On arriving at Riad Miski we were met by one of the owners, Christine. We were first shown to our room which is charming, with its beautiful windows and fabulous bathroom hidden behind a cupboard door. After a quick freshening up we went up to the roof terrace where we sat down with Christine and she talked us through a map of the city: where to go, where to eat, what are the important sites if you only have a few days, etc. This information was invaluable as at most hotels/guesthouses you may be given a city map if you are lucky but to have the information personally tailored makes the experience much more memorable.
The riad offers a series of packages to include a meal, hammam, massage, trip to the mountains and even cookery lessons. These are all arranged by the raid directly, again providing the more personal touch. We opted to take a package that included a meal, trip to the Atlas mountains, massage and hammam.
We had our meal on the first night and it was delicious. The trip to the Atlas mountains was private, just myself and my partner, along with the guide and the driver. We stopped at a traditional market on the way to the mountains which was a pretty amazing experience with all the fresh fruit, animals, local doctors... It really is a sight to behold! However if you are vegetarian I would suggest you stay away from the meat section of the market! After the market we continued up into the mountains, stopped the car and walked with José, our Berber guide (who spoke excellent English, taught to him by travelling hippies in the 60’s, he tells us!) to a house in one of the Berber villages and here we were invited into a local family’s house where they gave us tea and cooked us a tagine lunch. It was a truly humbling experience to eat with a real Berber family, rather than just photographing their village from the other side of the valley as was the case offered by many other tour operators. I would certainly recommend this experience.
The hammam and massage were great and it is unbelievable how much skin comes of your body after a good scrub in a hammam! That said, you are left with incredibly soft skin and the massage left me feeling extremely relaxed and I slept like a baby that night, though this is not hard as the riad remains remarkably quiet at night, regardless of the bustle in the city!
Breakfast was provided on the roof terrace daily and each day it was different. The meal itself was always well balanced with fresh fruit and fruit juices.
All the staff at the riad are extremely helpful and I would recommend this riad to anyone looking to stay in Marrakech. Christine and her husband Francis are fabulous hosts and in the evenings and mornings, Youssef was always on hand to help, answer questions or just engage in a friendly chat (as well as usually serving breakfast!). We would not hesitate to go back there.
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