Derb Boucetta lakbir N°23, Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Morocco
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Dar K
Minimalism can feel so overdone sometimes, but Dar-K wears its simplicity effortlessly, thanks to the innate good taste of owner Sarah Rasson and her interior designer husband. This is a fairly small house with white walls and battleship grey ceilings throughout – creating a cool backdrop for the warmer, richly textured fixtures and fittings. These include four poster-style beds made of huge carved and painted wooden pillars; a lovely selection of hand-woven rugs in natural tones; and some well chosen lanterns. The terrace is similarly pared back, with clean white furniture and a cream canvas shade set against the pink ochre walls, potted plants and distant palm trees. The net result is a house that feels light, comfortable and informal; a nest in which to sleep and recharge; a place to call your own.
Dar-K is in the Kaat Ben Nahid neighbourhood - one of the oldest of the medina, just moments to the north east of the souks, near the Marrakech museum and the Medersa Ben Youssef.
There are two double bedrooms (one of them on the ground floor) and two suites – one with a bath and the other a shower room. Both the suites and the first floor double are air-conditioned.
The lovely courtyard has orange trees and a rose petal-strewn fountain; a spacious living room with fireplace; an open plan kitchen-dining room, and a small swimming pool which between November and April is covered over and becomes a b’hou (traditional recessed seating area giving off a courtyard). There’s an open gallery landing on the first floor, leading to the terrace which is furnished comfortably and has great views over the medina.
Delicious breakfasts and Moroccan dinners (order in the morning for the same evening) are served on the roof terrace or downstairs.
The house does not have a hammam, but Sarah is happy to help you find a local hammam and can organise visiting masseurs, beauty therapists etc. Wi-fi and an i-pod docking station are available on the ground floor.
Sarah manages the riad herself and will look after you beautifully. Although she claims otherwise, she has very good English.
Couples, families and groups of friends – the house can be booked in its entirety for around £400 per night. Popular with English people.
More information on Dar K:
- Derb Boucetta lakbir N°23, Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Morocco
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool