Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces has confirmed it will move into North Africa with the opening of Taj Palace Marrakech in autumn 2011.
The majestic palace is in the lush gardens of the Palmeraie district overlooking the Atlas Mountains.
Designed by ‘the last of the Orientalists’, architect Stuart Church, Taj Palace Marrakech is an amalgamation of Ottoman, Mughal and Moroccan styles.
The hotel will increase Taj’s international portfolio to 17 hotels.
With 161 guestrooms, including 25 Grand Suites and one Royal Suite, the majestic palace hotel will offer unsurpassed luxury and panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains and palm gardens of the lush Palmeraie district.
Discussing the property Raymond Bickson, chief executive officer of the Indian Hotels Company, said: “Taj Palace Marrakech, is our latest venture into the African continent and is in sync with our strategy to continue our vision of growth in key international destinations.
“The hotel will fit perfectly in our portfolio with its meticulously crafted and vivid blend of Moroccan, Indian and Asian themes.
“Marrakech is rich in culture and tradition and is increasingly becoming a most desired leisure destination.”
Taj Palace Marrakech will feature several elegantly designed restaurants and bars serving a range of cuisine from Moroccan specialties to the finest flavours of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.
The hotel will also house an extensive Jiva Grande Spa across 3,800 square meters, with 14 treatment rooms including Ayurveda, two large hammams and a state-of-the-art fitness centre with ‘Technogym’ equipment.
World Travel Awards
The Marrakech property will be entering august company, with Taj already winning plaudits on the international stage.
Later this year Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces will compete with the best in the industry for the title of Asia’s Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards.