If you book this Riad in Marrakesh, you will not be disappointed. Elegant, beautiful, authentic, calm & stylish are just a few words that come to mind. I would describe Joelle, the owner with the exact same words.
My boyfriend and I stayed here last October for 3 nights. When you get to Marrakech and drive through the extremely narrow, busy, run down streets you will worry about where you are actually staying because things are not as nice outside of the Riad. (it's great for a culture shock though!) But you are in for a treat when you reach this Riad.
We stayed in the India room which is what I would highly recommend to anyone as you have your own private terrace just outside - it's lovely to sit out on in morning or when your back from a a night out. You an bring some wine up there as well. The wine Joelle has is fantastic. There is a Moroccan Gris, peach/pink in colour that she stocks that is to die for - I forget the name.
The food in this riad is divine - you will not go hungry. breakfast lasted us til dinner time. Breakfast was a lovely experience as well - eating it downstairs, surrounded by lovely trees with tiny birds singing away, it was so romantic and tranquil. We ate breakfast on the roof terrace on our last day - this was beautiful. There are sun loungers and sofas and curtains if you want privacy and the sun beams down on you.
This Riad is about a 10 minute walk to the Jemaa El Fana Square where you will see many may stalls during the day selling all sorts of authentic Moroccan crafts and food and at night there are always acrobats, singers, entertainment. As we went in October - it was a little quieter but still busy. I imagine going any earlier could get over crowded and you need to watch yourself. There are a lot of pick pockets. Unfortunately on my first night - all my cash was stolen. I went to ATM on way home and thought it was secure in my wallet in my bag which was in front of me, but when i got back, it was gone. They will come up and try and distract you with selling things or asking you about where you're from - ignore them all!!!
However, i tried not to let this ruin my stay and Joelle made it easier by being so kind, she really helped us out by writing a letter to my insurance company as well, something I don't think every hotel owner would do, she went out of her way. Joelle was extremely helpful and on our first day, sat us down and told us all about the area and where to go. One thing she did recommend which we did was go to 'Les Bains du Marrakech' a spa just 2 minutes around the corner from this riad. This was an amazing experience. I have never been in a spa like this - I would give it 5 stars if not more. Joelle recommended that we booked the 'couples cabin' in advance so myself and my boyfriend got to enjoy this experience together. We had a body scrub/wash and a 1 hour massage for 550 dirham which is about 50 euros each. A lot cheaper than here, almost half the price. They treat you like kings and queens in this place and you feel so refreshed afterwards. Not an experienced to be missed!
Another trip she recommended was to the Atlas mountains - just bare in mind to wear very comfortable shoes and clothes - you will be walking up a mountain, on rocks & through streams for a few hours - a fantastic place though. You can have your lunch in the mountains at various cafes built in them which was lovely.
Food is lovely in morocco. The nicest restaurant and most authentic was called Le comptoir... something, It was recommended again by Joelle so ask her. A friend of hers runs it. Its very private and only opens on the time of your reservation. It's beautiful. Al Fassia was another gorgeous one. Men need to make sure they are wearing slacks as far as i remember.
We can't rate this Riad highly enough. It is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places I have every stayed in in any country. If you are booking a trip to Marrakech I suggest you just stay for 2-3 days. There is not a huge amount to do apart from relax or go to the mountains. Worth a trip though and it's only a 3 hour 45 minute flight from London.
Hope this was helpful! :)
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- The Moroccan hospitality is legendary and at Riad les orangers d'alilia you have the opportunity to experience this fine tradition. Riad les orangers d'alilia is a home with lots of atmosphere and a dedicated staff at your disposal.Riad les orangers d'alilia has been entirely restored in accordance with traditional Moroccan materials and architecture. ... more less
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