La Maison Arabe

Maison Arabe has always been known for its fantastic service and legendary food, and now it is one of the very best places to stay in the Medina having been transformed into one of the area's finest riads. It is located close to the Bab Doukkala Mosque and the Jemma El Fina Square, so is perfectly positioned for an evening gander before returning for sumptuous Moroccan cuisine.

All of the rooms and suites here are different, each with their own quirks and charms. Many have private terraces and open fireplaces, and all have a great deal of Moroccan authenticity, using local art and decorations. The overall feel at La Maison Arabe is of elegance and style. The riad has several cozy living rooms dotted around a delightful inner garden courtyard and large swimming pool (by riad standards) to retreat to when the mayhem of Marrakech’s colorful expressionism gets a little bit too much. Head down to the fabulous new spa and automatically switch off with a massage or hammam accompanied by the sound of trickling water fountains. The staff are outstanding; always on hand when you need them, and never too intrusive.

Maison Arabe was originally renowned for its legendary cuisine and this lives on at the two restaurants and jazzy Piano Bar, which together serve an excellent assortment of tapas, Moroccan, Asian and French dishes in beautifully styled locations. An added bonus to a stay at Maison Arabe is easy access to their excellent cookery courses. Indulge in mixing the herbs and spices to make the perfect tagine. You also have the option of retreating from the medina to spend some time at their country club, a 15-minute drive away by complimentary shuttle – a wonderful place for lunch and a swim at the larger swimming pool.