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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

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Café Arabe

With the Atlas mountains in the distance, dining at Café Arabe - day or night - is the perfect terrace retreat from the madness of the medina. It is a stylish café/bar serving refreshing mint tea in the boho courtyard, while the intimate rooms off the courtyard provide romantic setting for a pre-dinner aperitif. Café Arabe is an oasis of calm from the sinuous alleys of the medina.

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 View Map ... 184 rue Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco
Jad Mahal

Jad Mahal provides a sensory odyssey of stimulating entertainment, delicious food and sexy cocktails. In the bar at the far side of the restaurant the DJ and the band play to an energetic crowd who come to enjoy one of Marrakech’s hippest nightspots. Be sure to stay to watch the beautiful belly dancers who impress the rapturous audience with dance trickery in a show stopping spectacle.

 View Map ... 10 Rue Haroun Errachid, Hivernage, Marrakech, Morocco
Le Comptoir

At Le Comptoir the culinary action takes place in a Bedouin style restaurant, but it is the post-dinner crowd that attracts the real eye candy. Belly dancers sashay and seduce and the DJ sets the tone for some sophisticated partying. Funky music in a striking setting ensures the well-heeled Marrakech party people have somewhere to play.

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 View Map ... Avenue Echouada, Marrakech, Morocco
Pacha

Part of the legendary club chain, there is nothing small about this little sibling of Ibiza’s famous nightclub. Billed as the largest club in Africa, Pacha’s renowned DJs rock clubbers in glitzy style. This super-club is an emporium, and party animals have a choice of zoning out at the lounge bar, dining at the exquisite restaurant or glamming it up by the poolside.

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 View Map ... Nouvelle Zone Hôtelière de l’Aguedal, Boulevard Mohammed VI Marrakech, Morocco

what we think

Indulge in a sensory explosion in Marrakech. The markets are a maze of jewellery stalls, brightly coloured homewares, underground carpet emporiums and pyramids of spices. In the adjacent old city square Jmaa el Fnaa, the best place to enjoy the view of the city is on a rooftop café sipping fresh local mint tea. However as night falls, the square transforms into a street circus full of performers, snake charmers and monkeys, and the square is enveloped by thick smoke as hundreds of stalls offer freshly cooked Moroccan delicacies. The show continues at the decadent palace-style restaurants where you will feel truly regal devouring each of the 10 courses. The majestic theme continues as you retreat at the end of the day to your magnificent riad, where behind an inconspicuous door lies an exotic oasis.