Royal Mansour Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco, Luis Vallejo Estudio de Paisajismo
The Royal Mansour Marrakech is one of the most prestigious palaces in the world and representative of the Moroccan lifestyle, sublimating Moroccan decorative arts and crafts through an architecture that is the epitome of luxury. In this internationally renowned hotel ranked among the 50 greatest hotels in the world by the Telegraph, symbol of Moroccan opulence, traditions have an extraordinary tinge for spaces of unrivalled splendor. A crossroads of art and culture, this historic palace reveals the beauty of Arab-Andalusian architecture. Zelliges, enameled clay tiles, typical tadlakts, marble, and marquetry stand in contrast with lacework plasters. The delicate wrought-iron lighting interacts with the carved wood of imposing doors, such as the majestic front door that is reminiscent of imperial cities. A marvel of crafts stretching over an area of 3.5 hectares surrounded by ramparts, enclosing 53 independent riads in its heart, just a stone's throw from Jema'a El Fna square. An ode to the intimacy and tranquility of the ancestral riads nestled in the medina. To build this architectural feat, the Royal Mansour Marrakech called on the elite craftsmen of Morocco, combining the know-how of excellence of each to create this exceptional hotel. More than 1,200 craftsmen have worked to produce this work of art.
Here, amidst them, Aït Manos surpassed itself to create a custom pool with unexpected hues in the heart of the Royal Mansour Marrakech Garden. In this lush oasis stretching over one and a half hectares, designed by famous Spanish landscape architect Luis Vallejo as a medina where the alleys twist between the plants, leading to a green symphony, a tribute to the Arab-Andalusian garden. The Garden, embodying the great gardens of Marrakech and reflecting the agrarian landscapes of Morocco, opens onto a grid of majestic and aerial olive trees, echoed by iconic palm trees. Light and shade punctuate the stroll through this green ocean with emblematic scents of orange blossom, jasmine and datura, perfectly integrated into the landscape of the ochre city. A magical place in a mythical city, the Royal Mansour Marrakech Garden combines traditional know-how and contemporary accents through a creative design that invites references to Berber culture. It is in the heart of this haven of peace that the body of water measuring 30 meters long and 20 meters wide appears. The Garden comprises seven swimming pool areas, each between 45 and 80m², with a relaxation area open onto the zellige pool, all decorated in a resolutely contemporary, minimalist and refined style.
For the Royal Mansour Marrakech Garden, Aït Manos has developed an exclusive hue, created by Tawfik Bennani, the designer of the Aït Manos House. A color like no other, far from the turquoise classics usually found in swimming pools. Thus, after weeks of thorough testing at the Aït Manos Workshops, a zellige with an exacting color, neither white nor beige, but a perfect blend of both, was developed. This "bejmat", exclusive to Aït Manos, a transparent white beige that reveals baked clay, gives water a unique hue: a deep-water green. The idea behind it was to have sanded shades that soften the brightness of the sun's rays, reminiscent of baked clay, symbol of Moroccan craftsmanship. Thus, in the center of the Garden and its basins, in this green patchwork, a majestic swimming pool surrounded by a solarium and shaded spaces invites to hedonism. The work of Aït Manos, an aquatic mirror made of grey, pinkish beige and Siena colored sand, the pool required nearly 2,500 m² of "bejmat" tiles, an exclusive hue developed by the Aït Manos workshops for the Royal Mansour Marrakech. Laid by our talented craftsmen, these zellige tiles were laid in a chevron style to further highlight their particular beauty. Around it, smaller pools were designed to recreate the ancestral spirit of a traditional garden in Marrakech, a space where the green tones of the garden and the ochre of terracotta, symbol of the old city, stand side by side.