The Oberoi, Marrakech: five-star Moroccan opulence against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains


I am dozing by my non-public pool in certainly one of Morocco’s most opulent new five-star motels, the Oberoi, because the each day name to prayer rings out all through Marrakech. It is easy to overlook that we had been sweating by the town’s well-known souks just some hours in the past after we really feel so at peace now. The lodge’s 28 acres of Mediterranean orchards, overlooking the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, definitely appear worlds away from the insanity of the labyrinthine alleyways and bustling markets of the nation’s famed former imperial metropolis.

The well-known Indian lodge firm opened its luxurious Moroccan outpost, fairly sadly, simply months earlier than the Covid lockdown in December 2019, so its historically dressed employees typically joke (semi) about its three-year comfortable launch. What a waste that almost all friends needed to wait so lengthy: it took greater than 200 native craftsmen over 10 years to assemble a number of the intricate particulars carved into the partitions and ceilings of the magnificent predominant constructing, constructed on the positioning of a former of 11 hectares farm and designed to seem like an outdated Moroccan palace.