Riad Opale, Derb Zemrane, Marrakech, Maroc
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You're Going to Love Marrakech!
With the intoxicating fragrances of jasmine, orange blossom and mint tea, bursting with life and lilting sounds, the Red City shouldn’t be underestimated by its nickname: its streets are multicoloured, with Majorelle blue, bright greens – like in its fabulous palm grove with 100,000 trees – canary yellows and shimmering coppers. An impressionist palette in the shade of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is truly bewitching.
Constantly jostled by shades of ochre and yellow, but also by the spicy fragrances of Ras el hanout and harissa, the oriental aromas of musk and amber, bustling souks and the charming litanies of muezzins, the city is incredibly seductive. It has to be at Jemaa El Fna that it reveals all of its power. Storytellers, dancers, orange squeezers, snake charmers and public writers give real soul to this “meeting place” (the literal meaning of its name).
A crossroads in space and time, overlooked by the 12th-century minaret of Koutoubia, Jemaa El Fna is all of these things and more: the site of modern-day miracles, a place to socialise, a location for taste sensations and entertainment that reach their climax in the evening. The indisputable bridge between Morocco’s past and its future, this legendary marketplace epitomises the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It is also the gateway to the Medina (the Old Town) where secular savoir-faire and traditions really come to life: silverware, goldsmithery, beautifully tanned leather… Crafts in all their splendour jump out at you around every corner of the souk, leading to the enchanting Maison de la Photographie, the Marrakech Museum and the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the deconsecrated Islamic college boasting stunning architecture. These three sumptuous buildings, witnesses to Marrakech’s rich heritage, are only a stone’s throw away from each other, right in the heart of the Medina. Close by, the Majorelle Garden, restored by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé, hits you like an oasis of fresh air. The fashionable couple fell in love with the site, following in the footsteps of many artists who have succumbed to the charms of the city.
Red baked-mud medina palaces beneath the snow-capped High Atlas and a powder-pink ring of ramparts around 19 kilometres of seething souqs, Marrakech is Morocco’s most memorable experience. Founded almost 1000 years ago on the edge of the Sahara, this southern market town grew to become one of the great cities of the Maghreb and a Unesco Heritage site to boot. But Marrakech isn’t some petrified piece of history that tourists come to gawk at, it’s bursting at the seems with an intense density of life and a modern entrepreneurialism that puts Manhattanites to shame. This isn’t a place where you can gracefully glide through. Instead you’ll find yourself telling jokes with snake charmers, dining outdoors in the Djemaa el-Fna, hankering after the latest henna tattoos and getting a hands-on scrub down in the local hammam. Pause for unexpected beauty and banter often with multi-lingual locals, because what are the chances you’ll come this way again?
Marrakech is a city of moments: gazing on the iconic Koutoubia as the call to prayer rings out at sunset, wandering the Bab Doukkala market buying armfuls of fragrant mint, and ducking under dripping yarn drying to a shade of imperial purple in the Dyers Souk. The focal point of the city’s rambling morphology is the Djemaa el-Fna, its finest sights the sculpted Bahia Palace, the Medersa Ali Ben Youssef and the green cacti garden of the Jardin Majorelle. Come 2016, Marrakech will also have its first piece of museum architecture: a new David Chipperfield-designed Museum for Photography and Visual Arts.
There is much to see and do in Marrakech. An entire day can be dedicated to wandering around the souks, seeking out the best bargains. The city offers several historical and architectural sites as well as some interesting museums.
The hotel is situated in between the Royal Palace and the Bahia Palace, a very short distance from Djemaa el Fna Square, in the Kashbha tourist district. It is just 15 minutes away from Menara International Airport. Renovated in 2006, this air-conditioned city hotel offers a total of 7 guest rooms. Room service is provided, along with an entrance hall with a 24-hour reception and check-out service, a hotel safe and currency exchange facilities. A laundry service is available and garage parking is provided for those arriving by car. There is a heated indoor swimming pool on site, along with sun loungers and parasols outside on the sun terrace. Guests can also treat themselves to a soothing massage at the hotel. There is a golf course just 1.5 km away and guests can go riding close by.Breakfast is served at the hotel. Lunch is available à la carte, while dinner may be either selected from a set menu or ordered à la carte.
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