Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco
On the edge of the desert surrounded by vistas of red cliffs and olive groves at the base of the Atlas Mountains, Ksar Ighnda offers accommodations of exceptional distinction. Built into the crumbling stone walls of the village of Ait Ben Haddou, it has been constructed with every contemporary luxury. Elements of traditional Arab fortress architecture combine with Berber design to create an entrancing place-based aesthetic. Inside the ochre walls, a large central courtyard is filled with palm trees, fountains and gardens and illumined by lantern light in the evening. From the expansive terraces, enjoy views of the High Atlas as you sip coffee or mint tea on the settees and chaise longues covered in colorful woven textiles. Take a swim in the long pool or indulge in an argan-oil massage at the spa. The hotel’s 19 deluxe rooms are elegantly furnished with traditional furniture, painted or sculpted ceilings, and works of art including bronzes, paintings and precious woods. Many have wrought-iron balconies, and all have air conditioning, ventilating windows, en suite bathrooms, king-size beds with crisp white linens, satellite TV, DVD player, mini bar and safe.