El Palacio de Las Especias is a luxury riad in Marrakech housed in a restored 19th-century building in the medina. Once owned by a family of spice merchants before it fell into disrepair, today it has been transformed into an intimate and peaceful 7-room Chic Retreat with cool patios, a courtyard pool and fountains and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the city.
Relax in one of the lounges, take a dip in the swimming pool and at dusk, grab a lounger on the roof terrace to watch the sun set over the medina as the swallows swoop over the city and the muezzin call to prayer fills the air. Staff at El Palacio de Las Especias can organise day trips to the Ourika Valley, the coastal, UNESCO World Heritage town of Essaouira and the impressive waterfalls 150km north of Marrakech, Cascades dOuzoud. Within the riad itself guests can also sign up for Moroccan cookery lessons and yoga, among other activities.
Dinner at El Palacio de Las Especias is a truly special experience, where dishes combine the flavours and spices of Moroccan cuisine with influences from desert gastronomy. The menu includes tagines, spicy lamb casserole, delicate briouats (a sweet puff pastry thats usually filled with meat) and keftas (typically ground beef or lamb mixed with cumin, paprika and parsley).
At El Palacio de las Especias there are plenty of communal spaces for relaxing, from the 3 lounges spread across 2 floors to the patios and terrace. The lounge on the ground floor is equally warm and cosy in the winter and cool and airy in the summer, with large windows that open onto both patios, a library corner next to the chimney and a spacious area for dining. There is also a summer lounge with loungers around the pool and a final lounge on the top floor which opens onto the central patio.
The 7 rooms are named after 7 of the gates in the medina and all have unique, decorative characteristics from the ancient copper bath in Bab Doukkala to the latticework of Bab Debbagh and Bab El Khemish. Bab Ksiba is on the first floor, has a balcony overlooking the fountain on the reception patio and a sitting area thats perfect for drinking a cup of mint tea. The ground floor Bab Er-Raha suite has doors that open onto the central courtyard, with a charming Rajasthani-style tea corner and a traditional hammam Arab bath in the bathroom. Bab Agnaou, named after the most lavish gate to the medina, is a first floor suite with an original, wood coffered ceiling, a four-poster bed (it also has a Rajasthani-style tea corner). This suite can also be made bigger by joining it to one of the lounges, effectively meaning guests have their own private wing. Bab Berrima is a room on the ground floor where the bed takes centre stage within an ancient eyvan (a vaulted 3-walled hall).
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