This restaurant send a guide to your riad or hotel to walk you round there. You would never be able to find it otherwise.
The inside of the building is astonishing with huge high ceilings in very ornate mosaic style. All the waiters wear traditional costume and when we were there there was a large open log fire burning.
All in all an environment never to be forgotten.
The food was very good and was beautifully served.
From an alleyway in the Medina, through a plain wooden door into the most surprisingly beautiful building - what an introduction to Riad Fes. Carefully restored, the riad is a paradise of elegance and comfort in the heart of all the bustling activity of the Medina. We had a spacious comfortable room with adjoining sitting room. We were greeted with mint tea on the roof terrace with its magnificent views. There we could also take breakfast or in one of the areas around the internal courtyard - birds singing, fountain splashing. However probably the greatest asset of the riad is the staff who were without exception friendly, efficient and helpful. Absolutely fascinating city and a fascinating riad.
Inhale the peregrine scents of the Marrakech spice market as you weave through intricately woven alleys of the souks in the company of an accomplished guide. Emerge from the colourful maze into the Place Djemaa el Fna, a hive of local bounty and culinary fervour just as the haunting call to prayer fills the early-morning air.
Arrive at the airport and transfer to your deluxe Riad. Settle into your room. Head out this evening for an introductory visit to the old medina. Enjoy dinner in one of the finest Moroccan restaurants.
Set out this morning to discover the fascinating history and rich cultural heritage of this ancient city. See the elaborate palaces, mosques and Koranic school as you meander through the narrowed alleys of town. After lunch in one of the trendy local restaurants, spend some time with your culinary guide in the souks to familiarize yourself with the fragrant spice stalls and food shops. This will give you a great sense of how the locals prepare for their daily feasts. In the evening return to the palmeraie in time to relax under the palm trees, take a dip in the pool and enjoy a sumptuous meal under the stars.
After a late sleep and leisurely breakfast on the terrace head into the kitchen and roll up your sleeves during a cooking class. Discover the delicate spice combinations that go into every dish, learn the fine flavour balance of the ultimate tagine and learn how to knead your cous-cous to achieve a perfect airy texture. Enjoy the fabulous feast you have created for lunch and then take the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Head into town to further explore the sites, markets, and restaurants or simply relax in the serene surroundings with a good book.
Lower Atlas Organic Garden
This morning after breakfast venture off by private transfer into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped peaks beyond the walls of Marrakech and as you approach you will discover the lush green terrain of the lower mountain range. Travel across the Haouz plain through the tiny rural villages and Berber communities to the market town of Tnine Ourika, and arrive at an organic herb garden. Here see, smell and taste the various fragrant herbs that go into cooking and also aromatic ointments such as aromatherapy massage oils. See bread baked in the traditional manner in clay ovens, and feast upon it with your gourmet lunch served in the garden against the Atlas panorama. Return to Marrakech for the evening and a farewell dinner .
Marrakech to Essaouira
After a leisurely breakfast set out with your driver along the scenic road to Essaouira. Traverse the rugged, agricultural terrain through villages and olive groves all the way to the Atlantic coast. Arrive in Essaouira in time for lunch on your own someplace along the water. Once you have settled into your room at your riad, take the afternoon to walk the endless beach south to the dunes, explore the medina or simply realx on the roof terrace and take in the sounds of the city.
Essaouira Medina & Markets
After a leisurely breakfast set out with your private guide to the market for a food foraging exploration in the souks. Experience the sights and smells of this aromatic market and buy all the ingredients you will need to prepare a fine Moroccan sefood lunch. This afternoon relax and digest your meal, soak in the sun from the roof terrace or take a dip in the Ocean. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.
After breakfast, drive south toward Agadir for about 45 minutes and notice the terrain changing from Olive groves to Argan groves. Wander through one of these endangered Argan forests to see the unique spectacle of goats climbing their thick gnarled trunks to eat the fruit, then visit a farm where (mostly women) are producing the exotic and delicious Argan oil, virtually liquid gold. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure with options to ride camels or go driving in buggies on the dunes.
