LocationMarrakech, the unique historic royal city of Morocco
Why go?Only three and a half hours from London, Marrakech is a window into an exotic ancient world loved by artists, designers and A-list celebrities. The noisy bustle and vivid colour of this incredible North African city sets your senses tingling and the ancient and modern come together in a fabulous fusion. Marrakech boasts the largest Berber souk, or market, in Morocco, where you can haggle with the shopkeepers for colourful bags of spices, supple leather slippers, beautiful silver lanterns and silk tassels. Go to the main square of Jemaa el-Fnaa to see medieval sights such as snake charmers, chained monkeys and medicine men with ancient magic potions.
Where to stayOnly five minutes from the medina, the Selman Hotel is a cross between a Moorish palace and a five-star family-run boutique hotel set in 15 acres of immaculate gardens. But it's the world-class Arab stallions on site that really steal the show and give the hotel its unique twist. You can sit by the pool fringed with chic cabanas and palm trees or in the Pavilion restaurant eating a sublime lunch while the horses gently graze in the manicured paddocks. Jacques Garcia designed the moody and luxurious décor of the hotel, lit by jewel-like lamps and cascading chandeliers. Wellness guru Dominique Chenot manages the fabulous spa and the 56 rooms overlooking the pool are spacious and peaceful; a haven from the bustle of the city.
Eating and drinkingYou need go no further than the Selman hotel bar for cocktails of every description - their dry martinis are sublime and chilled sounds mixed by the resident DJ create a sexy nightclub vibe. Celebrity chef Ludovic is very much in evidence in the Selman Restaurant, which serves Moroccan cuisine with a European twist.
Out and aboutThere is just so much to see in Marrakech and the best way to see the city is with a guide who can be recommended by Lawrence of Morocco. Our guide Mehdi was invaluable in finding our way around the labyrinth of the souk. Make sure you visit the Koutoubia Mosque and buy argan oil in the Spice Market.
PackAn extra suitcase to bring back all the bargains that you have had fun haggling for.
Zoe's daughter, Rose enjoying lunch
City SecretThe shop in the Majorelle Gardens established by Yves Saint Laurent is not to be missed for its exquisite textiles and silk tassels.
Go offers three nights B&B at the Selman Marrakech from £675, including flights and transfers. Riding adventures cost from £315 for a half day for two.