What makes it Royal?
Stepping off the plane you are whisked into a VIP lounge and skip the security queue into a waiting car. The hotel being owned by the King definitely has its benefits. 
How about the rooms?
There are no rooms. Instead, guests have their own individual three story riad. A personal patio with a fountain to enjoy breakfast on, living room stocked with fresh fruit and champagne, sumptuous bedrooms and bathrooms and a private deck with plunge pool and fire pit: the perfect location to spend a lazy afternoon in the Moroccan sun, or a night under the stars. There’s a reason this is one of the Beckhams' favourite hideaways.

So expect traditional Moroccan?
Traditional Moroccan with all the Western luxuries you could need. The hotel opened in 2008 and no expense was spared. The King ordered all the stone masons of Morocco to work solely on the hotel until it was completed. Throughout the hotel expect the most intricate of carvings and precious of mosaics.  Beautiful with being gaudy.
What was that about a Michelin star?
The only hotel in Africa to have a Michelin star, spend the evening dining in either of the incredible French chef Yannick Alleno's restaurants. Classic Moroccan with a twist or an inspired take on French cuisine.  Your taste buds will not know what’s hit them.  There is also a wine cellar to rival the Loire Valley and Burgundy combined.

Anything else I need to know?
Make sure to try the traditional hammam in possibly the world’s most beautiful spa. If being exfoliated and pummelled isn’t your thing, a range of massages and other beauty treatments are also on offer as well as two pools. Also, be sure to stop by the Patisserie with an array of cakes and treats that put the ‘light’ into delightful.  The Royal Mansour is a place not to be missed.


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One bedroom riads start at £800 a night. www.royalmansour.com