It feels like a hundred years ago since I was in Marrakesh, when in fact it is only three. Stepping off the plane, to be hit with that warm heat, then falling head long into the hustle and bustle of the souk. Oh my, I fell in love. I felt so alive! It was hard to explain, but the crazy, the colour, the heat, the smell – all bombarding my senses – should have left me drained and seeking quiet. But no, I felt invigorated by it. Almost like I had found my place of safety – a place where I could wander and be, with a world of noise around me – my own being was quiet.
Weird – but true. Three years ago I stayed in La Maison in the medina, home of designer Nicole. Who, now has helped design Riad 42, of which I am going to show you around.
Minimal decor, with a limited colour palette, this beautiful riad is just what you need to come back to after a day of exploring the crazy of the medina.
Located in the centre of the historical medina of Marrakech, this exquisite riad was lovingly restored by Sarah and Grégoire, a French-Belgian couple, who fell under the charm of the Medina over 12 years ago.
Upon entering the elegant guesthouse, there is an immediate feels a sense of calm, surrounded by a soft neutral palette with grounding dark grey accents, featuring warm woods and hand-woven textiles. The charming 5 room guesthouse is a perfect mix of traditional architecture with modern elements, inspiring serenity in the middle of a bustling medina.
The Riad has 3 double rooms and 2 suites. All the rooms are bright with high ceilings and traditional architectural elements, furnished with natural tones, wood accents, and woven tapestries and textiles. All the rooms have en-suite Tadelakkt bathrooms with shower, toilet, hair dryer, a safe for personal use and storage spaces. All rooms are air conditioned.
I don’t know about you, but I could live in these rooms, let alone stay there for the night. There is something to calming about a limited colour palette and no stuff! Sigh!
The double rooms start at $110, the suites start at $145 per night for 2 persons, and includes breakfast, but does not include city taxes at $3/night/person.
The entire riad is also available to rent in entirety for groups of family or friends. For 10 people, the entire riad is $630/night which includes breakfast but excludes city taxes of $3/person/night). An additional bed can be added to each of the 2 suites, accommodating a maximum of 12 people at $690/night + city taxes.
So who is coming with me?
Kaat Ben Nahid – 40 000 Marrakech
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Images via The Perfect Hideaway by Britney Gill