Construction has started on the Park Hyatt Marrakech at the Al Maaden resort in Morocco, designed by architecture firm Perkins Eastman.
Al Maaden is a 35,000m2 development which features a 131-key hotel as well as residential and retail components and a dramatic view of the Atlas Mountains. Construction is expected to be completed in 2013.
Perkins Eastman worked with Site Concepts International from Florida for the landscape design, and SM Design from Paris for the interior design.
Principal Shawn Basler, who leads Perkins Eastman’s international hospitality practice, said: “Our goal was to create a luxury destination which pays homage to the history of Marrakech and the region through a contemporary interpretation of design and detail.”
Amenities include a resort centre, Park Hyatt meeting residences, specialty restaurant, luxury spa, private villas, and an artist’s medina. The hotel has two main pools: an all day pool adjacent to the main restaurant and a formal pool with infinity edge overlooking an 18-hole golf course and the Atlas Mountain range. A water feature that resembles the region’s irrigation basins separates the resort from the golf course.
The 131 hotel rooms, with views of the golf course and mountains, are grouped in clusters around a common courtyard. Each guest accommodation is entered through a private interior courtyard with a water feature. 45 exclusive villas include a living room, dining room, fireplace and pool.