Understated Glamour in Marrakech

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Ever wondered what it is like to own a palatial home? Stepping into Riad 72, you’ll soon get a glimpse into such a luxurious and stylish way of life.

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There’s no stuffy reception desk. In fact, unless you were looking for Riad 72, you might not even spot the entrance. It’s like a secret hideaway that only VIPs know about.

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Once you’ve negotiated the five minute stroll from Dar El Bacha (the nearest taxi drop off point) to the understated door of Riad 72, simply glide into the serene courtyard and pull up a comfy chair.

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If you’re not the best at directions, then you could phone thirty minutes before your arrival for one of the staff to greet and guide you. Alternatively, there are plenty of locals on hand who will help (in exchange for a tip of course).

There are just four rooms in this luxurious heritage residence. However, it is anything but small, both in terms of size and service. There’s even a library.

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I stayed in Zahwa, an arty room that was full of surprises. The door seemed more like a fancy window; from floor to ceiling it was edged in beautiful dark wood. Upon stepping in, you’ll be forgiven for being confused. I was. Although, gorgeous (especially the beautiful tiled floor), it looked like a tiny lounge.

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“So, do you like your room?” Mehdi chuckled . Ever the typical English girl, I smiled politely as I wondered where I was supposed to sleep.

I had to laugh to myself when I looked up at the impressively high ceiling. The mere shelving I had been eyeing up was in fact the staircase to my boudoir for the night. Zahwa is a deceptive duplex room, spanning an indulgent 35 square metres.

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The design is minimal and contemporary, with discreet Moroccan accents. Although Zahwa is quite big, the layout ensures you feel cosy and at home.

As you lay on the king size bed, your eyes will be drawn to the lovely 1920’s cedar wood ceiling. It works surprisingly well in contrast to the modern glassed balcony wall.

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Even if you have a zillion toiletries with you (which you won’t need as the complimentary ones are perfect), you will still have enough space to do a few L’Oréal ‘…because I’m worth it’ hair flicks.

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Aside from the horn hooks (I’m hoping they’re not real), the bathroom oozes minimal chic.

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Although I partly want it to be a surprise for you, I can’t contain my excitement at the secret doorway in the bathroom. Yes, a secret Moroccan door.

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It leads up to the roof top terrace, where you can take in the views, soak up the sun on a lounger, or perhaps gorge on a delicious breakfast (or maybe all three).

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I only spied two other guests during my stay and that was for the tiniest of seconds. And I guess I should point out that one of them was this chap.

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However, with such spacious rooms (the Karma Suite boasts sixty square metres), there’s no need to spill out into the courtyard.

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If you’re looking for a contemporary, peaceful private space in the Medina, then Riad 72 is sat waiting for you. X

I was a guest of Riad 72.

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