I stayed at Riad Chayma for the second time from 1 January to 5 January 2013 in the Mint Room along with my cousin. We were greeted at the airport by our driver and were immediately taken to the riad which was a short trip from the airport. Upon arriving to the riad, it was as beautiful as the last time I was there, with some great additions such as a plunge pool. Each day we had a lovely breakfast spread which changed each day for variety. On our first day we had a driver in which we hired for 1/2 a day. Aziz (who I highly recommend!!!!) took us to the Palmeraie for a camel ride, and to a couple of sites and then to Un Dejeuner a Marrakech for cocktails and appetizers. We then went off to Les Bains de Marrakech for a lovely spa afternoon. Thereafter we had dinner, through recommendation of the riad, at Le Comptoir where there was also a belly dancing show which was a great experience! The following day, the riad arranged for us to head to the Atlas Mountains for the day ... a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, it was quite beautiful and picturesque. Upon our return we headed for dinner at Jamaa el Fna for amazing authentic Morrocan dinner. On the 4 January 2013 we explored the souks ... but could not find the leather knapsack and jewelry box that I wanted. Shareef took it upon himself to bring a selection of leather bags and jewelry boxes to our room at the riad for my cousin and I to choose from! We then had an AMAZING high tea lunch at the riad followed by a dinner cooking class at La Maison Arabe.
My overall experience at the riad was lovely, and any hiccups were immediately corrected by the staff there. The mint tea and food was superb and the riad was an excellent value for the service that we got (booking trips for us, answering my many emails since July 2012, walking us to La Maison Arabe, preparing early breakfasts for us to accomodate our early tour departues etc.). Its convenient location enabled us to walk almost everywhere and we felt extremely safe as we are two young, under 30 women from North America. Thank you riad Chayma for another unforgettable experience. I will be sure to come back inshAllah!
Samantha, Toronto, ON