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, 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).