Just beyond the north wall of the Bahia Palace, in a tranquil quarter of the ancient Marrakech medina, this 18th-century merchant's home has been elegantly restored as a small chic riad.
Called Hayati ("my life"), the property is a memoir of its British owner’s years in the Middle East.
It combines classic Moorish architecture with subtle tones of Arabia, Turkey, and Persia. Berber chests, antique kilims, rich Ottoman tapestries complement the riad’s cool white decor.
The result is stylish, intimate, and extremely comfortable.
Set around a columned courtyard edged with palms and lemon trees, with a rare Damascene fountain in the centre, Hayati is a dream of exotic salons, secret nooks and alcoves, plus four luxurious bedrooms, three with fireplaces and all with seductive hammam-style bathrooms with huge tubs.