Lights, Camera, Action at new design riad Almaha Marrakech, inspired by poem ‘L’invitation au voyage’
21 Jun 2016
- Designed by famous architect Charles Kaisin, Almaha Marrakech is a secluded luxury riad located in Marrakech’s oldest neighbourhood, the Kasbah
- Almaha Marrakech is the ideal base for art and film festivals in Africa’s cultural hub
- With the medina on the hotel’s doorstep, this is a design lovers paradise
Marrakech is Africa’s cultural hub and the city hosts art and film festivals that draw fans from around the world. Almaha Marrakech, launched in February 2016, is the perfect base for anyone seeking that movie star atmosphere away from the crowds. Almaha Marrakech was conceived by Belgian architect and designer Charles Kaisin who drew inspiration from Charles Baudelaire’s famous poem ‘L’invitation au voyage’.
With just 12 individually designed bedrooms, each with their own private areas on the roof terrace and access to the rooftop outdoor pool, Almaha Marrakech has the feel of a luxury, grand private residence. Almaha features an underground luxury hammam and spa, a vast roof terrace where guests can also enjoy all meals, a rooftop swimming pool, a design bar ‘The Pixel Room’ and a residents-only restaurant ‘The Library’.
Movie stars descend on the city each November for the Marrakech International Film Festival. Showcasing the best in African and Arab cinema, the festival has matured since its debut in 2001 into a major event on the global film calendar. The famous Jemaa el-Fnaa square is converted into a huge open-air cinema.
The whole city of Marrakech makes visitors feel like they are part of a stunning cultural film. Blessed with strong sunlight and vibrant colours, visitors encounter a vast array of sounds, smells and sights across the medina spread around myriad squares, all just outside of Almaha Marrakech. Here guests can haggle, meet friendly locals and pick up unique pieces by craftsmen and women.
Charles Kaisin’s Almaha Marrakech is full of movie star appeal. Aside from the individually designed bedrooms, each with their own story, several other areas will inspire guests, including:
The Pixel Room – The energy of the Jemaa el-Fnaa square – and the countless people who cross and interact inside it daily – is rendered still and peaceful in 23,000 padded cubes of coloured silk. It took 20 people to assemble, one by one, all the pieces and guests could spend hours in this unique room.
The Library – It took well over a month for the 1083 books in the library to be folded to recreate the poem that inspired Charles Kaisin. The pages of all these French literature books have been expertly folded but not damaged, and are still able to be read. Each book is folded to form a letter. With all these letters together, guests can discover and read the whole poem.
The Patio – located on the ground floor, the patio is draped in white curtains that reflect off a green tiled water display which fills each evening illuminating the stars. The gentle lighting through traditional lanterns makes this a very romantic setting for an evening photograph under the night sky.
Almaha Marrakech even has its own scent throughout the riad. The orange tree fragrance which burns throughout the day, draws guests to the many plants and vegetation around the riad.
Charles Kaisin offers tips for guests to uncover the real Marrakech commenting: “I like to lose myself in the souk, exploring all of the unique aspects of the different places. I have been a number of times and still keep uncovering new wonders. If I wake early I like going to the flower market. In the evening I enjoy crossing the ‘Jemaa el-Fnaa’, smelling the different spices of the cooking, it feels like outdoor theatre. What I really enjoy is the guilty pleasure of staying in the hotel and sharing a meal with friends in The Library. After a day exploring Marrakech, nothing beats relaxing on Almaha’s roof terrace where I enjoy reading with the backdrop of Marrakech sounds.”
Marrakech is oozing with culture and it offers the ultimate backdrop for lights, camera and plenty of action, throughout the year.
Derb Ben Zina 55 – 40040 La Kasbah, Marrakech – Morocco +21 252 4386782
Instagram: @almahamarrakech or #almahamarrakech
Accommodation, breakfast, afternoon mint teas and pastries from €310.00 per room per night