Standout Moroccan hotels – personally recommended

From Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains, the retreats that leading tastemakers love

Dar Ahlam Dunes Camp – a hotel in a restored 19th-century kasbah on the edge of the Sahara
Dar Ahlam Dunes Camp – a hotel in a restored 19th-century kasbah on the edge of the Sahara

Linda Pinto, interior designer

“My two daughters and I spent five days at Dar Ahlam, a hotel in a restored 19th-century kasbah on the edge of the Sahara Desert, not far from the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate. It was quite incredible. One night we camped out in the sand dunes, where the quality of the silence amazed me.” darahlam.com; from €1,650. 

The Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech – a favourite of Jasper Conran’s
The Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakech – a favourite of Jasper Conran’s
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Jasper Conran, fashion designer

“For luxury, the Royal Mansour is beyond compare. The rooms are not rooms but rather private riads within the hotel grounds, which are extensive, with a swimming pool and lovely, shaded gardens. The traditional hammam experience in the spa is worth doing; my sister and a friend of mine tried it and came back utterly glowing and looking 30 years younger. That alone is surely enough reason to go.” royalmansour.com; about £1,000.

The Kasbah Bab Ourika hotel in the Atlas Mountains
The Kasbah Bab Ourika hotel in the Atlas Mountains
The hammam at L’Heure Bleue in Essaouira
The hammam at L’Heure Bleue in Essaouira

Paul de Zwart, founder of furniture brand Another Country

“Morocco’s Atlas Mountains are incredible. They dominate the landscape and have shaped the country as much as the Ottomans and Islam. We stayed at the Kasbah Bab Ourika hotel, which also has a great shop. The souks can be overwhelming, but this boutique is a beautiful edit of locally made rugstextiles, hand-blown glass and silverware. We bought a few choice items, including a moss-green throw for our bed, a lovely reminder of our travels.” kasbahbabourika.com; from €150. 

Marrakech’s Beldi Country Club, where Ami artistic director Alexandre Mattiussi frequently stays
Marrakech’s Beldi Country Club, where Ami artistic director Alexandre Mattiussi frequently stays
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Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder and creative director of Moda Operandi

“L’Heure Bleue is a luxurious riad hotel in Essaouira, designed by fêted French practice Studio KO. It is in the historic quarter of La Ksour and features beautiful suites, a traditional hammam and a rooftop pool with views of the medina. The service is impeccable and the Moorish influences give it an authentic feel.” heure-bleue.com; from about £150. 

Alexandre Mattiussi, artistic director of Ami

“I go to Marrakech two to three times a year to rest and take a break, and stay at the Beldi Country Club, which is surrounded by a big field of roses. Every time I go I bring a bunch back – the blooms are huge and smell amazing.” beldicountryclub.com; from €193.

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