Whether it’s a luxury city break or a relaxing retreat, Morocco can be an all-year-round destination with the best luxury hotels. Marrakech’s spring and autumn months tend to be cooler and quieter. In the summer months, dipping into a pool in your Moorish boutique hotel is heavenly. You’ll find ski resorts and thermal spas dotted amongst the Atlas Mountains – which are usually snow-capped from November to April.
Things to do
There are enough mysterious sites and captivating landmarks to fill a city break in Marrakech many times over. You could spend time at the opulent Palais Dar Si Said. Or admire the mosaic-covered walls of the 16th-century Ali ben Youssef Medersa and Mosque. The towering minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque dates back to the 11th century and is at the top of many travelers’ sightseeing lists. Or, to escape the hustle and bustle, step into the Jardin Majorelle and sit in the exquisite gardens once owned by Yves Saint Laurent.
Marrakech does spa retreats like nowhere else on earth. Visit a steamy public hammam for a taste of this Moroccan institution – and an invigorating full body scrub. Or for something a little more exclusive, head to a luxury hotel where ancient treatments are given a modern twist.
FOOD & DRINK
You could feast on course after course of fine dining fare on the rooftop of a riad. Or pick up sizzling kebabs at one of the stalls packed into the square at night. Nibble honey-soaked filo pastries with a cup of mint tea and watch the world go by in the medina. But don’t leave without sampling a tagine or two. These fragrant dishes are often flavored with saffron and preserved lemons.
HOP INTO A CALÈCHES TO TRAVEL IN TIMELESS STYLE. THESE ELEGANT HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES ARE A ROMANTIC WAY TO SEE THE SIGHTS OF MARRAKECH.