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A vivid reimagining by a design great transformed this classic into a stunning Arabesque masterpiece.
When La Mamounia closed its doors for a three-year renovation, lovers of this sumptuous landmark worried. Would this quintessential Moroccan oasis receive the care it deserved? At the hand of French interior designer Jacques Garcia, the answer was a resounding "yes." With a creative, elegant touch, Garcia updated the intricate Arabesque details, from the mosaics to the reflecting pools. Our favorite accommodations are the private riads, each offering three bedrooms, a private pool and terrace, butler service and airport transfer in a Jaguar or Range Rover. The grounds were an 18th-century wedding gift from a sultan to his son, and it is a pleasure to walk among the Barbary figs and 100-year-old olive trees. Among the four excellent restaurants, Le Marocain stands out with its dedication to authentic traditional cuisine. La Mamounia also houses a glamorous spa with an ozone pool, outdoor massage cabins and two hammams.