Where to start?! We arrived at the riad over 2 hours late due to flight and passport control delays but found our host Moha waiting for us on the street with a big smile and a helping pair of hands for the suitcases! Once inside we sat down with him in the beautiful courtyard for a refreshing cup of mint tea and Moha instantly made us feel most welcome and at ease after the stresses of travels and delays! We had a chat and Moha asked if there was anything we would like that night, we were hungry and needed some soft drinks as well. Moha explained that Fatima, the riad cook and maid had gone home for the evening, it was about 11pm, but he would sort something out for us so we retired to our room. 20 minutes later Moha was back with a huge tray of food and drinks that set the standard for our dining in Marrekech!
The next morning we came down for breakfast, it doesn't matter what time of morning you surface, breakfast will be served fresh to you in under 5 minutes of sitting down in the courtyard and you may request whatever you would like to eat, we generally stuck to the delicious varieties of Morrocan bread and Jams with eggs etc with the freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee but Moha and Fatima will provide anything you should desire and it's all included in the room cost!
After breakfast Moha sat down with us and drew us up a suggested plan for our week and provided us with a very useful map. We wanted to explore so he walked us down to the nearest well known bab ( morrocan for door ) and off we went! The riad is ideally located for exploring being only a 15 minute walk from Jeema El Fna and 10 minutes from the new medina. The streets are at first a little daunting and you think you'll never find your way around but it doesn't take long at all to find familar shops and landmarks and the local people are friendly and always helpful. Just watch out for the mopeds!
After we were finished exploring we phoned Moha and met him at a local cafe in order for him to guide us back to the riad, shown once it's fairly easy to find again by yourself but if you do get lost just give Moha a call or text and he'll find you and guide you back within minutes!
We used Moha's plan for the week as a rough guide and had a holiday that will stay warmly in our memories for ever! We're already planning to go back in July 2013 and do it all again!
The riad itself is very pretty with a lovely courtyard that has a good sized plunge pool, most welcome after a days exploring in the heat, and a beautiful roof top terrace area for a spot of sunbathing or general chilling out. Our room was on the 1st floor and very spacious with a comfortable double bed and beautifully designed on suite bathroom with shower etc. The room was basic but well decorated and had everything you needed and was always cleaned on a daily basis by Fatima.
I'd recommend using the riads car service for going out of Marrakech. It's fairly cheap, the drivers are very friendly and all speak good English and act as a tour guide as well, getting you the best deals at your destination and showing you sights not on the toursit maps as well as knowing the best places to stop and eat/drink etc. They will pick you up at the riad, stop anywhere you want and then drop you back there or where ever you like! The dune bugging by the lake was a particulary exceptional day trip for me!
All in all the riad was a great place to stay, pretty and serene, but was made by Moha and Fatima who made it feel like our home, there may well be prettier riads but you won't ever find a more friendly and helpful host as Moha! Don't leave without trying his cooking either, I've eaten in some of the finest restaurants in London but moha's lamb tajine bests them all!
Thank you once again and we'll see you next year!!
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