We are Americans living in Paris, but we opted for April in Marrakech this year and it was an excellent choice. How to convey the charm and peace of this lovely home, which sits squarely in the middle of the bustling Medina? The streets outside are full of life; exotic colors, smells and sounds compete for the visitor's attention, but once one retreats into the courtyard of the Riad, all is quiet, languorous and peaceful. It is like going from full volume to the mute button in one fell swoop.
The courtyard of the Riad is extremely welcoming -- with its view to the open sky and the healthy lemon tree growing in the center of the space. This was my favorite place to lounge and to marvel at the decorating skills of the stylish owner, who is responsible for the harmonious colors and cozy feel of the rooms that open off the courtyard. Happily I never had to venture into the kitchen because that is Aziz's domain: absolutely Aziz is one of the outstanding features of this holiday destination. From the tasty early morning breakfast he served us on the roof of the Riad -- fresh fruit, good coffee, buttery croissants, creamy yogurt -- to the marvelous dinners we enjoyed in the evenings (lamb tagine, brochettes of fresh fish, chicken with preserved lemon and olives), all was up to the standards of the finest hotel restaurants and we didn't have to leave "home" to enjoy such fare. The view from the roof top terrace is splendid -- the Atlas mountains visible in the distance on a clear day -- and it is a perfect spot for lounging and lazy conversation. The bedrooms were cozy and private, and the only drawback for certain persons would be the stairs: this is not a hotel, that is the defining charm of the place, it is a private home, but that means there are no elevators, so there is necessarily a climb to the bedrooms and of course, to the splendid terrace on the roof.
This is the perfect spot for a family vacation, or for friends who want to share a vacation home (there are three bedrooms), or for a couple who want a spacious, romantic hideaway all to themselves.