Places to stay: Riad Le Pèlerin, Marrakech

Riad Le Pelerin Marrakech

Riad Le Pèlerin was my home-from-home on a whirlwind 4-night work trip to the region of Marrakech last month.  I chose this riad for its location, its traditional architecture, relaxed stylish interiors and its menu of Moroccan dishes with a twist. The riad is conveniently situated in the medina in an area called Dar El […]

A Traditional Riad With A Contemporary Twist

Riad design

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 […]

Ben Youssef Madrasa Marrakech

Ben Youssef Madrasa

The Ben Youssef Madrasa was the largest Islamic theological college in Morocco.  It was founded in the 14th century by the Marinid Sultan Abu al-Hassan and further developed by Sultan Abdallah al-Ghalib in the 16th century in order to rival the madrasas of Fez. It’s a wonderful example of Moorish architecture, with its carved Atlas […]

Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Moroccan wedding throw

Vintage Moroccan wedding blankets, also known as handira or tamizart, have been popular with interior designers and stylists for some time.  The neutral colour palette of the blankets makes them an extremely versatile addition to a bedroom or sitting room.  They add elegance, texture, pattern, glamour and sparkle and can be used in a variety […]

Le Jardin Secret Marrakech

Le Jardin Secret

Marrakech’s Secret Garden Tucked away behind 30 foot walls on Rue Mouassine in the medina is Le Jardin Secret, Marrakech’s Secret Garden.  It’s a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the medina and take refuge in the tranquil courtyard gardens of one of Marrakech’s largest and oldest riads. The Story Behind […]

Create Your Own Moroccan Hammam Experience

Moroccan hammam Riad 72

  If you are visiting Morocco I recommend you try a hammam either a private one at your riad or the nearest public one.  It’s essentially the Middle Eastern version of the steam room and its origins date back to Roman times.   Visiting a hammam is part of Moroccan life and men, women and […]

Riad 72 Marrakech

Where to stay in Marrakech: Riad 72   If you are planning a short break to Marrakech I recommend staying in a Riad in the Medina rather than a large hotel in a newer part of town.  It’s the best way to soak up the atmosphere, get a sense of the history and the architecture […]

Winter Warmth

Berber pom pom blankets

Winter Warmth With Our New Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets The nights are drawing in and there is a distinct nip in the air so what better time to launch our new collection of Moroccan Pom Pom Blankets.     Perfect for keeping warm on chilly nights, these blankets have been hand woven on traditional looms […]