Baghrir (or beghrir) are delicious Moroccan pancakes – best described by the French words for it – mille trous – a thousand holes. We often serve them in our riad in Marrakesh–Riad Sapphire and Spa, luxury boutique hotel in the medina of Marrakesh.
The lovely folks at Dubai Eye Radio – one of the best radio stations in the Middle East – asked us to tell them what it’s like running a riad in the heart of Marrakech. Before we knew it, we were on-air being broadcast around the region and beyond.
Our story was on a particular show called ‘The Road Less Travelled’ which is all about exploring other cultures and authentic travel. The Travel Show is presented by Lucy Taylor and Mark Lloyd who, every week, help their listeners ‘stay up to date and learn to navigate potential pitfalls with practical travel tips and on the ground advice from the experts in the know.’
The Travel Show covers all elements of travel, tourism, hospitality, leisure and lifestyle – looking at everything from local UAE escapes and entertainment to international vacation options and attractions.
You can listen to our own interview here, care of this podcast:
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.
Amethyst suite – Opening onto our grand courtyard, this double/triple suite comes with latticed windows and hand-woven curtains evoking romantic Arabian nights.
Peridot suite – Imperially positioned on the upper floor and decorated in peridot green shades, this double suite makes for a sensory treat.
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.
Ebony suite – A double/triple suite on the upper floor complete with beautiful menzeh – a traditional Moroccan balcony covered with latticed woodwork for privacy.
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.
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.
Citrine suite – Perched on the upper floor, a soft, relaxing lemon palette makes this double/triple suite cool and comforting.
We have worked day and night to make sure that our brand new, all-suite riad stands out in the crowd. We believe what we have created is unique that it interprets a vivid and modern take on classic Moorish architecture, complemented by clean lines and restrained décor.
From top to bottom, our local artisans have crafted unique and fetching furnishings that give a sense of place and comfort.
For example, our lampshades were custom-ordered, the woodwork was all handmade (look out for the handsome lattice screen, locally called a ‘menzeh’), a leather-covered ceiling fan. There are lime plaster tadelakt walls, marble flooring in the courtyards and the fabrics were predominately hand-woven. A modern spin has been put on classic design, so while you’ll recognise the traditional etching typically found on a Moroccan railing, you’ll notice that we have had it rendered in modern glass.
In between welcoming visitors old and new, we’re busy toasting all the wonderful artisans who have helped us to create one of the most stylish places to stay in North Africa. We hope to have you with us very soon.