THE GREAT GETAWAY MEDINA
6, Rue Bin Touahame - Sidi Ben Slimane
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ARCHITECTURE / DESIGN
Architect: Moritz Theden
Interior Design: Olaf Thomas
Entering via the grand circular courtyard of this restored palace – supported by seven columns and seven arches all engraved by skilled local craftsmen – guests are immediately enveloped by an air of Oriental allure. Delicate and intricate carvings, flowing sheer white curtains, subdued lighting and a star-shaped fountain immediately set the scene for an authentic Moroccan escape.
Owners Ina and Christian Krug were enamored with Marrakech on their very first visit. Inspired by the people and the atmosphere, they purchased a piece of land to build their first property, The Great Getaway Marrakech Hotel & Spa, together with their co-owner Moritz Theden, a well-known architect from Berlin. For their second project they chose a palace that has been carefully refurbished in keeping with traditional architecture style, and filled it with an opulent mix of exquisite furnishings handmade by the local craftsmen from the souk that surrounds the property. The location offers everything a visitor to Marrakech could desire and is walking distance from the legendary Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech’s central market place.
Off the main entrance, there are intimate alcoves to retreat to for dining, relaxing and entertainment – including a spacious hall with a brick fireplace and vibrant floor cushions; a reading room with an international library; and a dining room where flickering candles and lanterns cast dancing shadows on the walls.
Each of the four deluxe rooms and two suites pay tribute to the colors of the city, such as desert sand and Majorelle Blue (the color of Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech house), and every room is named after fragrant spices that linger in the air: lavender, mint, saffron, pomegranate, cinnamon and ginger. Each is stunningly furnished with traditional pieces made by local artisans and cabinet-makers, while still offering all the amenities of a hotel where unsurpassable and personalized service makes all your wishes come true. Bathroom walls are plastered in the Tadelakt style, making them appear smooth as silk, and some suites offer stone fireplaces or separate lounging areas.
Of all the spaces on offer, the most captivating of all is the rooftop terrace, where guests will be tempted to lose hours of the day surrounded by cacti, warm breezes and panoramic views of the medina. By day, guests can lounge on white couches and sunbeds for breakfast and cocktails while looking out over the Koutoubia Mosque, Atlas Mountains and the brilliant blossoming landscape; at nightfall, traditional Moroccan dishes are served by the light of candles and lanterns, all accompanied by unforgettable sunsets.