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31 Derb J'did
Tel: 212 24 38 09 75
This spectacular oasis, created by a worldly Franco-English couple, is tucked away on a narrow lane off a teeming street leading into the medina from the Bab Doukkala, one of the gates in Marrakech's old walls. The charming nine-room guesthouse wraps around a courtyard garden with a small plunge pool, banana trees, and birds. The owners have furnished the delightful courtyard salons with pierced-steel lamps, lanterns, and piles of books and magazines, unifying the look throughout the property with tadlekt (polished plaster) surfaces in a rich cream color. Every room is individually decorated with a mixture of Moroccan handicrafts, Syrian furniture inlaid with mother-of-pearl, and plush armchairs, and all of them have working fireplaces. A spa treatment room and a stunning roof terrace make it easy to spend a relaxing day without going anywhere, and if you book one of the three suites, you'll have your own Jacuzzi and rooftop dining pavilion. The talented chef does traditional Moroccan dishes and sophisticated riffs on North African classics, and the hospitality is magical.
When to go: Since summer in Marrakech is scorching, the best months are April through May and September through October.
Which room to book: The Elephant room has a small balcony overlooking the interior courtyard and a superb collection of African masks collected by the owners from their time in Swaziland
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