Palais Rhoul is one of the luxury riads in Marrakech but it stands out as owned and managed by a bona fide member of the Rhoul family. This former family home, the Palais Rhoul has been frequented by the French jet-set for the last few years, but has recently become a major destination for other monied Europeans. The grandeur implicit in the venue’s name is immediately manifest as you traverse the Palais’ expansive grounds: a dramatic main hall with a 40-foot ceiling and an abundance of antique furniture; a grandiloquent circular pool surrounded by patios and rooms; a tented VIP ‘village’, dramatically endowed with African-style furnishings; and a spa and hammam that are arguably the finest in Marrakech. Four of the eight bedrooms and three suites (all have bathrooms and mod-cons such as stereos and fridges) are set around the round pool, while the other four rooms overlook the garden. Each room is decorated with antique furniture and objets d’art from around the world, creating an ambience of refined luxury very much in keeping with the rest of the place. There are two restaurants in the complex, one serving good Moroccan cuisine, and another – L’Abyssin (open April to December) – that serves up classy international fare. In addition, guests can access tennis courts, a library/plasma-screen room, cigar room and boutique. And did we mention you can hire a private plane for guest excursions?