Where better to unveil a boutique design hotel than in Marrakech, a city full of hidden artistic treasures, romantic riads and unrivalled craftsmanship? Having only launched in February of this year, the highly original decor of Almaha Marrakech was conceived by Belgian architect and designer Charles Kaisin, drawing inspiration from the famous Charles Baudelaire poem ‘L’invitation au voyage’. To fully experience the magic of this city is to combine the excitement of the medina and then retreat to Almaha Marrakech, a new riad that embraces tranquillity in this great red city.
This reasonably new riad hotel is intimate with only 12 bedrooms, each individual styled. It is a welcome tranquil hideaway in which to retreat after a day in the bustling markets. Located in Marrakech’s oldest neighbourhood, the Kasbah, where the former royal stables once stood, Almaha Marrakech is Moroccan romance defined. As guests enter the vast wooden doors at Almaha Marrakech, they are instantly immersed, surrounded by unique craftsmanship and welcomed with warm Moroccan hospitality.
Small enough to offer guests an individually tailored experience, Almaha Marrakech is an independent luxury riad that provides a range of luxurious facilities. From the underground hammam and spa designed to relax and stimulate the senses, to the roof top terrace, where couples can dine and enjoy the swimming pool, which is open throughout the day. The Pixel Room is perfect for mint tea, pastries and evening drinks and The Library for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every aspect of the hotel has been thoroughly thought through, from the cyclical rhythm of traditional Moroccan music being played in every crevice of the hotel, to the fusion of Bedouin and Marrakechi art.
The Library at Almaha Marrakech is one of our favourite parts of the hotel here at H& L. It is influenced by the poem ‘Invitation to voyage’ where the author writes about luxury, peace and pleasure. Charles comments: “The content of the poem is a starting point to understanding the interior design of Almaha Marrakech. It is an invitation to open your mind and discover other cultures whilst feeling at home”. A vast range and diverse collection of 1083 books celebrating French literature have been folded, not damaged, and are still able to be read. Each page is folded to show a letter in the spine of the book. With all these letters together, guests can discover and read the whole poem. Charles further remarks: “Each of the books also becomes an architectural construction through the direction and orientation of each fold”.
Marrakech is known for its souks and the medina, providing a theatrical day-to-day setting. An existing design culture is evident throughout Marrakech whilst a growing vibrant art and photography scene continues to develop. Guests should head to the Galerie Noir Sur Blanc to discover local and international talent. The Matisse Art Gallery is also a must visit for rising and established artists. For photography, Gallery 127 offers a wide selection of international photographs whilst the MMPVA (Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts) is scheduled to launch this year cementing Marrakech as North Africa’s leading cultural destination. The Maison de la Photographie is a dream for lovers of vintage photography and contains thousands of photos dating back to 1870. There is a terrace here too with stunning views ideal for those with an eye for taking a memorable photograph. Over at the Dar Si Said, guests will discover the Museum of Moroccan Arts, home to one of Marrakech’s oldest items among more fashion forward items. This is just the art and photography element of this city. Marrakech has extensive palaces, restaurants, museums, gardens and of course the Jemaa el Fna which entertains for hours and hours day and night. If you are looking for a romantic nook of a hotel within a superb location that is full of character and boasts some of the most brilliant design work in the city, then look no further that Almaha Marrakech. Almaha Marrakech invites guests to voyage and discover this unique hotel in this spectacular setting. It truly invites guests to voyage and discover this unique hotel in a spectacular setting.
Derb Ben Zina 55 – 40040 La Kasbah, Marrakech – Morocco +21 252 4386782
Accommodation, breakfast, afternoon mint teas and pastries from €310.00 per room per night