The royal Man­sour’s pool­side pavil­ions

The pool­side pavil­ions at Mar­rakech’s Royal Man­sour ho­tel are fit for a king

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When it opened in 2010, much was made of the labyrinth of se­cret tun­nels – one and a half kilo­me­tres of them – where the 50 staff slip in­vis­i­bly be­tween the 53 ri­ads that make up this ex­tra­or­di­nary Mar­rakech ho­tel. Owned by Morocco’s King Mo­hammed VI, it was built by 1 200 crafts­men over three years. The spa, ren­dered in white, lace-like iron­work, re­sem­bles a gi­ant bird­cage. The bed­rooms are dressed in thick silks, bro­cades and vel­vet and let­ter­heads are gold-em­bossed with guests’ names. This is a ho­tel con­sid­ered and chis­elled down to the tini­est de­tails. But, there was one over­sight: the pool, small and awk­wardly wedged in a cor­ner of the grounds. The king has seen to this. It’s now a vast, glassy cen­tre­piece in one and a half hectares of new gar­dens. Among knot­ted olive trees, jas­mine and or­ange blos­soms, the out­door bar and restau­rant, Le Jardin, is a fresh de­par­ture from the white­gloved for­mal­ity else­where. Here, low-slung so­fas are strewn with Mis­soni-es­que cush­ions and star French chef Yan­nick Al­léno has waved a lighter touch over the menu with tu­naand-pa­paya poké bowls. There are also seven su­per-charged pool ca­banas, each with its own ter­race. Not as fa­mous yet as the rus­tic seafront huts at Hô­tel du Cap where Mar­lene Di­et­rich and Joe Kennedy dal­lied, or the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel’s can­vas-topped pool­side tents, but give them time. royal­man­sour.com

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left One Of seven pool­side pavil­ions at the royal man­sour in mar­rakech; the pool area and gar­den was de­signed by spa­niard luis vallejo; a seat­ing area; the pav­il­ion in­cludes a din­ing area

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