When it’s cold in England, Marrakech is an obvious, easy sunshine fix. You don’t have to travel too far, you’ll find fabulous shops in the souks and there are plenty of gorgeous boutique hotels and luxury riads in Marrakech to choose from - whatever your budget.

Luxury riads in Marrakech

Within the Marrakech medina, Lulu has hand-picked her favourite luxury riads in Marrakech, plus she has found a selection of Marrakech boutique hotels away from the crowds in the Palmeraie. For starters, you don’t get much more central than Riad Abracadabra, a luxury riad 2 minutes walk from the main Jemaa El Fna Square. Like many luxury riads in Marrakech, it looks unassuming from the outside, but as soon as you enter you’ll be blown away by the 8 suites (each named after a magical character), rooftop terrace and pool. You also don’t need to worry about getting up early for breakfast - it’s served until 1pm. A more contemporary luxury riad in Marrakech is Riad Joya, hidden away in the souks it is super stylish and has a romantic restaurant that serves Moroccan and authentic Italian food. Lulu's latest addition to her collection of luxury riads in Marrakech is Riad Hikaya a new boutique hotel in the Marrakech medina with just 7 rooms, restaurant and spa.

Another great example of our boutique hotels in Marrakech is Villa Dinari in the Palmeraie, just 15 minutes from the medina. It has 8 stunning suites and is the perfect boutique hotel for those looking for luxury and excellent service with the atmosphere of a private home. Surrounded by more than two acres of landscaped gardens Villa Dinari is the perfect tonic after a day out in the souks of the Medina.

Food

Not many luxury riads in Marrakech have a restaurant like Riad Joya, but when you do venture out to eat, you certainly won’t go hungry; Marrakech is packed with excellent restaurants and there’s something for everyone, whether you fancy international cuisine or traditional Moroccan dishes. In the Medina, Dar Yacout is as renowned for its bold interior design as much as its food, while Le Tobsil, set in an old house with a courtyard, has musicians playing to entertain diners with a Moroccan version of blues.

Lively Le Comptoir also offers the whole entertainment package: every night after a Franco-Moroccan dinner in an Art Deco villa, belly dancers twist and wind themselves around the tables. For something more casual or a quick bite, you should also try eating at one of the makeshift restaurants which set up every night in Jemaa El Fna Square. Each stall is numbered and touts hard for business but No. 14, where you can eat Moroccan style fish and chips sitting on a bench, is one of the best.

During the day, the square has a completely different feel and is filled with snake charmers, stalls selling freshly squeezed orange juice, henna artists and men with performing monkeys. Its home to one of the most recognised landmarks of the city, the Koutoubia Mosque (the city has over 500 mosques) which has four copper globes on its minaret. The square is also the dividing line between the narrow, winding streets of the souks to the north and the imperial quarter of palaces in the south.

The Souks

The souks are one of the main reasons for a visit to Marrakech and as long as you’re prepared to haggle hard for whatever you want to buy and get lost several times (many of the tiniest streets aren’t even on a map), it’s a really fun shopping experience. The souks are divided into different areas by trade so for example, there’s a lantern alley, a whole street of tan leather goods, a dyer’s market, an iron-work section and carpets. Of course, certain items, such as the distinctive patterned Moroccan ceramic tableware, babouches (slippers) and pashminas, crop up again and again.

The Sights of Marrakech

When you tire of shopping, sights worth seeing include the ruins of the El Badi Palace. The original building, which was commissioned by the Saadian Sulktan Ahmad al-Mansur in 1578, was thought to have 360 rooms but today all that’s left are the sunken areas that were the gardens and central pool. Once a year, it comes to life when it becomes an atmospheric venue for part of the annual International Film Festival. There’s also the Ben Youssef Medersa, a Quranic school founded in the 14th-century which was devoted to teaching Islamic scripture. It has a beautifully tiled courtyard and 100 tiny, windowless rooms which were used as students’ quarters until the 1960s.

No visit to Marrakech is complete without seeing the stunning Majorelle Gardens, known for its glorious cobalt buildings and huge plant pots, on the edge of the New City. Famously created by French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1930s to house a villa and his workshop, it was opened up to the public in 1947. Money struggles meant that Majorelle was forced to sell parts of the land during his lifetime. In 1980, it was saved from becoming a hotel development when Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge bought it. The pair lived in the villa and restored the garden, transforming Majorelle’s studio into a museum (YSL’s ashes are scattered in the rose garden of the villa). It’s loveliest towards the end of the day when there are less visitors and you can sit and relax on a bench in the afternoon sun.

