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Moroccan style – old and new

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Grand patio Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech

For your stay in the ever-fascinating, exotic city of Marrakesh live in a totally renovated ancient riad in a quiet, residential area of the medina.  At Riad Sapphire & Spa we have adopted a colonial 30’s style, but updated for the new century, in a blend of modern architecture with traditional Moroccan architecture. The interior design also is a mix of Western and Eastern, modern and ancient.
Take the glass panelling in the large courtyard with our pool (using solar energy to heat), instead of a traditional forged metal railing, we’ve rendered it in glass but had the beautiful traditional pattern etched onto the glass. The result is a clean look that allows more light to penetrate the loggia/arcade area of the riad.
In keeping with our colonial 30s theme, we have a ceiling fan in the salon – but used Moroccan craftsmanship to make it a little different.  We purchased leather from the suqs and found a leather craftsman to cut and cover the fan blades and support rod – voilà an old idea updated.
In the rooms we have hand-cut metal ceiling lampshades that cast wonderful patterns on the surrounding surfaces.  In the courtyards and arcades we decided on a more modern take on metal lampshades – we only had to show our metal craftsman, Mohamed, a sample and he faithfully executed the designs.  Again, at night these lampshades throw entrancing shadows on the white walls.

 

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Sitting room in Riad Sapphire, Marrakech

All the furniture and most of the décor, e.g. tables, sofas, banquettes, lampshades, rugs, artwork, decorative cushions, etc. have been locally made using skilled craftsmen. We’ve done a series of videos outlining the work of some of these craftspeople – see our blog – to watch how wood is turned without using electricity, how the beautiful cut metal lampshades are fashioned, how the fabrics used in some of the draperies are woven and more.
Marrakech is modern, ancient, exciting, interesting, vibrant, innovative, exotic and it has over 300 days of sunshine per year.  Don’t wait to visit!
Come and stay with us – live in a totally renovated ancient riad in a quiet, residential area of the medina of Marrakech.  Book directly online via our secure site and get an extra bonus www.riadsapphire.com

Suite dreams – in our new riad in Marrakesh

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Cinnabar suite

There was no space for boring, cookie-cutter style rooms in our new riad. Each suite has been lovingly designed with the guest’s comfort in mind every step of the way. You’ll see that we have a gemstone theme, which is apparent in the colour scheme and energy of each suite. Here we explain in just one sentence what makes each of the suites so special:

Sapphire suite –A bright junior suite on the ground floor with arched windows and French doors opening onto our beautifully kept petite courtyard.

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Sapphire suite

Amethyst suite – Opening onto our grand courtyard, this double/triple suite comes with latticed windows and hand-woven curtains evoking romantic Arabian nights.

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Amethyst suite

Peridot suite – Imperially positioned on the upper floor and decorated in peridot green shades, this double suite makes for a sensory treat.

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Peridot suite

Cinnabar suite – Located on the upper floor and decorated in a warm red palette – this suite is a supremely comfortable home away from home with its own working fireplace.

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Cinnabar suite

Ebony suite – A double/triple suite on the upper floor complete with beautiful menzeh – a traditional Moroccan balcony covered with latticed woodwork for privacy.

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Ebony suite

Amber superior suite –A family-friendly suite on the upper floor complete with lovely pyramid skylight giving masses of light and romantic four-poster queen-sized bed with floaty drapes.

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Amber suite

Topaz superior suite – Choc-a-bloc with charms, this double/triple/quadruple suite on the upper floor boasts a fabulous domed ceiling with inset stars and romantic four-poster queen-sized bed.

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Topaz suite

Citrine suite – Perched on the upper floor, a soft, relaxing lemon palette makes this double/triple suite cool and comforting.

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Citrine suite

Outstanding value too – check out website for the latest promotions – the best deals are direct via our website.

Our websites: www.riadsapphire.com and www.chic-riads-marrakech.com

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