ABOUT: El Fenn is as much a contemporary art gallery as beautiful boutique hotel. Modern works from the collection of co-owner Vanessa Branson—the tycoon’s sister, and Marrakech Biennale’s founder—are ubiquitous. Guests can dine below a Francis Upritchard chandelier, for instance, or bed up beside ink studies by Antony Gormley. Set across three courtyards, El Fenn is a feast of marble pools, bougainvillea and metre-thick walls which block out the medina’s racket. Jemaa-el-Fna, Marrakech’s incredible centrepiece, is only three minutes away.
ROOMS: Twenty luxurious quarters offer space, slippers and free Wi-Fi. Showers are powerful, pillows plentiful, beds huge and ceilings high. Courtyard Rooms all include a bathtub (plus terraces in some cases), Imperial Suites throw in a lounge area and Private Pool Suites pair roof terraces with plunge pools - an unusually glass-bottomed one, in the case of No.19. And then there’s Riad Vanessa: a super-indulgent four-bed bolthole with kitchen, courtyard, roof terrace and plunge pool.
FACILITIES: All three pools are heated. One’s found on the vast roof terrace, in the company of hanging gardens, shady daybeds, loungers and even a putting green. You can enjoy the restaurant’s fine Moroccan and European dishes up there, too, as delicate wisps of food-stall smoke float by. Down below, a spa uses Le Sens de Marrakech products and cushioned crannies offer an array of secretive spots.
EXTRA INFO:El Fenn’s very eco-minded: solar energy is used, and a countryside organic farm helps with the cuisine. Talking of which, cookery classes are available.
For your Marrakech riad holiday at the Riad El Fenn, call us on 01672 500555 to discuss your plans.