The Oberoi, Marrakech
Set in an old citrus and olive farm with cinematic views of the High Atlas, this beautifully decorated resort has been designed to resemble a traditional Moroccan palace and offers both mountain-view rooms and villas with private pools.
The heart of the resort is a magnificent central courtyard adorned in green and blue tiles and handcrafted stuccowork that took five years to complete. Around this showstopping centre are a large library, the exquisite Siniman and Tamimt restaurants and the beautiful Vue bar, with its candlelit interior, roaring fireplace and open-air terrace. A further restaurant, Azur, is situated by the main pool and offers views of the Grand Canal, which leads through the gardens towards the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
The main building boasts six sumptuous rooms plus the Royal Suite with its private pool and terrace, all of which enjoy magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains and the evenings’ fiery sunsets. Most guests, however, stay in villas arranged in clusters throughout the gardens, which instead of views offer the privacy of a walled patio with a shady pergola and a private pool.
Facilities include a contemporary glass-cube spa, a heated outdoor pool, olive groves to walk in and a comprehensive kids’ club, while curated experiences range from morning runs with the manager to hot-air balloon rides and helicopter trips to luxury desert camps.