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Le Farnatchi, Marrakech, Morocco
Le Farnatchi bills itself as 'an oasis of peace in the madness of the Medina' and that's undoubtedly true. It lies hidden away in Kaat Benahid, one of the oldest parts of the city, and is an amalgam of nine private houses that have been fashioned into a luxurious riad with ten spacious suites, a small pool, an elegant spa and - across the road - an excellent Moroccan restaurant. Created and run by a British family, it is a charming and romantic bolthole that takes its name from the public oven next door where bread is still baked, creating delicious aromas in the morning, with plenty of good things to see close by. The hotel is closed in August.
If you wish to immerse yourself in the colour and chaos of the Medina, but also have a serene and luxurious base, this is the place to stay.
In the heart of Marrakech's Medina, Marrakech Museum and the Ben Youssef Madrasa are a two-minute walk away.
By plane: direct flights from London to Marrakech Menara take around 4 hours. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
First-time visitors who want to explore the souks, loved-up couples, foodies and shoppers will love it here. Le Farnatchi is popular for buy-outs for celebrations and has many repeat guests. This boutique property has plenty of quiet alcoves and flower-filled spaces where you can tuck yourself away with a book or companion.
Service & Facilities
The British owner is often present and knows Marrakech very well, so seek his advice about the best restaurants, shops and excursions for your visit.
- Swimming pool
- Games room
- Free Wi-Fi
In winter, bag one of the three suites that have a fireplace in the bedroom. In summer, go for one with a private balcony or terrace. The rooms here are larger, lighter and more private than in many riads, with huge beds and a lounge area.
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, air conditioning, TV, docking station, phone, WiFi
Food & Drink
The room rate includes a satisfying breakfast with fresh orange juice, fruit and yoghurt and can be enjoyed when and wherever you fancy it. We loved the Charmoula sardines stuffed with spiced vegetables followed by mixed mershoui (three different cuts of roast lamb) served with grilled courgettes.
Le Trou au Mur: rooftop restaurant, Moroccan and international cuisine. Dishes include Tagine of the Day and stuffed poussin. Open daily for lunch and dinner.