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We decided to have Christmas in a warm country this year. Marrakech is lovely during the day from 10.00am onwards until around 7pm. So be prepared to wear a coat or jacket if you go out in the evening. We were around 25 minutes from the centre of new Marrakech so relied on transport to get us to any tourist parts of the city.
The villa is very secluded, there is not much around, you need to travel to get true supplies so be prepared. The views were beautiful of the mountains. The pool is not heated, so if you can take a cold swim you will be ok. We did have to ask for basics such as an iron and a hairdryer. There is no kettle, there is a coffee machine. There is no microwave and the cooker did not work,and the water pressure especially in the bathroom leaves a lot to be desired. This could add to the authenticity or not be to your liking, it has to be your choice.
The family were on the ground floor of the riad, and were very kind and cooked a couple of lovely dishes for us which were welcoming. We also enjoyed the breakfast made by their help Samira who was a lovely lady. If you do not speak French, the language barrier could be a hinderence. The garden is wonderful and all very natural, so wonderful if you want to just relax with your thoughts.
We did see some wonderful sights in Marrakech, including the mountains, the Souk, and the desert for camel riding, guided by the owner Hakim who made himself available for the whole trip. Would suggest that you clarify his charges for using his taxi service for each visit each day as this was a little confusing for us. He did show us the real Marrakech, however, should we go again, we may hire a car, or be selective with use of Hakim. You will need to secure transport if you stay here as it is secluded.
We especially enjoyed our visit to the mountains and our visit to the Souk, would definitely like see more of those places.
In conclusion, it was enjoyable and the owners were very friendly and helpful, however, we would probably be more selective in our use of them due to the cost element which was not clear. In terms of warmth, it was very good.
The Riad is not as grand as many we stayed in but has the advantage of offering you exclusive use. The lady who provides breakfast - and dinner if requested - is very friendly and discrete. It’s location right on the edge of the Médina and just a few minutes from Djemma El Fna is perfect