After an early breakfast, drive to Marrakech and depart on your flights home.
401 immeuble D1, Marrakech Plazza, Marrakech.
+212 524 424 880
+212 661 326 520
With a group of friends we had an amazing experience celebrating the wedding anniversary of two of them at this traditional hotel Riad that is a gemstone building in the medina of Marrakech. The staff very qualified spoke English fluently and were more than helpful all the time and welcoming. The very large breakfast and lunches were great, and we appreciated the daily menu changes. It was wonderful to come back each night to have a massage in the hammam and relax.
The location very quiet, was perfect for seeing both the mains monuments, the famous central square with the souks
Derb Boutouil 62, Kennaria Marrakechs
I can't rate it highly enough. It is wonderful, simply gorgeous. The guide books suggest spending a little extra on your accommodation in Marrakech, as you will need somewhere nice to return to after exploring the hot noisy city; that's good advice, and you will find no more beautiful oasis than the Riyad Al Moussika. It's in the Medina only a few minutes from the main square, yet inside its walls it is so peaceful; birds sing in the garden trees, and cicadas sound in the evenings. It’s a lovely historic riyad, previously the residence of the Pasha of Marrakech, built around several tiled shaded garden courtyards, with pools and tinkling fountains, and has a private hammam spa. Our beautifully decorated suite had a marble bathroom and huge shower, with secluded balcony and roof terrace outside. And the food is simply the best cuisine we found in the whole city: plentiful, fresh, imaginative, and absolutely delicious. Lunch is included in the price, and was better than any evening meal we had elsewhere in the Marrakech. And the staff is great, friendly and helpful. Choosing the Hotel Riyad Al Moussika was the best thing we did, and it really made our four-day stay in Marrakech superb.
"The best location, finest foods and all with the highest level of service from a dedicated team"
You can see a short film I posted on you tube which shows the Riyad and a look at Marrakech at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUJWpAsmbLc
I read the reviews about the Riyad Al Moussika on internet and agree with many of the reviewers when they say that this is the place to stay whilst in Marrakech. I needed a relaxing break and all the stress of cancelled and delayed flights were soon forgotten. What is even more special is the history and exquisite quality and design of the Riyad together with friendly atmosphere especialy for those with families. You really do feel like you are staying at a former Mansion of the Pasha of Marrakech. Upon arriving at the Riyad we were greeted by Hassan the manager and other staff with a splendid array of Moroccan snacks and mint tea. We were made to feel at home right from the very start and my children simple loved every second of their experience at the Riyad. Hassan is an intelligent and lovely gentleman who went out of his way to ensure we were comfortable on our trip including personally accompanying us in showing us the famous Jemma Al Fna square and Al Badi and El Bahi palace which were ideally located nearby. The stay at Riyad included breakfast and lunch fit for a King or Queen. The quality of the food was simply amazing (Gordon Ramsey & Jamie Oliver eat your heart out) and the freshly squeezed orange juice is out of this world. You can still eat evening dinner at the Riyad at an additional cost or they will happily assist in organising a booking elswhere. We particularly appreciated the tour of the Ourika Valley and other sight seeing tours organised by the Riyad. We had the same driver Khalid for most of our journeys and he really looked after us and I recommend you ask for him to add value to your stay. Simple things like arranging the horse carriage to take us from the Riyad to save us haggling in the square to helping us pack our tagine to take back gave us the 'home from home' feeling. Overall the Riyad caters flexibly to your needs whilst offering the best experience of Marrakech. For value for money, 100%, you will live and feel like the Pasha. I have stayed in many places all over the world and some are things are just priceless, the Riyad Al Moussika is one of the. I left a few shirts at the Riyad by mistake but Hassan sent them without delay back to me. I will definitely return one day and congratulate everyone from the chefs, staff, receptionists and management for making this an experience of a lifetime for guests from around the world.
