The large swimming pool, with views of the Atlas Mountains
The handy location, just a 15-minute drive from the medina and the airport
Superb service from the hands-on manager and staff
What To Know
There’s a regular free shuttle bus into the medina
You’re out of the city, but there are a host of sporting activities on offer
Don’t expect opulent, traditional riad living; the look is cool and contemporary
Parking on site
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An ultra-contemporary cubist retreat with a spa, pool and tennis courts tucked outside bustling Marrakesh
The owner-manager of the Sirayane allowed his architect — Imaad Rahmouni, a Philippe Starck protégé — to create something out of the ordinary, and the result is a bold, almost cubist construction, built around an enormous swimming pool and set in a manicured garden filled with palm and olive trees. The interiors, from the casbah-style lobby to the minimalist rooms, are decorated in a palette of soft grays and enlivened with splashes of vivid color.
Bed and Bath
Of the 28 guestrooms and suites, eight have private terraces. There are 16 mini-suites with secluded gardens and two Junior Suites and two Deluxe Suites with gardens, private heated pools and hydrotherapy bathtubs. All the minimally decorated rooms are spacious, with kingsize beds, sitting areas with soft couches, large flat-screen TVs and enormous windows to take in the views.
The restaurant serves an expansive buffet breakfast and, later, traditional Moroccan dishes such as chicken tagine with lemons and olives, alongside Mediterranean fare. The poolside Lounge Bar serves tasting dishes with views of the Atlas Mountains. You can even try your hand at creating your own Moroccan treats in a cooking class. Burn off the gastronomic delights at the on-site tennis court, on the jogging track or at the fully equipped gym, or simply lounge by the pool or relax in the library. The spa offers nine types of massage, as well as traditional Middle Eastern treatments such as black soap exfoliation.
In the Area
Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina is a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells. In its heart is the Jemaa el-Fna, to the north is the maze of souks, and to the south are the ancient royal palaces, mosques and synagogues that display the country’s finest decorative arts. Don’t miss the Ali Ben Youssef Madrasa. For haggle-free shopping, head to Gueliz, the French-built Ville Nouvelle. Akbar Delights stocks a fabulous range of bags and kaftans. Don't miss design store 33 Rue Majorelle, opposite Yves Saint Laurent’s lovely Jardin Majorelle.