“Fit for a king” takes on a literal meaning here; King Mohammed VI commissioned the Royal Mansour hotel as a paean to Moroccan craftsmanship. Its “mini-medina” concept sees 53 self-contained riads centred on a fountain-filled courtyard, within five acres of walled gardens.
On the eastern edge of the old town, it’s a 10-minute walk from the snake charmers and hawkers of Jemaa el-Fnaa square – but you’d never know it once through the monumental gatehouse.
The privacy of your own riad plus spoiling service appeals to honeymooners and families alike; for little ones, there’s a top-notch kids’ club and cultural activities, like Arabic lessons.
When 1,200 of the country’s finest artisans are set to work with an unlimited budget, this is the jaw-dropping result: from kaleidoscopic mosaics to hand-carved cedarwood screens, beaten bronze furniture to engraved silver bathroom fixtures, every detail gets the royal treatment. The honeysuckle- and rose-scented grounds by Spanish landscaper Luis Vallejo are also a work of art.
Each three-floor riad has its own roof terrace, plunge pool, log fire and 10 staff attending (whisking around discreetly via underground passageways); the top-tier Grand Riad is so exclusive that even its web page is password protected. In a city where impressive hammams abound, Royal Mansour’s all-white spa is the stuff of detox dreams, and three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno spins Moorish flavours into sensational fine dining at La Grande Table Marocaine.
A regal urban oasis for next-level luxury; extra marks for maintaining an intimate feel beneath all that opulence.
Oasis Festival is 14−16 September