How to combine the excitement of exploring Morocco’s vibrant cities of Marrakech and Fes with the feeling of returning home refreshed and relaxed from your break away?
A riad is a perfect place to experience traditional Moroccan hospitality. ‘Riad’ is Arabic for the garden. These buildings were designed with an inward focus so that all the rooms open out onto a garden or courtyard, allowing for family privacy and protection from the weather. Many of these old mansions have now been renovated to create the ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
We have chosen a few of our favorite riads in various locations that have been tastefully and stylishly decorated.
Palais Namaskar offers luxurious accommodation and features an outdoor swimming pool with sun beds, a wellness center, and limousine service. Guests can enjoy local and international meals at the onsite restaurants, including American breakfast, which is served each morning. The riad is a 25-minute drive from the old Medina in Marrakesh.
If you prefer to stay in the heart of the city, Riad L’Etoile D’Orient is situated right next to the important historical Bab Doukkaka Mosque and 10 minutes walk away from the exotic Jemma El F’na square where Musicians, acrobats, and storytellers gather to perform each night.
Riad ALTAÏR is located nearby and boasts fantastic views of the ‘red-roofed’ city and Atlas Mountains from its terraces.
Riad Due has equally stunning views and is authentically and beautifully decorated, complete with an outdoor pool and a fireplace for the winter evenings. The riad has been authentically and beautifully decorated, inspired but Morocco’s craft tradition. Discover more of this tradition by visiting Marrakesh’s ‘souqs’ where you will find magnificent displays of carpets, carpentry, leatherwork, and ceramics.
Further north lies the charming city of Fes. Initially quite overwhelming, buzzing with market life, music and labyrinth of alleyways, Fez is home to some incredible architecture, fountains, museums, and restaurants. Find peace and tranquillity at the spa and wellness center at Hotel Sahrai, a 10-minute drive from the old medina.
In the city center, is Riad Fes a stunning 5* riad that offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with oriental furnishings and a panoramic poolside terrace with views of the Atlas Mountains.
Do not forget to stop for a “Whisky Marocain” (mint tea), the traditional accompaniment to any discussion or transaction.