Riad Fawakay, Marrakech, Morocco

Small but exquisitely-formed home near the Djemaa el Fna, available as a serviced villa for weekends or longer stays

If you’ve never thought about buying a place in Marrakech, Riad Fawakay is the one that’s going to inspire you to do so, with its blossom-strewn courtyard, plunge pool, elegant salon and flower-filled roof terrace under a Berber tent.

The friendly English owners, who personally ensure you settle in comfortably, have created one of the most feel-at-home riads we’ve come across: it’s a traditional, 300-year-old townhouse that’s been brought bang up to date without a trace of the Marrakchi-chi style that expats in Morocco are sometimes prey to.

The Fawakay is rented out as a whole to families or groups of friends; there are two double bedrooms and one twin. But if you’re a couple wanting privacy, you won’t rattle around (or break the bank) if you book the place to yourselves.

The staff, including a cook/housekeeper (breakfasts are delicious – they come with an extra everything) and an English-speaking Mr Fixit, are there when you want them, and disappear discreetly when you don’t.

Riad Noga in the Marrakech Medina is a riad with 3 rooms, costing from £300 a night for the whole property.

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