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Boutique hotel – El Fenn, ideal for a Marrakech escape

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Marrakech is awash with luxury hotels, opulent riads and boutique properties. After dodging carts, donkeys and motorbikes, you’ll want to relax and unwind somewhere that soothes and relaxes you – and in the heart of the media you can just do that at the luxurious El Fenn, a boutique hotel that has been recently refurbished.

The boutique Marrakech hotel combines the indulgence of a hip hotel with the heritage of seven traditional Moroccan courtyard houses, El Fenn has redecorated and renovated its labyrinth of suites, bedrooms and public spaces.

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Boasting 20 individually styled rooms, El Fenn sets itself apart as a luxury retreat of the most indulgent kind. The luxury riad also benefits from three swimming pools – unique in the medina, and a Hammam spa featuring Le Sens de Marrakech products.

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El Fenn’s secret lies in the fact that it combines grandeur on a large scale with plentiful private corners. It means that you can stay cocooned within the ancient walls, whether immersing yourself in the tranquillity of three main courtyards filled with bougainvillea and birdsong, or curling up with a book on a sofa in one of the many hidden nooks found throughout the Marrakech hotel. However, those who wish to explore find that El Fenn’s location beside the Bab El Ksour gate also allows instant access to both ancient and modern Marrakech. The bustle of Djemma El Fna square and the souks are a stone’s throw away, while the upmarket shops, bars and restaurants of Gueliz and Hivernage are a five-minute taxi ride.

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Within the 20 heavenly suites and bedrooms, plus a further four in the private riad, you can expect luxury on a sumptuous scale. A kaleidoscope of colours, the décor is contemporary chic but with Moroccan nuances. Creature comforts include spacious seating areas, marble baths, dual sinks and monsoon showers while some of the suites feature hand-stitched camel leather floors, open wood fireplaces, plunge pools and private terraces.

El Fenn, Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, Bab El Ksour, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco, el-fenn.com

Images courtesy of Joanna Vestey and Liesbeth van der Wal

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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February 10, 2014 | Africa Marrakech Morocco Travel | View comments

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