Morocco is a country of contrast and diversity, offering its visitors access to towering mountains, rugged coastline, sprawling deserts and bustling cities alike. If you’ve got your heart set on visiting this incredible African nation, read on for a handpicked collection of our favorite Moroccan destinations and where to stay when you hit them up!
Rugged and remote, an escape to the Atlas Mountains is ideal for those who want to experience Morocco’s stunning natural beauty. Kasbah du Toubkal is our favorite pick of luxury accommodation, perched high in Toubkal National Park. The establishment boasts sweeping views over three different valleys, as well as majestic mountains that rise to over 4,000 meters above sea level. Spend your days trekking through the incredible landscape and your evenings winding down in the Ifri suite’s private lounge, terrace and balcony.
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For those that love to holiday near the sea, Essaouira is a not to be missed Moroccan gem. The pretty fishing town is reminiscent of Brittany’s charming coast, which comes as no surprise given that it was designed by the very same Frenchman behind Saint-Malo. For upmarket Atlantic elegance in the heart of the port, Heure Bleue is a fabulous choice. The cavernous rooms are lavish yet laid back, featuring sumptuous fabrics, wooden shuttered windows and hand carved art. We’re also head over heels for the in-house spa and beauty salon.
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If mountains, monuments and mosques are what make you tick, Fez should most definitely make an appearance in your Moroccan itinerary. As the country’s third largest city is has just the right amount of culture and nightlife to keep visitors enchanted for days on end. The Palais Amani is one of the city’s finest luxury hotels, marketed as a ‘historic hammam hideaway.’ Spend your mornings sipping tea in the jasmine scented courtyard, your afternoons unwinding in the mosaic tiled hamman and your evenings soaking up the spectacular views from the rooftop terrace.
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Magnificent Marrakech is perhaps Morocco’s most popular city for international visitors. Marvel at majestic mosques, explore bustling souks, fill your suitcase with local handicrafts and escape the heat in the world famous Mamounia Gardens. For palatial grandeur in the heart of the city, look no further than the ultra-luxe Ksar Char-Bagh. The hotel is spread across four hectares and boasts heated pools, tennis courts, hammam, massage parlor and more. Rooms are suitably luxurious and treat guests to grand features such as private terraces, swimming pools and gardens. Foodies will also love the chance to sample homemade bread, olive oil and jam, all of which are made from the hotel’s on-site herb gardens, wheat crops and orchards.
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Known as ‘the door of the desert,’ Ouarzazate is the ideal destination for those seeking a quintessential Moroccan experience. Soak up the sights from the back of a camel or get the heart pumping on the back of a motorbike! Thanks to its proximity to the Atlas, Drâa and Dadès Valleys, the city is the perfect launching pad for exploring deserts, mountains and gorges. For jaw droppingly beautiful accommodation Dar Ahlam is the only choice. The name translates to ‘house of dreams’ and the stunning 19th-century Kasbah doesn’t fall short! Spacious suites are decorated with pure silk and gleaming rustic furniture. Oh and did we mention the spectacular sweeping views of the Atlas Mountains?
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