Taj Palace Marrakech

Commissioned to build a five-star hotel in Marrakech, Ameri­can architect Stuart Church was presented with a 124-acre site in the Palmeraie district, 10 minutes outside the Old City. Church developed a cohesive plan encompassing architectural, interior, and landscaping designs for what was to become the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech. Five years and several false starts later, the hotel is finally complete and almost ready to open—as the Taj Palace Marrakech.
 
The 161-room Taj, which changed management companies in May, reflects the city of Marrakech with its African, European, Asian, and Indian influences. The main building resembles a Berber casbah crowned with an Ottoman dome. Lacy screens frame arched windows that look onto manicured gardens large enough to ride bicycles through.
 
The Taj’s ornate interiors are as bright as the fashions in the 2010 movie Sex and the City II, much of which took place in the hotel’s massive Royal Suite. Not completed in time for filming was the property’s green Guatemalan-marble pool that measures 17,222 square feet, or the 40,000-square-foot Jiva Grand Spa with 14 treatment rooms and two hammams. Both facilities will be ready when the hotel opens, which, according to the latest estimates at press time, should be in the first few months of 2012. Taj Palace Marrakech, 866.969.1825, www.tajhotels.com

California’s Cal-a-Vie spa and the French winery Château Margaux make the perfect pairing…
Photo by Tim McKenn
The 26-day journey will include stops in French Polynesia, Mongolia, and Greenland…
The new all-suite hotel offers guests the chance to exercise their bodies and their minds…
The weekend experience at the famed Wisconsin golf retreat offers rare Balvenie whiskies and Gurkha...
The Hawaiian resort has also introduced a new program that offers perks to guests staying in suites…
Photo by Jamie McGregor Smith
The iconic London hotel pops the cork on its new Champagne Room…
The landmark hotel welcomes guests visiting the retrospective of the famed Spanish artists…
The hotel’s themed rooms pay tribute to music’s biggest icons…
Jackie Caradonio
A new retreat elevates Baden-Baden’s long-standing spa culture...
The city that bridges continents is a mosaic of cultural influences and cultured design...