We’ve hand-picked the very best boutique and luxury hotels in Morocco to bring you our collection of stylish romantic retreats.
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Dar Ahlam: Ouarzazate, Morocco
Kasbah with added wow
Dramatically set between the Atlas Mountains and Morocco’s stretch of the Sahara desert, the Dar Ahlam hotel is a renovated 19th-century Kasbah whose name means ‘House of Dreams.’ Re-imagined in high style by a fête aficionado from Paris, this luxurious escape will lure you into its lair with a sleek outdoor pool, oversized bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and soothing sand-coloured suites.
Palais Namaskar: Marrakech, Morocco
Five-star, French, feng shui
On the edge of up-market Palmeraie, just outside the bustle of Marrakech, the opulent Palais Namaskar hotel takes cues from the Chinese doctrine of feng shui in the design details of its spacious suites and palaces. This sprawling, Oetker-managed boutique resort pulls out all the stops, from a seriously luxurious spa to flawless, anything-you-wish service. The sprawling grounds have numerous nooks for privacy while the glamorous restaurant and bar play host to a stylish, see-and-be-seen crowd.
Kasbah du Toubkal: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Berber castle retreat
Just 40 miles from Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains, the hotel Kasbah du Toubkal feels much further from civilization than that, perched as it is near the foot of North Africa’s tallest peak. Views from this clifftop castle’s candlelit, pillow-strewn rooms and ideally situated terraces overlook three valleys carved from the surrounding dramatic mountains that soar to over 4,000 metres. Settle in with a pot of Moroccan mint tea and lose yourself in the magical setting.
Dar Maya: Essaouira, Morocco
Pale and interesting
Your luxury riad home-from-home awaits by the beach in Essaouira: Dar Maya was created by a runaway Englishman who became enamoured of coastal Morcco while on vacation… once you’ve taken a dip in the rooftop pool and been given a thorough rubdown in the traditional hammam, you won’t want to go home, either.
Selman: Marrakech, Morocco
Terracotta pleasure palace
The burnished Berber-style interiors of luxury hotel Selman, Marrakech – given an art nouveau twist by designer Jacques Garcia – provide a chic contrast to the surrounding desert terrain. Cavernous rooms eschew full-on casbah style for subtle hints of colour, Zellige tiles and Mousharabi panels. Spoil yourself in the Henri Chenot spa, dip into the 80sq m swimming pool and enjoy fine Mediterranean fare in one of the hotel’s three restaurants, while watching the hotel’s 16 Arabian horses perform.
Palais Amani: Fez, Morocco
Historic hammam hideaway
Palatial traditional riad on the outside, colourfully contemporary urban chic on the inside, the hotel Palais Amani captures the many facets of the ancient city of Fez. Here, the air is perfumed with citrus, the rooftop terrace has dramatic views and the hammam offers peaceful seclusion from the pace of the medina.
Kasbah Tamadot: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Sir Richard’s splendid retreat
The enchanting Kasbah Tamadot hotel – located in the High Atlas Mountains near Asni – is maze of serene courtyards, secret staircases and pristine gardens encased by an ancient wall. Mountain views are especially marvellous from the master suite, a scaled-down copy of the Kasbah itself.
Riad Farnatchi: Marrakech, Morocco
Hidden behind an unmarked wood door in Marrakech, Riad Farnatchi hotel is a carved, inlaid, art-decorated take on a traditional Moroccan home designed by Jonathan Wix entirely for his guests’ comfort. Ring the almost-invisible bell and step through the ornate door into a world accessed only by those in the know. The riad is one of the city’s most refined options, complete with a marble hammam, heated swimming pool and market-fresh cuisine.
Heure Bleue: Essaouira, Morocco
Post-colonial elegance reigns at Heure Bleue, a hotel built into oceanfront Essaouira’s medina walls. In Marrakech’s alternative, seaside sibling where the likes of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix once relaxed, this luxurious hideaway offers peaceful rooms with traditional carvings, fabrics and lamps in a lavishly low-key atmosphere.
El Fenn: Marrakech, Morocco
Traditional riad with an artist’s touch
A 22-room labyrinth with three sheltered courtyards, El Fenn hotel is a serene, shady enclosure that offers an art-gallery-worthy respite from the outside world of bustling Marrakech. Lanterns light a sultry courtyard with a marble fountain in this colourful, avante-garde hideaway, complete with a screening room, carved antique wood doors and a well-stocked library.