Riyad Al Moussika,
What an amazing place! If you want to escape to a genuine oasis of peace, with rustic charm, warm hospitality, surrounded by unspoilt nature, this is it.
It’s just one hour from Marrakech yet it felt like a different country. The owner, Bouhcine, organised a taxi to get us there – lovely views along the way – we passed through Asni and then through a lush and mountainous area before arriving in Imarigha, (just two km before Ouirgane) where the guest house is hidden away at the end of a little lane by the mosque.
Our room was actually a cottage, with earth walls on the outside, spacious, with sitting area, en-suite bathroom and a lovely wooden beam ceiling. The double bed was really comfortable, everything worked - loads of hot water for the shower etc.
It’s so peaceful here, the cottages are surrounded by olive trees. You hear the breeze, an occasional donkey braying, and birds. We went for walks in the local area where there are farms and more olive plantations.
The food was delicious (the one potential drawback which turned out not to be - there aren’t any local restaurants, so you have to have lunch and dinner here), but we ate better here than in Marrakech! Thoroughly recommend it.
BP 183, KM 59 Imarigha, Route de Taroudant - 52140 Asni - Maroc
+212 6 66 57 14 77
We had read that this was 'the coolest Riad in Marrakech' and we were not disappointed. This is one of those places where 'cool' is all inclusive, not at all pretentious and makes you feel very much part of the place. From the moment of our arrival to our departure, we were so well looked after in an absolutely lovely setting, with great staff. It is one of those places where they make it look so easy, that you think anyone could do this but you know really that that's not the case at all. Everything is very well organized but it looks effortless. It is a sign of how good Oliver and his staff are.
The wonderful food, the cool unobtrusive music wafting through, the friendly and chatty staff and of course the main man himself. A real find and highly recommended.
From the beginning until we had to leave we felt really welcome. The staff were honest, helpful and hearty. Service was great and the whole riad is arranged and decorated with a good taste from the owner, done affectionately. It was not our first time in Morocco and we already ate many couscous there, but the best we've ever eaten was in Dar Najat. You have to order a couscous royal there!
There is also enough space to chill out, relax on the terrace or on the new built superior floor, with sunbeds and cosy Moroccan styled lounge.
Your'e in the middle of marrakech, easy to find the jamaa el fna by your own, but if you need any help ask the staff and they'll help you anytime.
So there is really nothing bad to say about Dar Najat and it certainly won't be our last stay there.
Kristina & Cyril
On a deserted beach about an hour south of Agadir, there's a stunning hotel called Ksar Massa. It's such a magical peaceful place and a great retreat. It's used by a company called fitscape which arranges fitness holidays. Lots of running on the beach, swimming, cycling, etc. We had an amazing time.
A small family run guest house, cosy ensuite rooms, warm blankets for night, djellaba hanging on the rail to keep you warm by the wood fire where we ate home cooked meals. Hussaine can arrange treks (we didn't) or suggest walks (we did) and arrange taxi transport to/from his place. A nice Moroccan feel, simple and a calm contrast to the chaos of Marrakesh. Lovely mint tea and biscuits on the roof terrace when we arrived.
Imlil, Marrakech, Imlil 42152
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In the medina, a wonderful calm riad with lovely rooms and Jean Francois the perfect host who makes sure you know how to get home, suggests good places to eat (from La Place to posh), has an evening drink/snack time to chat with him and other guests, arranges transport from airport, to elsewhere etc. I'm sure it was the Guardian website that led me there, but I can't find another mention. Use of internet, no tv, places to sit around and read, great breakfast, good suppers, soft drinks/tea on tap.
A wonderful find. This is a small photography museum located in the north of the Medina. It has a collection of Moroccan photographs of people and places, dating back to the 1860s over three floors. There is also a small cafe at the top of the building giving you a view of the city.
