This week’s question is from Richard Timms:
I am planning on visiting Marrakech in mid-summer for a week and I am looking for a riad with a rooftop swimming pool. Any suggestions?
Marrakech in extremely hot in mid-summer with temperatures soaring into the forties. The blazing heat brings things to a crawl and many tourists would rather sit by the pool than venture outside in the scorching heat. If you’re treating your stay in Marrakech as a resort town then the riads with the best swimming pools for cooling off is a must. Better yet, a rooftop swimming pool is the perfect way to keep cool while taking in your surroundings.
Space is at a premium in most riads in Marrakech and you will find that the pools are fine for a dip but not big enough for a proper swim.
Here are our top picks of riads in Marrakech with a rooftop swimming pool.
Riad el Fenn
This is one of the most stylish riads in Marrakech, owned by Vanessa (sister of Richard) Branson. This ultra luxurious riad is located at the heart of the Medina, just a five minute walk from Jemaa el Fna. The terrace has a good-sized plunge pool with magnificent views over the Koutoubia mosque and the Atlas Mountains.
Riad el Fenn, Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, Bab El Ksour, Medina, Marrakech. Courtyard rooms start at £150 a night; suites at £290 in low season
Riad le Clos des Arts
A charming and very well managed small riad at the heart of the Medina. It is in located in the quiet quarter of Riad Zitoune Jdid, five minutes’ walk from Jemaa el Fna, and a few steps from Dar Si Said Museum and Bahia Palace. The roof terrace has a small plunge pool and a gazebo where guests can enjoy their meal.
Riad Le Clos des Arts, Riad Zitoune Jdid, Derb Tbib 50, Marrakesh 40000. Rooms start from £80 a night, breakfast included
A venerable eighteenth-century mansion converted into a guesthouse with enough fascinating architecture and charm to fascinate you for days. Just a five minute walk from the central Jemaa el Fna square.
The roof top swimming pool has an exceptional view of the Koutoubia mosque and the Atlas mountains beyond.
Riad Catalina, 21 Derb Abdellah Ben Hssaine, Marrakech. Rooms from £60 in low season.
A tasteful palace-style riad at the heart of the Medina, next to the Royal Private Palace and the famous Mamounia Hotel.
The swimming pool at the large rooftop terrace has wonderful views onto the gardens of Hotel Mamounia and the roofs of Marrakech. There is also spacious seating areas and a custom made dining quarter that can be covered according to the time of year.
Riad Viva, 107 Derb Sidi Mbarek | Sidi Mimoun, Marrakech . Prices from £60 including breakfast.