Top Ten Luxury
Moroccan Riads

By their very nature of being enclosed oases of calm, it is very hard for a riad to be considered anything but romantic. Difficult though it may be, The Luxury Travel Bible has decided to stick its neck out and name a top ten. While individuality and authenticity are always applauded, some at the hotel end of riad have also been included. Needless to say, all listed here are to be lavishly enjoyed.

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Dar Darma, Marrakech
Dar Darma, Marrakech

Everywhere your eye looks there is something exquisite for it to fall upon - and there are many.

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Heure Bleue Palais, Essaourira
Heure Bleue Palais, Essaourira

Billed as a riad, Heure Bleue Palais is more hotel grand with 33 rooms and suites, but it does bring a new level of luxury to this ancient seaside city.

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Ksar Char-Bagh, Marrakech
Ksar Char-Bagh, Marrakech
Ksar Char-Bagh is the glam gun in the clutch of new-style riads spreading through the palm fields of the Palmerai, six kilometres outside of the old medina.
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Les Jardins de la Koutoubia, Marrakech
Les Jardins de la Koutoubia, Marrakech

Set inside the walls of the old Riad Ouaraizi, very little of the past has been carried through into its new incarnation - it is ultra modern Morocco.

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Maison MK, Marrakech
Maison MK, Marrakech
Sexily spare but stacked with furniture pieces in interesting shapes, this 600 year old riad aims for right here, right now cool...and intimate.
 
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Riad Farnatchi, Marrakech
Riad Farnatchi, Marrakech
Small and impossibly chic, if this riad feels like a private home, it's because it was originally built as a retreat for family and friends.
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Riad Fes, Fes
Riad Fes, Fes

The term riad might sit loosely on this palace style hotel, but it does bring a sense of the grand to this spiritual capital of Morocco.

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Riad Noire D'Ivoire, Marrakech
Riad Noire D'Ivoire, Marrakech

This riad has an unprepossessing front door, but step through and you enter into a hotel of chic, understated luxury.

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Ryad Dyor, Marrakech
Ryad Dyor, Marrakech

In an exquisite meeting of modern and mosaic, Ryad Dyor offers an exclusive selection of seven suites.

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Ryad El Fenn, Marrakech
Ryad El Fenn, Marrakech
Set on the edge of the oldest part of the Medina, Vanessa Branson has channelled a tamer version of her brother Richard's implacable entrepreneurial skills and creativity to produce Ryad El Fenn.
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