Marrakech

Riad Mena & Beyond

Riad Mena & Beyond

Marrakech, Africa

Every time you walk through the rooms and courts of this nobiliary riad in the medina, you will feel like you are in a dream. The dream of a mother, who found her pleasant retreat here, and the dream of her daughter Philomena, who devoted this house to creative, intimate, authentic and happily unclassifiable reception…

Dar Darma

Dar Darma

Marrakech, Morocco

There is something magnetic about this riad, and this city. Both will conquer your heart and leave you with sweet vivid memories. It’s a mild evening of May and we’re in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina surrounded by flat rooftop terraces. At night, the muezzin reaches us in the quiet top rooms…

Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona and Beyond

by Agust Juste and Eva Calduch

We’re Agust and Eva, a couple of graphic designers-partners-friends from Barcelona with our own studio for more than 20 years and not divorcing… yet. We recently launched Behomm, the first home exchange site just for designers and visual artists worlwide. By invitation only, much more secure, it avoids anonymous registrations. We love beauty and travelling. We are passionate home exchangers with the dream of connecting all creatives…

EDITOR’S PICKS

EDITOR’S PICKS

by Paola Corini

Paola loves the sun when it’s not too strong, the smell of herbs, the colour combination of Botswana’s Lilac-breasted Roller, freshly baked bread, mountain air, people who smile, words and summer fruit. Up to one year ago writing and traveling were the extraordinary, yet in 2013 she founded Meraviglia Paper together with Laura and became a self-assured Travel Editor. She keeps thinking that traveling in this world is extraordinary, magical, and essential.

Lost in Medina

Lost in Medina

Marrakech, Morocco

They say you should experience getting lost in Marrakesh’s medina at least once. We got there on what looked like a luggage trolley, we rang at a huge wooden black gloss door and disappeared through the cool and dark rooms of a riad. I got back out almost immediately and started walking through the narrow streets of the medina and its gentle bends at a quick and steady pace. It’s a labyrinth where you feel you know your way and you’d swear you recognise its streets…

El Fenn, a place where time stops

El Fenn, a place where time stops

Marrakech, Morocco

“El fenn” means “art” and this riad is full of it. It’s a place where time stops. From the red streets of Marrakech you enter the medina and at first your eyes struggle to adjust to the darkness of the rooms you walk through. But then, you’re back to the light, in the shaded garden at the centre of the building. In the square-shaped, deep and tall patio, the vegetation rises up to the blue sky and houses birds that have found here their paradise. There are turtles walking on the marble and coming to greet you by lightly hitting their head against your feet. This space, where you arrive and will keep coming back to, is like an open-air living room where to meet before heading toward other corners of this magical and intimate house…

RIAD DUE

RIAD DUE

Marrakech, Morocco

The space is organised as a classic riad: an internal patio with swimming pool in the centre, as it was a carpet and a roof terrace where to enjoy green tea at dawn. What’s special about Riad Due (part of the small chain Uovo) is the attention to details, a blend of local folklore and contemporary design. Each room is different from the others. They feature intense colours that catch by surprise eyes that are used to seeing white and furniture that is beautifully made by local artisans. The rich breakfast brings together African and Occidental traditions. This is a perfect oasis in a discreet corner of the Medina.

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