We stayed at Riad Chayma in honor of my 30th birthday during the first week of January 2013. There are simply no words to describe the exquisite beauty, calm, charm, and exemplary customer service that we experienced at the riad. Tucked away in a side street, away from the bustle of a colourful local market, the riad is quite simply an oasis. We were greeted by Shareef, a wonderful host, who fast became our good friend! He served us fragrant mint tea, supplied us with maps and advice, and showed us to our suite - Bougainvillea.
Our accommodations were heavenly, with crackling fires lit every night in the fireplace of our private living area. We opted to have dinner in the riad on our first night and could not have been more delighted with both the food and the service. An intimate candlelit setting complemented the sumptuous meal perfectly. Order the beef and prune tagine - delicious!
The location of the riad is fantastic. If you turn left out of the alleyway and walk straight down you will be in the Souks within 15 min (or longer if you are like us and stopped to take photos of everything!) After our first day braving the hustle of the markets and dodging motorbikes, it was a real treat to have twin massages in our suite!
The following day we indulged in a hammam which, like the in-suite massages, was also arranged through the riad. We were scrubbed and pampered to perfection. And on our second to last day we opted for a day trip to the Atlas mountains where we climbed to waterfalls and took in the breathtaking views.
I was incredibly sad to leave at the end of our trip, but I enjoyed the experience of a lifetime. Superb staff (thank you Shareef and Adil!), gorgeous accomodations, and a truly personalised visit. There is so much more I could say about Riad Chayma (the efficient airport transfers, the plush bedding, the late night chats with Adil), but I will let it speak for itself. If you visit this riad you will never forget it!
Undoubtedly the best riad in Marrakesh.