Once I read a riad was a “place to fall in love with“, a place where “trees and arcades create a peaceful oasis lush with plants and cooled by fountains and pools” , however it wasn’t until we stepped through the door of Riad Yasmine that I truly understood the sense of it.
From the wonderful textures and colors to the insanely delicious food, the majestic African city overwhelms your senses in ways you may have never felt before.
After 5 days getting lost in the maze, watching snakes swaying to the sound of pipes and drums in the bustling expanse of Jemma el Fna square, being fascinated by seductive corners, and trying to resist buying armfuls of fragrant mint, Berber rugs and colorful kaftans and djellabas at the souks, we found ourselves in need for some time to relax and recharge.
In the heat of the mid-day sun, the big, ornate ancient door glides open to reveal a sudden earthlty paradise of green shadows, rippling cool water, and fragrant flowers within the pink-hued medina walls.
With a cozy living/dining room, a sunbathed roof-terrace, and only seven rooms, the tiny hideaway itself is absolutely impeccable.
The shady arcaded walks lead to the most seductive swimming pool you can imagine! I guess you have already seen endless photos of this gorgeous pool either in Instagram or Pinterest.
Riad Life At Dreamy Yasmine
In the morning, we indulged our senses with a bountiful breakfast and the soft sound of flapping palm trees while basking in the warmth of the Marrakesh sunshine. Birds flew in and out at leisure as Bowie -the star of the property- played next to us at the heavenly emerald-tiled pool. The calm and serenity the green and white-themed courtyard brings is absolutely priceless.
Just before sunset, we would tear ourselves away from the pool and venture out to take a short walk, or simply head to the cosy rooftop with a fresh-squeezed juice in hand to enjoy the views.
Our memorable stay in Riad Yasmine wouldn´t have been the same without the precious company of our dear friend Ibrahim. After dinner, the three of us would sit on the lounges to sip some mint tea and share stories beneath the stars. One of those nights, I asked him about the symbol at the bottom of the pool. He explained it represented the Amazigh symbol which means free man, the land and the language.
Thanks Riad Yasmine for having us!!