The luxurious El Fenn Riad in Morocco recently underwent a full refurbishment in time to celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, and the results are stunning.
The El Fenn is situated mere moments from the centre of Marrakech, yet its tranquil ambience makes it feel like a million miles away from the bustle of the city.
The architecture of the hotel is very Moroccan, with high ceilings and Arabic arches, while the furnishings are a distinctive mixture of modern western-style chairs and sofas, with traditional touches like their gorgeous stand-alone baths and wood burning fire places.
Many of the suites open out onto the Riad’s private courtyard, giving the rooms a spacious, airy feel, whilst others come equipped with their own private plunge pool and terrace. One of the private pool suites has even been voted one of the Sunday Times’ top ten sexiest hotel rooms, making it the perfect choice for a romantic weekend get away.
The Riad has a gorgeous rooftop terrace swimming pool and bar, where you can enjoy a cocktail by the sparkling water and watch the sun set over the Atlas mountains, high above the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel also boasts a beautiful, large courtyard pool which is a great place to relax and unwind in the heat of the day, or to catch an invigorating morning swim.
The central location of the riad means you can explore the city, its souks and the main Djemma E Fna Square at your leisure. If you don’t fancy going out for dinner, the newly refurbished kitchen and large restaurant (with roof-top dining area) serves an amazing choice of Moroccan cuisine and Western classics. You can even take a private cookery lesson with the hotel’s brilliant head chef Hafid, if you fancy taking a taste of Morrocco home with you.
The El Fenn is a must-visit for any discerning traveller its opulence, attention to detail and incredible service make it the perfect spot for a luxury weekend get away.
A double room at El Fenn including breakfast and afternoon tea ranges from €185 to €550 per night.
For more information visit www.el-fenn.com
Images from Liesbeth van der Wal and Joanna Vestey