If you fancy a bite to eat while you’re in the New City (Guelize), La Bagatelle is a French institution with a terrace and a nice atmosphere, while at Le Chat qui Rit (meaning ‘the cat which laughs’) there’s a great Mediterranean menu. For Italian food, try Niagara for tasty pizzas, pasta and huge salads or Catanzaro, which is one of the most popular spots in town.  Book ahead or you’ll have to wait in line.

Atlas Mountains

If you are staying in Marrakech for more than a couple of days, the city also makes the ideal starting point for a trip to the Atlas Mountains. It’s only an hour and a half’s drive from the city to the Ourika Valley and from there you can walk with a guide to the waterfall in Setti Fatma. Travel a bit further (a 3 hour drive from Marrakech) and you can visit the charming small town of Essaouira where the windy coastline makes it a good surfing spot or Cascade d’Ouzoud, an impressive waterfall near the village of Tanaghmeilt just outside the High Atlas National Park.

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Riad Hikaya - Marrakech, Morocco

City Chic Retreats

Riad Hikaya -'hikaya' meaning 'story' in Arabic is a luxury riad situated in the 'Kasbah' area of the Marrakech medina. The interiors of this 7 room boutique hotel have all been handcrafted to the highest possible standards of comfort and elegance.

10% off room rate

Complimentary bottle of wine.

per room per night  EUR 85
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Dar Fakir - Marrakech, Morocco

City Chic Retreats

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a stay in a beautifully renovated Riad in the centre of Marrakech

The charming Dar Fakir is a romantic luxury riad just three minutes away from the buzz of Jemâa El Fna square, in the Marrakech Medina.  With 7 tranquil rooms and suites, this new Riad is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Welcome drinks and upgrade subject to availability.

per room per night  EUR 130
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Dar Rhizlane - Marrakech, Morocco

City Chic Retreats

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a spacious retreat with a modern Moroccan feel

Situated in Hivernage, the smart residential district of Marrakech, Dar Rhizlane is an exclusive boutique hotel in a modern Moroccan style.  With a beautiful pool and extensive outside space it is an excellent all-rounder with superb food.

Welcome drinks and upgrade subject to availability.

per room per night  MAD 2000
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Dar Seven - Marrakech, Morocco

City Chic Retreats

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taking over with friends or family and enjoying the Medina

Dar Seven is a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina and has been transformed into a magnificent and beautifully restored house.

5% off room rate
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Dar Zemora - Marrakech, Morocco

Country Chic Retreats

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sunshine, shopping in the souks & superb food

Dar Zemora is small boutique hotel and an oasis of tranquillity on the edge of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, but still near enough to make frequent visits to the Medina and Place Djemma El Fna.

10% off room rate
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Kasbah Bab Ourika - Marrakech, Morocco

Eco Chic Retreats

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a mountain hideaway at the gateway to the Atlas Mountains

Kasbah Bab Ourika is a boutique hotel, high up on a hill in the Ourika Valley near Marrakech. Enjoy panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains, visit the local Berber villages, explore Marrakech or simply relax by the outdoor pool.

10% off room rate

A welcome drink & room upgrade (subject to availability)

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Maroc Lodge - Marrakech, Morocco

Country Chic Retreats

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an authentic Moroccan retreat in the High Atlas Mountains

Maroc Lodge is a small luxury hotel near Marrakech in the High Atlas mountains. Enjoy spectacular views from the Berber-style pavilions that sit amid gorgeous landscaped gardens, gourmet cuisine and treatments in the hammam & spa.

A welcome drink & room upgrade (subject to availability)

per room per night  EUR 125
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Riad Abracadabra - Marrakech, Morocco

City Chic Retreats

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staying close to Jemaa El Fna in the centre of Marrakech

Just 2 minutes walk from the Jemaa El Fna square, Riad Abracadabra has one of the best locations in Marrakech,  With 8 sophisticated rooms and suites and a charming roof top terrace and pool this small boutique hotel is the perfect hideaway.

Welcome drink and complimentary upgrade subject to availability.

per room per night  EUR 140
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Riad Ariha - Marrakech, Morocco

City Chic Retreats

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exceptional value in the centre of Marrakech

Riad Ariha offers incredible value for such a lovely, stylish riad in the centre of the Marrakech Medina. All the 5 rooms have air-conditioning and are en-suite. Children are welcome at this small chic riad.

A welcome drink & a free meal on the evening of arrival (3 night minimum stay)

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Riad Cocoon - Marrakech, Morocco

City Chic Retreats

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a very private luxury Riad at the heart of the Marrakech Medina

Devoted to the harmony of the body and mind, Riad Cocoon is a 5 room luxury riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina

Welcome drinks and upgrade subject to availaibility.

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