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marrakech

marrakech morocco

The ‘Red City’, surrounded by ancient walls, is a truly remarkable place.  So different, so exotic and so chaotic!  We’ve taken hundreds of guests to Marrakech over the years, many of whom return again and again, and we think it’s a ‘must see’ destination.

There’s the ancient Medina (a UNESCO World Heritage site) that you can explore for hours looking for bargains (remember to haggle!) and the main square, Djamaa El Fna, comes alive at night with food stalls.  The Majorelle Gardens (former home of Yves Saint Laurent) is a peaceful green oasis, whilst the tallest structure in Marrakech is the 12th century Koutoubia Minaret.  At around 70 metres high, it makes an excellent marker for you to orientate yourself.

Inside the city walls, we have a selection of delightful traditional Moroccan houses with internal courtyards, known as riads, and some excellent hotels.  Most of our hand-picked riads and hotels have spas.  We also have several excellent private villas just outside the city, all with gardens and swimming pools and all fully staffed. 

Our comprehensive selection of places to stay means that we have options for couples, families, groups of adults and solo travelers.

We think it’s a good idea to head in to the Atlas Mountains as part of your experience when visiting Marrakech and, with this in mind, we would recommend the spectacular and luxurious Kasbah Tamadot or a charming but more rustic little hotel called La Roseraie

Alternatively, in the foothills, half way between Marrakech and the mountains, we recommend three new excellent (and reasonably priced) boutique hideaways: Le Palais Paysan, the Capaldi, and, best for families, is the quirky Fellah

Apart from absorbing and enjoying the culture of this great city (we have excellent, highly knowledgeable guides), our experts can also organize hiking, mountain biking, riding, cookery courses and golf.  Either as the specific purpose of your holiday or as one of a mixture of activities each day.

Now that an excellent new motorway has just opened connecting Marrakech to the coast at Agadir (2.5 hours), why not combine a trip to Marrakech with a visit to Paradis Plage for some yoga, surfing and spa indulgence?  Perhaps staying in the Atlas Mountains en route?  See itineraries for ideas.

The Healthy Holiday Company also hosts a selection of 7 night in:spa retreats - magical health, fitness and detox holidays at a luxury private villa in Marrakech.

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Half day horse trekking Marrakech

From £345 per person

Selman Marrakech offers a half day trekking experience that can be tailored made for one guest or a small group. More

5 nights and 3 days hiking atlas mountains

From £670 per person

This is a charming and peaceful mountain retreat hotel with gorgeous gardens and spectacular views is a great base for hiking. More

14 night Morocco tour

From £1,850 per person
Explore the hustle and bustle of the medina in Marrakech, hiking in the Atlas mountains and surfing and yoga on the Atlantic coast. More

12 night trip around Morocco

From £2,320 per person
Explore hiking in the Atlas mountains, surfing and yoga on the Atlantic coast and the hustle and bustle of the medina in Marrakech.  More

7 night luxury health and fitness

From £7,300 per person

Nestled in  the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, Villa K is an ideal base to enjoy a healthy villa holiday. More

7 night Marrakech and Atlas Mountains combination

From £900 per person
Enjoy some hiking and relaxation in the Atlas Mountains before heading to Marrakech to explore the hustle and bustle of the medina. More

 

Weather and when to go

Marrakech has a semi-arid climate with mild wet Winters and hot dry summers. Average temperatures range from 5°C in the winter to 36°C in the summer. The wet winters and dry summers are similar to those found around the Mediterranean however with slightly drier winters. The best time to visit Marrakech is in the Spring and Autumn with abundant sunshine during the day and cooler evenings, temperatures are around 35°C.

Tipping

Tipping is customary in Morocco, and while it is certainly up to the discretion of each client, to a certain extent it is recommended in order to guarantee the best level of service.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  3 hours
  • Currency:  Dirhams
  • Language:  Arabic and French
  • Visa requirements:  No requirement if your stay is less than 3 months as a British citizen
  • Time difference:  GMT +1
kasbah beldi

kasbah beldi


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £105

Kasbah Beldi is a wonderful new addition to the choices of places to stay in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. This charming hideaway, on the edge of Lake Takerkoust, is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

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the fellah

the fellah


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £125

The Fellah is in the laidback village of Tassoultante, just 7 miles from Marrakech, but feels a million miles away. It's a welcome sanctuary from the bustling city and is perfect for families. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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le palais paysan

le palais paysan


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £130

Le Palais Paysan is a superb boutique country retreat with breathtaking mountain views, yet only 30 minutes from Marrakech. Perfect for those seeking peace, tranquility and comfort, but with easy access to fabulous walks and bike rides.

