5 inspiring Marrakech Riads on Airbnb that you’ll want to stay in ASAP

Marrakech: It’s the perfect place to be inspired or simply enjoy the city loved by fashion’s favourite Yves Saint Laurent. Home to the ever-popular Instagram destination of Jardin Majorelle and the location for the imminent opening of the Laurent museum in 2017, there are endless excuses to visit Marrakech. The hammam spas are luxurious, the tagines are a treat for your tastebuds and the riads – traditional Moroccan homes – are real Aladdin’s caves.

Swap the usual strictly-scheduled breakfast and substantial late check-out fee for something a little more authentic: enter an inconspicuous doorway somewhere in the hot labyrinth of the Medina to discover the greenery of your own open-air courtyard, surrounded by opulent bedrooms. Believe it or not, the riads we’re recommending below can be rented on Airbnb, meaning you’re just a scroll and a click away from sipping mint tea on a floor cushion, enjoy!

Joli Riad

Joli Riad

Price per night: from £106
Bedrooms: 4
Host: Valerie

Nestled in the oldest district of the Medina, a short walk from the breathtaking Ben Youssef Madrasa, is Valerie’s riad. Explore the quirky building’s crooks and crannies, decorated with colourful Moroccan knickknacks, until you find yourself on the roof terrace soaking up the sun.

Riad Kerdouss

Riad Kerdouss

Price per night: from £220
Bedrooms: 6
Host: Julien & Michelle

Whether your trip to Marrakech is a mid-summer 40° affair or a killer of the January blues, Riad Kerdouss will accommodate you either season, with both a rooftop pool and a roaring fireplace. An astonishing 14 guests can stay in this riad; the perfect excuse for that long-awaited group trip.

Riad Bayou

Riad Bayou

Price per night: from £134
Bedrooms: 4
Host: Francois

Once owned by the King’s court jester, Riad Bayou is an enchanting 17th-century house, decorated in an Islamic minimalist style. Surrounded by citrus trees, the master suite showcases a traditional painted ceiling dating back hundreds of years; and the housekeeper, Manar, provides a breakfast of Moroccan pancakes and fresh fruit.

Riad Beldi

Riad Beldi

Price per night: from £105
Bedrooms: 5
Host: Julien & Michelle

This five-bedroom paradise features every type of extravagant interior design that Morocco is renowned for: ornate geometric tiling, embellished wall hangings, traditional Berber rugs and curved doorways in the Islamic keyhole design. Pops of the instantly-recognisable colour of Majorelle blue make this riad fit for Yves himself.

Riad LakLak

Riad LakLak

Price per night: from £159
Bedrooms: 7
Host: Aleks

Riad Laklak can be found in the historical Mellah, a stone’s throw from the vibrant Kashbah neighbourhood that houses the Royal Palace. The magical bathrooms feature Tadelakt, a colourful Moroccan wall painting technique, and intricate shadows cast by an abundance of mosaic lanterns. After spending the week living like royalty, you may find it difficult to settle back into your one-bed urban flat.

Be sure to check Airbnb for each riad’s availability and seasonal prices.

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