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

Jnane Tamsna

Jnane Tamsna

Marrakech

Recently voted amongst the best hideaway hotels in the world, Jnane Tamsna is a collection of five luxurious villas on a peaceful, nine-acre estate in the heart of the Palmeraie, the huge expanse of date palms just outside Marrakech.

Where to stay

Riad 41

Riad 41

Marrakech

There are now so many riads in Marrakech that it’s become our stated aim to sift through them all to find and offer only the very best – the most stylish, the most luxurious riads in the whole city. It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.

Where to stay

Riad Farnatchi

Riad Farnatchi

Marrakech

Originally designed as a private home by an award winning British hotelier, Riad Farnatchi is a charming boutique hotel in the central Medina district that retains the intimacy and character of a private home, while having all of the facilities, style and service of a five star boutique hotel.

Where to stay

El Fenn

El Fenn

Marrakech

El Fenn is a stylish boutique hotel located next to the Bab el Ksour – one of the gateways to the bustling medina of Marrakech and only five minutes’ walk from the main square, Djemaa el-Fna.

Where to stay

Riad Kniza

Riad Kniza

Marrakech

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

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

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