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beldi country club

beldi country club


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £130

Beldi Country Club is a delightfully authentic eco-minded bolthole within striking distance of Marrakech. Only 15 minutes from the centre of the Pink City, the Beldi feels a million miles away from the dust and chaos of the Medina.

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capaldi

capaldi


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £145

Located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountain range, just outside Marrakech, the Capaldi is a charming and comfortable boutique hotel located in nine acres of gardens and olive groves. Perfect for a relaxing (or active) mini break.

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riad el fenn

riad el fenn


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £175

Riad El Fenn is a wonderful 21 bedroom town house located on the edge of Marrakech's world famous Medina, with three pools, wonderful roof top views and a delightful little spa.

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riad snan

riad snan


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £195

Riad Snan is charming 3 bedroom property located in the Marrakech Medina in an area known as Laksour. The riad is near to the Pasha's palace, within 10 minutes walking distance of the Jamaa el Fna (the main square).

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villa aida

villa aida


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £195

Villa Aida is a lovely 3 bedroom house situated in the heart of a private residential community, a few minutes from the city walls of Marrakech, in the most sought after area of the Palmeraie.

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riad kerkeden

riad kerkeden


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £205

Riad Kerkeden is a beautiful 4 bedroom property (also available as a 3 or 2 bedroom option) located in a traditional district of the Marrakech Medina, and just a 10 minute walk to the Jamaa el Fna (the central) square and the souks, and 5 minutes from the Majorelle Gardens.

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delano

delano


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £220

The Delano captures the magic of Marrakech and provides an exotic, luxurious sanctuary away from the bustling Red City.

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la sultana

la sultana


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £230

Delightful riad with spa in the heart of ancient Marrakech. The perfect santctuary after a busy day sightseeing and shopping. Also has excellent cookery school.

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la maison de marion

la maison de marion


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £240

Located 20 minutes from the Medina, in the quiet Bab Atlas residential area, Villa de Marion is a charming 3 bedroom modern villa with a large garden and swimming pool.

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dar sabra

dar sabra


marrakech, morocco    weekends from £250

Contemporary architecture and modern art are the hallmarks of this ultra comfortable modern 17 bedroom residence. Book for exclusive use for a large party or just take a room for a bit of quiet luxury.

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villa des orangers

villa des orangers


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £310

The Villa des Orangers is a luxury five star hotel and Riad located in the heart of Marrakech but is a true haven of peace and tranquility. Yet only 400 yards to the Medina. Pick a top floor room with a terrace for spectacular views and a real sense of being in Marrakech.

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dar 118

dar 118


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £330

Dar 118 is a beautifully renovated 2 to 3 bedroom riad situated near the world famous Marrakech medina. The house was entirely redesigned as a très privé stylish bolthole.

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dar mana

dar mana


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £350

Dar Mana has 6 en suite bedrooms, large gardens and a swimming pool, and is located just 10 minutes from Jemaa El Fna square, in the heart of the Marrakech Medina.

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royal palm marrakech

royal palm marrakech


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £365

The latest superb luxury hotel to open in the Red City, Royal Palm offers an outstanding array of sports facilities, a wondeful spa, and everything you could possibly need for a holiday in Marrakech.

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villa ouidane

villa ouidane


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £400

Beautifully designed 4 (or 5) bedroom villa with large garden and wonderful swimming pool. Contemporary and stylish, with high ceilings and fabulous views of the Atlas Mountains. Located 20 minutes from Marrakech city centre.

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riad vania

riad vania


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £425

Luxury riad with splendid views of the Atlas mountains, with 5 bedrooms (all ensuite), hammam, heated pool on the roof terrace, and fully staffed.

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palais namaskar

palais namaskar


marrakech, morocco    room per night from £440

The luxurious Palais Namaskar is set in expansive landscaped grounds, offering the ultimate in comfort and service. Arguably the No.1 hotel in Marrakech, with good access to a wide range of cultural and recreational activities.

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villa jardin

villa jardin


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £470

Villa Jardin is ideally situated outside the ancient city, surrounded by beautiful gardens and facing the magnificent Atlas Mountains. 5 bedrooms and 2 pools. The large garden is planted and wonderfully scented with orange and mandarin trees, palm trees, old olive trees and hundreds of roses.

