Live like a pasha in this ultra-stylish riad hidden amidst the souks of Marrakesh
Imagine a young girl walking with a ginger cat and a large dog through an exotic leafy courtyard to see ‘Lion’, ‘Chameleon’ or ‘Prince’. It sounds like an extract from a Lewis Carroll book, but it’s a real scene in Marrakech’s most fairytale hotel.
The girl is Enija, daughter of Swedish architect Bjorn Conerdings and Swiss designer Ursula Haldimann. The setting is a 200-year-old silk-traders’ palace (also named Enija), transformed by Bjorn and Ursula into an ultra-stylish maison d’hotes.
Lion, Chameleon and Prince are 3 of the 12 spacious and meticulously decorated rooms and suites (fabrics and colours by Ursula, structure by Bjorn). The animals are the family pets. And the exotic courtyard? Well, you can see for yourself.
There’s more – tropical gardens, burbling fountains – around every corner. But the magic does not stop there: step outside and you are in the heart of Marrakech’s humming souks, colourful alleys and bustling bazaars.
Riad Enija in the Marrakech Medina is a riad guesthouse with 12 rooms, with doubles costing from €230 for bed and breakfast.