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Le Marocain Restaurant at La Mamounia

James Andrew at Le Marocain - photo Gabriel Everett

James Andrew at Le Marocain - photo Gabriel Everett

As you know, I always make tasting local cuisine a huge part of my travels—indeed it can be a superb basis for any travel itinerary. A stay at La Mamounia is one of those total sensory experiences designed to deliver the best of what Morocco has to offer, and as one might imagine, they provide some superb dining options. We were thrilled with La Mamounia’s not one, but three restaurants, and in particular, their restaurant Le Marocain.

Le Morocain restaurant courtyard.

Le Morocain restaurant courtyard.

Primed with pre-dinner cocktails from one of the hotel’s opulent bars, we made our way to the heart of La Mamounia’s lush garden. Housed in a ravishing riad there, Le Marocain’s long-time Chef Rachid Agouray serves a delicious contemporary take on traditional Moroccan cuisine—in consort with some truly marvelous Moroccan wines, we were, how shall I say this, thoroughly transported.

Le Morocain

Le Morocain

Le Morocain

Le Morocain

Dressed to celebrate this magical evening in what I call my “millionaire-in-Marrakech” look (top), I’m sporting an ivory linen sateen suit, lavender cotton glen check pocket square and sand colored suede loafers by Tom Ford, a Gucci silk paisley Moroccan inspired shirt in lavender and ivory, python belt with silver buckle, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

Days of Luxury at La Mamounia

James Andrew, the garden pavilion at La Mamounia - photo by Gabriel Everett

James Andrew, garden pavilion, La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

With temperatures reaching almost 100°F during the day in Marrakech we attempted to get out and about in the morning hours, before the unbearable mid-day sun.

To inspire us for our WIJW pictorial, one of our morning’s destinations was La Maison de la Photographie, and true to expectations, the vast collection of vintage regional photographs there provided us with a wonderfully stimulating glimpse into the magical and mysterious world of yesteryear.

La Maison de la Photographie

La Maison de la Photographie

I’d also suggest a visit to the Madrassa Ben Youssef, a religious school originally built in the 14th century and reconstructed in the 16th century. The rather plain wooden outside entry serves to heighten the visual impact of a spectacular main courtyard—it’s a truly exquisite site that has had a huge and lasting impact on Moroccan architecture throughout the centuries.

Madrass Ben Youssef

Madrass Ben Youssef

Back at the magnificent La Mamounia to recoup, one should certainly have a traditional Moroccan mint tea. Ice cream is also served at their garden pavilion which is the perfect way to cool off after lunch.

Garden Pavillion at La Mamounia

Garden Pavillion at La Mamounia

Later, a lounge at Mamounia’s stunning pool is in order—a perfectly sublime way to relax and rest up for a delicious dinner adventure.

Mamounia pool pavillion

Mamounia pool pavillion

For dinner one should go to Le Tobsil:
22, derb Moulay Abdallah ben Hezzaien – Ksour, Marrakech – Medina.

Le Tobsil

Le Tobsil

This Moroccan dream is a quick taxi ride from La Mamounia to the Medina. A guide awaits there upon arrival to navigate the impossible maze of tiny streets. As with many Moroccan destinations, Le Tobsil’s unmarked door belies the the most glorious courtyard within. It is an understatement to say that the atmosphere here is rich! Plush Moroccan carpets abound, the dining tables are decorated with scattered rose petals, and the strains of hypnotic live Berber music accompany one’s journey through the most fragrant and delicious multi course Sultan’s feast. The owners Christine and Jean go out of their way to make guests feel welcome as true friends. Needles to say, this restaurant is a must for your visit to Marrakech.

I’m pictured (top) At the La Mamounia garden pavilion, looking forward to an mint tea after a morning of exploration. I’m dressed in a mauve cotton safari jacket by Gucci, a Michael Kors cotton knit top with crocheted button placket, white cotton slim cargo pants by Uniqlo, Gucci flip flops, Tom Ford “Cyrille” sunglasses, vintage Rolex and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.

Pampered Like A Pasha At La Mamounia

James Andrew at La Mamounia

James Andrew at La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

The world class spa, private hammans, massages, facials, and gorgeous pool at La Mamounia, provide all of the sumptuous luxury any modern day Pasha might expect. To complete the picture, the super chic Beatrice Paul boutique at La Mamounia provided me with this divine linen djellaba to channel the most marvelous rêve Marocain a la Yves Saint Laurent for my pre-dinner soak.

The indoor pool at La Mamounia

The indoor pool at La Mamounia