I can not write more pleasantly to describe the the perfect week we spent in the Riad Armelle in Marrakech during April and the wonderfully and bespoke arranged trips we had with the in house superxpertours to the south of Morocco and to valley of Ourika.
Arriving for the start of a fascinating trip to Marrakech we were picked up by a pre-arranged driver from the Riad. The perfect way to arrive, no fuss and the start of a brilliant holiday. Met by the French owners (who have beuatifully restored this historic Riad to its former glory) and the Riad Manager; Mr Saad CHEMZAR we were provided a warm welcome and taken to the absolutely stunning terrace room on the second floor of the this delightful and tranquil Riad situated within the Medina and a stones throw from the Djemma el Fna Square.
As ever we had left all our travel arrangements to the last minute and spent a little time with Saad whilst sipping the most excellent sweet mint tea explaining we wanted to a driver for 4 days and wanted to visit valleys, the Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert. Saad took care of everything and we went on to spend the most phenomenal 4 days in streams, mountains and camping under the desert stars in the Sahara desert. The value was excellent and and the trip did not disappoint with our driver speaking excellent English - oh and don't let language barriers put you off Saad spoke French, Spanish, German, English and Arabic. The best option is not to book expensive tours in advance, but book with Saad at the Riad where prices are much more reasonable, we spoke with Saad in advance on Skype and phone without any trouble.
The accommodation was beautiful we sampled two rooms and both were stunning, full of Moroccan antiquities with a French twist. This really was a home from home we were warmly welcomed and nothing was too much trouble. The Riad has an atmosphere of peaceful tranquility and an oasis of calm. The food was excellent within the Riad and when we wanted to eat out on one night Saad thoughtfully provided a driver to take us to the restaurant. Central to Marrakech easy to to travel to this was a wonderful holiday that next time we may take as a long weekend. As we left Saad said to us "Remember this is your home now" an expression that meant a lot to us and we will never forget.
Thank you to all of the staff at the Armelle for making our stay so brilliantly enjoyable we very much look forward to returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 200 M inside the walls, in a picturesque area of the Medina. Alive with the colors and perfumes of Arabia, you can wander through the "Souikka Bab Doukkala" (small arabic market) which is enjoyed by both Moroccans and visitors alike. The Riad Armelle offers a haven of calm and comfort in the authentic style of the traditional eastern Riad. ... more less
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