Just returned from a three night break at the Habiba as a 40th birthday treat for my daughter . We had a very early flight and arrived feeling very jaded with lack of sleep. We were greeted with warm smiles , a very welcome cup of tea and a lovely breakfast (initially we said we weren't hungry but we managed it very well) pancakes, fresh bread and jam fruit and yoghurt.
Our package included a meal on the first night , lovely veg starters followed by the local pie, not so keen on the pie as too much pastry for me (although we did get one whole pie each which would have served four!) but apparently the lamb tagine there was very good.
The riad has been very well restored and very shabby chic perhaps leaning to the shabby side but quite charming, lovely courtyard with the tiniest plunge pool ever, they also had a pet tortoise tottering around quite close to the pool, but luckily had never fallen in.. We had breakfast on the roof terrace which was like another world as the bird song was mostly the only sound you could hear even though we were very close to the noisy main square. Lovely spot to chill out after the days sightseeing.
Very central for the main square and souks, also close to the old palace and not far from the tombs and museum in the other direction. Locals on the whole very friendly and helpful and although the riad is down a back alleyway we generally felt quite safe being two women on our own.
We also had a massage and use of their hammam and I am sure that was equal if not better than some of the more upmarket ones although the hammam itself could do with a bit of a spruce up
We left it last minute to book for a trip into the mountains, but this was sorted for us at about 10pm prior to going the next morning, It was probably al little more than some of the other companies but it was a lovely relaxing day and we felt it was worth it, my daughter even had a birthday cake waiting for her on our return (complete with candles.)
It would be nice to have tea/coffee making facilities in the room, although it was always provided when asked, and a complimentary bottle of water would go down well. All in it was a lovely break, with helpful and friendly staff at a reasonable price.
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