Review of Caravanserai Hotel Marrakech

Hotel Caravenseraie is a 17-roomed luxury boutique retreat, overlooking the river Tensift on the edge of a Marrakechi village 10 minutes drive from the city centre proper. Even without the excitement of Marrakech down the road, the hotel commands amazing views across acres of olive groves, with the white peaks of the High Atlas frozen along the horizon.

Designed by famed architect Charles Boccara in 2001, Caravenserai is the epitome of mud hut chic that feels at once romantic and full of mystique. It is a cluster of traditional Berber houses that have been fused together to form an ochre-toned compound with walls, sculptural arches and pisé domes, herringbone ceilings fashioned out of eucalyptus and original, gnarly wood doors and windows.

There are 15 spacious deluxe rooms with simple rustic furniture, featuring outsized amphorae, raffia pouffes and tall, time-beaten doors. Two further suites have their own private courtyard and plunge pools, assuring maximum space and privacy.

Cool, calming and comfortable, the traditional hammam is a divine retreat for a long steam and relaxing massage. The elegant restaurant leads through to a bar for an eclectic mix of Moroccan and continental lounging.