After the hair-raising, hairpin bends leading to the Cascades, you may find it hard to leave this stylish yet unspoiled riad. Stretching out on the carpeted cushions of the panoramic roof terrace, you will appreciate just how much the French owner, Patrick, loves this place and why. A former architect, he's worked the world over (from Madagascar to New York) and transformed a basic family home into a haven of beautifully worked spaces, materials, and colors. The decor
is a blend of innovative and honest, with many fine pieces (such as the ornate craved doors) salvaged from the scrap yards of Marrakesh. In winter, when the mountain air nips at your fingers, the rooms' fireplaces are welcome; in summer, the riad structure keeps the rooms cool. The chef, Kebir, does a magnificent job in the kitchen.
Cascades d'Ouzoud, Ouzoud, Morocco