Amanjena, or ‘peaceful paradise’, is the first Amanresort on the African continent. The property is located just outside the ancient Moroccan city of Marrakech on the southern road to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. The High Atlas Mountains claim the Marrakech horizon and the Atlantic coast is just two hours away. The 27-hole Amelkis Championship Golf Course in Morocco lies immediately alongside Amanjena, with a second course – the Royal Golf Course – just minutes away.
Known in Arabic as Al Medina al-Hamra, the ‘Red City’, due to its rosy-hued walls and structures, Marrakech was the inspiration for Amanjena’s design. The resort’s walls and Morocco luxury pavilions echo the city’s old pisé (rammed earth) buildings as well as the Berber villages that cling to the High Atlas Mountains. Green is also a predominant colour in the oasis of Marrakech – the colour of Islam, paradise, royalty and abundance. The colour of nature gilds Amanjena, too: its lawns and vines, its emerald-clay roofs, Moroccan marble fountains and the dazzle of hand-cut, glazed tiles known as zellij.
The Moroccans know their country as Maghrib. In Arabic, the word means ‘sunset’ or ‘west,’ acknowledging the Kingdom’s place as the most western of the Arabic countries. Bordered in the north by the Mediterranean Sea (Spain is only an hour’s ferry ride away) and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco is blessed with a long coastline and scenic beaches. Add to that four dramatic mountain ranges and the great oases and dunes of the Sahara, and you have a subtropical land of remarkable geographic and climatic diversity. At 4,165 metres high in the High Atlas Mountains, Mount Toubkal is the third highest peak in Africa.
Most international flights to Morocco fly into Casablanca. Frequent daily air service connects Casablanca and Marrakech. Direct flights to Marrakech are available from Paris, London, Munich, Lisbon and other major European cities.
Amanjena provides complimentary transfers from Marrakech airport (a 20-minute journey) and Casablanca airport (for guests staying three-nights or more), which is approximately 2½ hours away.
Amanjena's 33-metre heated outdoor swimming pool is finished in glittering green tiles of ecaille de poisson-cut zellij. Chaise lounges and umbrellas line the pool's terrace, framed by hibiscus. The pool area features a pise-style arch over a wide wall fountain and a separate shallow pool.
Amanjena has two clay tennis courts floodlit for night play. Racquets and balls are complimentary. Guests are recommended to bring their own tennis shoes. The tennis grounds include central minzahs (gazebos) for drinks and rest breaks between matches.
Mountain bikes are available for exploring the paved pathways that lead from Amanjena through the surrounding olive groves and past the golf course and garden villas that lie alongside it.
The two-storey Library features a fireplace and a six metre, double-volume ceiling. A balcony runs along the perimeter of the second floor. Light filters in from dozens of windows cut on varying levels into the tadlekt walls. Recessed glass shelving houses books, magazines and newspapers, as well as DVDs and the distinctive green pottery of Tamegroute, a village in the Moroccan Sahara. A selection of travel books and board games is also available. The Library's tables are of wild-cherry wood inlaid and stained to an ebony gloss. The room's u...
The Restaurant is open for dinner and specialises in authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. The room is centred by a scalloped onyx fountain surrounded by olive trees beneath a commanding central skylight. Arched moucharabieh wood screens decorate the upper reaches of onyx pillars while the tinted platre cisele walls are the colour of honey, chiseled with Berber designs. Banquettes and tables line the walls. During the summer months, dinner seating is moved outdoors. The Thai Restaurant, situated alongside the swimming pool, is open f...
Amanjena's Spa features two Turkish-style hammams (steam baths) complemented by showers, washrooms, a dressing area and a glassed-in whirlpool. The whirlpool opens onto a fountain courtyard bordered by a two-metre pise wall. Spa treatments ranging from traditional Moroccan gommage (scrubs) to a selection of massages can be enjoyed at Amanjena's Spa. Other services include reflexology, facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Private treatment rooms offer a peaceful sanctuary for relaxation.
The resort's 32 air-conditioned Pavilions lie beneath their own graceful stuc Venetien domes. The pale peach-coloured walls feature a lustrous tadlekt finish, a treatment originally reserved for waterproofing hammam (steam bath) walls. Under the dome is a king-size bed and a wood-burning fireplace brightens the living area. Other furnishings include a daybed and a desk finished in Moroccan leather, as well as a cherry-wood chair. Quarzazate green marble finishes the bathroom with its stepped and columned bathtub, twin vanities, soaring mirrors, twin dressing areas and separate shower and toilet. Berber carpets are scattered about the zellij-tiled floors.
Sliding glass and cedar doors lead to each Pavilion's garden courtyard with views either of the golf course or olive groves. The Pavilions Bassin enjoy sweeping views over the central irrigation pool whilst the Pavilions Piscine (pool pavilions) have their own 25-square metre heated pools and extended private gardens. Courtyards feature large lounging couches flanked by black lanterns as well as zellij fountains recessed into the terracotta-tiled floors. Chaise lounges and Maillechort candle lanterns lend Moroccan ambience. For families or couples travelling together, the courtyard's facing cedar doors can be opened to the adjacent Pavilion. All Pavilions enjoy a pillared minzah (gazebo).
Amanjena's six two-storey, two-bedroom Maisons rise seven metres from floor to ceiling in a variation of the Moroccan town house. The living area, located on the ground floor, features an arc-cut fireplace, a zellij wall fountain and a small bathroom. The self-contained guest bedroom, with its queen-size bed, bathroom with separate shower and toilet, dressing area and separate courtyard entrance, is also located on this floor. The master suite upstairs features a king-size bed and divan, while the en suite bathroom is defined by marble columns, a domed shower, a pillared green marble bathtub and separate toilet. Each Maison's courtyard enjoys its own private heated swimming pool, most with views directly over the bassin. Two of the six Maisons come with garden courtyards. These Maisons Jardin feature a fireplace, a large minzah, a butler's pantry and a shade tree.
The largest accommodation at Amanjena is the Al-Hamra Maison. The graceful abode features an extensive main pavilion with a large indoor living and dining area, an open fireplace and private butler service. Two bedrooms are linked by an open passageway to the shared garden which offers two minzahs for dining and lounging as well as a private 36-square metre heated pool.
The Al-Hamra Maison
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