Royal Kasbah Quarters Almaha Marrakech

Blink and you might miss Moroccan boutique hotel Almaha Marrakech’s unassuming doorway, which – in typical Marrakchi fashion – gives not a hint of the resplendent Charles Kaisin-designed interiors within.

The riad’s exotic look was inspired by Baudelaire’s poem L’Invitation au Voyage. Its closing line, ‘luxury, calm and pleasure’, sums up the riad rather well: ornate lanterns light your way to a courtyard with a reflecting pool and linen-draped arches, the spa’s twin hammams soothe, tendrils of snow-white bougainvillaea adorn the sun-soaked terrace, and elegant rooms are scented with orange blossom – it’s all rather poetic really…

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At the hotel you will find an amazing spa, terrace, lounge and library, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a TV, working fireplace, under-floor heating, a minibar and free bottled water.

Try the Deluxe Rooms with Private Terrace are airy and courtyard-spying; we love their traditional ogee-arch fireplaces and secluded outdoor spaces. For a ravishingly-regal lodging, check into a Senior Suite with Private Terrace, where you’ll find an oversized marble bath tub, sculpted wall furnishings and ornate marquetry on the magnificent bed’s headboard.

The bijou, blue, Zellige-tiled pool (18sq m) is sunk into the roof terrace; it’s heated year-round and open to adults only. After dark, it’s romantically lantern-lit.

The tempting Almaha spa has a traditional, marble-lined steam room; two hammams; a Jacuzzi; and two treatment rooms. Choose from traditional black-soap scrubs, shoulder-loosening Ayurvedic massages and reflexology treatments, all using locally-sourced products.

Traditional, locally-sourced Moroccan dishes are served in the candlelit, Baudelaire-inspired library: a blush-pink space lined in intricately carved jali screens. The menu changes frequently, but expect hearty tagines, fresh couscous salads and sugar-and-cinnamon-dusted pastillas.

If you’ve had your fill of passing time by the pool, soaking in the hotel’s spoiling spa or brushing up on your Baudelaire, venture out to the sweet-smelling Marché du Mellah to pick up some blooms, or to the enchanting Jardin Majorelle to sit amid the peaceful lily-filled pools and azure-blue architecture. Art aficionados can nose around Le Jardin Secret, an ornate Saadian Dynasty palace, decorated with intricate Islamic art and surrounded by lush gardens, or head to the petite Tiskiwin Museum, where you’ll find a hand-picked collection of North African jewellery, carpets and homewares. Bustling Djemaa el-Fna market’s intoxicating scent indicates what most stalls are selling: ras el hanout, cinnamon and burning incense perfume the air. The street-food stalls are the most enticingly scented; follow your nose for sugar-dusted pastillas, fruity tagines and honey-drenched chebakia (Moroccan doughnuts).
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