Filled with family heirlooms, souk-sourced antiques, cedar furniture, traditional tadelakt tile patterns, this timelessly elegant Moroccan private guesthouse is a very special addition to the riad range in Marrakech.
Situated in the heart of the old medina, Tarabel is the grand project of Parisian couple, Leonard and Rose-Marie Degoy. Together with the interior designer Romain Michel Menière the couple brought an unmistakably French twist to the traditional Arab-Andalusian architecture.
From Provence to Morocco
The place oozes the understated, but distinctly Provençal chic—with its wooden shutters, dainty garden furniture, a freestanding rolltop bath in one of the doubles, wrought-iron railings and even paintings from Degoy grandmother’s château.
The living areas are spacious. The cozy living/dining room with fireplace, reading room, and sunbathed roof-terrace all carry a delightful blend of elegance and tranquility.
Instead of the typically Moroccan decorative details (latticework or tadelakt walls) the designer chose to set the interiors in a neutral palette of beiges, taupes and soft grays.
There are only three rooms: two rooms and a large suite, all with en-suite bathrooms. Each comes with its own identity, realized in a collection of thoughtfully assembled objects from Europe and the Far East.
Old photographs, large paintings, old prints and mirrors adorn the walls, and there’s a four-poster bed in the Argana room, a clawfoot tub in the Jasmin room, and a huge bathroom over two levels in the Palmeraie Suite.
Tarabel has no restaurant, but there’s a chef on call throughout the day. And—perhaps surprisingly for a such a petite place—there is also a hammam on the ground floor, providing a leisurely oriental bathing experience.
Tarabel growing up
After the renovation, the riad opened as a private guesthouse at the end of 2007. An extension has been in the works for some time, with several new guest suites and a pool planned.
Once the extension is completed, Riad Tarabel will become a true boutique hotel.