Travel Tuesday: Experience the Moroccan Magic of La Mamounia

With its enchantment and beguiling appeal, the city of Marrackech in Morocco is a must-visit. With its gorgeous terrain, rich history and fascinating legends, this North African city is the perfect meeting of the old world and the new century. When you thought it couldn't get more exciting, it does: enter La Mamounia Marrakech, nestled right in the heart of the city! This palace hotel will literally take your breath away.

La Mamounia is the oldest hotel in Marrakech; it was first erected in 1923. That's almost a century of rich history and appeal. To top it off, the world-class luxury hotel recently underwent a 3-year $176 million renovation project under the leadership of famed French architect and interior/garden designer, Jacques Garcia. If you thought it was great before, you'll think it's truly magical now.

La Mamounia has 135 gorgeous rooms; 71 suites, including 6 signature suites; and 3 riads. The riads are located right in the heart of the hotel's gardens and come with rooms sized at over 7500 sq ft, a private terrace, dining room and swimming pool. The hotel also boasts 17 incredible acres of tropical gardens, including a 200-year old park, 100 year-old olive trees, a variety of flowers, and organic fruit and vegetable gardens - all of which lend a sweet aroma to the air. There is also the option to dine right in the hotel with 4 different kinds of cuisines available to satisfy the palate: Moroccan, French, Italian and Mediterranean, as well as 5 available bars.

Fitness is not forgotten in La Mamounia: the hotel has state-of-the-art fitness centers, 2 clay tennis courts and a 7500 sq. ft swimming pool. Relaxation is not relegated to the background either! The hotel has a 27,000 sq ft spa which includes traditional Moroccan hammams, among other things. It is no wonder its spa was named the Best Hotel of 2011 by Conde Nast. It has also garnered such awards as Travel + Leisure Best Resort of 2010, Tatler's Hotel of the Year 2010, and Conde Nast Best Hotel for Sevice 2011. With such beauty, service and history, you might never want to go home again!

Rooms at La Mamonia may start at about $450 per night.  The hotel currently has a special package for the Honeymoon Experience, which is available until December 24, 2012. It includes 3 nights of pampering at the hammam and massage table, guided tours, and romantic meals.

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