Owned by a British couple and designed partly by Belgian manageress Valerie Golinvaux, Dar Zemora is an impressive Marrakech hotel located in the Palmeraie. Past the main entrance there is a domed reception area that leads through to a series of eloquent rooms; some have a seasonal theme, such as the breezy summer dining room and the winter lounge with its huge fireplace, and there is also a library (leather-chairs, wi-fi) and a well-cushioned chill-out area known as the Fan Room, separated from the spacious gardens and fantastic pool by a few strips of gently wafting coloured fabric. The rest of Dar Zemora is equally enticing. The three en-suite bedrooms are all fantastically decorated in a range of subtle but seductive Moorish themes, plus there’s a honeymoon suite on the roof (Perla, which comes with its own expansive terrace area) and a separate Zahara suite, which has a four-poster bed, hall, sitting room and its own private garden. All the Dar Zemora rooms have marble bathrooms, iPod docking, air-conditioning and heating. There is a recently upgraded Pavillion Suite with its own pool, two double bedrooms and large living room and terraces. There’s also a spa offering massages, a hammam and a herb-and-vegetable garden whose ingredients appear on the menus.