Riad is clearly a labour of love for the management and their personalities shine in all of its detail, simplicity and elegance. Pierre is regal, witty, gentlemanly and fascinating and essential to my friend and I (two women travelling alone) acclimatising to the Marrakesh way of life. Why am I writing this email so long (6 months) after my stay? Because I want to go back, stay and languish there for weeks and dip in and out of life outside this beautiful fortress. I will read every book they own, dine on baked bread next to the pool and retire to the stillest space I have ever known. This is an adult choice for adult, responsible travellers who want to understand Marrakesh with just a little hand holding. And I am the better for having experienced it. Thank you Pierre, Mourad and I hope to see you again one day. It was really touching to meet you both.