Worth getting out of bed for
The riad's dark, cocoon-like hammam is a particularly traditional one, with low-slung heated benches and a low ceiling; allow yourself to be bathed and scrubbed with savon noir, then exfoliated until your skin is softer than rose petals.
Dar Darma will arrange a guided tour of the souks and beyond, or, if you prefer exploring on your own, furnish you with a map, directions, tips, and a number to ring if you need them to send out a rescue party. You’re perfectly located for diving in and out of the souks, visitng the Musée de Marrakech (+212 524 441 893, www.museedemarrakech.ma), wandering down to the square or exporing the antiques shops on Dar el Bacha; the city's largest traditional hammam sits on this street too.
Dar Darma's cook Maria will teach you how to make mint tea properly and will even give you a Moroccan cookery course if you ask nicely. Learn tajine-based techniques from €60.
At Dar Darma, your wish is their command, so if you want them to bring in belly dancers, arrange a day trip into the High Atlas or a chauffeur to ferry you around while you shop, just say the word.
Buzzing Moroccan fusion restaurant Le Foundouk (+212 (0)524 378190) is virtually opposite the riad; ask Dar Darma host Brahim to book you a table for two on the first-floor balcony, drink champagne cocktails and tuck into delicious soups, stews and grills with an Oriental twist.
Decorative lanterns cast a constellation of lights over chic colonial-style bar and restaurant Le Salama (+212 524 391 300), a short walk from the hotel on the southern side of the Medina. Watch the walls twinkle indoors as you sip a glass of wine, or adjourn to their elegant terrace.
Terracotta walls, vintage railings and a flock of rainbow-hued paper lanterns make Earth Café (+212 660 544 992) one of Marrakech's cheeriest eateries, and as the first vegan and vegetarian café in Marrakech it's also one of the healthiest. Tuck in to fresh juices and veggie-filled filo pastry-wrapped parcels, and keep an eye out for their cooking classes too.
With a bevy of belly dancers and more mirrorballs than you can shimmy a glow stick at, Jad Mahal (+212 524 436 984, www.jad-mahal.com) is far from subtle; however, there's OTT fun to be found in these opulent surrounds. Shake your stuff on the dance floor, then when you tire of the bright lights duck into the lounge to listen to some live music.