No Riad could better encapsulate the essence of Marrakech as much as this lovely guesthouse.After only seven days I left a little bit of my heart.Laurent and his team generate effortless warmth and anchorage in the heart of the teeming Medina.The tranquility of the accommodation and the level of attentiveness has been carefully designed to echo characteristic Arabic hospitality providing both comfort and respite from both climate and daily bustle of street life.All food created by Samira is a delight;breakfast is tasty and authentic and set us up for a day's strolling for miles.I also recommend her beautiful evening feasts which demonstrate the huge variety of taste and flavour within Moroccan cuisine.No two Tajine taste the same! For less adventurous or able guests it WOULD be possible to experience this as an "all-inclusive stay";however Laurent is a brilliant ambassador for the town and shares his genuine respect and love for the culture with lots of valuable suggestions as to how to eat well locally or to experience life in a less privileged way. Highlight of my visit was an afternoon spent learning Moroccan embroidery skills with the inspiring Hadiba at a day centre for people with disability located in the heart of the soukhs.As women of all nations do; we laughed,bemoaned our lots,dissed men,ate,drank mint tea and created beauty.Although this was arranged by staff at the Riad amongst a range of activities offered-there was no sales pressure and many of the activities are community enterprises which generate local income.Last but not least a visit to a Hammam is a MUST.Couple sessions are available in the tourist focused spas offering Hammam and massage using lotions and potions with the nicest natural ingredients at prices way below UK rates.
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