Firstly I want to say a Big "Thank you" to Samir, Abou and Halima for the overwhelming hospitality they showed us. Being Irish, our national motto to visitors in Gaelic is "Cead Mile Failte" which means 'a hundred thousand welcomes'; well this is exactly what we received in Riad Dar Anika!
When we arrived, we were greeted by the warm and friendly Samir who ushered us into a beautiful Morrocan style lounge were our hands were cleansed with rose water and we were first given ornate chalices of t mint tea, which was traditionally poured from a height. Followed by glasses of almond milk, dates and some Morrocan pastries. We were then left there to relax and soak up the mystique of our surroundings while we unwound from our journey.
The Riad itself is located right in the heart of Marrakech amidst all the hustle and bustle of the souks, and the mystical palaces and mosques. It is only a few minutes walk from the famous Djemaa el fna, the massive square where you will see snake charmers, and monkeys, and souks selling everything you can imagine. Yet once inside the doors of the Riad, you will find yourself in a peaceful tranquil oasis.
You must have dinner in this Riad at least once as it was the best traditional Morrocan food we tasted. On our first night the chef Halima made us a feast of several different tagines. It was Superb! She also took me down and showed me the kitchen one evening as I showed an interest in how the food was prepared! I was delighted!
Abou, the owner, was so helpful and told us all the sites to see, and where was good to eat etc. a lovely man!
Every evening we were offered a bowl of Harira soup to comfort us.
Samir would organise our taxis to take us to and from restaurants and he even organised and paid for our bus journey to Agadir when we were leaving. On top of that we were given a packed lunch for the journey!
An absolutely amazing, memorable stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad dar anika welcomes you to Morocco, a luxurious and intimate boutique riad situated at the entrance to the old souk and close to the Djemma el Fna.With 12 rooms, individually styled with flair and imagination, a swimming pool and hammam, we believe we offer a truly personal experience, a home away from home where guests can relax in an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the medina outside.From the very moment you step through the heavily carved door of Riad dar Anika our staff are on hand to ensure your stay is perfect in every way. Every fine detail has been thoughtfully considered from the crisp bed linen and fresh flowers to our authentic Moroccan cuisine. Our roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sun or evening drinks, affording total privacy and stunning views over the surrounding city and Atlas mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Anika Marrakech
- Riad Dar Anika Hotel Marrakech