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A desert oasis

Amanjena is Amanresorts’ first (and so far only) foray onto the African continent, spread over 13 acres a few kilometres outside of Marrakech, Morocco. As with all Aman properties, sense of place is key to the Amanjena experience.

Designed by Aman master architect Ed Tuttle (he has designed a number of the brand’s 27 properties, from the first resort, Amanpuri, in 1988 to the latest, Amanzo’e, in 2012) the resort is an exercise in Arabic minimalism. In his design brief for the property Tuttle said “It is a Moroccan resort so it was important to organise the architecture around the observance of the rules of Islamic architecture: the curves of the arches, the weight of the cornices, the inward facing layout, colonnaded arcades, the pitch and the angles of the green tiled roofs.”

A traditional Moroccan afternoon tea

 

The soaring red walls are inspired by the pise (rammed earth) buildings of Marrakech, and the resort is centred on an Arabic bassin, a huge pool traditionally used for irrigation. Almost all of the elements found in the resort are hand crafted by local artisans from the carved wooden entry doors to the millions of glazed tiles that line the floor and walls. All rooms have an open fireplace and a staff member will build a fire in the evening to ward off the desert chill.

Maison living room

 

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