Upon our 4-day exploration of Marrakech, my partner and I found the site for Riad Kniza when looking for a spa and for cooking places - - all while trying to fill our time in the oppressive Moroccan heat (suggestion - don't visit in August!). Sadly, we hadn't found it when looking for Riads to stay in, but were happy to spend a day in this lovely oasis and with some of the most friendly people imaginable.
We arrived at noon for a class and lunch, which was great. We watched and participated with the Riad's head chef in the making of a 3-course lunch (seafood, sides, etc.) which we sat in one of the riads dining rooms to eat, along with wine.
From there, at 230, the hamman (a traditional bath and body scrub), which we did together followed by leisure time at the riad's pool. We each took our turn at a short massage, followed by more time at the pool, dessert, more wine, a tour of the hotel and then Kamal, the manager and owner, offered us a ride back to our riad and a 20 min tour of his city.
Talk about gracious; Kamal's team not only made us feel like VIP-guests during our 5 hour stay, but encouraged us to stay as long as we wanted to and then drive us back to our hotel!!! Unheard of but true.
Given the opportunity to do it over, we would not think twice about checking in here. I'm not sure I would even leave the riad grounds!
Kamal and company - many thanks. We'll see you again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This perfectly located 18th-century riad has been in the Bouskri family for almost 200 years and offers the complete package of traditional architecture, authentic furnishings, exquisite cuisine and, above all, overwhelmingly hospitable service. The owner, Mohamed Bouskri, having been a guide for the rich and famous for 34 years (Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, former US presidents and others) is a mine of information and is always glad to share his knowledge and passion of Marrakech. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Kniza Marrakech
- Riad Kniza Hotel Marrakech