We haven't even returned home from traveling and I want to make sure to write this while everything is fresh in mind. When we originally planned to travel to Morocco while visiting our son in Spain, I had no idea what to expect. Different language, different customs, I felt totally adrift. From the very beginning, Isabelle was so welcoming even before meeting us. She steered us through the reservation process and answered all of our questions thoroughly, even those that probably were most obvious. When we asked for advice about planning travel outside of Marrekech, she put together an itinerary which was exactly what we had in mind, without even knowing it. We didn't have to worry about guide, or car, or destination.
Meeting us at the airport after a long flight, our transition from US to Riad Badi was seamless. The car ride showed me a country that was awash with color and sound. Walking down the quiet street to the Riad was like being in another time period. Opening the door and walking inside was like entering an oasis of calm and beauty. The central courtyard was full of sunlight and shade. The rooms (we had a total of 3) were charming, beautiful, quaint and clean all at the same time.
Isabelle ushered us through the official paperwork over Moroccan tea and cookies. After a nap Christian took us around the city through the streets which at first were confusing but turned out to be totally understandable and navigable. He quickly showed us our way around so we would be able to find it all on the following day. Instinctively he knew what would be most overwhelming and made it familiar. In fact, whenever we were trying to find our way to a destination over the course of the visit, he would take us there or make sure we knew where we were going.
It's not just that the Riad is beautiful and that Christian and Isabelle are amazing people. The food for breakfast was more than we had ever expected. On our return from our desert trip we had dinner at the Riad rather than going out and it was better than any restaurant we had visited. Sakhrina is not just incredibly pleasant and capable but a great cook too. (Wait til you see how clean the three of them keep things).
The itinerary that Isabelle organized through the Atlas mountains and the Gorges and the Desert was right on the money. Our guide, Adil, is competent and intelligent and was incredibly tolerant of a rambunctious family. He became our friend and in so doing made our connection to Morocco and its people real. We can't wait until we're able to return , renew our friendships and explore more of this incredbly beautiful and rich country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Badi is a guesthouse situated right in the old centre of Marrakech. Most of the city's main attractions such as the Palais Badi, the Palais Bahia and the Saadiens tombs are within walking distance. The famous Djemaa El Fna Square is just at less than 10 minutes walk away.Riad Badi accommodates guests in seven spacious and comfortable rooms. The rooms are double, twin or triple with reverse air conditioning and safe box. They provide en suite bathroom with shower, towels, toiletries and hairdryer. ... more less
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