The Beldi Collection has announced the opening of Riad Louhou. Set on a peaceful square in the Kasbah quarter of the Marrakech medina, this new boutique hotel celebrates the Morrocan way of life as well as seeking inspiration from the nomadic people of the Sahara Desert. After a 12-month renovation project, which carefully preserved the traditional property’s character, Riad Louhou consists of five luxurious guest rooms and a stunning terrace, complete with a rooftop pool. Owned by British and Moroccan husband and wife team, Riad Louhou is a gateway to the Sahara for those guests travelling onwards to the collection’s sister property Nubia Desert Camp from Marrakech.
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Consisting of two double bedrooms with king-size beds, and three suites, accommodation has been lovingly designed to create a haven of tranquillity in the bustle of the medina, a place to relax in between adventures. With a canvas of neutral tones and clean lines, every light and airy guest room has its own individual Moroccan décor from rich gold throws and velvet cushions, to traditional robes hanging above the bed and monochrome patterned rugs.
The public areas at Riad Louhou combine a harmony between indoor and outdoor spaces with inspiration taken from the Saharawi people and their culture. The central courtyard and water fountain sit at the heart of the property and provide a cool area to relax nomad-style with white outdoor chairs and tables, rugs and poufs, surrounded by pink bougainvillea and the Riad’s palm tree. The supporting columns, billowing with white curtains, frame the entrance to a large lounge furnished with hand-loomed rugs in red and burnt orange shades, chairs upholstered in traditional fabrics, dark wooden chests and a fireplace. A touch of glamour is added with velvet armchairs and large decorative mirrors.
The terrace, set against a backdrop of one of the ancient palace walls, is the perfect sun spot with loungers surrounding the rooftop pool, shaded by simple, natural straw parasols and complete with sun hats and yellow towels for a pop of colour. With walls adorned in a soft pink, the terrace offers two dining areas where white tablecloths and luxurious tableware are set up in either the shaded area with comfortable sofas and chairs with striped tasselled cushions or the dining area for a more formal experience. Dishes include traditional tagines as well as lighter bites such as Moroccan pastillas and small plates
Nightly rates at Riad Louhou start from £140 per room per night in a Double Room and from £160 per room per night in a Suite, both based on two adults sharing, including breakfast. Children under 12 may join their parents in a Suite for £30 per night. Riad Louhou is also available for private hire sleeping 12.