Located in the heart of Marrakech’s “Golden Triangle” in the Hivernage district, a new luxurious neighboughood outside the chaos of the Medina, surrounded by high-end fashion stores and amenities, the exquisite Nobu Marrakech designed by architect Mahmoud Slimane features a seamless blend of Japanese influences with the enchanting ambiance of Marrakech. As you step into the circular lobby of the five-star hotel adorned with sleek lines and tasteful Japanese-inspired artworks embellished by a secular real tree in the middle of the it, you are welcomed in a serene environment where you’ll feel instantly relaxed and at ease, with a sense of Zen and refined elegance enveloping you. The hotel boasts 71 luxurious guest rooms and suites, split across three floors, each conveying the Japanese concept of Kokoro (the spiritual connection with the destination as a bridge between the traveler’s inner self and the spirit of the destination as a heightened awareness). Each of them has a private balcony or terrace offering stunning views of the gardens, the city or the Atlas Mountains.
Everything about the the attention to details, hospitality, the kindness of the staff ensuring that your every need is catered to with utmost care and is exactly what you would expect from a luxury five stars treatment. But the real highlights of Nobu Marrakech are the Rooftop terrace with restaurant, cocktail bar and pool, the Pearl Spa with indoor pool and, of course, the renowned Nobu Restaurant which is located on the ground floor with the signature fusion Peruvian and Japanese dishes created by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa using locally sourced flavours and ingredients.
Our days started with a swim in the rooftop circular pool to escape the heat of the city together with a cocktail and a light seafood brunch enjoyed in the shade on the most comfortable design loungers. The rooftop terrace is a hidden gem perched high above the bustling city, with a panoramic 360 view of Marrakech’s iconic landmarks and a captivating tapestry of vibrant colors that stretches as far as the eye can see. While the afternoons are best spent at the spa enjoying a range of wellness treatments to pamper your body and soothe your soul: massages, hammams, jacuzzis, steam baths and saunas, a heated indoor swimming pool, as well as a vip spa suite and a gym alongside a beauty & hair salon. As the sun descended, we then headed into the real highlight of the trip, the Nobu Restaurant, with its own private entrance, DJ deck and poolside terrace. The restaurant itself exudes sophistication, soft ambient lighting cast a warm glow, illuminating the artful displays of Japanese craftsmanship adorning the walls. The impeccable table settings and the attentive staff create an atmosphere of refined indulgence. A symphony of flavours unfolds in the menu as an extraordinary culinary experience. Each dish is a work of art, meticulously crafted with a fusion of Japanese precision and the vibrant flavors of Morocco. The delicate balance of ingredients and the mastery of techniques transport you to a realm where culinary boundaries disappear. From the delicate cuts of sashimi, to the perfectly seared Wagyu beef, every bite is a revelation, a harmony of taste and texture and signature dishes like Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Jalapeno are an absolutely must-have delight. Accompanying your meal is an expertly curated selection of cocktails (the Almond Lytchee is a must try), wines and sake, offering a perfect complement to the intricate flavours of the cuisine.
With gratitude, when you have to bid farewell to this one-of-a-kind experience, you will be carrying with you the indelible imprint of Nobu Marrakech. The luxury, the Japanese influences, the breathtaking view and the exceptional dining experience have left an indelible mark on your soul. It is a memory that will forever be treasured, a testament to the remarkable harmony of cultures and the enduring pursuit of culinary excellence.
Nobu Hospitality stands proudly among a prestigious group of esteemed global lifestyle brands. Co-founded by the visionary trio of Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, it spans across five continents, gracing the world’s major cities as the epitome of a destination lifestyle experience.
Nobu Hotel / Marrakech
Location: Nobu Marrakech / @nobumarrakech
Editors: Anca Macavei @ancamacavei
Marco Giuliano / @marcogiulianoph
Photos: Toby Mitchell / @_tobymitchell
Special thanks: Kenza Carlson / @kenzaeyz