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We love small luxury hotels, there is something about them that makes the experience much more personal, relaxing and intimate. So this time we are going to Marrakech, Morocco and we will discover 5 of the best boutique hotels in the region.
What makes Marrakech so appealing? Perhaps the magical desert sunsets, the Atlas mountains in the background or the soukhs where you might find luxurious items that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Africa.
Let’s start with the:
Small luxury hotels: Mandarim Oriental
The Mandarim Oriental is one of the best small luxury hotels in Africa. With 54 private and super luxurious bedroom villas overlooking the Atlas mountains there is no way that you will want to miss some days in there.
In this hotel you will be able to find some fantastic outdoor showers encircled by bamboo, giving it a unique atmosphere. And speaking of which, the dinners in the courtyard by the crackling wood fire will remain in your memory for a long time.
When the heat of the desert gets too much you can just sneak back to the villa and spend by the poll or in the adjacent king-size daybeds available.
You can also find many extras such as yoga sessions, to in-room suppers served by a private chef.
This boutique hotel is a eight bedroom luxury complex that mixes sophisticated design with more natural, local and Islamic motifs. Most of the furniture was bought at auctions or specially commissioned, giving the rooms a unique atmosphere.
There will be new and exciting renovations in this hotel: a large pool will be added, a brand new span and eight more bedrooms. All will be finished by the end of the year.
This cute and cosy space it’s the kind of place where you can combine a serene weekend with a bit of sightseeing.
Small luxury hotels: Kasbah Beldi
An hour away from Marrakech you will find the Amizmiz village, which is an truly charming hotel. But the real joy of this small hotel is its surroundings: a gigantic green lake fringed by pines, the Atlas’s peaks and the conical shape of Toubkal in the background.
Since it opened, in 2014, the Kasbah has become a popular base for adventurers who love hikes and gallops across the plains. There are 30 bedrooms, some dining rooms, a beautiful Berber tent and two refreshing swimming pools.
This small and elegant hotel provides the perfect resting place after a wilderness escapade, since there are many Berber carpets and outdoor beds available.
At sunset you can sit at poolside and watch the water on the lake flicker from emerald green to midnight blue, all in one fantastic display of the magic of Morocco.
Small luxury hotels: The Source
If you pass through the dusty road of Orika you will find it difficult to believe that there is a hidden hip and friendly hotel so nearby. In the five acres space you will be able to find a recording studio designed by Laurent Cohen.
The rooms follow the imaginative and fun style of the hotel, each one is different and you will be able to find from a scarlet-walled Rolling Stones room, to a baroque and even a Jim Hendrix theme. The good vibes follow it’s course to the spa, the garden restaurant and hall.
Every sunset there is jam sessions by the pool where you can experience the glamour of the Moroccan desert with the Atlas as a background.
Small luxury hotels: Villa Azzaytouna
This is the perfect celebratory kind of villa. Here you can find three main villas that most look like small palaces.
The brand-new Azzaytouna is the most intimate and cozy of the three, set in the middle of a cluster of century-old olive tress. There you can find a private pool, Indian car poi beds and a private hammer for massages, available at all times.
The main living room has a fireplace and every wall is filled with original art, filigreed copper baubles and exclusive furniture pieces.
Everything is included when you check-in in this village, everything except alcohol… At least you won’t have to worry about late night noise.