July 21, 2015

our top picks from Morocco!

Riad Mena & Beyond, Rates from €140

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Riad Mena is a serene and spacious 600sq m Riad situated in the heart of the Medina, just seven minutes walk through picturesque alleyways to Marrakech´s main-square, the Jemaa el Fna. Initially conceived as a private home, the personal touches throughout have created a wonderfully unique hotel experience. Six spacious bedroom suites are surrounding the plant filled courtyards, perfect for a very memorable stay.

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Just forty-five minutes away in the Ourika Valley is the Riad Mena & Beyond country outpost, a two-acre permaculture farm situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. The farm is allowing guests to spend the day or some nights away from the bustle of the city. Simple yet beautiful accommodation, a twenty meter natural pool to swim in whilst surrounded by incredible views of the Atlas Mountains, yoga on the terrace and freshly prepared seasonal picnics eaten amongst the hundreds of olive trees, all come together to create a wonderfully grounding and peaceful experience, such a short trip from Marrakech.

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Riad Mena & Beyond ,70 Derb J´Did, Douar Graoua 40000, Marrakech, Morocco Tel: +212 (0)5 24 38 18 28 , email: info@riadmenaandbeyond.com . Rates from €140

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Fellah Hotel, Rates from €94

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Authentic, luxurious and cool. The Fellah Hotel is a vibrant hotel just outside of Marrakech. Impeccable service, noteworthy dining and sumptuous amenities team up with yoga classes, a tree house and a small working farm where guests can actually gather eggs, groom a donkey or milk a goat.

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The Fellah Hotel is a cultural oasis full of innovative experiences and exceptional amenities. Take your choice between a view of the magnificent Atlas Mountain range or a green cactus speckled terrace with a sparkling turquoise swimming pool. Every room in this hotel is unique and dramatic – combining traditional Berber patterns with modern colors and furnishings from some of the nation’s hottest artisans and designers. Fellah is contemporary chic with traditional Moroccan zest.

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Fellah Hotel, Km 13, Route de l’Ourika – Tassoultante – Canal Zarraba , 40 000 Marrakech, Morocco, tel: +212 525 065 000 , email: info@fellah-hotel.com . Rates from €94

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Riad 72, Rates from €130

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Intimate, unique and welcoming, Riad 72 is much more than a boutique hotel ; it is a home in Marrakech and it is a tranquil Eden of peace in the heart of the colourful Medina. Each of Riad 72′s seven rooms are individually decorated and styled, but all offer a relaxing and elegant retreat from the outside hustle and bustle you can enjoy getting lost in during the day.

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But at the day’s end, climb up to Riad 72′s roof terrace to watch the beautiful sunset and later dine under the stars, enjoying Chef Mustapha’s contemporary Moroccan creations. Families or friends can treat Riad 72 as their own by occupying all the rooms while the luxurious Karma Suite offers couples the ultimate romantic escape.

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Riad 72, 72 Arset Awzel  Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco, tel: +212 524 38 76 29 ,email: info@riad72.com . Rates from €130

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Dar Al Hossoun, Rates from from €110

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Dar al Hossoun is the first and only eco-garden lodge and restaurant in Morocco, on the outskirts of Taroudant, South Morocco. This modern estate was entirely built by local artisans using natural materials and ancestral techniques such as rammed earth. It is surrounded by hundreds of acres of olive groves and agricultural fields and is located just a few minutes away from the age-old ramparts of Taroudant. You will be surprised by the exuberance and the unexpected combination of nearly 900 different species of desert flora at Dar al Hossoun.

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The 10 rooms, 2 junior suites and 3 suites are spread over three areas of Dar al Hossoun. Each suite or room is individually designed and decorated with local authentic rugs, cushions,tapestries, terracotta earthenware and has direct access and nice views to the gardens. Whatever you do during the day, be sure to visit  and taste one of their delicious meals whether you fancy fusion or traditional cuisine, such as salads, tagines, couscous, mechoui, grilled fish, Creatan ‘dakos’, homemade Italian ravioli, Greek roasted aubergines and pastries.

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