I have just returned from a five day break at Riad Shambala in Marrakech with my partner and our 2 kids (10yrs &3yrs). When you first arrive you walk down this dusty little street to this beautiful black door with brass knocker. You tap the knocker on the solid door and it gently opens and you are greeted warmly by the manager or one of the attentive members of staff. Once inside you are in a beautiful oasis of calm and tranquility. Gentle lighting, soft music and comfy sofas & chairs surround a small central plunge pool. Off to the side is a charming little sitting room with open log fire. We were met by Mohamed who sat us down and greeted us with welcome tea and sweets. He sat with us and told us all about Marrakech and what to do and what to avoid and also made it very clear he was available any time day or night and for whatever reason. He made us feel incredibly welcome, safe and looked after.
He then took us to our room which was on the first floor over looking the pool and courtyard, and what a lovely room it was too. Great big raised bed with luxury duvet and pillows to one side and sink, toilet and shower to the other. Lots of fresh quality towels too. The kids loved the Riad and the staff were great with them ( we were definately the loudest family in the Riad). I to be honest was not expecting much from the breakfast and how wrong was I. Fantastic fresh fruit salad, yogurt, toast, pancakes, pain au chocolat, eggs, fresh juice, coffee all individually served. Absolutely delicious !!
We had a truly amazing holiday in Marrakech and loved the place and we also loved Riad Shambala... We can't recommend it enough !! Great location out of the hustle and bustle of the centre, but close enough to walk back from the central square too day or night. (10mins)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful RIAD is located within the walls of Marrakech Medina or, as it is also known, the ancient part of the city.Inaugurated in September 2011, the hotel represents the realisation of Carlos, its owner´s, dream."Carlos' Dream" as it is known (which is inscripited in Arabic on the door of the Riad) brings to life his artistic interpretation and vision of a traditional Moroccan Riad.Every single detail, from the construction, the location, style & furnishings of the Riad are recreated in the classical & traditional manner which is typically Moroccan and one that the locals would recognise and admire as a typical Moroccan RiadThis vision enables the guests to engage themselves and appreciate the beauty and passion of this beautiful city with surroundings that bring to life of an era long forgotten but brought to life by the traditional settings of the Riad.During the Riad's construction only traditional Moroccan materials were used, such as Tadelakt plaster (concrete hand polished stone), Bejmat (baked clay), all of which was hand produced individually using traditional tools producing a complete piece of artisan work.Relax and enjoy drinking cocktail's or mint tea in its lounges or by the swimming-pool; far away from the hustle and bustle of the streets in the heart of Marrakech Medina, with the backdrop of the magnificient snowed Atlas mountains, or watch a beautiful sunset over the city at the end of the day, the choice is entirely yours.Do not miss the romantic experience of arriving at night at the Riad and going up to your room with a traditional candle lighting the way, whilst in the morning awake to a wonderful breakfast which can be taken in any of the Riad's charming locations or terraces.If you wish so, book your evening dinner at the Riad, you will certainly not forget the experience of tasting wonderful original Moroccan food on the patio or one of the many terraces, all set in a complete relaxed atmosphere enabling you to forget about the worries of the world. ... more less
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