FOR A SHORT-HAUL EXOTIC ADVENTURE, THERE IS NOWHERE BETTER THAN
Morocco. It's quick and easy to get to yet feels like an entirely different world. Here are dozens of riads to choose from but this one in the Kasbah district of Marrakech is more dazzling than most. Lovingly restored with seven gorgeous rooms and suites, a shaded courtyard sprinkled with date palms and a rooftop terrace with views of the Atlas mountains, it's quite the Aladdin's cave. An excellent base for enjoying all Morocco has to offer: camel riding, zooming across the desert in 4x4s and getting lost in the souk, you'll be glad to return to its calm embrace every evening.
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INSIDER TIP: he riad is just 10 minutes from Djemaa El-Fna, the main square famous for its smoking food stands and snake charmers. BOOK IT: 3 nights including breakfast from £469per person.