Murano Oriental Resort, La Palmeraie, Marrakesh
Tel: 212 24 32 86 66
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The opening of the Murano has given the Palmeraie, a sleepy resort area a few miles north of the city's spirited medina, an injection of European chic. It shares design elements with its sister property in Paris—the restaurant's claret wool-upholstered chairs, the bar's plasma screens showing abstract animation—but incorporates the warmth of the Maghreb. Four riads, each with a plunge pool, house 37 suites with smooth tadlekt walls and domed fireplaces. The desert hues throughout the resort are offset by splashes of habanero red—on lounge-chair cushions, lobby lamp shades, pool tiles. Relaxed by day, the Murano Oriental morphs into a pulsing nighttime hot spot, one where drinks on the lobby's long white leather couches precede dinner, followed by a nightcap in the bar, where local DJs and an urban ambience re-create a night in the Marais.2007 Hot List
When to go: April and May have warm days and pleasant nights.
Which room to book: Those on the west side escape direct morning sunlight, a critical asset after a late night.
Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool