Building a classroom or library
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, as you help build a classroom or a library in a Berber village that is eager to educate their children, preserve their culture, and enjoy a higher standard of living.
Accommodation in Marrakech
This collection of riads is over 400 years old, and the lovingly restored nine rooms have tempted some of the world’s most famous stars to stay here. The twin courtyards house some elegant salons, and you can lounge around the property in the white marble hammam and a heated pool.
Welcoming discerning guests for almost two centuries, this riad has seen its share of high profile visitors. The 11 rooms and suites surround airy courtyards, with hammam and pool at one end. The decorous salons have exotic antiques and the small restaurant has a tempting menu of Moroccan delicacies.
La Mamounia, is nestled in a 17 acre park just 5 minutes walk from the fabulous Jma El-Fna square. Wholly refurbished from 2007-9, the five-star Mamounia is the iconic residence in Morocco, if you prefer grand-dames to boutique riads. There are 135 rooms, plus 71 suites and a trio of separate riads, each with three […]
AnaYela is a small, 300-year-old city palace in the heart of the Marrakech’s historic Medina. Incredibly, the architecture tells the story of a girl called Yela who once lived in this house. All the work was delivered by the hand of over 100 artisans, using only traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, with no electric tools. Consequently the […]
The hotel that started the riad-hotel trend back in 1998. The 26 rooms have fireplaces and private terraces, and you can wander down to the courtyard and find a quiet nook to read in. The tranquil pool is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the medina, which is pretty much on the […]
Live a luxuriously nomadic life at this unusual property in the Marrakchi Desert. Amid the upscale rooms are open tents, housing elegant dining and lounge areas. Entertainment and cuisine are given a very Moroccan touch, and there are various hikes and excursions for the adventurous.
This collection of six boutique riads are set in the midst of the fascinating Old Medina, all restored by skilled craftsmen. Called ‘heritage’ riads thanks to their focus on history, the rooms enjoy intricate ceramic art and plasterwork. All have rooftop terraces, traditional Moroccan hammams (steam rooms) and swimming pools.
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 […]
Fellah is one of a new generation of design hotels opening on the outskirts of Marrakech. Rooms are modern-Moroccan in style, with locally crafted trinkets, gorgeous detailing and tiled bathrooms. Outdoors, wooden-crate chairs, bales of hay and plump canvas cushions to sit on are dotted about between trees, while giant cacti cast a shadow over […]
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, […]
The property’s design emulates old Moorish pisé (earthen) buildings and Berber villages that cling to the High Atlas Mountains, with its distinctive rose-blush walls mirroring those of the nearby ‘Red City’, Marrakech. Step through the handcrafted double oak doors into an oasis bedecked with palms and vines, colonnaded walkways, marble fountains and glittering glazed tiles. […]
As with many of the city’s best hotels, you reach this luxury haven via an unassuming doorway. Once inside the courtyard, you encounter sumptuous sofas and babbling fountains. Intricate lattices frame the rooms, which are a great size, and there’s a roof terrace and a plunge pool.
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.