The Royal Mansour, Marrakech, Morocco

royal mansour - top 100 hotelsYou’ve surely heard the rumors about Royal Mansour — the hotel is simply astonishing in its grandeur: It was commissioned by King Mohammed VI and built with an unlimited budget, which saw 1,500 craftsmen working three years to create this incredible palace. Set within Marrakech’s ancient medina, the hyper-luxury experience begins before you even set foot in the hotel — a rose-gold Range Rover or Bentley will escort you to the decadent wonderland where there’s a 3.7-acre private fragrant garden, Michelin-starred dining and a terracotta–hued roof terrace. Thanks to the underground warren of tunnels, staff appear as if by magic to see to your every need.

Top suite: Grand Riad from $40,600 per night

High life: See the Sahara from a new perspective — drift over the mammoth desert in a hot-air balloon at sunrise.

Contact: Touria El Rhachoui, head concierge,, +212 529 808 080,

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