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Heure Bleue Palais Essaouira, Marrakech, Morocco

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Exclusive views of the medina and ocean from the rooftop
Learning to cook French and Moroccan fare with the head chef
A traditional hammam with black marble walls

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Originally the stately residence of a local dignitary, this storied property has seen lives as both an orphanage and merchant's home before becoming the deluxe getaway that it is today. Its location is superb: near the gates of the medina, yet just minutes from the beach. At the center of the riad is a lovely interior courtyard with statuesque palm trees and a rectangular fountain.

Queen rooms start at $185

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Detox, hydrate, and revitalize in one sip: customized, made-to-order smoothies are available from the rooftop bar.

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  • Vibe and atmosphere

    Classic Moroccan luxury is at this property's core, with Moorish, Portuguese, African, and English colonial decor. In the airy, open lobby, sofas with large white cotton cushions are a stark contrast to the rich, exotic wood and leather furniture. Mosaic floors, paneled walls, and soft lighting are as inviting as they are beguiling.
  • Overall look and feel of the rooms

    The historic home spreads around a central courtyard that, in traditional Oriental fashion, immerses the house with the light of the East. All rooms offer ample space and a distinctly Moroccan feel.
  • Service style

    Multilingual staff deliver the ultimate Moroccan experience throughout your stay, whether you're learning traditional cooking techniques with the head chef or being greeted with potent mint tea and a slice of homemade semolina cake.
  • Preferred room type

    Should you prefer a bit more space on a higher floor, opt for the Premium Suite for its separate living room and working fireplace, thick tufted rugs and bespoke African or British decor.
  • Unique property features

    Crowning the property is a large, heated, panoramic rooftop pool that overlooks the medina and the ocean. With the bar nearby and a book in hand, it's the perfect spot to wile away underneath the Moroccan sun.