Riad Mena hotel - Marrakech, Morocco
Surrounded by narrow, bustling streets and quintessentially Moroccan stone alleyways, Riad Mena stands discreetly on the eastern edge of Marrakech’s legendary Medina. Art pundit Philomena Schurer Merckoll took three years to transform the traditional Moroccan house - originally a private residence - into a sleek five-room lodging, featuring polished, modern interiors by local designer Romain Michel-Ménière, interspersed with traditional gems such as vintage kilims, original tiles and leather poufs. Unwind in a traditional hammam or sit under the stars on the terrace where vegetable tagines, couscous and teas are served to a backdrop of old movies. The hotel also boasts a permaculture farm. Located just outside the city in Ourika Valley, two small guesthouses, a hammam and natural swimming pool will be available by the end of the year.