Kasbah Du Toubkal
Imlil, Morocco (00 212 524 485 611; www.kasbahdutoubkal.com). A stunning restoration of an abandoned hilltop stronghold by two English brothers and their Moroccan partner, Kasbah du Toubkal is two hours south of Marrakech on the lower slopes of Jbel Toubkal, North Africa's highest peak. Guests are driven from the city to the village of Imlil, then transferred by mule. A simple Berber lunch is taken on the kasbah's upper terrace with snowy peaks looming high above. Afterwards, there is a spot of trekking before the trip back to the city, arriving by 6pm. For those reluctant to leave, the kasbah offers accommodation ranging from dormitory beds to a split-level, glass-walled suite.
Les Bains De Marrakech
2 Derb Sedra, Bab Agnaou, Kasbah, Marrakech (00 212 524 381 428; www.lesbainsdemarrakech.com). Les Bains de Marrakech is an elegant spa centre located in an old townhouse pressed up against the 12th-century city walls in the southern kasbah quarter. A full range of treatments, from water massage to shiatsu, plus steam-cleaning in a traditional hammam, are on offer.