Riad Al Jazira, Marrakech, Morocco

Hippie deluxe: a beautifully restored trio of 17th century riads hidden in Marrakech's medina, keenly priced and very chilled

The warren-like, almost subterranean tunnels leading to the door of this unpretentious riad are, frankly, unpromising.

Outside it’s all hustle, bustle, barrows, the cries of the muezzins and high, blank walls. But inside it’s a jaw-dropping scene-shift to a palmy oasis at this hippie deluxe riad, where three courtyard homes have been converted into one stylishly understated residence.

15 spotless, blisteringly white guestrooms are hidden behind heavy wooden doors and layers of linen drapes.

Airy central covered courtyards have comfy seating areas: red rugs on golden brick floors, leafy palms over wooden chaises and – spectacularly – a colonnaded swimming pool in a setting reminiscent of great Carthage. Colourful accents are provided by red or purple cushions and kilims, and artfully arranged rose petals.

We like this riad. It’s smart, cool and roomy enough to let you escape to in some forgotten salon when you need to; and you get budget prices with no scrimping on style or comfort.

Riad Al Jazira in the Marrakech Medina is a charming riad with 15 rooms, with doubles costing from £50 for bed and breakfast. 

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