Our list of the best hotels outside Marrakech includes everything from traditional guesthouses to remote desert camps to palaces, both modern and ancient. And these best hotels outside Marrakech make perfect bases for discovering a less touristy Morocco, and for experiencing some of Morocco's traditional hospitality.
Marrakech is definitely a headline destination, but beyond the wonders of this amazing 'Red City' - where you can now stay in ultimate, modern, five star luxury within the walls of the thousand year old medina - is the rest of magical Morocco.
There's the epic sweep of the desert, the incredibly photogenic Atlas mountains promising adventures, the wonderfully traditional desert oases and Berber villages, the spectacular coastlines, bewildering marketplaces in ancient trading towns, and plenty of historic and cultural highlights to discover for yourself.
If you know where you'll be making your base consult our Moroccan Destination Guides:
But if you're looking for inspiration for the best hotels outside of Marrakech and you're interested in the kind of Moroccan experiences you might find, rather than the destinations themselves, then read on for our list of: The Top Ten Best Places to Stay in Morocco - Outside Marrakech!
Traditional kasbah in Skoura's Palmeraie, four hours from Marrakech, transformed into a luxury and spoiling retreat. 14 sumptuous suites & villas, plus hammam, large pool & plenty of activities including quad safaris or hiking. Tailor made excursions including private dining under the desert stars.
An 18th-century mud fort, transformed into an Arabian Nights fantasy. The beautiful canopied suites feature antique furnishings, bold fabrics and warm tones. Kasbah Agafay stands alone on their unrivaled views, service and attention to detail. An opulent oasis.
Luxurious hunting lodge turned hotel on the outskirts of Taroudant. Set amid extensive exotic gardens with superb views of the Atlas Mountains. Swimming pool and spa with traditional hammam. Beautifully kitted out suites and pavilions. Come here for pampering and serenity
A beautiful boutique riad in the old ramparts. It oozes heritage and traditional romance. Sunny rooms and suites all in creams with four poster beds, artworks, and balconies onto the inner courtyards. Fantastic roof top terrace and great Moroccan restaurant. A great value spot for couples.
Ourika, High Atlas
A stunning escape in the foothills of the Atlas mountains less than an hour from Marrakech. With staggering mountain views - this is the perfect place for enthusiastic trekkers as well as those who want to relax.
Gorgeous Berber castle in foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Superb panoramic views, suites with traditional Moroccan materials and locally made furniture. Beautiful gardens, a large swimming pool and wonderful local excursions. A relaxing spot to recoup in after a day of activity.
Aroumd, High Atlas
A simple and charmingly rustic guesthouse perched in the High Atlas mountains above Imlil.
Ouirgane, High Atlas
Traditional hotel in the foothills of the Atlas mountains. Large, unpretentious bedrooms with traditional Moroccan features set scattered through exotic gardens. Lovely swimming pool and seasonal cooking. A spa and hammam to completely unwind in. Ideal for nature lovers.
A fabulous 18th century boutique riad in a perfect location - minutes from the beach and the golf course. Sand stone columns, sculpted woods, and beautiful fabrics blend oriental tradition and western luxury. A lovely roof terrace has stunning coastal views. A luxurious treat.
A lovely creamy clad guesthouse, formerly an Imam's residence. Sunny rooms have white washed walls, comfortable beds, and splashes of colour. Cosy living areas have fireplaces and there's a fabulous roof top terrace. Excellent value, available for exclusive use.