My wife booked Riad Mur Akush for my surprise 50th birthday after my daughter’s recommendation as she had been last year. From the initial airport transfer right through to the return transfer, the service from Rachid and the small friendly team; Layla the cook and Zohra the cleaner, was absolutely faultless and nothing was ever too much trouble. My wife also assures me that secretly organising the whole holiday with Maria the owner who lives in the UK, including the beautifully cooked, traditional tagine birthday dinner for 14 of us including the vegetarians, was a breeze.
With 3 generations of the family and several friends, the accommodation provided enough to keep everyone happy. Sun loungers and a roof terrace for the youngsters, beautiful traditionally finished rooms and bathrooms for us oldies as well as a comfortable lounge area for chilling in the afternoon. There is also plenty of local sight-seeing not too far away, including Jemaa el-Fnaa, the historic square which is home to the world famous Souks; an experience worth waiting for, but don’t get carried away with your haggling, start low!! For the uninitiated, Marrakech is certainly an experience. The people are really friendly and very welcoming and there is good variety of restaurants to suit all budgets and styles. There is an interesting variety of architecture and sights to see, but watch out for the donkeys and the mopeds, its madness.
Note; there are no shops in the Medina (old town) to buy alcohol, so if you are desperate for a beer you have to go to the new town. Try the Acima Supermarket, near Jardin Marjorelle (Yves St Laurent Gardens; also worth a visit), but be warned, alcohol’s not typically cheap like most Moroccan shopping though! If you want a drink in the Medina the bar at Hotel La Maison Arabe, which is down the next lane from the Riad, welcomes non residential guests for a beer or two and their Rachid the barman makes great birthday cocktails.
All in all definitely a 10 out of 10 holiday, so well done and thank you to everyone at Riad Mur Akush and the wife for organising a great holiday.