If you’re thinking of a short-haul sun-filled escape with plenty of culture, take a closer look at our four suggested hotels and resorts in vibrant Marrakech…
1 | Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
This spacious and peaceful oasis, Four Seasons Resort Marrakech is perfect for those who want to experience all the culture and bustle of the city whilst having a quieter base to retire to when they need it. Some 40 acres of lush Moorish gardens weave their way around the stellar accommodation, from stylish rooms to indulgent two-bedroom villas. Perfect for families, children will love the activities at the Kids For All Seasons club, whilst teens will find all they need at the spacious, chilled Young Adults Centre. There’s a supersized family pool as well as the more secluded adult pool, so those who wish for waterside tranquillity can find just that here too. And all this is only 10 minutes transfer from the airport and another 10 minute drive into the heart of the Medina itself. Perfect.
2 | La Mamounia, Marrakech
One of the oldest hotels in Marrakech, La Mamounia opened in 1923 and still offers an authentic taste of Moroccan hospitality right in the heart of the city. From the intricate, geometric tiling and gurgling water features to the scents of jasmine and cedar that waft through the courtyards, the Arabic-Andalusian architecture lends a powerful sense of place. Then there are the gardens, 200 acres of them to be precise. Citrus and olive trees, rose bushes and countless other flowers are tended by a dedicated team and are no doubt a large part of why Winston Churchill called this place ‘the loveliest spot in the world’. This feeling of spaciousness combines with a location just a stroll from Marrakech’s ancient attractions to create an elegant oasis frequented by many A-listers to this day.
3 | Mandarin Oriental Marrakech
A new kid on the block in the Moroccan hospitality scene, Mandarin Oriental Marrakech is fast earning a reputation for its slick, contemporary style and five-star service. Among the varied, private suite and villa options here are seven rooftop Atlas Suites each with its own plunge pool and mesmerising views over to the Atlas Mountains. Innovative concepts abound, with dinners at Ling Ling by Hakkasan, where the food is served to accompany the drinks rather than the other way around, being a prime example of the unique experiences on offer.
04 | Kasbah Tamadot
Not far from the city’s main attractions you’ll find the picturesque ranges of the Atlas Mountains to which many travellers choose to pay a day trip. But for the ultimate luxury experience of this picturesque location nothing can beat a stay at Kasbah Tamadot.
One of just a handful of properties worldwide that make up the Virgin Limited Edition collection, this unique hotel was first spotted by Sir Richard Branson when he was hot air ballooning over the mountain range. Appointed in authentic Moroccan style and with many of its staff hailing from the nearby Berber communities, Kasbah Tamadot is another property with a strong sense of local culture. Guests here can simply relax by the pool, dine in utter luxury and enjoy the spa facilities, or experience authentic activities such as a mule trek through the mountains or learning to make a tasty tagine in a chef-led cookery class.
For first-hand insight on this incredible destination, speak to a member of the Inspiring Travel Company team.
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