Six years in the past we visited the Royal Mansour for the very first time. In so some ways, it appears so lengthy ago- life was so totally different for us then. No children, no world pandemic, a lot much less expertise when it comes to journey and particularly luxurious journey.
I do know the phrase “luxurious” can appear exclusionary at occasions, and there’s no getting round that the Royal Mansour is certainly a luxurious property in each sense of the phrase. A time period that’s used extra usually than it ought to and doesn’t all the time imply something really. However that is the most effective instance of what a luxurious expertise ought to feel and appear like. 6 years later and the property hasn’t aged by a day. There’s nothing sadder than returning to a spot you like and seeing that the property homeowners simply let issues go, that the areas really feel dated, that service and requirements have fallen by the wayside. It was with immense glee to seek out that the place we fell in love with felt simply as immaculately recent as after we visited 6 years in the past.
I beforehand shared a assessment of El Fenn, one other lodge we stayed at and I remarked that it felt like the place the cool children go, the place the artists grasp out- that it had a really particular type and taste. And that’s so essential for a lodge, for it to have a really particular id. A lot the identical, the Royal Mansour has a really particular id, and it’s proper in it’s title, if El Fenn is the place the artists hang around, the Royal Mansour is the place the royals hang around. However not the stuffy ones, as a result of for all it’s grandeur and opulence, it stops simply in need of seeming stuffy or snooty. And I feel, the rationale it maintains heat is basically because of the employees and the way they have interaction with company.
We visited with our twin boys (Kai & River) and each interplay was crammed with real heat in the direction of us and them, we might have little laughs and have been made to really feel extraordinarily welcome and like true company. That additional particular contact really makes all of the distinction. Whereas service was heat, it was additionally unobtrusive, the aim is to have you ever really feel like you’re at yours and never continually surrounded by employees making an attempt to assist. I’ve experiences the form of service the place they wait on you for each little element and I have a tendency to seek out that overwhelming and fairly frankly exhausting. So, it was good to see that that they had discovered simply the suitable steadiness.
A singular characteristic on the Royal Mansour is that you just get a whole riad as your lodging, versus a room in a riad, as if usually the case. Ours was 3levels which included a floor and roof terrace, a masters bed room, with masters closets, and a fundamental lounge space on the bottom flooring. All of them have distinctive options and designs so it gained’t harm to ask when reserving that are the preferred ones. We keep in room 33 – so beautiful however I’ve to present our earlier riad the win, for it’s unbelievable entryway Moroccan tilework (see picture under).
A number of callouts particularly if planning a stick with children or older relations, riads are typically designed with stairs and no elevators as is the case right here. So be able to go up and down stairs in getting from residing space to bed room to terrace. The steps are marble and a tad slippery. We’ve stairs in our dwelling that the boys go up and down by themselves, however we didn’t belief that right here and ended up carrying them every time we needed to go up and down. I’ll admit, that bit, wasn’t a lot enjoyable.
One other small callout, when you are extraordinarily near the souks and the Medina, the lodge is about an 8-10 minute stroll. You would possibly benefit from the peaceable aid you get from being a bit of bit away from all of it, or perhaps you have been truly trying ahead to being within the coronary heart of it. If that’s the case- effectively, you’ve been warned. I for one, love the little little bit of distance however I acknowledge all of us have totally different preferences.
Lastly, this isn’t an all inclusive resort, so be ready to pay $$$ for meals from the accommodations eating places. Actually nice meals, however you got here right here to attempt some native dishes, so step out the lodge and do exactly that.
Let me know if there’s something I did not cowl or in case you have any questions.
P.S. In the event you’ve by no means had a harman, get a hammam therapy on the spa. I’ll be writing an in depth assessment of my expertise very shortly.