Formerly a Parisian lawyer, Meryanne is a self-taught hotelier and interior designer based in Marrakech. Of Senegalese, West Indian and French origin, she is a boutique hospitality pioneer and cultural entrepreneur, author, cultural and creative consultant, and land developer.
As The Wall Street Journal Europe wrote in 2002, Mrs. Loum-Martin was "the first one to create a new type of tourism that appeals to affluent Western society. She has contributed enormously to the style of Marrakesh.”
She develops projects rooted in cultural heritage, design and conservation. Her work has been extensively featured in international magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, French Vogue, Italian Vogue, British Vogue, German Vogue, Condé Nast Traveller, Elle Décor, Coté Sud, New York Times, Town & Country, Forbes, Vogue France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Holland and Russia. Her first book, "Inside Marrakesh : enchanting homes and gardens” was published by Rizzoli NY in 2020. She is a recipient of the prestigious “Best private villa in the world” prize by Harpers and Queens. She is an ambassador for Leading Cultural Destinations of the World, a Berlin-based cultural organization, and sat on the board of the Marrakech Biennale for its 7 editions. She is also a board member for the Observatoire de la Palmeraie, a Conservation program of the Foundation Mohamed VI for the environment.