Amanjena Review, Marrakech

Amanjena Review, Marrakech Morocco

 

This Amanjena Review in Marrakech, Morocco, is part of a trip report including Iberia Business Class, plus reviews of luxury hotels and dining in Marrakech, Morocco. For the prior posts, please see:

British Airways Galleries Lounge at JFK Terminal 7 Review

Iberia New Business Class A330-300 Review

Four Seasons Marrakech Review

Solano at Four Seasons Marrakech Restaurant Review

Atlas Mountains Berber Village Experience

TravelSort Clients may book Amanjena with Virtuoso benefits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast for two daily (review in future post)
  • Complimentary lunch or dinner for two once during stay (excludes alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability

Complimentary Transfer To and From Amanjena

Amanjena provides complimentary transfers to and from the resort from both Marrakech Airport and from other resorts in Marrakech. We were picked up right on time from the Four Seasons Marrakech by a BMW, and driven to Amanjena. We enjoyed some great views of the Atlas Mountains on our way there:

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Atlas Mountains

 

On our departure, we were driven to Marrakech Airport, about a 12 minute drive. Our driver even accompanied us into the terminal to ensure we were at the correct check-in counter, and briefed us on exactly where we would need to go after receiving our boarding passes.

Amanjena Review, Marrakech Morocco - Complimentary Airport Transfer

 

Amanjena Location, Lobby and Check-in

Amanjena is located on the southern road to Ouarzazate, the same one that we took on our way to L'Arbaa Tighdouine for our Atlas Mountains Berber Village Experience. After entering the gate, we drove up the driveway to the entrance, where, in classic Aman fashion, GM Gabriel Lousada (who prior to Amanjena was GM at Amanruya, in Turkey) and other Amanjena staff were on hand to warmly welcome us.

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Entrance

 

We were served Moroccan mint tea and offered some delectable treats, although I didn't manage to get photos as it all happened rather quickly. Here is my mint tea, with one of the marble fountains strewn with rose petals in the background:

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Welcome Drink - Mint Tea in Courtyard Lobby

 

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Marble Fountain with Rose Petals, Courtyard

 

You can't help but notice the Atlas Mountains from the side of the resort we were on, near the golf course. As sunset came later that day, there was a beautiful pink hue to the sky, although as usual the photo doesn't really do it justice.

Amanjena Review, Marrakech Morocco - Atlas Mountains at Sunset

 

Amanjena Pavilion

Aman resorts are incredibly intimate properties, and Amanjena is no exception. It offers just 32 Pavilions, including 6 Pavilions Bassin with views of the central pool, and 8 Pavilions Piscine, with their own 25 square metre heated pools. There are also 6 two-storey Maisons with a master suite upstairs and separate second bedroom and bathroom downstairs.

While we were in one of the 32 entry level Pavilions, it was spacious and would be fine for a family with a young child, as long as you don't mind the child being in the same room, given the Pavilion's open plan. You enter through a wooden door into a garden courtyard, with sun loungers and a shaded seating area:

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Pavilion Courtyard

 

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Pavilion Courtyard Seating Area

 

Inside, the sliding glass doors opened to reveal a grand open space with King bed, settee, writing desk, and open access to the equally spacious bathroom.

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Pavilion Room

 

The writing desk featured a beautiful bouquet of sunset colored roses, as well as a platter of oranges, perhaps from Amanjena's own orchards. There were also bowls of pistachios and other nuts to nibble on, and even a bottle of wine, although I was traveling with the munchkin and wasn't up to drinking a bottle of wine on my own!

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Bouquet of Roses

 

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Oranges

 

A Nespresso machine with complimentary capsules was provided, and the paid minibar featured top shelf liquor along with a fresh lemon for making your own drinks.

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Nespresso Machine and Mini Bar

 

The Amanjena team member who accompanied us showed us the TV, unobtrusively hidden in its own cabinet, which is a first for me at an Aman Resort. Normally they don't have TVs, which is perfectly fine by us as a non-TV household, but in case anyone thinks they may have TV withdrawal symptoms, Amanjena Pavilions offer them.

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - TV

 

The bathroom featured dual vanities with his and hers sinks:

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Dual Vanities with His and Hers Sinks

 

The deep soaking bath was perfect later, after a swim in the pool, for giving the munchkin a bubble bath:

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Soaking Tub

 

The bath amenities are locally made and in larger containers, which I didn't mind as they smelled wonderful (and, as you can see above, the bath foam made a terrific bubble bath).

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Bath Amenities

 

There was also a walk-in shower, and a separate toilet chamber.

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Walk In Shower

 

Each side of the room featured its own luggage and closet space, and what I loved is that there was a Berber robe for your use during your stay–a lovely and traditional touch.

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Djellaba Berber Robe

 

In the evening, after we returned from dinner, we enjoyed our beautifully lit Pavilion, and thought how nice it would be to have a fire in the fireplace. I wasn't able to get one started on my own, but a quick call and presently a staff member arrived to start a roaring fire–cozy!

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Fireplace

 

Amanjena Central Pool, Decorative Pools and Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool

Amanjena's pale peach stone buildings draw inspiration from Marrakech's Arabic name (Al Medina al-Hamra in Arabic, means “red city”), and architect Ed Tuttle has contrasted this with great use of pools throughout the resort, from the central pool that greets your view from the lobby, to the decorative long pools that flank either side of the resort's Pavilions. Here's the decorative pool right outside our Pavilion:

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Decorative Pool

 

And Amanjena's central pool, which has carp in it, at twilight:

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Central Pool

 

The munchkin couldn't wait to get on his swim things and try the main swimming pool, which he had been eyeing throughout our lunch. As soon as we arrived, an attendant was kind enough to set up two loungers with towlels, and also bring complimentary bottled water. Fortunately, as the munchkin was the only one in the pool, he wasn't overly noisy, so even though there were 2-4 other guests lounging poolside during our time there, they didn't appear annoyed with his splashing around.

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Heated Swimming Pool

 

The pool is heated, but the outdoor air was a bit chilly, so before too long, he was ready to come out and bundle up. He read some of his books while I worked for a bit. An attendant came by with complimentary delicious homemade banana vanilla ice cream for everyone–yum!

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Excited to Try Banana Ice Cream Poolside

 

Amanjena Review Marrakech Morocco - Banana Vanilla Ice Cream Served Poolside

 

Amanjena Dining and Food

Everything we tried was delicious, from our Thai lunch to Moroccan dinner to an early morning breakfast taken at our Pavilion. I've written a separate post on Amanjena Restaurants and Menus.

 

The Verdict

If you're in Marrakech with your significant other and crave a beautiful, tranquil romantic getaway, Amanjena is a must, even if you have to save up for it for months. Particularly at twilight and in the evening, it's as if you stepped into your own Arabian Nights fantasy. Of course, if you need a lively vibe with plenty of other guests around, Amanjena isn't for you. But if the crowds of the Medina and uncertainty of whether you'll find a wonderful luxury resort with superb service have made you hesitate about visiting Marrakech, Amanjena should be your base if traveling as a couple, without kids.

I'll leave you with a short video of just a bit of the hauntingly beautiful traditional Moroccan music we listened to–the munchkin and I were the only audience, and were only sad there weren't more guests with us to appreciate it.

 

Disclosure: My family and I were guests and enjoyed a complimentary stay and breakfast at Amanjena, however the views expressed in this post are my own.

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