Riad Mena

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

This five-bed­room riad, or tra­di­tional court­yard house, nes­tles be­tween the nar­row lanes of the bustling me­d­ina of old Mar­rakech. Re­fur­bished by de­signer Ro­main Michel-ménière, who is based in the city, and the art-loving owner, Philom­ena Schurer Mer­ck­oll, the ex­clu­sive prop­erty was orig­i­nally a pri­vate home and opened its doors in June. Most of the ho­tel’s pro­duce, in­clud­ing olive oil, herbs and honey, is sourced from its own spec­tac­u­lar per­ma­cul­ture farm just out­side the city in the Ourika Val­ley. Guests can spend the heat of the day re­lax­ing in the ham­mam, get­ting lost in a li­brary, or cruise out to the farm to swim in the nat­u­ral pool, pic­nic un­der olive trees or prac­tise yoga on a ter­race over­look­ing the At­las Moun­tains. In the evening, lo­cal chefs pre­pare tra­di­tional fare, such as tagine and cous­cous, and old films are screened in the court­yard un­der the stars. RIADMENAANDBEYOND.COM

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