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LAMIA BENHIDA: FIVE MUST SEE SPOTS IN MOROCCO INSPIRED BY BEAUTIFUL INTERIORS & ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN


Over the past few years, Morocco has been under the spotlight for its beautiful arts & crafts and traditional architecture. The excitement for Moroccan carpets, handmade rattan decoration, traditional patterns and graphic cement tile has resulted in it being seen among popular interior design trends. Not only does Morocco offer a great source of inspiration but it is also becoming a great spot for trendy places. 

Marrakesh is definitely a city that concentrates the best of interior design in the country, most of the places here are mesmerizing and I think they did a pretty good job at it! Here are my top five favourite places in Morocco that have the best interior & architectural design:

Royal Palm Beachcomber is one of those spectacular spaces that you can not forget. The attention to detail makes everything seem perfectly arranged. The design is resolutely modern with a subtle Moroccan twist.

*Photo credit: Fairmont Royal Palm Marakkesh website

Palais Namaskar presents stunning architecture, combining a Hindi cultural influence that somehow fits perfectly with the traditional Moroccan architecture. The modern furniture makes it even more appealing. This kind of blending always works its magic with me.

*Photo credit: Palais Namaskar Facebook page

Casablanca, the busiest city in Morocco, offers quite a remarkable choice of fancy establishments. The last one I discovered was a great surprise. Lily’s Asian Restaurant has an outstanding ocean view. The place feels like a private Zen garden with beautiful wooden floors and giant bamboos placed inside which create an intimist set up for the tables. The furniture choice - comfortable & vintage - and the lighting scenography are a perfect match for this trendy place.

*Photo credit: Lily’s Asian Restaurant Facebook page 

As I am from Agadir, I cannot end this post without paying tribute to my hometown! It is a beautiful seaside town with great potential for tourism - a lot of trendy places are starting to pop up along the coast line.

One of the first places I discovered (it is still one of my favourite places to go to) is Paradis Plage, Surf Yoga & Spa. It is the first resort dedicated to wellness in the area. Caught between the mountains and the sea, the architecture blends in perfectly with the general landscape. The design is warm and welcoming, with a cozy atmosphere and they make use of neutral colors and eco-friendly materials. I find that sometimes simplicity is the only thing you need to make a space both aesthetic and comfortable.

    *Photo credit: Paradis Plage, Surf Yoga & Spa Facebook page

Finally, The Munga Guest House, Taghazout is my special place with a fantastic view over Taghazout Bay - an upcoming trendy spot in South Morocco. It is the story of a beach lover and his wife that spent around 15 years building and making this place a pure jewel. Each piece has a story to tell, every wooden door has been found somewhere in the Moroccan country side and everything is designed in a unique way making it almost impossible to find anywhere else. All the wood work is homemade - it’s a lifetime project made with passion.

I think that is exactly what design is about, passion. You have to love the process while telling the story of a place, using all the elements you can with creativity; it’s an infinite playground of shapes colors and textures. I just love it!

    *Photo credit: The Munga Guest House, Taghazout Facebook page

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