Amanjena: Morocco’s Desert Oasis

Travel / December 28, 2023

Next on our Moroccan excursion is a visit to the Red City’s very own desert oasis.

Amanjena, which means “peaceful paradise,” is a luxury resort situated outside the ancient city of Marrakech. Towering palm and olive trees, extensive pools, and grand open spaces surround Ed Tuttle’s sixteenth-century-inspired palace.

With a picturesque and cinematic landscape, paired with a grand architectural design, and the allure of top-of-the-line offerings and experiences, Amanjena seems to have captured the very bliss its name holds.

Amanjena: A hint of Moroccan excellence and history

Surrounded by lush greenery and refreshing pools, Amanjena stands as the very embodiment of a desert oasis

Located close to Djemaa El-fna Square and the medina of Marrakech and twenty minutes from the Airport, Amanjena is the perfect holiday abode that is exclusive yet close to the best that Morocco has to offer.

Amanjena was designed by Ed Tuttle and takes inspiration from the rose-hued buildings of Marrakech and the El Badi Palace (named “The Incomparable,” the sixteenth-century palace made by the sultan Ahmed al-Mansour lies as a ruins open for public viewing inside Marrakech).

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Inside the grounds, which were “designed to emulate the 12th-century Menara Gardens of Marrakech,” are lengthy walkways partitioned by man-made pools and fountains. These are set in contrast to the rose-hued architectural marvel courtesy of Tuttle, and with a sense of stillness and coolness to soothe against the heat of the Moroccan desert.

Beneath the line of palm and olive trees and beside the expanse of gardens within the walls of Amanjena, one can spend the entirety of the day lounging by the pool or reveling in the view of the Atlas Mountains on the horizon.

The pool at the Amanjena Palace

Elsewhere, one can also indulge in a game of tennis on one of their two clay courts or take a couple of swings at the nearby 27-hole Amelkis Golf Course.

A feast in deserty paradise

Food served at Amanjena comes from cuisines from all over the world

Amanjena contains two main restaurants: the Moroccan Restaurant and Nama.

Inside the Moroccan Restaurant, guests are serenaded by local musicians as they indulge in a menu that contains Berber, Moorish, Andalusian, and Middle Eastern influences. They also serve dishes from Arva, Aman’s signature Italian restaurant.

Nama, on the other hand, features Japan’s Unesco-protected washoku cuisine. Nama also contains a robata grill and a sushi counter where the talent and skill of their chefs lie on full display.

From salads and sushi to grilled meats and pizza, Amanjena is a melting pot of international cuisine 

Burger and fries from Amanjena

On the pool terrace and within Amanjena’s olive grove, one can also indulge in a mouth-watering meal away from the blazing heat, featuring a menu that includes salads, grilled meats and seafood, and pizza.

For more information on Amanjena, you can visit their website or check them out on Instagram.