From luxury Moroccan living in stylish riads and kasbahs to camel rides in the desert and hot air balloon rides over the Atlas Mountains, intoxicating, beguiling Morocco offers endless romantic adventures for a unique, perfect and unforgettable luxury holiday or honeymoon. Here are our top tips.
Stay in a luxury riad in Marrakech
The boutique riads in this intoxicating city are not to be missed, such as the beautiful Riad Farnatchi and Riad Capaldi, where you can live like a sultan. Experience a traditional hammam, swim in floodlit pools, feast on tagines in candlelit dining rooms, sip exotic cocktails and take in the views of Marrakech and the surrounding Atlas Mountains from charming roof terraces as the sun sets over the city.
While not technically a riad, we also recommend the legendary La Mamounia for pure luxury, indulgence and celeb-spotting by the pool. Whether you experience its unique ambience with a stay in its exquisite suites or a leisurely gourmet lunch on the terrace, a visit is a must. While eternally popular with the stars, it retains its unique charm and is a tranquil haven just a few steps away from Jemaa el Fna and the bustling souks of Marrakech.
The dazzling desert
Head out into the legendary Sahara or Agafay deserts for heavenly seclusion amidst miles and miles of sand dunes. Ride a camel, relax in a hammock amongst olive groves and enjoy dinner at sunset under the stars, without another soul around. We recommend Sahara Desert Camp and La Pause for a quintessential Moroccan desert experience.
Visit the Jardin Majorelle
These colourful, enchanting gardens in Marrakech so bewitched fashion designer Yves St Laurent that he ended up living there and making the gardens his own- and it’s easy so to see why. This oasis of palms, bamboo groves and glassy pools filled with giant water lilies and lotus flowers, is just north of the souks, although you’d never know it. After exploring, linger in the cafe (you won’t want to leave)
Atlas Mountains and Kasbah Tamadot
Head into these rugged mountains and stay at Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson’s Moroccan hideaway, set in landscaped gardens overlooking the spectacular countryside. From four-poster beds to private plunge pools, you’re guaranteed to be treated like royalty here- all you have to do is relax and take in the incredible views while enjoying a mint tea as the sun goes down and the stars come up. All this, just an hour from Marrakech.
Go on a hot air balloon ride
Whether over the rugged mountains or the undulating desert dunes, Morocco is a simply stunning place for a romantic and memorable hot air balloon ride. Alternatively, take a horse and carriage around Marrakech’s La Palmeraie at sunset, stopping off Jemaa el Fna in the evening to visit the night markets.