Off a quiet alleyway in the Kasbah district, behind a modest wooden door is a dreamy place — a white, arcaded courtyard with billowing curtains, a mirror-like reflection pool and plants spilling from the surrounding balcony.
Word is that Belgian architect Charles Kaisin was inspired by the Charles Baudelaire poem L’invitation au voyage to create a combination of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary design elements.
A lounge-cum-bedroom is kitted out with Egyptian-cotton sheets, fireplace, desk, flatscreen TV and mini-fridge. The design is what really impresses — patterned lanterns, local art, geometric stucco, carved cedar and polished stone floors. Bathrooms are equally lavish, with twin vanity sinks, marble floors and walls and rain showers.
Steps lead to a private roof terrace area where I have breakfast the next morning. There’s also an 18sq metre rooftop pool and subterranean spa with plunge pool and whirlpool bath.
Address: Derb Ben Zina 55, 40040 La Kasbah, Marrakech, Morocco
Price: Accommodation, breakfast and transfers from $341 per room per night, B&B