Morgans Hotel Group has announced a partnership with Moroccan entrepreneur Ahmed Bennani and Hivernage Collection which will see the unveiling of two properties in Marrakech Morocco; a 73-room Delano slated to open in September 2012, followed by a Mondrian-branded property scheduled to open in late 2013.
The collaboration was marked by a meeting with representatives from both parties, who came together to sign 15-year management agreements for both properties.
Located in the heart of the Hivernage District, Delano Marrakech, the brand’s second outpost and first international property, reflects Morgans Hotel Group’s global expansion plan for its signature luxury brand.
“This collaboration signifies Morgans Hotel Group’s entry into North Africa and we are thrilled to be one of the first US based hotel companies to extend our brand portfolio to the dynamic city of Marrakech. Delano has become a truly iconic brand, synonymous with luxury and unrivalled standards of service, and our Marrakech property will showcase this unique hotel offering to a brand new audience,” commented CEO, Morgans Hotel Group, Michael Gross.
Delano Marrakech is a luxurious boutique hotel boasting 73-opulent suites, a 20,000ft2 spa offering prestigious wellness brands such as Valmont and marocMaroc, as well as three private pools. A brand new roof deck, which will be programmed during the day and evening hours, as well as a subterranean nightclub located below the ground level of the hotel is also due to be provided at Delano Marrakech.
The Light Group, one of the US’ leading hospitality development and management companies, in which Morgans Hotel Group acquired a controlling interest last November, is set to operate both venues.
Delano Marrakech is also expected to showcase new lounge and bar concepts to offer guests a diverse array of nightlife venues. To complete the experience, Delano guests can dine at the hotels’ French or Italian restaurants, which are presided over by Michelin-starred chefs, Michel Rostang and Giancarlo Morelli.
For the last 30 years, culinary legend Rostang has received wide spread acclaim from critics and foodies alike. His latest venture, Bon R, further demonstrates Rostang’s passion for food with his simple yet exquisite dishes. Due to open in August, Bon R will offer a French menu with pairings of classical and modern flavours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes will change weekly, enabling Rostang-trained chefs to constantly create and inspire using fresh seasonal ingredients.
This August is also expected to see the opening of Morelli’s latest offering, Pomireu. Morelli, renowned for marrying traditional Italian techniques with boundless creativity, has concocted a menu with a feast of flavours not to be missed. Italian fine dining offering Pomireu will bring a slice of old school Italian glamour to Marrekech.
Just minutes from downtown Marrakech in the hotel area of Agdal, the 69-room Mondrian Marrakech, is designed to comprise a portion of a 480,000ft2 complex that will include extensive state-of-the-art fitness facilities, several F&B outlets and world-class spa facilities. This expansion of the Mondrian brand joins the collection of planned Mondrian hotels in London, the Bahamas, Doha and Istanbul.
Morgans Hotels Group currently has properties in Boston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and London.