Villa des Orangers
The only Relais & Chateaux property in Marrakech, Villa des Orangers offers the most sophisticated riad experience in the medina. In what feels more like a tiny Moroccan palace than a typical townhouse, Villa des Orangers combines the exotic flair and quality craftsmanship of Marrakech with a true French l’art de vivre. From the exquisite tiled courtyard to the serene pool area, where chaise longues are shaded by olive trees, each corner of the property has been crafted with the utmost style to evoke a sense of place.
The French owners, Véronique and Pascal Beherec, worked with local craftsmen to incorporate intricate tile patterns, plaster carving and wood and iron work which is complemented by Berber carpets, black and white photographs and elegant fabrics and decorative details. Each of the nineteen rooms is slightly different, but many have fireplaces and balconies. In one, there’s a fabulous thatch-branch chandelier; in another, a massive antique wood headboard. Some even have fireplaces in the bathroom. The wood paneled library, with its enormous fireplace, mixes deco velvet club chairs, leather couches and Moroccan lanterns.
For a more intimate meal, guests can choose not to dine in the gastronomic restaurant, but instead have a table set up in the library or outside in one of the smaller courtyards facing a fountain. There’s a tiny rooftop pool as well as an 18-meter one that adds a resort feeling to the property, which sits only blocks from the bustling Djemaa el Fna square. Rooms from 335 to 690 euros, include airport transfers, breakfast and a light lunch.
Bottom line: For those who expect exquisite service and surroundings but want a more intimate experience in the medina than La Mamounia at a much lower cost, Villa des Orangers is a great choice.
Who it’s right for: Couples and individuals who want the best of a boutique hotel experience in the medina.
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