Riad Anayela \ Marrakech \ Morocco

Named after a note left by a 16 year old girl that was unearthed in the restoration process, Anayela literally means "I am Yela", and with it, a clandestine love story that was hammered into the vast silver doors throughout the house by one of the most renowned calligraphers in Morocco. German entrepreneur Bernd Kolb lovingly restored the gorgeous 300-year-old city palace using only traditional Moroccan craftsmanship, with the entire restoration carried out by hand by more than 100 artisans. In typical palace design, the boutique hotel revolves around a central courtyard with heated limestone pool and features a stunning rooftop terrace that overlooks the historic medina. Complimenting the natural berber-style color palette, the palace is filled with beautiful furnishings, every piece designed by Kolb and finished by Moroccan artisans, creating a hushed sanctuary which is an art piece in itself.

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Riad ZamZam \ Marrakech \ Morocco

Located in the heart of the ancient Medina in Marrakech, this beautiful boutique hotel is a traditional riad with 7 rooms and suites, a lavish sitting room with magnificent fireplace, a shady courtyard, refreshing plunge pool, and rooftop terrace with views to the Atlas Mountains. Using only the best local artisans and materials, Riad ZamZam was lovingly restored and beautifully decorated with Moroccan fabrics and handicrafts, French antiques and African Art. This is the ideal place to rest and restore balance from your adventures in the incredible city of Marrakech.

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P'tit Habibi \ Marrakech \ Morocco

Fusing local artisan craft with modern design, this chic riad feels more like a private residence than a boutique riad. The five-bedroom 'Little House of Happiness' was designed by the Norwegian owner and architect Knut Hovland, who beautifully blends Moroccan design with a Scandinavian aesthetic, giving this peaceful hideaway a somewhat eclectic and rock 'n' roll feel. Geometric hand-cut floor tiles, James Bond-esque gold and mother of pearl chandelier, intricate hand-carved walls, richly embroidered cushions. Cool down in the rooftop plunge pool, enjoy a sundowner overlooking the golden-hued city, or stay in and enjoy a film in the private cinema. Whatever your desire, nothing is too much trouble for the wonderful staff who are there to help and create a memorable experience that will have you wishing you could make this your home away from home!

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Palacio de Las Especias \ Marrakech \ Morocco

Located within the heart of the Marrakech medina, The Palacio de las Especias is a stunning 19th Century home, beautifully restored into a 7 room guesthouse by owners Jose and Higinio. Once owned by a family of spice merchants, the building was updated with all the modern comforts while maintaining the original architecture to respect its historical past. With cool patios, a courtyard pool and fountains, and a rooftop terrace, this chic retreat is the ultimate hideaway of relaxation and tranquility.

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Ryad Dyor \ Marrakech \ Morocco

This boutique hotel is the perfect mix of modern, traditional and luxury. Located in a quiet neighborhood inside the famous Marrakech medina, the beautifully decorated rooms and suites feature luxury amenities for overnight stays, long relaxing getaways, and family breaks. Converted from a pair of riads, it's apparent that the Dutch owner is well-schooled in interior design and fashion, filling the spaces with an eclectic collection of furnishings, artworks and antiques from all over the world. With two shady courtyards adorned with palms and orange trees, a splash pool, and a large open-air rooftop lounge, you won't have any trouble finding a nook to relax in. Better yet, get the full Moroccan experience and indulge in the in-house hamman and spa!

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Riad Jasmine \ Marrakech \ Morocco

This charming boutique hotel is a haven of peace inside the bustling streets of the medina in Marrakech. The 7 Moorish rooms and suites are built around a central courtyard with a refreshing pool and lounge on the main floor.  Relax on the large rooftop terrace and take in the stunning views of the medina, the Koutouia, Medersa Ben Youssef and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains or lounge by the fireplace in the living room. Combining authentic charm, discreet luxury and a contemporary atmosphere, the traditional riad in a timeless sanctuary to enjoy the days away.

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Dar Zemora \ Marrakech \ Morocco

Located in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech, Dar Zemora is a lovely country villa surrounded by lush gardens and refreshing pools. The beautifully furnished boutique hotel has 2 suites, 3 bedrooms and a private Pavillion Suite. With large comfortable sitting rooms, a fan room with swaying drapes and floor cushions, garden terraces and enticing pools, the hardest part of your stay will be deciding where to relax the day away.

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