Jnane Tamsna is in the Palmeraie district, north-east of Marrakech, around 20 minutes from town, outside the village of Douar Abiad.
Marrakech Menara Airport is 10km away from the hotel (www.marrakech.airport-authority.com). Fly there from the UK and elsewhere in Europe with British Airways (www.ba.com), Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com), among others.
At the southerly end of the Moroccan rail network, Marrakech railway station is less than 20 minutes' drive from Jnane Tamsna. The Moroccan state railway, ONCF (www.oncf.ma), runs inexpensive (but limited) services to Marrakech from Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee air-conditioning in summer.
Driving in Marrakech can be horn-filled and hectic, but if you insist, hire a car from the Avis (www.avis.com) desk at the airport. Jnane Tamsna is around 8km to the east of Marrakech off the N8 highway, which links the city with Fez.
If you've a thirst for overland adventure, take the ferry across the Straits from Spain (www.trasmediterranea.es), and pick up the train at Tangier (www.oncf.ma).
Worth getting out of bed for
As well as camel rides, horse-drawn carriage tours and hot-air balloon rides, Jnane Tamsna can organise tennis coaching and yoga lessons on site – plus plenty more bespoke activities, including excellent Moroccan cooking lessons with the house chef. You'll gather ingredients from the herb gardens, vegetable patches and orange and lemon groves before whipping up Moroccan classics. If you're dedicated to learning local culinary skills – or you're quite hungry – take the three-day cookery programme. The hotel also hosts writers for cultural retreats. There's a fantastic hammam recommended by the hotel that's just a five-minute drive away.
The hustle and bustle of the ancient Marrakech medina – with its busy souk, petite museums and attractive mosques – is an eye-opening treat. Stroll the labyrinthine souks to barter for a rainbow of treasures, and to spy craftsmen at work. Good buys include leather bags and slippers, pierced metalwork and spices. Securing them, however, is not for the faint-hearted: prepare to haggle your heart out. Balance a stint around the souks with a retreat to a café or rooftop restaurant, or hit one of the small museums or gardens.
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Le Français is La Mamounia's fabulous French fine-diner (+212 (0)524 388600). Linger over Jean-Pierre Vigato’s simply elegant menu of rustic Gallic fare, matched by an equally smart wine list. Tables are well-dressed, and so should you be. In a fabulous spot with medina views one way and mountains the other, Terrasse des Epices at 15 Souk Cherifia, Sidi Abdelaziz, specialises in Moroccan-spiced grills as well as traditional tagines and pigeon pastillas. Bag a table on the roof terrace or in one of the restaurant’s bejewelled, becushioned booths. Salads and grills dominate the menu, but if dining with fussy eaters, resort to pasta and the restaurant’s delectable desserts. There are no highchairs or baby-changing facilities, but there's a typically Moroccan welcome for family diners. Guided by men in cloaks and a lantern, down a dusty alley, you'll find Foundouk, a chic purple-hued dining den at 55 Souk Hal Fassi, Kat Bennahïd. Visit this riad eatery with a cosmopolitan feel by night for good cocktails and tasty Moroccan/Mediterranean fusion food. Try the grise wine, a very light Moroccan rosé, with Harira soup and seafood, or grilled sardines and tagines with a robust bottle of something red. Closed Mondays.
Inside the Yves Saint Laurent-owned Jardin Majorelle is a chic little bougainvillea-curtained garden café with sage-green Parisian-style metal chairs. Try Thé Vert 1001 (green tea with rose petals) or an Infusion Parfum de Sultan (rooibos with orange zest). You’ll have to pay the garden entrance fee to gain access, but if you go late morning, you’ll probably get the gardens to yourself and can nab a table for lunch afterwards. Alternatively, have breakfast before you tour the plants and the sweet little museum. For an adventurous street-food supper, head to Jemaa el Fna: this vast square is the beating heart of old Marrakech, inside the medina. Go at sunset to experience it at its colourful, people-watching, music-playing, snake-charming best. Beyond the visual treats, the fragrance of sizzling spices wafting from the square’s food stalls is an experience in itself.
Mojitos, delicious Thai and French fusion food, leather banquettes, cala lilies, moody lighting and minimalist fireplaces – Bô & Zin is a slice of NY in Marrakech. It's a familiar-feeling spot to hole up for a grown-up tête-à-tête.