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A Traditional Riad With A Contemporary Twist

The New Extension To Riad 72, Marrakech

I wanted to write about the new addition to Riad 72 after my visit in September last year but I was sworn to secrecy as it was still a work in progress.  The new section, an ancient Riad adjacent to the existing Riad is now open for business so I can share my photos with you.

The owner, Giovanna Cinel, the architects and interior designers, Project Ch(ouf) have created a sleek modern look using traditional Moroccan crafts: zellij tiles, turned wood and tadelakt in a contemporary colour palette.

 

The Tiles

The Riad courtyard features traditional Zellij tiles in a striking pattern of dark cherry,rich plum, pale pink, beige and  cream.  The tiles were individually handcrafted and it took over a month to lay the floor.  Sunlight reflecting on the surface of the tiles creates the illusion of rippling water and when you look down on the courtyard from the floor above it looks as if vines are trailing toward the central fountain.

 

 

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Pale Tadlakt Walls, Carved latticework balconies and horseshoe arches

Look up to the first floor and you can see the creamy white tadelakt walls, the horse shoe shaped arches and the handcrafted wooden latticework balconies in a contrasting taupe.  The window frames and traditional wooden Moroccan doors are also in taupe contrasting beautifully with the walls and the zellij tiles.

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A mix of old and new

Plush velvet sofas, brass tables and geometric wallpaper work well with vintage flea market finds and create an elegant space.    The designers have cleverly brought the colours of the Medina into the Riad using a rich palette of reds and pinks.

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You can read my earlier post on Riad 72 here.

Click here to book a stay at this wonderful Riad.

Read my Marrakech highlights here.

 

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Places to stay: Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh Jaipur

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Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh Jaipur

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Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh was my home from home in Jaipur, India, for a week earlier this year. Described as a luxury guesthouse it’s a delightful, family run, boutique hotel with 11 bedrooms a restaurant and a spa.

It’s one of the most welcoming places I have ever stayed and it really feels as if you are staying in a beautifully designed home rather than a hotel. Shiva Gupta, the owner, his daughter Megha, wife Anita and their staff are extremely hospitable and know how to make their guests feel at home.

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A place to relax hotel 47 Jobner Bagh

Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh was designed by an Italian architect and was once part of the Maharaja of Jobner’s garden.   The grounds are beautifully maintained. There are lots of places to sit and relax and everywhere you go you are surrounded by the fragrant scent of jasmine.

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From the large roof terrace there are views to the Aravalli hills and Nahalargh fort and the Ganesh Temple. It’s a lovely place to sit at dusk, enjoy a drink and listen to the birdsong.

The food at the hotel is delicious.  Mrs Anita Gujar is responsible for the menu and dinner is typically a healthy three course vegetarian meal.  It’s authentic home cooking and is some of the best food I have tasted whilst travelling in India.

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The interiors have been elegantly styled and it is the sort of place you want to move into. Bedrooms have antique tables, colonial style chairs and old doors as headboards.  Bathrooms have a Moroccan feel with tadelakt walls and floors.  The communal areas are full of large pots, candles, old photographs and lots of seating areas, which gives the hotel a very relaxed feel.

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The hotel is within easy reach of the Old City and all the major sites in Jaipur yet tucked away from the crazy Jaipur traffic so it is a great place to retreat to after a busy day sightseeing. You can find out more about the hotel here.

 

If you, like me, prefer boutique hotels to large corporate chains see my recommendations for Morocco here and Mexico here.

 

(Hotel 47 Jobner Bagh bedroom photographs taken by the hotel)