room did become quite smoky, if atmospheric. Lying in bed, reddened eyes aside, you really appreciate the domed ceiling – turn on your bedside lanterns and they’ll project interesting silhouettes from their metal frames. A little light-show danced serenely before us – and then the TV (discreetly placed behind shutters to one side of the room) was switched on, somewhat killing the calm. 

Mornings start with an à la carte breakfast, included in your room rate. You can choose to dine in the restaurant or by the pool, and there’s an additional charge if you’d like to have it served to your door. Tempting pastries arrive at the table shortly after you’ve taken your seat and there’s a range of hot and cold dishes, with Moroccan flavours: yoghurt with orange blossom and dates, shakshuka, and traditional Moroccan pancakes with amlou and argan oil… 

Post-breakfast, we struggled to decide what to do: borrow the hotel’s free-to-use bikes and cycle around the grounds? Play a round of tennis on one of the clay courts? Or perhaps some spa time… I chose the least exerting option: the spa. You can choose from facials, scrubs, massages, wraps, and more, as well as manis and pedis, or sign up to a half- or full-day retreat, like the Rest Easy Anti-Stress Experience. Or you could sweat it out in either the (smaller than expected) fitness centre, or the hammam and Jacuzzi. After some downtime, we visited the neighbouring boutique to pick up Aman merch and snoop on other delights, such as traditional tunics and kaftans, PJ sets and leather goods. 

Then the weather took a turn, so heated games of rummy and orders of tiramisu by the fire dominated the remainder of the afternoon. With a stormy evening on the cards, we changed and made our way towards the moodily lit bar for a sharpener. For dinner on night two, we took a peek at Amanjena’s Japanese restaurant Nama. It ‘celebrates Japan’s Unesco-protected washoku cuisine’, and sushi and sashimi form the core of the menu; and from Wednesday to Sunday diners can watch the chefs work the robata grill and prep fresh fish at the sushi counter. 

Lapping up the last of our chilled-out getaway, we wait until the last second of our midday check-out (which is flexible, pending availability), and there’s one last luxurious touch, with a free airport transfer to Marrakech Menara Airport (around a 20-minute drive from the hotel). Reflecting on our trip as a whole, our favourite elements included Ed Tuttle’s striking design, the sense of total seclusion, and the brilliantly attentive staff – from first to last, the overall impression it left was very good indeed, but we might be willing to give it a chance for a second…

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Price per night from $857.81