10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Oasis in Marrakech
"My husband and I stayed at the Amanjena in March 2007 for 2 nights and although we did not spend much time in the hotel, it was a wonderful experience. The service was perfect, the food was excellent and the property is a beautiful oasis. It is true luxury!"
- Travel date: 21st April 2007
In Culture Rich Marrakech, Amanjena Indulges the Soul
"For an ideal Moroccan experience stay at uber private & luxurious Amanjena outside the Medina where indulgences that "Aman junkies" & patrons alike have come to expect. Amanjena offers incredibly personalized service, spoilingly indulgent luxuries and comforting amenities as evidenced upon arrival into Menara Int'l. Rashid, a multi-lingual driver whisked us to the Aman property as several Amanjena staff offered warm, genuine Arabic greetings, "As-Salaam Malaykum," followed by traditional Moroccan mint tea to break your journey fireside in their lounge. In a pavilion piscine w/max. privacy set among towering palm trees, lush gardens, a riad, chaise lounges, & fountain, we swam both day & night in the heated pool, part of your own private, enclosed quarters. A super spacious, mammoth bathroom offers his/her sinks, closets, changing areas, w/combined bidet & commode, bath, shower. All amenities, including take-home leather his/hers Moroccan slippers and basket are the final touches to welcome you to this Aman haven. Atmosphere 5. Such indulgent surroundings allow you to enjoy your villa guilt-free as you may wish to never leave. Service is warm, genuine and sincere as both smiling Houda, Amanjena's Asst Front Desk Mgr & Rashad Front Desk Mgr are ambassadors of Amanjena & welcome you w/treatment usually reserved for dignitaries & VIPs. Exotic spa treatments (must try a traditional Moroccan Hammam), dining choices, tours, to Concierge complete your amenity list. Amanjena resident tour guide, Ha Tim (Casablanca) the most coveted tour master of the Medina, was available on a moment's (less than 1 hr's) notice, at day's end. We believe no feat could stump this group as we requested an English-speaking driver & tour guide at the last minute to give a night time tour of the Djemaa el Fna & surrounding souks. Given the first & currently only Aman property on the African continent, Morocco's Amanjena can and will indulge you to no end."
- Travel date: 19th April 2007
Best in Marrakech
"A truly phenomenal resort and a nice break from the craziness of the medina. The service was impeccable as was the food. The rooms were beautiful and totally up to Aman standards. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us from the second we got there. Our luggage was lost en route to Marrakech and they were on the phone constantly to ensure it was in our room within five hours of our arrival. I can go on and on, but simply put- itâs a wonderful hotel and I will definitely be back!"
- Travel date: 26th March 2007
"We had booked 1 night at Villa des Oranger and 3 nights at Amanjena. Given the cost of both, we were looking forward to our stay. Villa des Oranger was simply fantastic! No more needed to be said. Amanjena was an hour late in picking us up. We were not impressed since they could have called to let us know. Once we were on the property, we thought the tranquility and the grandness of the reflecting pool was very nice. The room was spacious but sort of empty. In comparison, the decor at Villa des Oranger was much more sophisticated. We wanted air conditioning and were told it's winter and no ac was available, we can just leave the door open. So for $1200/ night, we can leave the doors open so we can hear our neighbours (on both sides)? Oh, by the way, that $200 17" low tech TV just won't do in this price range.... The dinners are great, good food and reasonable prices for a highend restaurant. But just don't eat lunch or breakfast there. A hambuger is $30, a bowl of fried rice is $30, 2 fried eggs, 4 slices of bacon and a few cubes of potatoes is $30. No garnish or presentation at all. They took us to Essaouira at the end of our stay and it cost us $400. We spoke with a cab driver with a relatively new Mercedes and he told us it csot $80 one way or $120 return. The bottom line... we like the spaciousness and tranquility, it's like having your own palace and staff. We dislike the lack of soundproofing beween pavillions, you can hear everything. The room price, thought there were limited value in what we were getting. The service was just average, the Four Seasons Resorts were much better in comparison."
