<p>Like the heady city it inhabits, this <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destination/morocco" target="_blank">Moroccan</a> <a href="https://www.mamounia.com/en/" target="_blank">hotel</a> oozes glamour and romance. Located on former royal gardens, the Moorish-meets-Art Deco gem has been a longtime favorite with A-listers, including Winston Churchill, who spent many winters here and declared it “the most lovely spot in the whole world.”</p>

La Mamounia, Marrakech

Like the heady city it inhabits, this Moroccan hotel oozes glamour and romance. Located on former royal gardens, the Moorish-meets-Art Deco gem has been a longtime favorite with A-listers, including Winston Churchill, who spent many winters here and declared it “the most lovely spot in the whole world.”

Photograph courtesy of La Mamounia

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