September 25, 2019
Riad Star Marrakech – Personalised, Boutique & Authentic
Looking for service, sun and something a little special? Look no further than Riad Star, the boutique gem that’s nestled between the bustling streets of Marrakesh.
One of six unique Riad’s run by teams of dedicated staff, driven by the experience and personalised offering, Riad Star sits a cut above the rest with its beautiful boutique and intimate 13 rooms. The former Marrakesh home of Jazz singer Josephine Baker, the Riad rooms are named after different jazz dances and there are little touches around the hotel that link back to her home including artwork, books and a dance studio that also doubles as a dining room.
Upon arrival, we were picked up by the house manager Abdou who showed us to our beautiful room, conveniently located next to the small pool (traditionally Riad homes open inward to a courtyard where a small garden or pool are featured). We felt blessed to be able to open the doors every morning Riad means “Garden” in Arabic and if you want authentic Morocco, a Riad over a hotel is a must!
He talked us through the free offline app (it has a map that works offline to show you the way back to the Riad), as well as having some great haggling guides and information on the places of interest for your stay.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Moroccan relaxation experience head over to the Spa for a Hamman and massage. Only the traditional orange blossom soaps, scrubs and oils are used, it’s an experience that you really couldn’t have elsewhere. The best bit? You can have a couples Hamman too and the clay that’s used for some of the other treatments is from the Atlas Mountains… which just creates another layer of depth to the authentic experiences.
There’s a selection of delicious meals that you can book during your stay too, our favourite meal from the whole week was the one made by the chef at the Riad. He was extremely skilled and had grown up and trained as a chef in Morocco, then went to Abu Dhabi and came back to work at Riad Star. The lemon, chicken and saffron Tagine was beautiful… don’t forget to have it with Zaalouk, Pastilla and Mderbel and of course Moroccan Tea – there’s nothing quite the same as the tea in the morning poured from a beautiful traditional silver teapot.
If you feel the urge to recreate the traditional dishes, there is a chance to take a cooking class with the chef. It’s a golden opportunity for you to take something home that’s personalised and can be shared with friends and family.
The Riad Star team could not do enough to make our stay more perfect. They are there to focus on making your trip memorable and go above and beyond what many places would do. Something we really appreciated was the emphasis on safety during the stay, it was one of their main priorities. We got given a phone by the staff and they were on call if we were to get lost in the winding Moroccan streets of the Medina. The Riad is very well placed behind a beautiful mosque and ideal for sight seeing.
Personally, my favourite spot during the stay had to be the roof terrace, featuring stunning views and amazing sunsets, a truly romantic spot and fab for photo opportunites.
Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, coffee or even dinner took place on the terrace and you can see far and wide over Marrakesh and in the morning when it isn’t too hot, the terrace feels like a sanctuary – the perfect hideaway from the madness that sits at the heart of the square.
If you’re looking for the perfect authentic Moroccan experience with efficiency and a warm welcome, then take a look at Riad Star. Owners Mike and Lucie have just opened their latest Riad, Riad Spice and we were lucky enough to get a private tour.
A: 31 Derb ailich، Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
T: +44 20 7193 7357
W: Marrakech Riad
Written by Kaya Cheshire Luxuria Lifestyle UK and International