Morocco for Romance
Imagine a candlelit dinner surrounded by the tumbling dunes of the Sahara, a night at a luxurious Kasbah in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, or lazing away an afternoon on a private rooftop overlooking Marrakech's medina. In a heartbeat, you are bound to fall under the spell of Morocco's pulsating cities, rugged coastline and otherworldly desertscapes. To celebrate this remarkably romantic destination, we've handpicked our five favourite properties, just perfect for you and your loved one.
Located just outside of Marrakech, Dar Zemora is a real gem and unlike other properties in the Palmeraie. The understated, home away from home feel of this hotel makes it one of a kind and with only six rooms, you are sure to be welcomed with open arms from the moment you arrive. With a focus on creature comforts, little luxuries and friendly service, this is the perfect place to sit and read a book under the shade of a leafy palm.
The Kasbah Tamadot is the perfect bolthole for couples, offering comfort and jaw-dropping vistas in equal measure. Ensconce yourselves in the corner of its cosy library, hot air balloon across the Atlas Mountains or learn to cook with the hotel's chefs for an insight into the secrets of Morocco's cuisine. Treat desert baked skin to a hammam treatment in their incredible spa or take a dip in the hotel's iconic infinity pool and feel utterly rejuvenated before your onward journey.
With only 11 rooms, La Sultana Oualidia promises total privacy on a retreat which feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Morocco's imperial cities. Located to the north of boho chic Essaouira, the stunning location of this boutique hotel affords fresh seafood, endless views across the Atlantic and a private sandy beach to boot. Feel star struck from the comfort of your suite thanks to retractable roofed rooms, enjoy breakfast for two on your private terrace or hole up on the beach for a candlelit picnic that you'll never forget. This is a real Moroccan gem and the perfect getaway destination for two.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech at the Royal Mansour, a hotel so sublime that it is almost impossible to haul yourself away from its decadent interiors to explore the squiggly streets of the Medina. Accommodation comes in the form of private riads, each with their own terrace and plunge pool. You would be hard pressed to find an experience so exclusive and so exquisite anywhere else in Morocco. A hotel fit for a king (and queen).
Dar Ahlam Camp is one of those truly special places on earth. Spend a night under a blanket of stars, enveloped by the endless dunes of the Sahara in a camp which oozes luxury and comfort. Venture to one of the last outposts of the Moroccan desert on a spectacular once in a lifetime journey through the awe inspiring scenery of a land that time forgot, before hunkering down in a pile of cushions and Berber fabrics under a starlit sky.