If you’re at all familiar with Aman Resorts, you’ll have come across, American-born, Ed Tuttle’s name in the architectural annals of many of the properties, Amanjena included. This 40-room (actually pavilions and houses, all with private gardens, of two to eight bedrooms each) property on five acres of land was built almost twenty years ago, and has seen its fair share of fame and fortune pass through its doors.
Situated twelve kilometres south of Marrakech, the location is ideal for those who think that a holiday is about privacy, relaxing in style and being pampered, by 184 employees at the last count. A place where a round of golf is considered an extreme sport, and weightlifting amounts to bringing the rim of a glass to your lips or a fork to your tongue.
Large and resplendent in every way, it’s a true resort; you’re free to wander in the paradisiacal gardens and lush surroundings. The Moorish architecture is stunning; you’ll get lost amidst arcade after arcade of symmetrical arches and pillars, all painted in pale peach with stone floors to match.
And watch this space, as plans are afoot for new pavilions (sixteen) to be built, which can only be a good thing, but even sooner, Aman’s own signature Japanese restaurant, NAMA, will open here.
Yet here’s my bottom line. Amanjena is for lovers and honeymooners and those seeking refuge from the hectic pace of Marrakech’s illustrious bazaars, bantering, hawkers and alleyways. A place for peace and tranquillity, a round of tennis or a gentle game of golf at any of the three nearby courses. Because while other properties in Marrakech will dazzle you with excesses of Moroccan bounty, riches and style, this is not what Amanjena is about. This is a hotel for seclusion, repose and reflection... and gazing into a loved one’s eyes while floating in the pool, dining in the restaurant, or hanging out in your very private villa. Let me stress – make sure you only leave home with the one you (truly) love...