Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay Hotel

Route Nationale 13, Oued Negro. 93100, Fnideq, Morocco

One of the best launches of 2016, this branch of Banyan Tree goes straight to the top of the list of Morocco’s best hotels. Relaxed vibes come as standard, with in-water deck chairs, circular lounging sofas and chill-out music piped through poolside speakers. Try Azura, the beachfront restaurant, for freshly baked flatbreads. It may be a new-build but everywhere you look, there’s intricately designed Moroccan architecture. Long corridors give way to arched doorways with mosaic tiles, hanging lamps and carved moucharaby wood panels. Each villa comes with its own walled garden, pool and outdoor shower.

Spend an afternoon at the spa, which operates a ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach with fabulous massage treatments and a signature Rainforest experience that follows a hydrothermal circuit.

At the end of each day, you’ll be graced with a sunset that turns the sky a glorious dusky pink against a backdrop of towering palm trees and blue tiled roofs. LF. Villas from £399. 00 212 5396 69999, http://banyantree.com

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