Marrakech offers a world of wonders but it can be intimidating to first time travelers. With their vast knowledge of the place and its people, Georgina and Massimo, the owners of this magical Riad, generously introduced us to one of the most memorable vacations we have ever had.
They arranged for our transportation from the train station to the Riad, which is on a quiet street in the Medina, not far from the plaza and many of the attractions of the city. Massimo welcomed us at the parking spot nearest the Riad and arranged for our suitcases to be transported to the Riad while he walked with us. Once at the Riad, he offered us mint tea and complimentary Moroccan cookies while he explained how we should walk in the congested allies of the medina, where pedestrians share the limited space with motorbikes, bikes, donkeys and carts. He explained that those used to the medina moved like water, in constant motion regardless of the obstacles, and that we should learn to move with the flow. By the third day, we were moving like water.
The map they offer is also of great use in finding your way in the medina. Massimo offered suggestions on what to avoid, where we could find good places to eat and what we should not miss. All his recommendations were excellent.
We wanted to experience as much of the culture as possible but we were concerned about guides that pushed you into establishments to buy things. Georgina arranged for us a morning of exploring the medina with Youssef, the day following our arrival. Youssef was cultured, very knowledgeable of the history of monuments and great at explaining the workings of the medina, the souks, the society and the religion, in particular Ramadan. We were hooked!
At our request, Georgina also arranged for us to explore the High Atlas with Aziz, and helped us coordinate a cooking class at a private home with Aysha and Anas, our interpreter. And Massimo insisted we try a high end hamam experience. Are we glad we took him up on it! The hamam and the massage that followed were out of this world!
Aside from their warmth and generosity, Georgina and Massimo run the Riad as it were one big family. The staff is always attentive and provides the space to make you feel as if you were in your own home. It is an oasis from the constant effervescence that characterizes the Medina.
Because we wanted to explore as many restaurants as possible while at Marrakech, we only had one dinner at the Riad and it tasted like quality home cooking. We looked forward to breakfast every morning of our stay. It was served in the terrace each morning with fresh orange juice, the best yogurt I have EVER tasted (Georgina divulged that it was the milk used, the vanilla and the orange blossom water that gave it is distinctive taste.) The yogurt was home made as well as the jams and I believe the Moroccan breads also. Each day, they served fresh fruit, yogurt, breads and eggs were available if you requested them.
We loved all the little details, the water running from the fountain in the courtyard, the roses in the water, the wonderful play lists that made you enjoy the surroundings even more and the comfortable and well appointed rooms. The Riad, its staff and Georgina and Massimo helped us fall in love with Marrakech. We hope we can return and introduce others to its magic.
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