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7 Dec 2016

Riad de Tarabel, Marrakech

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel

In the thick of the bustling medina, scattered amongst half-derelict buildings and rough cobblestone paths, hidden behind wooden doors at the end of inconspicuous alleyways, lie the quiet, private riads of Marrakech. On a warm November afternoon, we were led down one such alley, stepping through a doorway into another world. Suddenly, as the large, heavy door swung shut behind us, the sounds and smells of the medina completely vanished, and all that could be heard was the gentle chattering of birdsong and the soft footsteps of occasional passing staff.


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RIAD DE TARABEL
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Laurent, the manager, sat with us as we sipped on mint tea and talked us through the history of the riad. Riad de Tarabel opened in 2007 with only 3 rooms. 2 years ago, during a renovation, 7 more rooms were added, as well as a pool. The next step will be to install a spa. The owner of this riad once lived in a castle in France, near Toulouse, by the name of Chateau de Tarabel - hence the name.

We were shown around the property, from behind the scenes in the kitchen to Laurent's office to the newly opened bedrooms. Led up and around in a labyrinthine pattern through 3 (or was it 4?) levels of rooms, terraces, lounge areas and grandiose dining rooms. Once we'd gotten to know every corner (and believe me, not a corner goes overlooked at Riad de Tarabel, with cosy nooks galore) of the place, we were shown to our bedroom.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel


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BEDROOM OASIS
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One of the newest additions to the riad, our bedroom sat on a secluded higher floor and led to a gorgeous terrace decked out with sun loungers, accessed both via the dressing room and from the courtyard below (it's a shared terrace, though nobody else used it for the duration of our stay). The bathroom had two showers and a gorgeous claw-footed bath. The bedroom decor was kept simple and uncluttered, with a touch of rattan, very much in keeping with the decor seen throughout the rest of the riad; rather French countryside chic.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel


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AS DARKNESS FALLS
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As the sun began to set, we were invited up to watch from the rooftop terrace with the other guests. For the second time during our Moroccan getaway, I felt as though I was a guest at a good friend's place, warmly encouraged to feel at home instead of at a hotel. We ventured up and joined the others to marvel at the beauty of the moon and the colours of the sky, settling down afterwards on a cabana bed to enjoy some pre-dinner G&Ts and nibbles.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel

Earlier in the afternoon we'd decided we were so enjoying our relaxing time at the riad, we would prefer to just dine in. Although they usually need to be informed of your dinner plans the morning of, Laurent checked with the kitchen to see whether they had enough food to accommodate our wishes. To our delight, they did. That night, I had the best tagine of my life - melt in your mouth vegetables and tender chicken sat atop mountains of perfectly cooked couscous with the most gorgeous jus to pour over it all. For dessert, fresh strawberries with homemade ice-cream. I couldn't have asked for anything more. We went to bed with extremely full bellies.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel


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THE MORNING AFTER
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On our final morning in Marrakech we took breakfast up on the roof terrace, the sun already beaming intensely down. FYI - Moroccans love their breakfast sweet and carb-heavy - pastries galore, pancakes, chopped fruit, etc. with little to no protein, so be prepared! I fell in love with the chestnut paste, a divine, thick, buttery spread that can be drizzled into yoghurt or slathered over bread. We headed out for the afternoon to explore a little more, returning a few hours before our flight to collect our belongings and enjoy one last hour of basking on sun loungers in the cool sanctuary of Riad de Tarabel, promising ourselves we would have to return one day. One day soon.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel

Dress by Naudic.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Riad de Tarabel

Thank you to Riad de Tarabel and Laurent for the wonderful stay and food - all words and opinions remain my own.

18 comments :

  1. It seems so peaceful!
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  2. The photos are amazing! Looks like you had a fun time!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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  3. Omg Marrakech looks amazing, I can't wait to visit. <3

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  4. What a stunning location. Love your green Naudic dress!
    xoxo, erin | sandsuandmessybuns.com

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  5. This place looks like paradise! Wish I was there! xo, sharon

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    1. It really is such a wonderful retreat!

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  6. Morocco is one place I would love to see. This looks like the perfect place to stay!

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    1. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!

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  7. It's so beautiful and even more magical at night with all these lights! Hope you had an amazing time there!

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  8. It looks breathtaking, especially at night, so pretty.

    xo
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  9. I'm completely blown away - again! This escape looks magical and no more so than at night when you're enjoying a luxurious dinner overlooking the courtyard. I'm not sure if I've said this before, but I really enjoy reading your style of writing, by the way!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gabrielle, that means a lot! I'm glad you enjoy it :)

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