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R&R in the Red City

Marrakech is well-known for its bustling medina and rich history, but recently, it’s  made a name for itself for lavish resorts that offer fantastic value. Venture beyond the city's energetic core, and you'll discover a world where luxury, calm, and nature coexist.

Stepping into one of Marrakech's upscale resorts is like entering an oasis of tranquillity. Mostly located outside the busy heart of the medina, these establishments promise spa treatments that pamper, serene pools to lounge by, and gourmet meals that delight the tastebuds.

Yet, for those who don’t want to stray too far from the city, the medina itself hides treasures. Traditional riads, homes centered around intimate courtyards, have been elegantly transformed into boutique hotels. Many offer private pools and terraces, combining the charm of old Marrakech with modern comforts.

On the city’s outskirts lies the Palmeraie, where resorts and villas invite guests to relax within a sprawling oasis of several hundred thousand palm trees. A little further still, nestled in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains are retreats that redefine luxury. These lodges offer a unique blend of nature and comfort, where you can take a dip in a pool that boasts panoramic views, or embark on a serene walk in the mountain air.

And if you like to squeeze in a round of golf while you’re on holiday, you’re in luck – Marrakech is a golfer’s paradise, with plenty of world-class golf courses to choose from.

All that, and you’ll never be too far from one of the most vibrant cities in the world.
 

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Your Marrakech questions, answered

It depends what your plans are. If you want to wander the city streets or hike in the mountains, the spring and autumn are probably the best time to visit, when temperatures are warm without being unbearably hot. If you’ll be spending most of your time by the pool, you might prefer the summer.
 
Moroccan cuisine is rich, diverse and full of flavour, drawing influences from Arab, Berber and Mediterranean cooking. Probably best known for the tagine, a slow cooked stew that combines meat and fruit, you’ll find plenty of other treats to sample in the markets, including pastilla, an unusual, but delicious, sweet-savoury pastry. Hotels and resorts tend to cater for all tastes, serving international menus that are often cooked by award-winning chefs.   
 
In the medina there aren’t many places you can drink – it’s illegal to sell alcohol within sight of a mosque – but there are a couple of nice roof terraces. Head to the more modern areas, like Ville Nouvelle, and you’ll have your pick of trendy cocktail bars. There are even some nightclubs, like Theatro, which are making a name for themselves in the international clubbing scene.