MAISON MK

Chic and cool indulgence in the Marrakech medina

SOHO COMES TO MARRAKECH in this sleek new designer riad at the heart of the Medina. Made for extravagant hideaway weekends, Maison MK is the epitome of coolest chic – with killer views of the Atlas Mountains yet another treat from its sprawling rooftop terrace.

This is just the place for style-savvy couples. Inside, Maison MK’s fashion photographer owners have created six coolly decadent bedrooms. Beds are lit from behind to give a floating-on-air look. Dramatic silk chiffon artworks flutter above huge polished plaster headboards, while rich fabrics add splashes of colour. 

There’s an in-room sound system – pre-loaded with chill-out music – where you can hook up your iPod, and even a mobile phone. Bathrooms are stocked with Parisian Ex Voto toiletries, while deep roll-top tubs and monsoon-like showers are made for double soaks. And if you get the munchies in the middle of the night (or day) your minibar is packed with everything from Kshocolat to Veuve Cliquot



Hit the spot

In the medina, five minutes from Djemma El Fna square.

Bedtime

We loved the extra-lavish Master suite – and so will the mistress.

Be savvy

Bathrooms have curtains rather than doors.

Be smitten

Designer riad packed with Wow factor.

Spa junkies

Spa junkies will definitely get their fix at Maison MK. Treatments at this chic riad-with-spa blend traditional Moroccan methods and Argan oils with contemporary style, and the owners have created two distinctly different treatment zones – light and dark. Massage is done in the calming cool of the dark room – all charcoal polished tadelakt plaster – while beauty treatments are done in the light room. 

The open patio at the heart of Maison MK curves around a circular splash pool flanked by secluded seating – fetchingly lit by tea lights and strewn with rose petals in the evening. You can also chill in a decadent sunken lounge, with its exotic scatter cushions and surrealist camel’s head sculpture high on the wall. Need some entertainment? Then head for the screening room with its mammoth eight-foot screen, DVD library, satellite TV and Xbox360

Huge sun beds await on the roof, and when it gets too hot you can simply retreat under a huge silk canopy or the Arabic corner tent. At night, sip cocktails here by candle glow, watching fire and water interact in a moving artwork

Dining is a highlight here, and Maison MK’s five-course French-Moroccan tasting menu (complete with Mojito sorbet) will set you up for the night. You can breakfast on the terrace, and you’re just five minutes’ walk from all the action of Djemma El Fna square. Can’t-do-enough staff are the icing on the cake here. 


Maison MK was reviewed for Room for Romance by Tasha Munro

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Dining in
Dine on Maison MK’s five-course dinner menu – prepared to guests’ tastes – on the starlit roof terrace.  Dishes include seared tuna marinaded in lemon grass with chilli and olive oil, and there are salads and steak-frites on offer at lunchtime. Sit on the shaded patio in the afternoon and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea with home-made cakes.

Dining out
There are scores of great Moroccan and French restaurants to try. Le Foundouk is a big local favourite – try the pastilla aux pigeon, lamb couscous and Moroccan salads.  



Where?

Maison MK

What’s cooking?

Try confit de canard with thyme marmalade, Mojito sorbet and clementine crème caramel.

Top table?

Under the stars on the rooftop terrace.

See & Do

Explore the winding streets of the Medina, with its full-on sights and sounds. Expect to encounter everything from carts and donkeys to love potions and exotic herbs. Less energetic but equally invigorating things to see include the Musée d’Art Islamique and lovely Majorelle Gardens. When you’re ready to head out of town, feast your eyes on the ancient Atlas mountains or the beach – all within a three hour drive. 

Shop
Leather, Berber jewellery, silks and slippers and pretty much everything else you can think of can be found in the souks – and they’re yours if the price is right. Check out Kifkif for hand-made bags, candles and decorations.

Spa
You can book treatments ranging from massages and facials to exfoliation, pedicures and waxing at Maison MK’s spa. There’s also a small gym for working out, and a pool for cooldowns afterwards.

After dark

Up on the roof, there’s cool music, flickering candles and huge swathes of orange parachute silk fluttering overhead while you sip cocktails or dine. Lounge around afterwards near the big copper fire pit with its flaming olive tree logs. And there’s always the screening room, with its Xbox360, huge wall-to-wall screen and DVD library.

Dates
December
Check out the latest releases and up and coming stars at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
GETTING THERE

Location
Derb Sebaii, Ksour, Marrakech

Parking
There is safe parking nearby, but you won't need a car in Marrakech.

Trains

Marrakech central station – 2km.

Taxis

EUR 15 from the station.

Airport

Marrakech – 8km. Make use of the hotel’s free car transfers and avoid any hassle at the cab rank.



Rooms and suites
Six suites

Special features

Suites mix cutting-edge design with al Moroccan twist. Expect an iPod dock with chill-out tunes, wi-fi, a cellphone and great toiletries.

Also…
Keep in shape in the mini-gym, splash in the pool or check out the two spa treatment rooms. Zone out with the signature 1.5 hour massage.

ESSENTIAL INFO


Rates guide

EUR 300 - 437. If you're planning a get-together with friends or family, rent out the whole riad at a special rate of just EUR 1500 per night.

Open/closed

Closed 1 July – 1 August

Check-in

Midday

Check-out

10 am

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast

Breakfast is a relaxed affair – served wherever you like, until whenever you like – with fresh pastries, home made yoghurt and Moroccan pancakes.

Room service

Available 24 hours.

Children
Over 12s only, unless the whole riad is booked.

Pets

No

Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms

Languages

French, Arabic and English

Coming soon

A traditional hammam is on its way.

Your contact

Jallel Tabet – General manager
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