This is a secluded nine-hectare estate in the Palmeraie, the historic palm grove outside Marrakesh. It is a 20-minute drive from the walled Medina.
Chiselled good looks in cream stucco and dark wood provide glamour without the gilt. Repurposed antiques and fair-trade, artisan-made furnishings set the standard for sustainable African chic.
The outdoor pools beckon, but there are cooking classes, literary events, cycling, massages, tennis, and yoga to otherwise occupy you.
The rooms are light and airy rather than cavernous, with African textiles spread across generous beds. The main-house bedrooms offer casual elegance and the villa suites feature bigger bathrooms and more privacy.
Dinners in the salon or on a private terrace make the most of sun-ripe vegetables and pungent herbs plucked moments before in the organic gardens.
If ever a city was primed to be discovered, it was this. Hidden doorways, maze like souks, the Old Medina – you can lose yourself here in the best way possible. Haggle for souvenirs at the market stalls, then relax in a hammam or over a cup of mint tea in a café. Some of the architecture – such as that of the Koutoubia Mosque – is truly magical. Exploring the main square, Djeema el Fna, is best done in the evenings, when the snake charmers, musicians and jugglers are in full force.
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The longest established inhabitants of Morocco, the Berber people come from a feudal society, who have preserved their culture and traditions. Arabic is not widely spoken, and their music and dance are unique, with men and women dancing together. The Berber hospitality is justifiably famous, and you are sure to enjoy mint tea with them, […]