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LIST: SPECIAL PLACES TO STAY IN MOROCCO

These are hotels, resorts, riads (riyads), kasbah, guest houses, B&Bs and other 'accommodations' in Morocco that we think are worth checking out.

NB. You may not enjoy the same level of financial security and protection if things go wrong when you book directly with an overseas company.
Chez Max Nr Marrakesh Unique Berber guesthouse 20 mins from Marrakech. The 'Max' in question is Max Lawrence who runs the UK based tour operator, Lawrence of Morocco, widely acknowledged one of the most expert operators to Morocco, and this is a new boutique hotel property for him. He says it's a good place for families (kids go free when sharing parents room) and the cooking is superb. ATOL protection if booked through Lawrence of Morocco.
Dar Ayniwen Marrakesh A small luxury hotel in Marrakesh with 8 suites and pavilions set in a 2 hectare "exotic park", tucked away in The Palmeraie (palm grove) 15 mins from the city centre. For 30 years before being tranformed into a hotel, Dar Ayniwen was the owner's family home, so it reflects his father's special passion for orientalist architecture, design and furniture.
Dar Mousassine Marrakesh Light and airy luxury riad with six rooms.
Jnane Tamsna Marrakesh Stylish "country guesthouse" in the Marrakesh Palmeraie.
Kasbah Agafay Nr Marrakesh Elegant 20 room hotel in an old fortress with terraced gardens perched on a hill near the outskirts of Marrakesh (20mins/15 kms). It also has beautiful tented accommodation in the gardens, a spa and a cookery school. Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group.
Kasbah du Toubkal Atlas Mountains starA mountain retreat hidden away in the heart of the High Atlas near the foot of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, 40 miles from Marrakech. Although it's owned and operated by a UK company, Discover Ltd, in best Responsible Tourism traditions it was restored and is run entirely by locals and is pro-active in establishing other Berber community projects.
Kasbah Tamadot Atlas Mountains Luxury property in the mountains. Part of the 'Limited Edition by Virgin' collection.
La Mamounia Marrakesh Probably Morocco's most famous grand hotel, beloved by Winston Churchill, and tucked away behind high walls. (Its elegant formal gardens are my favourite bit - Ed)
Palmeraie Golf Palace Hotel & Resort Marrakesh Giant luxury... well, 'golf palace'!
Riad el Fenn Marrakesh star Large and sumptuously elegant boutique hotel owned by Vanessa Branson (Richard's sister) and her business partner Howell James. The Riad, close to the main square of Jemma El Fna, has 21 guest suites and rooms, 3 swimming pools, a hammam spa, a home cinema, wi-fi, and a vast roof terrace with sundecks, hanging gardens, shaded dining areas and the best views in town.
Riad el Ouarda Marrakesh Elegant riad with four suites and five guestrooms.
Riad Farnatchi Marrakesh Luxurious riad in the heart of Marrakesh.
Riad Kaiss Marrakesh Stylish riad in Marrakesh with some lovely rooms.
Riad Lotus Group Marrakesh & Essaouira Riad Lotus operate two stylish riads in Marrakesh, Riad Ambre and now (April 05) Riad Perle. In Spring 06 a new riad, Riad Eau Marine in Essaouira will be added to the portfolio.
Riad Meriem Marrakesh Elegant riad with five suites in the centre of Marrakesh.
Riyad el Cadi Marrakesh Luxury riad with 12 rooms in the centre of Marrakesh.
Scarabeo Camp Nr Marrakesh Stylish glamping in a tented encampment out in the desert about 40km from Marrakesh
Villa Dar Zina Marrakesh Luxury villa in Marrakesh
Villa des Orangers Marrakesh Relais & Chateaux luxury riad in Marrakesh

Notes

  • Villages et Visages du Maroc offer holiday rental villas and riads in Marrakesh, Fez, Essaouira, Agadir, Oualidia and Ouarzazarte. A selection of over 100 elegant and often stunning properties.
  • Octogone Hotels is a hotel company building a set of luxury resort hotels in Morocco. They have opened their first in Marrakesh, and have seven more underway, due to open in the Atlas mountains, the Sahara desert, Rabat, Fez, Essaouira, Casblanca and Port Tangier between spring 2007 & summer 2009.

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