Behind the thick walls in the Marrakech Medina lies a timelessly elegant Moroccan riad that could easily be described as one of the most charming spots in the whole world.
Once owned by a family of spice merchants, the beautifully restored 19th century home captures the bohemian feel of Morocco and offers its guests an unforgettable escape to the golden age of the city.
Elegantly dressed, a member of the riad’s staff kindly helped us with our luggage as soon as we reached the entrance. “Welcome to Riad Palacio de las Especias”, he said with an open smile.
We had come to Marrakech to lose ourselves in traditional markets and bustling squares of story-tellers and dancers in the Ochre city. But suddenly, as we walked in the riad, we forgot about the hectic schedule we had previously organized. There would be nothing nicer than relaxing in the intimate seating area with the only sound of a distant cockerel and the musical sound of water from the fountain.
Staying at Riad Palacio De Las Especias was nothing short of fabulous. The days start with a hearty breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, bread, honey, jam, coffee or tea and pastries followed by homemade pancakes and cakes.
Over breakfast, we would while away the hours in delicious idleness bronzing and having mint tea by the enticing swimming pool.
Decorated in subtle shades of olive-green and cream, our room “Bab Debbagh” was something out of One Thousand and One Nights.
With a spectacular Berber tented canopy covered with ancient kills and a Balinese bed, the rooftop terrace was no less luxe and became our little oasis in the afternoon. During the golden hour, we would lay down and daydream about the mystique of Marrakech.
At night, we sank into a deep sofa in the salon, grab a glass of wine and rifle through the magazines and books next to the fireplace before snuggling up on the soft creamy sheets of our bed.
The Riad is only a 10-minute walk from the famous Marrakech Souks and other places of interest including Medersa Ben Youssef, the Museum of Marrakech, the Koubba Almoravid or the Dar El Bacha Palace, and a 15-minute walk from Jmaa El Fna Square.
Price: Bab Debbagh Room 120E per night (+ local taxes), including breakfast.