Offering a tantalising blend of Africa, Arabia and Europe, yet only 4 hours from London, there are few places more evocative than Morocco.
From sun-baked Kasbahs shimmering in the desert heat to ancient medinas crammed with exotic sounds and smells, Morocco will take you to a different world. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient trade routes, as you trek through the harsh beauty of the desert to the snow-capped glory of the High Atlas. Our tailor made holidays in Morocco will give you the chance to haggle your way through the souks of Marrakech or Fes before rejuvenating in the fresh Atlantic breezes of Essaouria. Hiking in the Atlas Mountains will give you a taste of traditional village life and the crumbling, mud-brick walls of Ouarzazate and Kasbahs in Todra and Dades Gorge will take you back in time. And for the ultimate desert experience spend a night in the Sahara itself, where space and stars defy belief.
Modern and traditional, ancient and new, Morocco offers epic landscapes, rich history and a lively culture, alongside people who are instinctively generous and friendly. Our top accommodation in Morocco oozes with traditional and authentic charm without forgoing luxury or comfort.
Riad Kniza in Marrakech has long been a favourite – the riad has been carefully maintained by the same family for centuries and is a haven of calm located right in the centre of town. To perfect your Middle Eastern cooking skills, La Maison Arabe offers guests cooking facilities, alongside one of Marrakech’s finest hammams. To escape the hustle and bustle of the medina Dar Zemora sits peacefully in the Palmeraie and Beldi Country Club is set amongst hectares of olive grove and rose-filled gardens. In Fes, there could be no better host than Stephen Direnza who has lovingly restored the intimate 3 bedroom Riad Numero 9 in the heart of the medina. For a choice of both traditional and modern rooms, we recommend the nearby Riad Fes, which prides itself on a very high level of service.
If you’d rather escape the city altogether, Richard Brandson’s retreat, Kasbah Tamadot, is the place to go for luxury living in the Atlas Mountains. The nearby Kasbah Bab Ourika has equally breathtaking views and serves delicious home-grown food direct from the vegetable garden.
Further south, Dar Ahlam, translated as ‘House of Dreams’, offers horse-riding and sleep-out platforms in the desert alongside a luxurious hammam, swimming pool and spa, all within a stones throw of Ouarzazate and the Sahara.
To finish, head to the Atlantic coast of Morocco – Madada Mogador is our favourite boutique hotels in Essaouira or for those looking for something a little more luxurious we love La Sultana Oualidia, located on a quiet and sheltered lagoon near Oualidia.