Grand Opening of La Mamounia amazes its glamourous audience with the best Cirque performances
After a three-years, $176 million makeover, the legendary hotel La Mamounia celebrates its reopening, welcoming the greatest stars of the planet: Orlando Bloom, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Juliette Binoche to name a few.
Erika Lemay performed her solo hand balancing act on canes for this very special ceremony representing Cirque du Soleil in a jaw dropping tailor made creation from the canadian company Special Events team, directed by Jacques Marcotte.
The event was covered by press worldwide.
A unique history
The history of La Mamounia is as fascinating as the hotel. Situated on the edge of the walls of the old city of Marrakech, La Mamounia is named for its 200-year-old gardens, which were given as an 18th century wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father. Today the gardens cover nearly 20 acres and display an incredible variety of flowers and trees. The aroma coming from the gardens is wonderful. The hotel was designed in 1922 by the architects Prost and Marchisio. They combined traditional Moroccan designs with the popular Art Deco look of the 1920's. Although the hotel has been renovated numerous times since its construction, the owners have kept this marvelous decor.
From Churchill to Mandela....
Winston Churchill called it, "the most lovely spot in the whole world." He spent many winters at La Mamounia painting the Atlas Mountains and surrounding countryside. Churchill and Roosevelt came to La Mamounia when they met for the Casablanca Conference in 1943, and were said to have grappled with their responsibilities from the roof of the hotel while gazing out at the snow-covered mountains and terra cotta walls of the old city. The suite where Churchill often stayed was renamed in his honor. Other politicians who have enjoyed stays at the hotel include Ronnie and Nancy Reagan, Charles de Gaulle, and Nelson Mandela.
La Mamounia and show business...From Hitchcock to the Rolling Stones
La Mamounia's fame has grown as other celebrities passed through including Charlie Chaplin, Kirk Douglas, Omar Sharif, Joan Collins, Martin Scorsese, Nicole Kidman...