The Gardens of La Mamounia
After breakfast, I set off for a long walk in the gardens. It was eight in the morning and the weather was still light and cool. The air had a ravishing smell that was a mix of jasmine, oleander and rose. The gardens were quiet except for the birds chirping and the gardeners tending to their plants and whispering a brief bonjour at the passage.
Ah, the gardens of La Mamounia, an oasis in the desert, a little piece of paradise.
Enchanting was my two-hour long stroll.
There were fruit trees.
There was a cactus garden.
And a rose garden.
There was an herb garden. There were lily pads, papyrus, bamboo, hibiscus…
There were fountains punctuating every corner , trickling soft, peaceful melodies of water.
And there were courtyards in the shade to sit, refresh with a drink and admire the beauty all around.
The 20-acre garden of La Mamounia was designed by the talented French architect Jacques Garcia. Garcia also led the three-year renovation of the entire hotel. At its reopening in 2009, Garcia said: “It’s a very rare balance…There are only three golden rules about a palace of this standing: Elegance, elegance, and elegance.”