ABOUT: A secret gem, this fabulously-run seven-bedroom riad lies in the medina between Souk El Khemis (home to a legendary flea market) and the Majorelle Gardens: perfect for seeing both old and new Marrakech.  Boasting a pool and a fine roof terrace, Zamzam centres around a quiet courtyard: there, a fountain trickles, jasmine plants give off their delicate scent, birds sing from a solitary palm tree and the hours just drift gently by... 


ROOMS: Featuring hand-woven Berber carpets, marble bathrooms, huge beds, air conditioning and iPod docks, rooms and suites are split over the ground and first floors.  The lighting in each is by Yahya, one of Morocco’s top designers, and all have Wi-Fi.  Both the Rose and Palm Suites have separate living areas; the latter also boasts a balcony.


FACILITIES: Facing the snowy Atlas Mountains, the roof terrace has a tented area with Moroccan sofas and cushions and a row of loungers.  Sunbathing and stargazing are equal pleasures on this lofty perch.  If extra heat is needed, the salon below has a fireplace, the small dipping pool is heated and the spa’s hammam offers steam aplenty.  Prepared on request, Moroccan-specialty meals can be eaten in the salon, or by romantic candlelight on the terrace.


EXTRA INFO: Zamzam sources much of its food via an organic garden outside Marrakech; co-owner Emma even makes her own marmalades and jams.  Cookery classes—using the traditional Moroccan method of cooking over hot coals—cost from £50 with a two-course lunch.