Hg2 : The Hedonist

Riad Edward

The pets, family photos, and objets d’art scattered around this Bohemian 500-year-old riad make you feel instantly at home and offer an intriguing peek into the character of the well-read, well-traveled British/Portuguese owners. “People either like it or don’t,” says proprietress Beatriz Maximo, clearly because the beauty here lies in the imperfection. Authentically restored, with walls and floors clad in vibrantly-hued original tile and carved aged cedar ceilings, the nine-room riad (six are suites) is the former home of the Alaoui family, royal relatives which claimed to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad. The rooms — five come with luxurious tubs and four come with fireplaces — are amazingly quiet with beds comfortable enough for any princess. The central courtyard has a 7-by-3 meter unheated swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery including a 300-year-old cypress tree, which could hide a pet turtle or two. The roof terrace, one of the highest in the Medina, delivers awe-inspiring views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. Enjoy an extra portion of the delicious Moroccan pancakes for breakfast and make like Cous-Cous the resident tiger cat does: Nap away the day worry-free. 

Marestane, Zaouia Sidi Bel Abs
+212 5 24 38 97 97
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