Riad Farnatchi, an Oasis of peace and luxury in the madness of the Medina.
Stepping into the warm hospitality of our Riad, I’m speechless [which as many of you know is a miracle in of itself] by the tranquility, infusion of delicious scents and beauty that engulf us. Who would have imagined this jewel hidden behind the chaos and simple exterior of the medina’s pink walls!
Mint tea drenched with sugar, is served in small beautiful glasses to refresh our weary souls, or possibly rot our teeth if we drink too much,as we enter the first courtyard in this myriad of luxury. Original Moroccan arts and crafts from Berber tribes and Moroccan Royalty adorn the walls, while Roses cascade from the courtyard balconies creating an intoxicating cocktail to nourish our senses.
A collection of historic private homes each built around it’s own open courtyard,now connected to create an exclusive maze of stairways and passageways to 9 suites, rooftop dining and relaxation and intimate alcoves.All creating an authentic Moroccan experience.
Anticipating our every desire our impeccable hosts have prepared a private feast for us to the savor our first bites of Moroccan cuisine and to my surprise wine…dare I say,what a fine French contribution. A feast in a tiny restaurant of pure artistry where craftsmen have carved patterns within the stone walls and multi colored lanterns light our evening.The perfect ambiance for a romantic meal… Next time maybe.
We’ve truly landed in Aladdin’s cave…our sanctuary,with all it’s hidden treasures.
This is only day one!!
Why Morocco, why Marrakech, timing, the lure, the fascination and excitement of a distinctly different culture rich in Arabic traditions. A journey to an unfamiliar land [or so we thought] framed within the safety net of a perfectly planned adventure with” Escape to Shape”.
An extraordinary journey we believed would nourish us culturally and revive us physicality. A journey where working our core through the fluidity of Yoga took on a whole new meaning, as we transcended our bodies and reconnected with the truth of our soul.
The beauty of Marrakech.
Marrakech is essentially a feminine city; a vibrant and luminous city draped in a pink haze. A city that moves between the shadows and light,illuminated by the light that shines from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and the warmth that emanates from its people, their hospitality, spirituality and laughter.An ancient culture, which honors its traditions, community and each other as it navigates the modern world.
please join me as I write and share images throughout the coming weeks about our magical adventure into the unknown!