This is now my 4th attempt at writing this review. I just keep on getting distracted. But if there was ever an establishment that deserved a solid write up - it would be Riad Trois Les Mages so I will try again.
We visited in August 2012. We had been staying at a villa in Le Palmeraie - just outside the medina walls. It was peaceful and quiet and oh so very hot! We arrived in the centre of Marrakesh and it was still oh so very hot - but that is where the similarities ended. Gone was the twittering of the Chaffinches and the gentle hiss of the sprinklers - instead a barrage of noise - mopeds revving, locals shouting, horns tooting, prayers blaring.. total chaos. As exciting at it was, I was already started to wonder if we could really handle this for 4 days whole days.
Our taxi driver (Hussain I believe?) had been sent by Riad Trois Les Mages to collect us. We were very wary of riding with him at first. His unairconditioned, beaten up (and dirty), 1980s hatchback was not all too reassuring. However, he turned out to be a delightful character - insightful, helpful and very amusing. Thank goodness he knew Riad Trois Les Mages well because we would not have found it without him. Away from the dust and the barrage of noise, we arrived at the door of Riad Trois Les Mages - and stepped into our little piece of paradise.
Mouhsin was there to greet us. Mouhsin is possibly the sweetest man I have ever met. With a broad and welcoming grin, he bowed his head to us and gestured towards the open air courtyard. It was cool, it was calm and it was silent - bliss. Mouhsin walked us around the beautiful property, from the music lounge to the reading room, the terrace to the kitchen. He pointed out that we free to use absolutely anything on show including books, instruments and even the fridge. I would describe the décor of this property as sumptuous elegance. The finishing touches are rich, luxurious and bright while the overall feel remains light and spacious. The pool on the terrace is something quite hard to find in a Riad but it is an extra worth having at that time of year.
After our tour we were sat down to enjoy mint tea and a selection of Moroccan sweets. Mouhsin gave us a tourist map and carefully talked us through every item of interest on there, marking out the best route to take. He kindly reminded us that he would take us anywhere that we weren't sure of or would organise transport if he couldn't. We were told time and time again that this was our home for the next 4 days and that we should treat it as such. Despite being incredibly attentive, Mouhsin absolutely understood how to be on hand without being under our feet. He stuck that balance perfectly.
The food we had at Riad Trois Les Mages was some of the best we'd had anywhere in Morocco. Good honest home cooking from the lovely ladies in the kitchen who always had a warm smile for us. The dinner that we had there on the 2nd night was the most romantic that we'd ever had. Mouhsin dressed the table beautifully with a crushed red satin table cloth and candle sticks. I watched him while he worked and the attention to detail that he was putting in was incredible. We could tell how much he wanted it to be just perfect for us. As we sat down to eat, Mouhsin and the cooks left us to eat alone. The only company we had was a little Chaffinch who sang his song as he flew from hanging lantern to hanging lantern. I've never experience a better setting for dinner in my life.
If one thing is for sure - we will be back again and again and again. We hope to bring friends and family with us next time as it would just be the perfect hang out spot for us all to enjoy together. My advice to you is to go and experience this magical little Riad for yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This traditional Moroccan Riad has a large terrace with a heated pool next to a beautiful shaded tent. There are five en suite air conditioned bedrooms and one stunning suite with its sunken Moroccan bed. Downstairs we have a grand piano in the music room, a sunlit bache and a spacious cloistered sitting room dominated by a large open fireplace. Beautiful Moroccan drapes and furnishings complete the understated elegance of this tranquil haven. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Les Trois Mages Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Les Trois Mages Marrakech