You don't have to travel long-haul for a taste of the exotic; three and a half hours lands you in Marrakech.
Although your watch shows no time difference as you wander through the souks, the sound of metal being hammered and the sight of men stitching leather slippers might make you feel as if you've stepped back in time.
Among the twisting lanes of the Medina are a multitude of gems, one of which is Dar Darma.
Like most riads, the non-descript entrance opens to reveal a beautiful boutique hotel (staff will meet you at the main road or airport, so you don't get lost).
While a riad stay means you miss out on the five-star service of a large hotel, you'll find it hard to match the intimacy and authenticity anywhere else.
The Moorish decor of the Blue Apartment is tranquil and the courtyard is the ideal place for some Moroccan red wine (or mint tea) after a day exploring.
WOW FACTOR: Have a candlelit dinner on the roof terrace and watch the sun go down as you dine on tagine and couscous.
FLIGHT TIME: 4 hours.