Wait! Don’t start yet! Put some –appropriate- music on first!
One of the experiences I definitely wanted to go through in Marrakech was staying in some Riads, these traditional Moroccan houses with an interior courtyard turned into boutique hotels in the heart of the Medina (old town). Our plan with Silia included neither one, nor two, but three Riads as part of our Riad Hopping.
The first Riad we stayed at was Numa Marrakech, near the picturesque Place des épices square and Nomads restaurant. In order to find Numa, like most Riads, you have to be guided by a local, since nothing externally suggests that a hotel might be hidden behind a wooden door with high walls. But that’s also the main advantage of Riads. They are small oases of serenity in the chaotic Medina.
Numa consists of 6 completely different rooms with a tranquil inner courtyard with trees, sunbathing from above. This courtyard, where we were served breakfast every morning, on the Moroccan round tables, around the fireplace, which in the evenings of January had melted and made us sit near it.
The Italian owners, Claudia and Mauro, who were looking for a place exotic but close to Europe to settle in, welcomed us with a Moroccan Tea that very first day, and one of the following afternoons, prepared for us an Italian lunch (spaghetti of course!) and we ate together in Numa’s heavenly courtyard. In this courtyard where there was always soft music that made us relax from the first minute we entered the room.
The décor is boho chic, the dark blue and gold blend in with each other while the small pool on the first floor with the wooden chaise lounge makes you want to stay there all day. But also on the terrace, in the afternoons, when the power of the sun had subsided, we climbed up to admire the view of Marrakech – this chaotic, colorful beauty – far from the crowds, yet so close.
There are some hotels that make you feel at home and Numa was just that for us. Our home in the African continent.
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