WHERE HEAVEN BECOMES JEALOUS
ESSAOUIRA. In the heart of the Old Medina, in Essaouira, lies a hidden gem of relax, pleasure and enchantment. We were lucky enough to spend a few days in this oasis… and we left longing for more. Welcome to Riad Baladin, where Heaven becomes jealous of such a deal of beauty.
Nicole, with her incredible energy, opens you the door to this paradise. A wonderful host arrived in Essaouira from the colder Switzerland. And she knows her job well. Everything is made easy, a couple of bottles of water, detailed explanations about the city, knowledgeable advice, extra quick registering ways. Five minutes later, you just have to enjoy.
Going farther than expected, she will make you feel at home, surrounded by an elegant as well as charming interior design. This riad, (which originally means garden), is outlined from three houses opened together. The perfect place to rest from the long hours spent sightseeing the city. Open air corridors bring the remains of the sea breeze to freshen up the spaces. Lights and shadows chase each other during the day playing games on the white walls of the house.
The rooms, all of them unique, have personal touches that make you feel special. Sleepers, fresh roses, teabags. Everything is thought to accommodate whatever you might need. Every little detail is there: where it has to be. It has been carefully decided and the result is simply unique.
Beds and sofas are comfortable and cozy. The whites of the cushions and the blankets contrast the traditional reputation of the Berber decoration, colorful and with arabesques. Here, simplicity rules. Simple lines, natural colors. Wood, leather, scented flowers, natural carpets, inviting covers. And a few palm trees to bring nature inside.
Silence is natural too. There is no way you cannot feel inspired to sit, close your eyes and lower the pace of life that came inside your baggage. Routine vanishes, problems fade away. You are at the Baladin, the senses dance to the rhythm of their own music. They are happy, cuddled and this feast is not only for adults. Children are welcomed, treated with extra care, and stimulated for talk and discovery. A sculpture might open a debate on Buddhism, on Argan oil processing, on water in the desert. Books of every language populate the shelves of the walls. Not only in the common areas, also in your room. Everyone can find his own cup of tea. And looking for it is made easy.
At night the air fills with the dimmed lights of gracious Berber lamps and shimmering scented candles. A sweet fragrance invades your spirit as you get ready to go to bed. If you still feel the need for more, you can have more. They will get a jacuzzi ready for you in the open patio. Wait until ten and let yourself go in a comfortable round tub, with soft colored lights and more candles. A romantic way to end the day, or a fun experience for the family.
In the morning, when the first sun rays kiss the white walls of the house, step on the white stairs and head to the rooftop. Enjoy a delicious breakfast comfortably sitting in the terrace. The fresh air, the inviting smell of hot coffee, all is ready, waiting for you.
A well assorted choice of pastries, local jam and teas to begin the day in full sweetness. But it’s not over, you can have eggs, cheese and fresh-baked bread. All these while you enjoy the sound of the sea waves, as the sun starts to heat the morning of the Medina. Everything is ready to greet the day, the muezzin call to the prayer arrives distant and exotic. Get ready for a day in full harmony with yourself.
Our family was kindly received, and dearly cared for. And we were happy to see it was the same with all guests. Everyone is special at the Baladin. Even Carlito, the Swiss dog that will silently but joyfully keep you company while having a cup of tea in any of the sitting rooms.
Riad Baladin was an outstanding surprise, the first stop of our Moroccan trip was a great beginning. We started so well it was hard to leave.
I cannot suggest this place more warmly. For a romantic stay it would be perfect. For a rest with the family, it was paradise.
Heaven must be jealous, because there truly is a Heaven on Earth, it is called Baladin, and you can find it down the alleys of Essaouira.
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I’d be glad to give you any detailed information you might need, just ask with a message. If you prefer to contact the riad, instead, head to their web page: Riad Baladin
Riad Baladin – Nicole Pavlin, manager
Rue Sidi Magdoul 9 – 44000 Essaouira, Morocco. Phone: +212 (0)6 424 481 36
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org – Skype: riad-baladin