Hotels in Morocco
Morocco hotels offer many different kinds of travel experiences from intimate, boutique riads to sprawling golf resorts with luxury spas. Beach hotels in Morocco don’t get better than Villa Maroc, the best known of Essaouira's riad hotels. With 20 rooms and suites in four restored 18th-century medina mansions, you will be loath to leave your room even though the beach is right outside. Hotels in Morocco tend to emphasize the exotic, but if you’re looking for a little Bel Air in your desert oasis, look no further than Jardin d’Inès. Nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Range, Ines is part of La Palmeraie Golf Palace. The large space and big swimming pool makes it the perfect destination for families with children. All suites have fireplaces and terraces, so kick back and relax after you’ve hit a few rounds of golf.
For an unforgettable experience at one of the best hotels in Morocco, try the desert oasis of Dar Ahlam in Ouarzazate. Dar Ahlam means “House of Dreams,” in Arabic, and guests will immediately see why. Thierry Teyssier restored this luxurious retreat in 2002. Guests are treated like royalty and lulled into a utopian relaxation, dozing in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree or wandering the silk-curtained corridors admiring the desert’s beauty. For a romantic getaway, try Dar Roumana, a beautifully restored century-old mansion in the medina in Fez. Treat yourself to their sumptuous cooking lessons for an experience that you can take home to impress your friends.
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.
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.
Set on the edge of the Palmeraie, the exclusive palm-forested neighborhood outside Marrakesh, Ksar Char-Bagh combines Ottoman interiors with Andalusian courtyards, Moghul arches, and Persian gardens. Water is the most important element of the hotel’s design.
Situated in a desirable palm-lined neighborhood at the foot of the burnt orange Atlas Mountains, Jardin d’Inès fuses the exoticism of Marrakesh with a touch of Bel Air exclusivity. The geometric pastel buildings slyly mimic the pink of the old city.
The first African venture of the Angsana hotel group—sister brand to Banyan Tree—is an inspired resort concept: seven converted private houses throughout Marrakesh.
One of the medina’s flashiest addresses, co-owner Vanessa Branson (sister of Richard) has tripled the size of the place since it opened in 2003.
This property in changing ownership and will reopen in the near future.
Although the chaotic, colorful marketplace atmosphere of Marrakesh is its main attraction, there is no need to actually stay amid the dusty commotion.
Riad hotels—traditional Moroccan houses with interior gardens—are popping up at a rapid clip in Marrakesh, so these days a property must truly be distinctive to stand out. Riad Meriem has had no problem turning heads.