Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco
Set at the gateway to the Sahara, with the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop and all the life and drama of the medina on its doorstep, this award-winning Moorish masterpiece is an oasis of romance and beauty.
With its traditional clay walls and surrounded by lush green and sparkling water, Amanjena mixes the very best of old and new, with ancient architectural forms complemented by the last word in modern technology.
Striking local materials have been used to dramatic effect here, and a kaleidoscope of inspirational colours from turquoise-blue to sunset-red beautifully offsets the views over olive groves, fruit trees and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
The vast and lavish private residences, pavilions and 'maisons' feature wood-burning sunken fires and terraces with pillared gazebos enclosing plump-cushioned seating areas, some with private swimming pools and gardens, ideal for intimate dining alfresco.
The luxurious spa features two traditional his and hers Hammams, and if you can bear to tear yourself away from your palatial surroundings, there are mountains and markets to explore, two picturesque golf courses nearby, or you can even visit a local traditional Berber village for a true taste of Moroccan life.