Marrakech, Morocco

A mixture of lavish luxury and aesthetic simplicity,
the historic Moroccan city of Marrakech attracts a fashionable crowd of winter sun seekers. As enterprising locals and expats reinterpret Moroccan traditions in fashion, architecture, food, and nightlife across the city, Marrakech’s star continues to rise as a travel destination for a stylish and modern crowd.

The dusky, pink-walled Medina, the 'old city', boasts a greater

density of chic boutique lodgings than possibly anywhere else in the world and the multitude of emporia will keep shopaholics busy for days. Even non-shoppers will be amazed by the colour, diversity, and vibrancy surrounding the souks. In short, fabulous nightclubs, new-wave riads, and radical new Moroccan food make this the coolest place to be.

Recommended Hotels

Royal Mansour
This high-end Medina hotel is 14 minutes' walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa square and 2 km from Majorelle Garden. Lavish accommodation is in individual 2-story riads with courtyard patios, sitting rooms and roof terraces with plunge pools. All have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars. Upgraded riads are on 3 floors and have kitchens with butler service, along with fireplaces, steam rooms, and rooftop tents. There are 2 gourmet restaurants, 1 Moroccan and 1 French, plus a Mediterranean restaurant with a terrace. There's a glamorous bar, a sleek piano bar, and a cigar bar. Other amenities include outdoor and indoor pools, a spa and a kids' club.

La Mamounia
This luxury hotel is 1 km from Koutoubia Mosque and 2 km from Jemaa el-Fnaa square. The elegant rooms feature free Wi-Fi, safes, marble bathrooms, and inner courtyard or city views. Upgraded rooms add terraces or balconies with mosque, garden, Atlas Mountains and pool views. Suites have living areas. There are units with private pools and 24/7 butler service. Room service is on offer. The hotel has 3 restaurants (Italian, French, and Moroccan), 4 bars, a pastry shop, a wine cellar and a poolside dining area for brunch. Other amenities include a spa, a beauty salon, heated outdoor and indoor pools, 2 clay tennis courts and a gym. Parking is free.

Palais Namaskar
Surrounded by desert, this lavish resort is decorated with Moorish arches. It's 14 km from Royal Golf of Marrakech. The refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi, fireplaces, and terraces with heated plunge pools. Suites include flat-screen TVs, private gardens, living rooms and/or heated outdoor pools. Villas provide free-standing tubs. Parking and breakfast served in a Moroccan/French bistro are free. There are an Asian restaurant, a hip lounge and a rooftop bar with desert views. Massages and yoga classes are offered in a spa with a gym.

This premium resort offers lavish Moroccan-style villas in palm tree-shaded gardens. It's 6 km from Jemaa el-Fnaa square and 7 km from the 16th-century El Badi Palace. Stylish 1- to 2-bedroom villas with domed ceilings and mosaic tile floors feature living areas with fireplaces, and courtyards with garden views. Some offer private heated pools and/or private butler service. All come with free Wi-Fi, sound systems, and safes. Amenities include 2 refined restaurants and a bar, as well as an exercise room, tennis courts and an outdoor pool. There's also a spa area with a hot tub, 2 hammams, and massages.