Moroccan break: El Fenn

Set in lush garden courtyards with orange and lemon trees, riad El Fenn is protected by old walls and located beside the Bab El Ksour gate of Marrakech, Morocco (Africa).

Residence to a tortoises’ family, the hotel is in a tranquil position with instant access to both the ancient and modern city, to the Djemaa El Fna square and the souks. The two owners, Vanessa Branson and Howell James, renovated seven traditional Moroccan riad houses, maintaining the original architecture adding contemporary furnishings, to create a boutique hotel in the Medina.

Coloured walls, retro furniture from local flea markets, unique Moroccan pieces and works from Vanessa Branson’s private art collection are all over the public spaces and rooms of El Fenn. The 28 rooms and suites, located in different buildings, have crafted furniture and Moroccan style decors. Some rooms have spacious seating areas, fireplaces and private terraces. The suites, perfect for families, have lounge areas, huge bathrooms and a second bedroom. A minute away from the main hotel, there is a Private House with four double bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, courtyard and a roof terrace with pool. Outside each room coffee and tea are served to guests.

Every afternoon mint tea and plates of homemade patisserie are served in the main courtyard. It’s possible to have cocktails by the pool at the rooftop Bar which is decorated with sofas and armchairs and has a view of the Koutoubia Mosque. The El Fenn restaurant offers a menu with traditional Moroccan food as well as European dishes.

Guests can visit the famous souks of the old Medina with artisan objects, furniture, food and spices or spend time inside the riad, reading books in the library, watch a DVD in the private cinema room, relax on the roof terrace or have a swim in the pools. They can take yoga and Pilates classes or enjoy traditional beauty rituals at the El Fenn spa.

The team at the hotel organizes different activates like horse or camel riding, belly dancing lessons, city tours and cooking classes where guests learn the art of traditional Moroccan cuisine. At El Fenn is possible to organise different events, weddings and business meetings.

Info:– Room price: double room from 200 euro, incl. tea, coffee, afternoon tea and Wi-Fi – Services: breakfast and airport transfer

Photo Credit: ©David Loftus, Joanna Vestey, Liesbeth van der Wal