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.


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The owner’s study can serve as a fifth double bedroom, also with private bath.

Guests at Hayati are graciously received by a caring Marrakshi staff. Professional massage, beauty treatments, chauffeurs, and guides are available on request.

Hayati’s cook will tempt guests with superb Moroccan tajines and heavenly French desserts. In summer, meals are served on the riad’s roof terrace, with enchanting views of palace walls and the Atlas Mountains. In winter, you can dine by the fire in one of the salons.

The riad is especially romantic at night, when candles light the courtyard and incense perfumes the air.

Riad Hayati, Marrakech Médina
Tel: +44-7770-431-194 (UK) E-mail: info@riadhayati.com