La Farnatchi Hotel


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Moments away from the ornate palaces, vibrant souks and labyrinthine streets of the medina, this homely Marrakech oasis from British hotelier James Wix sprawls across a cluster of traditional mansions. And in typical riad fashion, Le Farnatchi’s 10 suites sport carved archways, glimmering lanterns and zellige-tiled bathrooms with sunken bath, rugs flecked with rich reds and deep browns. The duplex Suite 6 looks over the emerald pool in the central courtyard, Suite 7 is your best bet for lounging on the sun terrace, and spacious Suite 1 – with an antique door frame as its headboard – could be a mini riad in its own right.

For a fusion of European culinary classics and Moroccan specialities, meander across the alley to Le Farnatchi’s sister restaurant, the intimate Le Trou Au Mur – lamb slow-roasted in the clay mechoui oven and the tagine of the day are must-tries.

Immerse yourself in the artisan culture of the medina with photography tours, Berber cookery classes and craft workshops spanning carpet weaving, and jewellery or tadelakt pottery making. Further afield, the hotel can organise trips to Essaouira, the Atlas Mountains and boutique vineyard Val d’Argan. On your return, watch the Red City rendered a deeper shade of ochre from the rooftop terrace or throw on your kaftan and retreat to the marble-clad spa for traditional hammam.

Suites from £253. 00 212 5 2438 4910,

Words by Angela Dukes.

This review was taken from the August/September 2022 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

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