Right in the heart of the Ambassadors district, Rabat has just welcomed its first boutique hotel of which the interior design and decoration is signed by the Studio Marc Hertrich & Nicolas Adnet. Villa Diyafa is a 5 star hotel imagined as an exceptional private villa.
It offers its guests ten luxurious suites, a private residence, a gourmet restaurant, a bar and a spa, all of which is surrounded by a landscaped garden with a swimming pool. The spirit of the place is a tribute to the famous Zyriab, who lived in the ninth century, not only was he one of the main figures in the history of Arab Andalusian music but also a pioneer in the fields of fashion, gastronomy, poetry and astronomy which he imported to Andalusia.
He was a unique aesthete, who dedicated his entire life to the art of living in all its forms. Each space and each of their composing elements were designed by the Studio Marc Hertrich & Nicolas Adnet to give a particular identity to this place, to create an interaction that is both intimate and precious, which celebrates through its decorative choices, the reconciliation of Moroccan and Western traditions.
Contemporary settings, bathed by the brightness from the glossy white stuccos, are punctuated by the natural colours of leather, wood and stone with the warm, deep colours of Morocco. It is a balancing act between tradition and modernity, so as to offer guests refined and privileged settings.
The reception is adornedb with hundreds of firefly lamps reflecting the warmth of the welcome that will be reserved in this residence. The main lounge, The Majlis, is illuminated by a chandelier that is both monumental and delicate, it sublimates the exceptional volumes of this area. Sofas suites covered with shimmering textiles are arranged on thick rugs around tables of reinterpreted Moroccan design.
This leads on to the bar, where the lighting fixtures, hide rugs, inlaid tables, come together with the parquet to create an intimate and friendly space. The restaurant, protected by screens of embossed leather, lit by flares and its candle chandelier is an elegant setting to enjoy the cuisine of its chef Khalid Benghallem.Location: Rabat, Morocco
Architect: Studio Marc Hertrich & Nicolas Adnet
Photographer: Fabrice Coiffard-Agence N