Very well-run riad in the Bab Doukkala area of the medina of Marrakech. Choice of Moroccan or French restaurants and lovely spa.
This ‘riad-hotel’ delights the eye as easily as its name trips off the tongue. A handy medina (old town) location means souk-sourced bargains are but seconds away, and the Jemaa-el-Fna Square's but a ten-minute trot. And if slumber’s the name of your game, you’re really in the right place. The Maison itself has a central pool but, better still, also its own country club among olive groves outside the city. It’s reached via a free 15-minute shuttle, and also boasts a pool.
Every one of the 12 rooms and 14 suites has lavish décor: think fine fabrics and hand-carved furnishings. Deluxe rooms are more spacious than Standards, while some suites include private terraces. All have air-con and Moroccan marble bathrooms. To truly be king of the castle, rent the Douiria, a penthouse residence with three rooms and a suite with two terraces.
A foodie hotspot, the Maison has always had gourmands gushing. There are two options: Le Restaurant offers Moroccan fine-dining to a backdrop of traditional Moorish music, and the spectacular Les Trois Saveurs, illuminated by teardrop-shaped lanterns, dishes up imaginative French, Moroccan and Asian cuisine on a poolside terrace. Cookery lessons from both are available at an additional cost. Make sure to hit up the Piano Bar for post-dinner drinks, too.
There’s free Wi-Fi everywhere, although you’re unlikely to use it while being scrubbed and rubbed in the extensive wellness centre.