Villa des Orangers, Marrakech, Morocco

A small luxurious Marrakech hotel that really pampers you in an unobtrusive and distinctly Moroccan way

As with most Marrakech hotels, the entrance to the 5-star Villa des Orangers is unassuming, to say the least.

Who would guess that this inconspicuous corridor off a road swarming with carts, bicycles and repair stalls would lead to a haven of peace and luxurious style. But it does, and that is what makes Marrakech special.

The ‘city of two souls’ combines earthy simplicity with a generous dose of sensual delights, and the Villa has more than its fair share of the latter.

Two inner courts whose plumped up sofas and softly gurgling water fountains call, siren-like, for a post-shopping collapse. Lattices of such delicately wrought plasterwork that in a low blood sugar moment one fancies they are made of icing. A sensuous wooden egg which makes other key fobs seem vulgar. Algae soap to make your skin tingle, and fluffy bathrobes to soothe it afterwards. Soft leather slippers which actually fit. It seems they’ve thought of everything.

Villa des Orangers in the Marrakech Kasbah is a hotel with 19 rooms, with doubles costing from £280 for half board.

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