WORDS Celeste Jacobs IMAGES Alan Keohane
Set in the heart of Marrakesh, the five-star La Mamounia is the epitome of luxury. For its centenary, the iconic hotel was renovated by Studio Jouin Manku in collaboration with Cassina Custom Interiors.
This renovation of a legend offers a curated experience designed to delight guests of La Mamounia. The hotel’s culinary offering boasts both an Asian and an Italian restaurant, a tearoom, the Enoteca wine bar and the Moroccan Bar – plus, an in-house cinema, all executed with an exceptional attention to detail by architects and designers Patrick Jouin and Sanji Manku.
L’Asiatique by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Japanese, Chinese and Thai influences meet traditional Moroccan décor. Bold blue upholstery enrobes lacquered wooden chairs, with brass details. Outside, chairs and tabletops are made of local iroko wood.
L’Italien by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Large glass windows overlook a winter garden, setting the scene for this Italian restaurant’s welcoming atmosphere. Tubular metal chairs with natural fabric backrests are embellished with rope. This woven aspect is carried through to the tables, where Corian tops rest on “woven” metal-bases.
Pierre Hermé’s salon de thé
Visible from the lobby, this focal point tearoom features an exquisite fountain and a large glass chandelier. The experience continues as you walk through the adjoining courtyard, which is a quintessential Moroccan riad. Soft-to-the-touch leather sofas and poufs are combined here with marble topped smoked oak tables.
Film culture meets complete comfort to create an idyllic experience for movie lovers. Modular sofas fuse blue velvet and leather for an elevated look. The luxe side tables in the space are made from solid smoked oak and velvet.
Located between the swimming pool and L’Italien restaurant – the wine bar is a treasure trove of La Mamounia’s sommeliers – set around a four-metre long stone and lava table.