Anantara inks double deal in Morocco
Anantara Resorts has signed a management contract on two unique five-star resorts in Morocco. Anantara Marrakech Resort & Spa and Anantara Mogador Resort & Spa are both scheduled to open in 2011.The two hotels are the first of many planned with H Partners, a Morocco-based hospitality investment company.
Anantara Marrakech will be constructed within the Atlas Golf Resort on a six-hectare plot. As well as guest rooms and suites in the main building, the resort will feature pool villas that will form part of the hotel with a portion being for sale as residences. Hotel guests will be within 10 minutes of the Djemaa El Fna, the centre of the Marrakech medina and the heart of the labyrinth of alleyways and side streets of this vibrant marketplace. Additionally, guests will have access to the 18-hole Atlas Golf course.
Anantara Mogador will be located in the first phase of an upmarket development adjacent to the historic town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast. The resort will include 40 luxuriously appointed guest rooms along with 60 lavish pool villas, both for sale as residences and for let by the hotel. Tying in elements of local architecture and lush gardens, the resort and spa will evoke a sense of its surroundings and provide guests with unparalleled cultural experiences.
This seaside destination, about two hours from Marrakech by car or short flight from Casablanca, is a popular destination for surfers, artists and film-makers, and is also known for its music festivals. Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador, is steeped in history having endured invasion attempts. The main citadel is surrounded by a fortress wall and within the ramparts of this UNESCO world heritage site are a number of caf?s, art galleries and craft shops. The medina is filled with small riads, museums and restaurants.