Morocco has a long history of nourishing sophisticated tourists, starting at least since World War II, when Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart put the country on the cultural map of the world forever with the blockbuster movie "Casablanca" in 1942. There's a great variety of fabulous five star resorts in Morocco because the place has been home to the rich and famous for holidays for decades. You will not miss out on the choices in this small, beautiful gem of a kingdom.
It's called a luxury destination that is particularly charming and one that constantly receives wild praise from American visitors Amanjena, a cozy, secluded resort off Marrakech on the way south to Ouuarzazate, which is Morocco's gateway to the vast ocean of inland sand that is the Sahara. What are you doing? Amanjena so special is the winning combination of its spectacular natural beauty (situated as it is under the shadow of the massive Atlas Mountains), exceptional amenities, consistently exceptional service, and the small number of villas available, providing privacy and attention especially from well trained staff.
On a fine, traffic-free day, it is no more than twenty minutes from the airport, located in the Atlas foothills (so often snow-capped on days when the temperature at the resort is in the mid-70s perfect). The mountains are one of two reasons that many guests seem to keep coming back Amanjena: they get so close to the horizon that they disturb people in perspective, and one will find guests only sitting for half an hour watching the mountains from a Longue chair with a look of relaxation embedded in their faces. It's a transformative experience for those who have never tried it.
A second reason that many people dare about Amanjena is one you can never imagine, and perhaps more than a wonder: it is a library, a convenience that one cannot expect to find in a holiday resort, set in the Rockies of Morocco. The library is a delightful two-story structure with a fireplace and a 20-meter ceiling with a balcony of the kind you sometimes see in the most elegant libraries in English country houses. It goes straight along the perimeter of the second floor. Light filters from dozens of ogie windows cut to different levels on the walls they face tadlekt (a type of mortar often found in North Africa). Shredded glass shelves showcases hundreds of current books, magazines and newspapers from the US, UK and France.
Many guests spend hours here looking at the excellent selection of travel books and wonderful memories from early Moroccan visitors, mostly French and British explorers and adventurers. Everything in this fine library (will other luxury resorts now copy this idea?) Reflects Morocco, from the highly polished tables created by wild cherry tucked into a fiery glow, to Moucharabiehscreen railing that surrounds most of the room, and comfortable Masria (Moroccan sofas or day beds) arranged in a half circle around the fireplace.
Eating at Amanjena is always memorable, the talented chefs focusing on authentic and memorable Moroccan dishes and Mediterranean cuisine in general. The main restaurant is arranged around a central fountain and upper window with banquets and tables lining the walls. Weather permitting, dining is often moved outside. A lighter Thai restaurant is found by the pool. Breakfast and lunch are also available on the smaller Pool Terrace, and of course you can always decide to have private lunch at your cottage. With a little notice ahead, hotel staff will arrange special meals for you in Caidal Tent, a traditional Moroccan setting, on the edge of an olive grove.
Amanjena is the first vehicle to be developed on the African continent by Singapore's highly respected Amanresorts International, which was founded by Adrian Zecha in 1988. Amanresorts owns and operates 25 small luxury resorts and hotels worldwide. Fortunately, booking a double room for four nights would cost you about $ 1000, or $ 125 per person per night, a bargain considering the quality of the amenities. Take a long look at Amanjena's glossy pages to check out the latest prices and book your stay there.