This week we’re craving tagines, mint tea and a tadelakt bathroom… so we’re heading to one of the world’s most loveably chaotic cities, Marrakech. It’s renowned as a riot for the senses, so for a quieter time we’d bed down at our hotel of the week, elegant Riad 72.
Style Luxury riad
Setting Alleys of Bab Doukkala
Why this week? If you’ve been dying to wander the souks and sip sweet mint tea in a sun-dappled courtyard, now is the time to do it: Marrakech can be overwhelming in the heat of summer, so choose springtime for a refreshing change of scene. (And, Smith members can make it a long weekend with our 3 nights for the price of 2 March offer.)
Our favourite bits With only four guest rooms, you’re guaranteed privacy and an exclusive retreat – the sun loungers and pool on the roof terrace will feel like your own as you soak up views and sunshine. Carved ceilings and rich earthy tones of chocolate and copper enfold you as you enter the large communal room downstairs. The banana tree-lined courtyard surrounded by luxurious rooms welcomes you in the style of a traditional riad as you enter the haven.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘The first thing we notice is the calm. Imagine floating in a big tank of honey as baby seals nuzzle the soles of your feet with their noses. Well, it might be my overactive imagination but that’s how everything feels to me after leaving the kamikaze scooters, wayward smells, exuberant salesmen and general chaos of the Marrakech medina (the labyrinthine old city) and entering Riad 72. Stunning is one obvious superlative for the place. Majestic, sumptuous, opulent… or as my Geordie compatriots might say ‘like, really really really nice’.’ Read the full anonymous review of Riad 72.
You say… ‘This was a fab riad in a great location. Food was amazing and the roof terrace was excellent for a bottle of rose in the afternoon.’ (Mark, SilverSmith, stayed on 20 Feb 2012.) Read more Guestbook entries for Riad 72.
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