Escape to Marrakech, Morocco

by PHOEBE LIU on Jun 22, 2012 in Architecture , Interiors , Lifestyle
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Local artisanal touches abound at the Great Getaway Medina in Marrakech, with a rainbow of colours and native materials promising a trip back in time

Restaurateur Ina Krug, architect Moritz Theden and journalist Christian Krug were visiting Marrakech for a party when they fell head over heels in love with the city. “It was so inspiring. We took it all in. We saw the people, felt the atmosphere and even on that first night thought‚ ‘Wow, what could we do here?’” says Ina Krug.

The answer was simple and immediate. Purchasing a piece of land to build their first property, they created The Great Getaway Marrakech Hotel & Spa together with co-owner Moritz Theden, an architect from Berlin. For their second project, they chose a palace, now lovingly refurbished in keeping with traditional architectural style, and filled with an opulent mix of furnishings handmade by the local craftsmen from the souk that surrounds the property.

The Great Getaway Medina opens into a grand circular courtyard surrounded by high columns and arches. Delicate, intricate carvings, flowing sheer white curtains, subdued lighting and a star-shaped fountain immediately set the scene for an authentic Moroccan getaway. Off the main entrance to the hotel in Marrakech, there are intimate alcoves to retreat to for dining, relaxing and entertainment – including a spacious hall with a brick fireplace and vibrant floor cushions; a reading room with an international library; and a dining room where flickering candles and lanterns cast shadows on the walls. 

With just six rooms and suites, the Krugs, together with interior designer Olaf Thomas, have ensured that each mirrors the unique colours of Marrakech, such as desert sand and Majorelle Blue (the colour of Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech house). Every room is named after fragrant spices and herbs: lavender, mint, saffron, pomegranate, cinnamon and ginger. Each is stunningly furnished with traditional pieces made by local artisans and cabinet-makers. Bathroom walls are plastered in the Tadelakt style, making them appear smooth as silk, and some suites offer stone fireplaces or separate lounging areas.

Read the full story, ‘Escape to Marrakech’, in the July 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!