My fiancé and I have just returned from a fabulous short break in Morocco, which I organised as a surprise for his birthday. We stayed 2 nights at the Riad Capaldi, located in the heart of the bustling Marrakesh medina, before moving on for 2 blissful nights in the luxury sister hotel, The Capaldi, situated in the picturesque foothills of the Atlas Mountains. In short, it was a truly amazing experience and one that we would recommended without a seconds hesitation.
Firstly, the Riad, well what can we say, simply an oasis in the heart in the madness of the medina in the midst of Marrakech. From the moment we arrived, we were looked after magnificently by Aidan and Mohammed - we were greeted at the taxi stop, guided to the hotel and refreshed with a glass of hot mint tea before settling into the cool, stylish and comfortable room. Later, with little notice, it was no problem for Aiden to make reservations at 2 excellent restaurants ( Le Jardin and Café Arabe- mouth watering food and friendly service ), a guided tour of the city centre and even a balloon ride over the Atlas Mountains (not to be missed). Every time we stepped into the Riad from the hustle and bustle of the crazy city, we were overcome with a huge sense of relaxation and calmness. Breakfast on the peaceful roof top terrace was superb.
We then travelled toThe Capadli, courtesy of a taxi which again had been arranged by the hotel. On arrival our first reaction was simply....wow, wow, wow!! It was quite honestly amazing. The gardens are superbly tended and our room, 104, was very spacious, had its own terrace and furnished with a true sense of style and class - the attention to detail and individuality was a credit to the owners. Once again the service was first class and the owners, Tara and Edward made us feel enormously welcome and they, together with all the staff, ensured that we had a hugely relaxing and fabulous stay. My fiancé is vegetarian and that was not a problem. He enjoyed some amazing veggie dishes, prepared specifically by the chef, who ensured that all the meals we ate were to a very high standed. The hotel has 2 lovely pools which we enjoyed using after some strenuous sunbathing.
All in all our short visit to Morocco surpassed our expectations and we would strongly recommend both the Riad Capadli and The Capaldi to anyone considering a holiday in Marrakech and wanting a first class experience. From our perspective, what sets The Capaldi head and shoulders above anywhere else is the personal touch from Edward and Tara, they both somehow found time for you as individuals and gave the sense that nothing was too much trouble. We definitely plan to go back!
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