For our 25th wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided to celebrate in Marrakech. Since we had seen the beauty of Morocco on pictures and movies, we knew we had chosen the perfect location for our second honeymoon, but we were not sure what to expect in such an exotic and intriguing place. We decided to stay at Riad Joya. From the very beginning of our booking process, I knew that we had chosen the right location for our stay. Sophie, one of the owners, and Khalid, the manager, made themselves available to answer all of our questions and plan for our anniversary night and stay.
Our stay at Riad Joya was spectacular from the moment we arrived until we left. At check-in, we received a room upgrade courtesy of the Riad. Since we were not familiar with Marrakech, we were not sure how to spend our anniversary night and decided for the staff at the Riad to do all of the planning. Our only instruction to the staff was that we wanted to be surprised. We never expected to have such a magical experience! Khalid, Bordo and Fennane made sure we had an unforgettable evening at the Riad. Our dinner table was set out in the patio beneath the stars of the Marrakech night. The table, patio and water fountain were covered with rose petals; and a bottle of champagne was waiting for us, courtesy of the Riad. As part of the entertainment, Khalid and Bordo had traditional Moroccan dancers, where they displayed the beauty of the culture. For our dinner, the chef, Mehdi, made a five 5-course feast of traditional Moroccan food. We were in heaven savoring the variety of the cuisine and amazed with the salad course, which included an assortment of over 12 fine Moroccan salads. I highly recommend a cooking lesson with Mehdi whether it is in Moroccan or Italian food. Did I mention that we had the best vegetable risotto and pasta Bolognese at the Riad.
We will always cherish our moments in Marrakech. Our day trip to Essaouira was especially memorable as we had the company of Bordo; and we stopped at his village to meet his family. His mother was waiting for us with the traditional Moroccan tea and treats. The warmth and kindness of the staff at Riad Joya are exceptional. Although Marrakech and Riad Joya are truly beautiful, it was the staff at the Riad that made this the most memorable vacation and celebration. We will definitely be back again next year at Riad Joya with our daughters!