Well what an experience!! When you arrive at the airport the heat hits you and confusion reigns!!! Everybody wants to take you somewhere?? We luckily contacted the beautiful Veronique our hostess before our arrival, and organised for a transfer. The was the "sign" and into an air conditioned cab we went and made our way to the outskirts of the El F'nar square. Chaos rules here. A cart appeared out of nowhere and our luggage was loaded in and on and into the square we proceeded, through the alleys, past the multitudes of cats and camels and donkeys and eventually reaching the door of our Ryad. Once entering we enjoyed an oasis of peace and tranquility. We were in the traditional cool and shady courtyard beside the ample plunge pool and before long were sipping mint tea and getting to know our hosts. A lovely french couple that we loved straight away. Though there was slight language barrier a glass of wine can solve everything and soon we were chattering. The rooms were in classic Marrakesh style, immaculately clean (trust me I am fussy) full of beautiful pictures and traditional Moroccan arts and crafts Veronique and Jean Marc could not have been more helpful and considerate. Sorting our washing issues, taking us shopping, arranging tours and even a local Ham-man experience for my husband and my daughter and myself. All together?? You have to be a close family!! They even cooked us a beautiful meal one night and joined us. A night we thoroughly enjoyed!! The market bustled and there was ever an assortment of people selling you something from shoes to spices to copious amounts of dubious food. Sometimes a little pushy we felt sometimes that as tourists they only saw us as "wallets on legs" I still managed to take home a rug and assortment of beautiful dishes and textiles. Jean Marc and Veronique and their beautiful little dog made our stay in Marrakesh truly something to remember and if you are interested in a taste of the true Marrakesh with a lots of comfort and good service this is the place to go. I cannot recommend it more!!!
We will be back not because we want to see Marrakesh but because we want another taste of what Veronique and Jean Marc offer!!!