Upon arrival to Marrakech back in March 2009, me and my partner arrived via an arranged pick-up to this hidden gem known as Riad Karmela!
Hidden in a dark, yet safe alley way with a large lowered door, we were asked to take a seat where we waited in the central courtyard of this place. We were greeted with Moroccan tea and pastries after we had taken in the beautiful scenery of the orange trees, little turtle (what a delight) and the tranquil water piece!
Nadia and Phillipe were amazing! We couldn't have asked for more, everything we would have wanted to know or ask about was addressed in the most thoughtful and informative manner before we were given a guided showing to our room and the rest of the Riad.
This would be home for a few days!
The website for Riad Karmela shows a tranquil and relaxing haven away from the busy streets of Marrakech. What can be seen from the website is an understatement!
The staff were amazing! They made an effort to ask us everyday if we would like to have dinner at the Riad during the evenings so that they could prepare through-out the day. First off - if you get a chance to eat here - do! The food is INCREDIBLE! Home cooked with amazing flavours, served with much care and manners as any 4 or 5 star restaurant! The staff do an amazing job - the center courtyard is transformed into an amazingly serene and romantic ambiance for dinner with mood lighting and wine if you so desire!
After a few tries, me and my partner decided we felt no need to experience dinner anywhere else - it was way to nice and relaxing to eat at Riad Karmela.
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff who were able to arrange taxis, directions, a bottle of wine or drinks, field questions, organise spa treatments and offered as much help in the most polite and friendly manner. Staying here felt like we were both friends and/or Queens and Kings!!!
We were given the Aicha standard room - it was very quaint and the small details were lovely - the tiled bathroom and cast iron on the windows looking to the courtyard!
If I could find anything to complain about I would be really have to be picking - but the room can let a little noise in at times - however this IS Marrakech and any sound is of the culture and the city and something to be experienced!
Also the lack of locking the doors may concern some, however the whole time I was here I felt very safe and in a secure location.
Besides the absolute outstanding patronage of the staff, the Riad itself is very well-taken care of - it is obviously a product of passion for the owners. It is clean, well-kept and deliberately made for it's stayers to feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable.
After a few days of experiencing the busy Souks and finding our way through the bland Guerliz, we decided to stay the whole day at the Riad and relaxed atop with wine and olives - I don't think I had quite feltl this relaxed on a holiday in many years!
I would love to go back to Marrakech again, just to stay at this Riad.
I thank the staff, Phillipe & Nadia for their attentiveness and their beautiful home/Riad and only apologise it has taken me this long to write a review! Ten Stars, stay here if you go to Marrakech, you could not possibly be disappointed! In fact, book a trip to Marrakech just to stay here!!!