The Farnatchi is off to the north of the souks, near the Medersa Ben Youssef. Not the easiest place to find (but then where is in Marrakech?), but once you’ve found it you may never want to leave. And if you do, you can borrow one of the riad’s mobile phones so that if you do ever get lost, you can phone up for directions home…or organise for someone to come and find you!
There are nine suites to choose from, each with unashamedly luxurious décor and accessories, including Bose i-pod docks, satellite TVs with on-demand movies, Egyptian cotton sheets, central heating and air conditioning. Each suite has at least one private sitting area, and many have their own balcony overlooking a courtyard.
The 16-seater ‘Marococo’ dining room, with carved black tadelakt, an ornate gold fireplace, beautiful coloured lanterns and cream leather high-backed benches, has to be sat in to be believed. There are also two sitting rooms, two b’hous (traditional recessed seating areas), a third dining b’hou, plus a beautiful roof garden with barbeque, sun loungers and dining tables for 16.
Eating and drinking
The Farnatchi’s cook produces Moroccan dinner to order, if booked in advance; the first guest to request dinner for a particular evening gets to choose the menu, and any other guests dining on the same day will be offered the same, plus a vegetarian option (or meal to meet special dietary requirements). It’s also possible to commission a roof top barbeque where staff provide salads, raw ingredients, dessert and drinks and as much or as little assistance as you want.
The 7m plunge pool has an underwater jetstream to allow you to swim against the tide, and it’s heatable in the winter months. The traditional white marble hammam is free to guests between 4 and 7pm, and you can also book massage and beauty treatments. Access to a house with pool and garden outside the medina is also possible.
The Wix’s staff, many of whom have very good English, are extremely well-trained and will help you enjoy your stay in whatever way they can - shining shoes, hanging up clothes and providing you with teas, coffees and nibbles at every turn, and always happy to advise you on directions and finding whatever it is you’re looking for.
Who stays there
Couples, families (children are welcome but on the explicit proviso that parents are responsible for any damage they might cause!) and groups of friends (it’s possible to book the whole riad for a house party). The likes of Brad and Angelina have been known to stay, which gives you an idea of the kind of budget we're talking about, though...
Prices include breakfast; free use of the hammam from 4 to 7pm; free tea and coffee throughout the day; free fruit, pastries and mineral water; taxi transfers to and from the airport; and free Moroccan slippers and djellabas to use in the house and take home.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great service
- One of the best pools in the medina
- Ultra-comfortable bedrooms
- Beautifully designed interiors
- No 'proper' restaurant