6.8.15

RIAD KHEIRREDINE

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There are many cities that are could easily charm our socks off, make us book the next ticket out and then compare our expectations of those wallpaper worthy Google Image searches that we are so alluded to once we step foot into the said city. I reckon, it's not about making a checklist of Instagram-able photo walks but how you choose to celebrate the city's magnificence by soaking in its architecture, culture, food, and more importantly, localising yourself--with the locals themselves. Marrakech may seem like a distant memory now but the fondest of times were spent appreciating the amount of effort the Moroccans do to make you feel thoroughly at home. Airbnb, you say? Do your research, I say, and pick a darn good riad (preferably one with spectacular views, and that is safe and cosy). 

Hot tip: Stay during the off-peak season so you don't have to wait until the Atlas Mountains collects snow, for previous guests to get off that cabana.

The old town charm of Riad Kheirredine may be undeniable but what sealed those good memories were the service from the fellow staff who are what I will call a tight-knitted family. It was hospitality at best, Valentina, the babe of Marrakech, an Italian stunner and fellow spicy-food comrade, who Ron and I can't praise enough, made sure our riad transfer was a smooth one. There and then, all the little details were covered. We were escorted in and out from riad to the medina with ease. On the day we were supposedly headed to Essaouira, she had even booked bus tickets for us by her own initiative. Under her care, we were able to localise ourselves within the hustle and bustle of the city--which cafe serves the best filo pastries, how to avoid touts, where to take the best pictures atop Jemaa el Fna.

Hot tip 2: Stay in a little while longer.

While I got a little too excited, the first few days were just, frantic, to say the least. So many hot spots to cover, so excited. And after, you'll need a break in between. We took time off for serenity, feasted into breakfast, lazed in the cabana, a hot bath in the tub, scarf-glazed over the red skies, and shared some more mint tea, pastries, and stories with the Kheirredine family. If you were to ask about the experience, it's top. Top class. Enough reason for Karlie Kloss to cha cha dance her way from her September issue cover to Morocco. 'Nuff said.
                                                    
ASOS high-neck top, ASOS stripe skorts, ASOS satin cami, Zara pants -- similar here, paisley scarf from the Souks -- similar here              
Shots by me and Ronald W.

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