Need to know
209, including 71 suites.
12 noon (flexible subject to availability and possibly a charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $532.25 (MAD5,273), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of MAD49.50 per person per night on check-out.
Rates do not include the lavish buffet breakfast of home-made jams and pastries, fresh fruit and juices, cured meats and fish, and hot dishes (Dh380 a person).
La Mamounia’s immaculate marble and mosaic spa is an opulent setting for a treatment, all ornate ceilings and arched columns. Shiseido products sit alongside the hotel’s signature unguents: black soap, Ghassoul clay, Argan oil, rose water and orange blossom water. Pick from three hammams, nine treatment rooms, six outdoor massage cabins, an indoor pool, and a hair salon headed up by Jean-Michel Faretra.
At the hotel
Gardens, spa with hammam and beauty salon, gym, tennis courts, ping pong table, library (including CDs and DVDs) and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water and bespoke bath products by Olivia Giacobetti.
Our favourite rooms
Book a Classic or Deluxe Room according to preferred view: Koutoubia Mosque, the gardens or the Atlas Mountains (of course, rooms on the higher floors have the best perspectives). The suites are stunning, but we have soft spots for two in particular. First up, the very English Churchill Suite: the prime minister’s favourite room, with a Chesterfield desk and distressed leather sofa. (Churchill’s hat is also a permanent feature.) For a more feminine feel, book the Baldaquin Suite; a romantic cream and white expanse with a king-size bed topped with a lavish canopy of ruched fabric. The suite also has a decadent but cosy sitting area and a balcony with garden views.
Set amid the gardens and flanked by palm trees, the vast and glittering pool is decorated with fish-scale tiles.
Kaftans, Cavalli and couture.
Deluxe rooms (and all higher categories) have a private terrace, meaning smokers can light up outside. Book a Suite or the Riad and enjoy additional in-room treats: fresh flowers, fruit, pastries, Moroccan wine and champagne.
Smith Junior is welcome. Extra beds (Dh800 a night for children under the age of 12) and free cots are available. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged for Dh100 an hour (request upon booking). Under-16s cannot use the hotel's spa.
Smith Junior is more than welcome. Extra beds (Dh800 a night for children under the age of 12) and free cots are available. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged for Dh100 an hour (request upon booking).
Little Smiths of all ages are welcome.
The Executive Suite and Deluxe Rooms interconnect, so are ideal for families.
There’s plenty here to keep kids happy: two tennis courts, outdoor ping pong table, flower-packed gardens and a large outdoor pool.
The pool is supervised by a lifeguard (7am–8pm in summer; 9am–5pm in winter). Bring your own inflatables and arm-bands as the hotel doesn’t provide any.
Children are welcome in the restaurants and staff will happily heat up baby food and milk.
Local nannies cost Dh100 per hour – arrange when booking.
No need to pack
The hotel has a stash of child-friendly video games and DVDs for little ones to borrow.
Smith Junior is bound to fall in love with Le Menzeh, the poolside hut stocked with home-made ice-creams and cakes.
Fresh, organic produce is plucked from the hotel’s vegetable garden; solar power is used.