Riad Farnatchi

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

“A haven of comfort and style — a refreshing retreat from the chaos of the city. Secluded, sultry and with definite wow-factor. Interiors are Moroccan, but not over-cluttered: clean lines, pale colors and plenty of space. The courtyard contains a pretty pool — cooling after time spent treading through the souks — and the Hamman is one of the best in Marrakech.”
- Suzanne (Date Experienced: December 2009)

Great for
A central location and knowledgeable staff help you navigate the souks and local interests.

With whom
It's romantic, but would also suit a couple of girlfriends on a shopping trip. Or – book the whole house for a party.

Memorable moment
Returning after eight hours on foot to a wonderful massage and soak in the tub.

Best time to go
Avoid the summer months – it's far too hot.

Be aware
There is Wifi – but it can be temperamental.

Room options
Nine Moroccan-inspired suites. Large and airy, with covetable want-to-take-it-home furnishings. For extra romance, book the Red Suite, while Suite Five is large (super high ceilings) with fireplace and private balcony.

Service & vibe
Staff are wonderful. Cute little touches include your own djellaba robe and babouche slippers to take home.

Food
Tasty Moroccan cuisine – remember to let them know you'll be eating in by 3pm as all food is fresh that day from the market.

Price
From 3,100 DHM ($355)

Costs less to go
In June, July and January – but the weather isn't as good.

To Do & See
Shopping in the souks, escaping the sun in the leafy Jardin Majorelle, (originally owned by French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent), peeking through dusty doorways into magical interiors, weaving through the chaos of Jma El Fna square... There aren't many traditional "sights" so spend your time soaking up the atmosphere.

Sport & Activity
A day trip to the Atlas mountains provides cooler air and hikes and treks galore. Visit Kasbah du Toubkal, a rustic berber-run hotel, for lunch and guided walks.

Spa & Grooming
Good quality massage and beauty treatments are available in their Hamman.

To Eat
Kosy Bar for sushi and Moroccan-Asian fusion on a terrace overlooking the palm-filled Place des Ferblantiers – a good escape from the bustle of central Medina (47 Place des Ferblantiers, Kzadria; +212 (0)52 438 0324). Yummy traditional tagines at La Tanjia (14 Derb J'did, Hay Essalam Mellah, Medina; +212 (0)52 438 3836).

To Buy
Search the souks... hand-carved cedar wood tables, slippers, tea pots... All sorts of dreamy homewares: Mustapha Blaoui is where most of the hotels go for quality furnishings (142-4 Rue de Bab Doukkala, Medina).

Super Services
Laetitia Trouillet will guide you through the souks so that you end up with quality items rather than tourist tat. (www.lalla.fr; +212 (0)66 147 7228)

Itinerary Idea
Combine with a few days in the Atlas Mountains (staying at Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot; www.kasbahtamadot.virgin.com) for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city OR in La Palmerie, 15 minutes outside the center.

Helpful Source
Departures: Marrakech Travel Guide

Where
Derb el Farnatchi
Rue Souk el Fassis
Qua'at Ben Ahid
Marrakech Medina
Morocco

Getting there
The Medina is a short taxi ride from the airport, but once there it can be hard to find your way around, and taxis cannot go down many of the narrow streets. Ask the hotel to meet you.

Contacts
www.riadfarnatchi.com
enquiries@riadfarnatchi.com
+212 (0)52 438 4910
GM: Lynn Perez

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