Ksar Char-Bagh is located in the heart of the palmeraie, with architect-designed ramparts, organic gardens, moats meandering through marble floors, and all the modern amenities hidden behind carved cedar panels. You will be welcomed as a privileged guest in this castle inspired by the 14th century Moorish architecture. Each object tells a story.
Leaving rooms this plush is difficult, but massages in the underground hammam and chauffeured shopping excursions in vintage London cabs lure you out.
Staff are attentive and friendly, never stiff. There are at least two staff per guest plus a hammam, personal trainer, gaming room, heated pool, tennis court, golf access, and horseback rides through the olive grove.
The rooms are palatial yet cozy, with fireplaces, king-sized beds in arched alcoves, and sunken tubs in polished plaster. Suites upstairs with private terraces are more romantic; downstairs, garden suites feature private plunge pools and patios.
For dining, local flavors and garden-grown organic produce shine through French-Moroccan dishes.
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, […]