I've visited many places globally, on a local level, but I've never visited Medina, Marrakech before until last month.
You can read lonely planet, you can google Medina, you can base your preparation on scenes watched from movies (Sex and the City), however, you haven't lived and breathed Marrakech, till you've booked your stay at the Riad Dar Dallah.
I'm not going to take any credit here for choosing Marrakech as our short luxury getaway destination hobo style, nor finding Riad Dar Dallah, nor meeting the impeccable host and owner Patrick De Maillard who is responsible for creating this affordable haven for those with not only exquisite taste for adventure, but also catering creature comforts. I owe that to my boyfriend, who has all of that, plus a keen eye for style. This was his chosen destination for his birthday. Talk about breath taking Moroccan decor, wood burning fireplaces, rooftop breakfasts overseeing the city, aromatic teas, pancakes and the loveliest staff to help you settle in to this new culture with ease.
Can I even consider using the word "proximity," when I present the distance of this hideaway from Djemaa El Fna square? The best answer is Location location location - this place is in the heart of the buz,z the local colour and smells, the hustle and bustle from the people of the square, however, Riad Dar Dallah is stategically nestled peacefully within the life of this city, allowing guests to also enjoy a great nights rest.
Immersing in with the locals is one of my key elements of adventure. In the absence of this, you could very well be in any globally placed, all catered holiday. Patrick organised an array of visits for us, from a unique visit to walk in the Atlas mountains energised by a private cous cous feast prepared by a local family, to a Berbere Eco museum and back around closer home, to some exclusive photo galleries. Patrick also organised a special birthday celebration dining exerience for my bf at the Riad Dar Dallah, which was wonderful.
Riad Dar Dallah service, the suite we stayed in, the decor, the dining, the detail, the location, the hospitality and Mr. de Maillard made our visit to Marrakech a memorable one which comes highly recommended to anyone who is planning a trip to Marrakech.
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