with only 10 days to spare, our Morroccan vacation had to be carefully planned. after weeks on end of researching we had decided to spend 5 nights in Essaouira and 3 in Marrakesh. the hotel in Essaouira was easy enough to find, but Marrakesh was a different story. how we got so lucky in finding this gem of a ryad is still beyond me! upon entering the medina I was shocked at the loudness, cramped lanes and alleyways. but once we saw what was behind the unassuming tall walls we were at a loss for words...we must have gasped in wonderment at everything we saw, we must have appeared comical even...due to my line of work I am used to staying in beautiful hotels, but I have never seen or stayed at a more serene,beautifully designed and enchanting place as the Bellamane...the owner Stéphane and the whole staff were so wonderful and welcoming, we felt at home!...of the 6 individually designed suites we chose the romaine suite, we had our dinner in a private salon with fire place( the 3-course meal was divine) and the breakfast on the roof top with a wonderful view of the Atlas mountains...even the hammam was heavenly...it was clear that I was going to shop for lamps and so we were very lucky to be accompanied by the ever so caring and accomodating Siham...next time we'll definitely be staying longer.