- Travel date: 19th November 2006
OK but not outstanding considering the price
"This was our first trip to an Aman property, although our expectations had been set by exceptional experiences in Oberoi properties in India. We were expecting similar levels of service and facitilties, albeit at a signficantly higher price. Our one night dinner, bed and breakfast stay cost over $1000 and in retrospect it wasn't particularly worth it. The Amanjena architecture was fit for purpose, but not inspiring - Disney in Morocco. We had a quite nice room close to the neighbouring golf course, which was suitably private (we were on honeymoon). Service was pretty good and the manager made a point of introducing himself on arrival. There were little 'freebies' - almond milk for us as honeymooners, wine and nibbles in the room (all guests), complimentary mint tea by the pool, and a free shopping basket for the ladies. However, don't forget you're paying for it. The food here was very good and I have no complaints about the quality, service, or price of that. However, we were amazed when an extra 10% service charge was added on to the room charge (in addition to the 10% tax which we can understand) 'for tips'; surely when you're paying $850 per night they can afford to pay their staff well? And leave tips as a discretion? The Amanjena is nice but compared to similar Oberoi properties I'd take the Oberoi option every time, as more authentic and reasonable options."
- Travel date: 1st November 2006
Easily the best in Marrakech
"Since Paul Rodwell and his wife, Noemi took over the day-to-day management of Amenjena, standards have soared. It always was the best place to stay in the Palmerai, just 15 mins from the centre, but now it is even better, as the level of personal service is exceptional. OK, you pay the highest dollar to stay here, but that's OK as long as it is worth it, and believe me, Amanjena is worth every penny. I especially recommend the newish pool pavilions, as these are exceptional suites with a massive amount of exterior space, including large private pools, solarium areas and, at the front, little round fountains and glorious curtained daybeds overlooking the 'bassin' - the natural lake that centres the resort. The food is outstanding. The service is like no other in Marrakech. If you need to escape the real world, then this is the place."
- Travel date: 31st October 2006
"This place is perfection. The rooms are beatiful and spacious with huge outdoor space. The service is unbelivable. Every detail is taking care of. The food is amazing - we ate dinner here 5 or 6 nights and lunch almost everyday - never grew tired of the choices and the quality is top notch. We eat out in NYC all the time and the food here is as good as it gets. What else - nothing...if you can handle the price, its worth every penny. Relaxing, beautiful and terrific."
- Travel date: 24th September 2006
"This is simply a great place to stay. The setting is stunning, reminiscent of some exotic palace, and after dark the whole place is illuminated by candles which reflect in the water of the bassin. The rooms (pavilions) are large and beautifully furnished and offer outstanding accommodation. The service is attentive without being unctious. The main hotel restaurant is theatrical and wonderful; the pool restaurant is excellent; the Thai restaurant was OK. In the end of course it is breathtakingly expensive but you cease to care. We can't wait to go back."
- Travel date: 7th February 2006
"Now I understand why some fortunate travelers are Aman Resorts addicts. If Amanjena is any indication, the world of Aman must be one of perfection. If you have the dough, go! If you want to combine ultimate luxury; an exquisite resort; gracious but not unctious service; the best dates and olives I've eaten; among the best Thai food I've eaten; huge private enclosed rooms/houses, many with private pools (and a huge gorgeously heated resort pool); go there now! With good connections to Marrakech, a long week-end from the eastern US/Canada is feasible. You can combine the resort aspect (in addition to swimming, onsite golf and tennis; other sports nearby)with unending shopping, visits to cultural and botanical sites and other wonderful excursions (see my review of ultralighting in Marrakech). Note that Amanjena is an easy 15 minutes taxi ride from the center of Marrakech."
- Travel date: 22nd November 2005
The Perfect Oasis
"Unbelievable architecture, great restaurants, the most pampering service....just beyond my (very high) expectations from every point of view... Pure Aman Resorts style even if far away from Aman's natural home in Thailand and Bali! Stay in a Pool Suite, you will hardly leave your room during your stay..."
- Travel date: 27th August 2005
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