Picture this, a quiet holiday by the fireplace, sipping on eggnog and watching Home Alone before Christmas lunch is served. If that’s the last thing you want to do this holiday, then this post is for you.


Christmas at home with the family is a great thing. But if you’d like to cap off 2016 with something a little different, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.

In fact, you may want to look to the deserts of Marrakech.

From the 19th of December to 2nd of January,  La Mamounia invites you to discover Christmas on the edge of the desert in an exotic and palatial setting which the whole family can enjoy.

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Christmas dining at La Mamounia

From the 19th of December to the 2nd of January, La Mamounia’s three restaurants – Le Français, Le Marocain, and L’Italien – offers guests the opportunity to discover another side of Christmas with their exclusively designed menus for the festive season.

The hotel’s elegant and creative cuisine is a reinterpretation of the traditional Christmas feast that is sure to delight the gastronomes among you.

Expect Scallops carpaccio with black truffle, stewed lobster, Doukalla lamb confit and gnocchi burrata fondue with Alba white truffle instead of the usual fare.  (nb: dishes listed are selected from three individual menus offered by each restaurant, contact us for more information)

However, some Christmas traditions are unchanged.

In a first at La Mamounia, Le Français restaurant will propose a Christmas lunch to guests along with the seasonal yule log cake (or alternative if preferred) and fans of Christmas Brunch can enjoy their meal al fresco by La Mamounia’s outdoor pool for a unique end of year experience. 

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Rock the Kasbah this Christmas

The second half of La Mamounia’s Christmas event is when the partying starts.

From the 28th of December to the 1st of January is when the Grande Dame of Marrakech becomes a four-day extravaganza of music and gastronomy right until the new year. With a host of international acts drafted in to provide the fun and cheer and a paradisaical setting in which to enjoy it in; this is unique event might well be the best way to welcome 2017.

Here’s the Program:


Day 1 – December 28 – The First Party 

First up, are London party circuit regulars’  “Three and a Half Men”. The four piece’s retro pop anthems ( that have rocked nothing less than Poppy Delevigne’s and Jo Malone’s private events in the past ) are the perfect way to get you into the groove and on the dance floor in no time.

Then it’s time to simmer down with the smoky vocals of smooth Jazz vocalist Dawn Joseph (former front woman of the Brand New Heavies) before resident DJ “LeAM” and official DJ for the London, Paris and New York fashion weeks turns it up a notch till the late hours. Day one done.

Day 2- December 29- The Starter Party 

Now we’re getting into the swing of things. For their Starter Party, La Mamounia introduces two new acts into the mix, “The Phly Boyz” and “BEAT”.

The Phly Boyz

The Phly Boyz

The Phly Boyz may be an acoustic 4 piece, but their performances are absolutely electric and they’ve made a name for themselves on the international circuit by taking their pop cover songs to no less than 40 different countries. So you’re in good hands. For the rest of the evening, music from BEAT (DJ, sax, vocalists and percussionist) and DJ LeAM will provide the perfect atmosphere to meet fellow guests and revelers to get you warmed up for what’s to come.


Day 3 – December 30 – The Before Party 

The Before Party sees talented vocalist Kirsten kick off the evening with her intoxicating acoustic sounds before the infectious enthusiasm of Three and a Half Men hit the stage again. Prepare to rock out till late in the evening to the sounds of DJ LeAM’s eclectic mixes. 



ALR Live Experience

ALR Live Experience

Day 4 – December 31 – The Party 

We hope you’ve got some energy left because this is the main event. La Mamounia’s grande finale sees off 2016 in a flurry of music, lights, and gastronomic delights to start the new year off the right way.

The Phly Boyz will set the tone by performing their rhythmic tunes in no less than 11 different languages. Then, the ALR Live Experience bring their electrifying performance to the stage with DJ beats, live saxophones and percussion for a glorious blending of sounds. Three and a Half men return one last time before handing you over to House DJ’s “Soul Jet Allstars” to take you all the way to 2017.

To recover and relax La Mamounia will be serving up a 1st of January brunch, poolside, to enjoy out in the sun with family and friends the next day.

If you’d like to be part of this unique experience and spice up your Christmas this year, all you have to do is get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to do the rest.


About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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