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Luxury Marrakech riad pays homage to Hollywood great

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A one-time residence of vaudeville star, singer and actress, Josephine Baker, Riad Star is dazzling holiday makers in Marrakech.

The fourth property in the Marrakech Riad portfolio, Riad Star – which opened in September 2013 – has undergone a sympathetic renovation to return it to its former glory, as well as to pay homage to its most famous resident. The Riad was previously part of a Royal Palace owned by the Pashah of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui, who welcomed Josephine as a long staying guest in the early 1940s.  The main residence now forms the Musee de Marrakech.

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Boasting seven luxury guest suites, and a host of facilities including a hammam and massage suite, two dipping pools and fabulous roof terrace with views across the Medina to the snow topped Atlas Mountains. Each suite comes complete with with all the mod cons you’d expect. There are also interconnecting suites perfect for families.

The luxury Marrakech riad is located in the historic Kaat Benahid district of central Marrakech. Marrakech Riad owners, Mike and Lucie Wood, have painstakingly restored the riad to reflect the star’s glamour and style, along with sourcing Josephine memorabilia. This includes lots from an auction at Casino de Paris, one of the leading Paris music halls where she performed, with items from Josephine as well as other music hall stars including Mistinguett and Maurice Chevalier. If you fancy a 20s themed dinner party – you’ll have access to an amazing ‘dressing up box’ featuring some quirky items of clothing.

Riad Star, 31 Derb Alailich, Kaat Benahid, Marrakech, Morocco, riadstar.com

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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June 30, 2014 | Africa Marrakech Morocco Travel | View comments

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