Morocco

Hotels in Morocco

Seven years in the making, Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot has been one of the most eagerly awaited hotels in Morocco. A little less than an hour’s drive south from Marrakesh, Tamadot was originally a Berber chieftain’s private palace built in the casbah style.

Privacy and pleasure are paramount at the Secret Garden, which is located within the Palmeraie Hotels & Resorts complex in Marrakech. The 23 villas comprise a secluded, self-contained universe where the focus is on total comfort.

Opened in late 2009, Riad Siwan is owned by a Dutch couple, Cees and Maryk Van den Berg, who have strong ties to the community and a track record of success with their popular Riad Azzar, a 10-minute walk away.

The Location: Set inside Marrakesh’s ancient medina (walled city center), this refurbished 18th-century courtyard home is just beyond the north wall of the Bahia Palace compound—whose gorgeous, dramatically tiled buildings and blossoming gardens are among the city’s must-sees.

French hotelier Anne Igou spent 16 months restoring an 18th-century pasha’s palace, and while most area properties predictably emphasize their Moroccan settings, Igou’s hotel reflects her own whimsical style.