The Big Six: Chic Moroccan retreats

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

 

Palais Namaskar, Marrakech

The newest pretender to the title of Marrakech's most luxurious hotel opened yesterday. Expect tranquil water features, imposing Moorish arches, views of the Atlas mountains and Balinese gardens. Interiors have an airy, opulent feel, with the 41 guest rooms ranging from spacious suites to villas with private pools and four-bedroom palaces. The hotel also features a spa with treatments using the cult beauty brand ILA. There's even a liveried private jet.

Palais Namaskar, Route de Bab Atlas 88/69, Marrakech (00 212 5 24 29 98 00; palaisnamaskar.com). Doubles start at €390, B&B.

Madada Mogador, Essaouira

The Madada Mogador is tucked just behind the historic, wave-bashed ramparts that encircle Essaouira. From the roof terrace, it offers panoramic views of the Unesco-listed medina and the city's long, sandy beach. Inside, the seven bedrooms, some with ocean views, are done in a spare, contemporary style. There's also a cookery school set within a former almond warehouse, where guests can learn the secrets of Moroccan cuisine with lessons that venture out to the local souks and fish market.

Madada Mogador, 5 rue Youssef El Fassi, Essaouira (00 212 5 24 47 55 12; madada.com). Doubles start at €120, including breakfast.

Nord-Pinus, Tangier

This exotic hotel perfectly reflects the bohemian allure of Tangier – once a favoured destination for Henri Matisse and Tennessee Williams. Set in a restored pasha's palace, with views across the Straits of Gibraltar, it has just six rooms, each decorated in an effortless blend of the traditional and the modern. The restaurant turns fresh fish from the local market and vegetables from the Rif mountains into tagines, soups and salads. The roof terrace is the place to soak up the sounds of live Moroccan music at night.

Nord-Pinus, Riad Sultan 11, Tangier (00 212 6 61 22 81 40; nord-pinustanger.com). Doubles start at €190, including breakfast.

Kasbah Bab, Ourika Valley

This rural retreat sits above the majestic Ourika Valley. Built from mud and clay using the traditional Berber method of pisé, it has 15 tasteful rooms, all with views of the Atlas peaks around. Guests can lounge by the pool, spend days hiking or visit local Berber villages with the hotel's guide.

Kasbah Bab, Tnine Ourika, Ourika (00 212 6 68 74 95 47; kasbahbabourika.com). Doubles from €150, B&B.

La Gazelle d'Or, Taroudant

Opened in the 1960s, La Gazelle d'Or is one of the country's timeless boltholes. The collection of 30 suites and cottages is scattered amid dreamy, verdant gardens awash with fragrant roses and citrus groves. There's also an organic farm that supplies the restaurant.

La Gazelle d'Or, Rte d'Amezgrou, Taroudant (00 212 5 28 85 20 39; gazelledor.com). Doubles, £490, half board.

The Selman, Marrakech

The designer behind La Mamounia strikes a stylish note once again at this new address, which opens on 1 May. Here, Jacques Garcia has envisaged lofty public spaces, with velvet fabrics, mosaics and ornate wood carvings. There will also be stables with Arab thoroughbreds for equine enthusiasts.

The Selman, Rte d'Amizmiz, Marrakech (00 212 5 24 45 96 00; selman-marrakech.com). Doubles from £341.

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Voices
A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August
voicesHagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise, says Robert Fisk
News
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Life and Style
Horst P Horst mid-fashion shoot in New York, 1949
fashionFar-reaching retrospective to celebrate Horst P Horst's six decades of creativity
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Oracle 11g SQL 2008 DBA (Unix, Oracle RAC, Mirroring, Replicati

    £6000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Oracle 11...

    Recruitment Consultant (Graduate Trainee), Finchley Central

    £17K OTE £30K: Charter Selection: Highly successful and innovative specialist...

    SQL DBA/ C# Developer - T-SQL, C#.Net

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Working with an exciting ...

    Sales and Office Administrator – Sports Media

    £23,000: Sauce Recruitment: A global leader in sports and entertainment is now...

    Day In a Page

    All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

    Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

    Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
    Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

    Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

    So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
    Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

    Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

    Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
    What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

    What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

    Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
    French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

    French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

    The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
    Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

    Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

    Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
    Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

    Radio 1’s new top ten

    The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
    David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

    David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

    A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
    Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

    Florence Knight's perfect picnic

    Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
    Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

    Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

    The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
    Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

    Mark Hix's summery soups

    Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
    Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

    Tim Sherwood column

    I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
    Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

    Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

    Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
    Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

    Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

    The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
    Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

    Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

    The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition