We lost our hearts completely not only to the city of Marrakech - but also to the "Riad Malika".
Never did we - anywhere in the world - feel so much at home, still with all the advantages of being in a hotel.
We have often made the experience of pictures promising more than they could live up to in real life. Riad Malika is quite the contrary.
It is so warm and welcoming - packed with the most beautiful furniture ( whether Maroccan style or some of the worlds orig. classic designs, from Eames over Panton etc.)
In other words : Don´t expect a high-tech hotel, open up your mind and let out your inner fairytale and you´ll love it too !
First 3 nights we woke up, not with the cock, but with the mosque (just around the corner) calling out the first morning prayer with the sunrise... We brought our earplugs and slept away from it all the last three days.
Marrakech is not a huge city - still there are so many beautiful spots/places and things to experience...
At the end of the day you probably have had your quantum of mint tea and if you - like us - would like to just lean back, relax, think about some of the experiences you made and look at whatever you bought today: Then it is so very nice and so much like coming home when the most friendly and kind staff you could imagine of the Riad Malika welcomes you and asks you if you have had a pleasant day. This is when we suggest you order an afternoon drink (Maybe a bottle of excellent Marrocan wine, they bring you the rest for dinner if you ask them to.)
Maybe you like to socialize with some of the other guests who returned from their day... If not, you ask to have the drink in your room, it will without any questions be brought to you. All cosy and so very romantic. "Whatever makes you happy" seems to be the motto of the Riad.
No question Jean Pierre is a huge part of this feeling.
He puts a 100% effort in that everybody not only gets the impression of being important but that it is important to him, as long as you stay in Riad Malika, you should have the most of life - nothing more or less !! ( Thank you again, Jean Pierre .)
We spend the last day enjoying the sun on one of the roof terraces for some hours before going out for one last time in the souks, coming home for a drink we enjoyed the absolute must: Hammam followed by massage... And in the end another wonderfully rustic, local dinner experience all at Riad Malika !
No doubt if you follow this recipe, you´ll sleep well !
We strongly suggest:
- Have your first dinner at the Riad and order it ahead by mail. The food is very, very good ! (We didn´t have any better elsewhere.)
- That you take advantage of the offer from the Riad, that somebody picks you up at the airport. (You could consider taking a normal taxi when returning - but it´s not much of a difference money wise... only much more safe and convenient the other way.)
We will be back. We will bring friends. We highly recommend this Riad to whoever is a bonvivant/hedonist.
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