I'd never thought of my husband as an imaginative person but for our 25th wedding anniversary he gave me the best gift ever - and a complete surprise. I knew we were going away for a few days, but he'd told me not to pack anything too heavy, so I knew we weren't staying in the UK! When I saw we were booked on a flight to Marrakech I almost cried (happy tears!), and when we got to Riad Siwan I actually did. I can't think of anything wonderful to say about the riad that hasn't been said by other reviewers, but it is so beautiful and peaceful that I couldn't believe we were only a few minutes walk from Jmaa el Fna, which Maryk (one of the owners) told me was the busiest market place in north Africa. Maryk and Cees are perfect hosts, and they'd connived with my husband to make this my happiest holiday ever.
The food was superb, and I passed a wonderful couple of hours with the lovely cook, Rabia, learning how to make chicken tajine and some unusual Moroccan salads. Fatima's massage and pampering was marvelous and I was so relaxed that I dozed off she had to wake me up! Everyone was so helpful and pleasant that I really didn't want to leave, and really can't recommend Riad Siwan high enough. It was lovely to stay in such a lovely hotel, but I must say that it was the attitude of Maryk, Cees and their staff that really made the holiday for me.
- Also Known As:
- Riad Siwan Hotel Marrakech