DAR DARMA- Marrakech

Visiting Marrakech and not staying in a riad is kind of like visiting a world-famous restaurant and not indulging in its most fabulous dishes. Why bother if you’re not going to do it right. A traditional riad offers elegance, luxury, intrigue and warmth, and there is no better place to experience the soul of this city than at Dar Darma.

Created in the 18th century and carefully restored to its original intricate grandeur, this riad is just steps from some of the city’s most must-be-explored places such as the famous Jemaa El Fna square, and meant to be a guest’s own private palace with ultra-personalized service and exclusivity. What’s especially delightful is the endless discovery of interesting touches just about everywhere you turn, from the shaded lounges, the fine furnishings, the imposing arches, grand handcrafted doors, inlaid designs and brilliant combinations of color extending down to the names of some of the rooms (Orange Suite, Blue Apartment…you get the idea). The Suite of Mirrors is perhaps the most interesting, bathed in purple hues and a mirrored wall reflecting the beautiful décor.

Relaxation and Indulgence come in many forms here, from a lazy afternoon spent on one of the gorgeous sofas on the terrace taking in the spectacular views, a refreshing visit to the Hammam, a revitalizing scrub treatment in the privacy of one’s own suite, an evening nightcap by the fireplace, and of course the cuisine. Chef on property is famous for his take on traditional Moroccan dishes, and will even allow you to sneak into the kitchen to learn some of his secrets. www.dardarma.com

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