Marrakech: Where to stay in the ‘Red City’

A well-known cultural paradise and holiday hotspot for the stars, Marrakech has a lot to offer. Whether your goal is to relax on its sun-soaked stretches of golden beaches or experience life as a local at the bustling markets, the entire city is dowsed in history and glamour. If you need a beautiful basecamp to return to after a day discovering Morocco’s mysteries, these 4 show-stopping hotels will ensure you are treated like royalty from arrival to departure. 
Designed in 1923 and renovated 5 times since, La Mamounia is a lavish cultural escape. Encased in stunning architecture, all 135 rooms, 65 suites and 3 riads are opulent, stylish and classically Moroccan. The 6 signature suites are each beautifully themed and include striking features such as hand-painted wooden ceilings and views of the Atlas Mountains. La Mamounia has looked after a plethora of A-list celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, not to mention the late Sir Winston Churchill (who is the inspiration behind the luxurious ‘Winston Suite’). This multi award-winning hotel is home to a large spa, offering over 80 treatments in addition to an on-site hair salon. The resort boutique sells bags, accessories and perfumes as well as olive oil and marmalade made in the hotel’s very own luscious green gardens. Dining at La Mamounia is excellent and the choice is plentiful across their 4 restaurants serving mixed cuisine. For drinks, 5 bars provide beverages for even the finest of palates. La Mamounia will surpass all expectations and provide a truly regal service.
Serving the epitome of luxury is the Royal Mansour. Each of the 53 riads feature their own private plunge pool and rooftop terrace overlooking the Median or Atlas Mountains. For guests who seek the grandest of accommodation, the Royal Suite comes complete with its own exclusive use garden and pool lined with palm trees. This 8 birth palace spans over a huge 1800 square metres and possesses an impressive two-level roof terrace reaching up to 20 metres above the ground. The suite has multiple functional rooms including a cinema, solarium and gymnasium. The aesthetic is traditional and regal with work by Moroccan craftsmen displayed throughout. The Royal Mansour’s cuisine is controlled by 3 Michelin Star chef Yannick Alléno. From sophisticated dining to poolside sushi, the choices are vast amongst the 4 restaurants. If you want to know more about one of the world’s most prestigious designers, the Yves Saint Laurent museum is only a short distance away. The Royal Mansour combines modern and chic ideas with established Moroccan styles to create an exquisite getaway. There is no need for a proof of authenticity label here.
Smaller in size but no less luxurious is the Kasbah Tamadot. A vibrant colour scheme coats the whole hotel including their 28 rooms and 3 suites. For an unusual twist during your stay in Marrakech, opt for one of the Berber Tents (one of which boasts its own jacuzzi). These tents offer draped ceilings and earthy interiors that are flooded with natural light. Every room features antiques from all over the world, along with access to the hotel’s excellent facilities such as a breath-taking infinity pool, gym and spa. The Kasbah Tamadot provides plenty of activities to cater for every traveller. From yoga to mule trekking, cooking courses and volunteering packages, you can do as much or as little as you wish. The rooftop terrace has the chicest seating arrangements while the fireside bar is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail. The Kanoun restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine and looks out at stunning views. However, dining is not limited to one room. Weather permitting, dinner can be hosted at a variety of locations around the hotel, all equally as beautiful. The Kasbah Tamadot and its surrounding scenery is a feast for the eyes. To appreciate its beauty, you have to visit for yourself.