Travel challenge: A short break get-together in a Moroccan riad

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Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: four nights' hire of a riad (a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden) in Marrakech. Prices are for the rental of an entire riad in mid-June.

Angsana Riads Collection Morocco

£3,432: Riad Aida, Medina. Includes exclusive hire of the riad (which sleeps 13) with breakfast and mint tea throughout the day; flights are not included. "Angsana Riads Collection boasts six distinctive traditional Moroccan riads, each with its own character and unique features. The unique and private setting of each is perfect for hosting groups for special occasions. The price also includes a 10 per cent discount," says Angsana's Bouchra Naoufel. (00 212 524 388 905; ).

Simpson Travel

£2,310: Dar Azure, Medina. Includes exclusive hire of the riad (which sleeps six) with breakfast, flights from Gatwick and private taxi transfers. "Dar Azure is an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Close to the Royal Palace and Agdal Gardens, this delightful house surrounds a charming patio with mosaic mural fountain and palm trees," says Simpson Travel's Katie Harrison. (020-8392 5861; )


£900: Riad Ksiba, Medina. Includes exclusive hire of the riad (which sleeps 12) with breakfast; flights are not included. "Riad Ksiba is in the Kasbah section of the Medina. It can get quite hot in Marrakech in June, but Ksiba is a large, airy riad with high ceilings and a lovely plunge pool. It also has good access to the souks and the main square. If people decide to stay for a week, we'll include a complimentary day trip to the Atlas Mountains, with a private guide and transport," says Alisdair Luxmoore of Fleewinter. (020-7112 0019; )