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dar marja

dar marja


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £475

This beautiful 4 bedroom villa is located in the Palmeraie and boasts outstanding features to ensure that you spend an ultra relaxing holiday in Morocco: heated pool, private tennis court, hammam, massage room, pitch and putt, large private garden, and house staff that includes a wonderful moroccan chef.

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villa mauresque

villa mauresque


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £500

4 bedroom Villa Mauresque is a beautifully designed one-level property with distinctive charm, built around a pretty courtyard, set in expansive gardens with a fabulous swimming pool.

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villa el majal

villa el majal


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £515

Located in the heart of the Palmeraie, this delightful 4 bedroom villa (with an additional 2 bedroom pavilion) sits in just over 3 acres of private gardens, and has a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

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selman

selman


marrakech, morocco    3 nights from £599

Five minutes from Marrakech’s vibrant Medina, Selman Marrakech is a new and ultra-luxurious boutique hotel offering purebred Arabian horses (with their own designer stable, no less), in addition to dreamy Moorish design, elaborate artisan craftsmanship, and couture rooms by French designer Jacques Garcia.

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savinio lotus

savinio lotus


marrakech, morocco    3 nights from £620

This stylish mini hotel with just seven bedrooms is a delightfully quiet oasis, and can be booked for exclusive use for groups or simply provide a comfortable hideaway for couples visiting the Red City.

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four seasons marrakech

four seasons marrakech


marrakech, morocco    5 nights from £1,205

Four Seasons is the perfect choice of accommodation for anyone wishing to explore the exoticism of Marrakech but wants to be sure of luxury and flawless service.

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villa k

villa k


marrakech, morocco    3 nights exclusive rental from £1,500

Sublime contemporary 2 or 5 bedroom house dazzles visitors with its sleek styling and wide, open plan layout. Nestled in the small village of Tagadert in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, with exceptional views and a delightfully quiet, rural location. It's the ideal escape for a short or long stay as a couple or with friends and family.

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amanjena

amanjena


marrakech, morocco    5 nights from £1,755

Amanjena, or ‘peaceful paradise’, is the first Amanresort on the African continent. Located just 15-minutes drive outside the ancient Moroccan city of Marrakech on the southern road to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert.

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villa 43

villa 43


marrakech, morocco    exclusive use per night from £2,500

This 6 bedroom villa's architecture reflects the age old traditions of luxurious Marrakech palaces and is one of the chicest residences in town. A large interior courtyard brings fresh air and calm to the villa's sitting rooms and 6 bedroom suites overlooking the wonderful gardens and the surrounding Palmeraie.

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el zagilda

el zagilda


marrakech, morocco    4 night exclusive rental from £3,985

Situated in a secluded position in a quiet area of the Palmeraie, Villa el Zagilda is a wonderful and luxurious 8 bedroom residence. The villa has a very large swimming pool and is surrounded by extensive gardens and mature olive trees.

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owners villa

owners villa


marrakech, morocco    7 night exclusive rental from £6,100

An elegant 5 bedroom villa, with beautiful courtyard, roof terrace, gardens and swimming pool - and spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains. Perfect for families or a small group of adults.

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marrakech luxury villa

marrakech luxury villa


marrakech, morocco    7 night exclusive rental from £8,175

A delightful oasis away from the ancient city, this stylish and spacious 4 bedoom family home is exceptionally well kitted out, and has a stunning azur blue swimming pool. Wonderful 2 bedroom garden pavilion too. Property can be booked as 2, 4 or 6 bedrooms.

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villa eivissa

villa eivissa


marrakech, morocco    7 night exclusive rental from £8,400

Stunning, contemporary 12 bedroom villa with outstanding accommodation, superb pool and gardens, and wonderful views of the snow capped Atlas Mountains.

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villa spa paloma

villa spa paloma


marrakech, morocco    7 night exclusive rental from £10,290

This beautiful contemporary 7 bedroom villa is located in the Palmeraie, just 15 minutes from the city walls of Marrakech. A fabulous villa for a special occasion.

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palmeraie villa

palmeraie villa


marrakech, morocco    7 night exclusive rental from £10,350

This superb luxury 8 bedroom villa has been inspired by the traditional riads of Morocco with open courtyards, elegant archways, grand columns and opulent textiles recurring throughout, creating a warm and welcoming space. Set against the back drop of the towering Atlas Mountains.

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