Sirayane is the brainchild of a former Moroccan merchant banker, who broke away from the traditional style of Marrakech hotels, or riadhs. Located 10 minutes from the airport, it is unusually spacious with giant doors and a huge reception area with a high vaulted ceiling. It nestles in a complex of gardens and the pools - a massive 29 metres long swimming pool, and a winter pool, heated to 30 degrees, plus four private pools in the junior and de luxe suites.
Much of the charm of Sirayane derives from its intimacy - just 28 rooms. The ones by the pools are mini-villas. The spa is equipped with international and Moroccan cosmetic brands, and an Oriental hammam and a variety of treatments, many based argan oil.
There's a gym with cardio training equipment and a small hair salon. Sporty types should check out the paddle tennis court and the 400m jogging track.
The Atlas Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the hotel and if it's cold, there's a library with a glowing fireplace.
The hotel menu is slightly meat-heavy, but the staff will provide fish and vegetarian options. Every day Sirayane provides a free shuttle service to Marrakech's legendary Djmaa el-Fnaa Square, the gateway to the souk. Dip in, then zoom back to the peace of the Sirayane, laden with purchases.
RATES: From 150 euros
TEL: +212 5 25 11 88 80