Marrakech Holidays: An Overview

A day spent meandering through the kasbah, medina and souqs leaves an indelible imprint on the memory, with brightly coloured carpets hanging from roofs, the smell of spices in the air and the sound of vendors selling their wares.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Go on, be brave. Some of the food at the open-air stalls in the Djema el-Fna Square is absolutely delicious. Though maybe avoid the goat's head.

Luxury Marrakech Holidays: The Detail

The snow-capped High Atlas Mountains are a dramatic backdrop, and framed by the red desert, Marrakech is like a city that time seems to have forgotten and is perfect for a luxury holiday.

The huge Djema el-Fna market square at dusk feels almost medieval, as soothsayers, apothecaries, musicians, and acrobats entertain the huge crowds of locals and tourists alike, and foodstalls miraculously spring up out of nowhere to sell everything from fresh orange juice to rich tagines.

The key to enjoying Marrakech to the full is choosing the right place to stay, and it can be extremely difficult to keep track of which riads and hotels are any good in the seemingly never-ending blizzard of new openings.

Original Travel visits the city at least a couple of times a year to keep tabs on the new 'in' places and old favourites alike so you can be sure to find the place that's right for you - be that a five-star deluxe hotel in the desert outside the city or a tiny privately-owned riad right in the heart of the medina.


Top picks for Marrakech

Dar Zemora

Dar Zemora

Marrakech

Dar Zemora is a boutique country house-style hotel set in the leafy surroundings of the Palmeraie, just outside Marrakech.

Where to stay

Riad L'Orangeraie

Riad L'Orangeraie

Marrakech

Located on the edge of the Souk in Marrakech’s labyrinth of alleys, Riad L’Orangeraie is one of the city’s most charming and well located riads.

Where to stay

Riad Capaldi

Riad Capaldi

Marrakech

Located in the heart of the medina, next to the Musée de Marrakech, the Riad Capaldi is perfectly placed for guests wishing to immerse themselves in the Moroccan lifestyle, shopping and sights.

Where to stay

Villa des Orangers

Villa des Orangers

Marrakech

A five-star luxury riad in Marrakech, Villa des Orangers is a member of Relais & Chateaux and has a prime location in the medina, just a stone’s throw from the bustling Djemaa el Fna square.

Where to stay

Riad Kniza

Riad Kniza

Marrakech

Dating back to the 18th Century, Riad Kniza is a charming boutique riad.

Where to stay

Angsana Riads Collection

Angsana Riads Collection

Marrakech

The Angsana Riads collection is comprised of six riads - Bab Firdaus, Blanc, Lydines, Si Said, Tiwaline and Dar Zaouia, the latest addition to the Angsana family – each as exceptional as the next.

Where to stay

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