VISITING MARRAKECH CAN BE AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME. WALKING THROUGH THE MEDINA, SMELLING ALL THE SPICES IN THE AIR AND SEEING ALL THE AMAZING COLORS BOOMING INTO YOUR EYES. AND MORE THAN THIS, EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL RIADS IN THE CITY CENTER.
11/12, Trik Sidi Bohuarba
40000 Marrakesh – Morocco
WORDS BY FILIPE FANGUEIRO
For my first visit to Marrakech I chose RIAD DAR DARMA. What a stunning surprise. You knock on the big black front door and you can not imagine what you will find inside. Peace. Comfort. And a luxury service. Maybe too early to say it at this point but you probably found your own home away from home in Marrakech.
Medina is definitely a maze but the magical experience starts as soon as you discover the front door of DAR DARMA. A quiet but comforting atmosphere where high ceilings rise in front of us while our eyes absorb the entire space perpetuating memories from a first trip to Morocco. Pastel tons on the walls, dark brown wood chairs, moroccan art pieces, all being reflected on the big glass windows covering the courtyard where you can see this magical dreamy fountain. “You will stay at our RED SUITE”, they said. “It is a very special one. The stuff are ready to unpack your luggage and they will do it for you.” Welcome to Dar Darma.
Our suite is located on the first floor. And it is just incredible. We could never expect the existence of this little oasis in the center of the Medina. But we are here proving it. The suite is a feast to our eyes. We don’t know where to start exploring. We felt that this room was decorated by us and ready to welcome us in the coming nights. Luxuriant, warm, extravagant, sober. Decorated with ancient shades of red and looks out onto a pool in the centre of a patio. In fact, like they said, the “room” is very special. Ancient doorways lead to the bedrooms and the private bathrooms. A very large living room in between, which has a fireplace and hand-painted wooden ceilings in all the 140 square meters. Two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room. Hello home.
The service is very relaxing, very exclusive. Very familiar. It’s time to discover the rest of the riad. One floor up and we discovered another small paradise. Through a beautiful mosaic stairs you will find the terrace where breakfast is served, or even lunch or dinner. Actually, meals are flexible and can be altered to suit your individual needs. And that is music to our ears when you are on vacation.
From the terrace the views are breathtaking. Sights to Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas Mountains. For the hot days (or very hot ones), you can always relax in a pool, located in the terrace. Can we ask for more?
“Time flows gently here. It follows the rhythm and the needs of our guests.” They told me. And it’s totally true