46 rue Ahal Fes Marrakech
An inspiring and sumptuous place to stay. Great food, atmosphere, rooftop views, excellent music drifting across the terrace, and right in the heart of the medina. Friendly informative helpful staff made this riad a pleasure to stay at.
18 Derb Lalla Chacha, Douar Graoua Kennaria, 4000 Marrakech
We stayed at this beautiful riad in Marrakech with our two daughters for four days and were very well looked after.
There are very many good things to say about our stay last week, starting with the excellent email communication from Oliver, the owner before we arrived.
Dar Najat provides a special combination of great service and comfort, making it very easy to relax. I agree with other reviews that it does feel like staying with friends- It was obvious that the staff genuinely cares about you, they make themselves available but also respect your space and privacy and that’s not easy to pull off. We never had to ask more than once for anything we wanted. Service was always friendly, fast and efficient with the staff putting themselves out for us on more than one occasion. Though seamless on the surface, I know that being able to provide this kind of guest experience actually takes hard work and great communication between the team of staff.
The location is really good- about 5-10 minutes walk from the main square but in a quiet and safe spot. The roof terrace with its new top deck is a peaceful place to spend time. There’s plenty of lush greenery around and parasols to give you shade if you want a break from the sunshine. The free Wi-Fi was a welcome bonus too.
The girls stayed in a twin room on the first floor which had higher ceilings than ours on the ground floor and therefore felt more airy. The riad is very clean and well looked after. The bathrooms have everything you need and the showers are powerful with plenty of constant hot water. Even little touches like decent quality hangers and bottled water showed good attention to detail.
We’ve returned feeling we had more than 4 days away because we relaxed so quickly and were well looked after in a special place.
We’ve been lucky to stay in a few of the best hotels in the world and Dar Najat is right there up at the top with those in terms of how well we were cared for. It’s not an easy place to leave.
Almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1960, Agadir today doesn't have much of its authentic charm left (for that, it's still best to go to Marrakesh or Fez). Instead, for something completely different, head up the coast to Taghazout, a little fishing village that has been taken over by a growing surfing scene. Drifters from all over the world gather here to take their chance in the Atlantic Ocean, with dozens of surf camps ready to host everyone from total novices to the most experienced sea-dogs.
Half an hour north of Agadir airport: www.taghazout.org/
Enter Dar Najat and you feel like you are in an African palace that speaks style from every piece of furniture, picture and light fitting. The most family friendly place we have ever stayed. Great ensuite room, air con nice shower, matelat bed provided for our three-year-old. Oliver the owner is charming and his staff are wonderful. Amin, Saeed and Aissan spent the whole week entertaining our son. The riad has a resident dog and tortoise. Lovely breakfasts on the roof top terrace. Afternoons in the jacuzzi with funky but relaxing music. Our son delighted by chicken and chips for tea, his mum and dad delighted by superb Moroccan dinners eaten at a table a few feet from the bedroom where he slept soundly.
A small friendly riad with a charming owner Peter and wonderful staff - Hassan to whom nothing was too much trouble and who let our three-year-old help water the plants while we finished breakfast. Fatima the cook produced a meal for our son at tea time and a superb later dinner for us. We loved the 3ft deep marble effect sunken bath in our ensuite.
Through Peter we had a wonderful family excursion to a restaurant and swimming pool for lunch in the Atlas Mountains with a great driver - Cherif
What a wonderful introduction to Marrakech! Peter and Hassan made it so unbelivably easy to learn to navigate this city. From the very beginning they provided us with excellent help and advice about things to see (and how not to get lost), and the riad itself is beautiful and peaceful and a wonderful way to begin and end the day. Thank you so much for your hospitality, and for allowing us to stay in your wonderful riad.
29 Derb Bouelilou
Sidi Ben Slimane
+212 6 11 26 69 98
A lovely riad with a lovely and dedicated staff!
Stayed there during a week. This place was a real charm. Every single staff member is so friendly and devoted. They make sure your stay is the best in Marrakech!
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