Modern design meets Moroccan flair: a chic riad with lamplit courtyards, roof terrace and cool, understated décor
If you sense a bright and breezy Med chic about this new riad, it must have wafted across from Ibiza, where Dutch owners Yvonna and Alberto made their name restyling 8 highly cool villas.
Their designer touch – she’s interiors, he’s fashion – sparkles here too, from the bejewelled babouches and sleekly curved chairs to the chillout tunes drifting up to the sheltered rooftop lounge.
It’s converted from a pair of riads, whose 2 shady courts lead into each other, one with an ornately tiled fountain, the other with a rose-petalled splash pool.
Seven suites and rooms bristle with design details: copper lanterns, Balinese mirrors, egg-smooth tadelakt bathtubs.
Up on the roof, under a loggia hung with gauzy textiles, the manager knows just when to offer cocktails or mint tea to guests lazing in the afternoon sunshine.
The laid back atmosphere – everyone is made to feel at home, nothing is too much trouble – will delight couples seeking both style and substance on a long weekend break or some post-trek pampering.
Ryad Dyor in the Marrakech Medina is a riad guesthouse with 7 rooms, with doubles costing from €187 for bed and breakfast.