The majestic central alley is lined with ancient olive trees and two thousand rose bushes. The Menzeh Pavilion offers a peaceful setting in which to relax and let your mind wander. Dozens of orange and lemon trees stand in perfectly straight lines. Here and there, cactuses of all shapes and sizes bask in the sun.
700 orange trees, 5,000 rose bushes, 21 cactus species, 6 palm trees species and 200 olive trees – impressive numbers, but together they combine to create a myriad of colours, fragrances, shapes and textures! Lemon trees, jacarandas, bougainvillea, amaranth, agaves, prickly pear trees and more. Each flowerbed and each orchard burst with beauty, filled with the perfect gifts of nature! The gardens of La Mamounia are unique and wonderfully natural, despite the fact that they have been crafted by the hands of passionate gardeners for almost a century!
THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
Take a stroll through the gardens with their flower beds and copses. Beyond the Menzeh Pavilion, on either side of the alley with its ancient olive trees (some of which are 700 years old), explore one of the treasures of La Mamounia: a superb 1,500 m2 (16145.86ft2) vegetable garden. Here, gardeners and chefs come together to enjoy their shared passion – the fruits of the earth.
You will find aromatic plants, such as coriander, fragrant verbena and Madagascar lemongrass, spices, carrots of various kinds, tomatoes (from Russia, Crimea and thirteen other varieties), leeks, beetroot, and more – A festival of shapes and colours, and as many promises of natural flavours . We should not forget to mention Borji mint, the essential ingredient for Moroccan tea! A palette of flavours which the Chefs prepare for guests in their Moroccan, Italian and French cuisine.
THE MAMOUNIA BOUTIQUE
Tucked away on the Andalusian patio, between the Tearoom and Spa, the Boutique sells some of the treasures of La Mamounia. Very high quality products, which are a testament to Morocco's refined art of living.
La Mamounia is also a product brand that brings together nature and very high quality: delicate and flavoursome olive oil made with olives straight from La Mamounia's gardens, argan produced by a cooperative of Moroccan women, and honey from the Moroccan countryside. All of the produce is ethical and fair trade.
Candles and diffusers based on the hotel's unique fragrances take pride of place, including cedar, date and orange blossom. They have been created exclusively for the palace. They accompany you throughout your stay at the hotel, and you can carry these delicate fragrances home with you when you leave. For those who have not yet enjoyed a stay at La Mamounia, offer these olfactory gems as a gift.
In terms of the interior design, cushions are decorated with original patterns that use the traditional colours of the zellige tilework. The superb Yahya lanterns boast a simple and elegant design. Their clean, flowing lines diffuse a unique light. Albums and books feature magnificent images that immortalise the hotel's legendary spaces, bringing out the beautifully contrasting shifting light, and paying tribute to all the master craftsmen who have contributed to its beauty.
The stylist Barbara Rhil has created an exclusive line of leather goods, all branded La Mamounia, including a range of elegant, easy-to-carry and colourful bags.
With its vast lobby, Andalusian patio, fountains and gardens, each with its own light, colours, shapes and contrasts, the hotel is an exceptional and fertile showcase for contemporary works of art. The result is striking. The hotel has always promoted both young talent and established artists.
80 photographs taken by amateur photographers and tourists offered a glimpse into life in Marrakesh in the 1930s; an original exhibition brought together perspectives of Churchill – one of the hotel's iconic figures – and Hassan El Glaoui, who recently stated: "I became a painter thanks to Churchill". Then there are the colourful and offbeat sculptures of Julien Marinetti. Imagine blue and orange ducks, like children's toys, floating in the pool of Le Marocain restaurant, a bronze and golden bulldog and other colourful animals placed here and there to create a surprising and visually pleasing effect.
As a venue for exhibitions and events, La Mamounia contributes to artistic and cultural life in Marrakesh.