What are these Riads of Morocco?
There’s nothing as quintessentially Moroccan as its riads! They’re traditional Moroccan homes that enclose a garden or a courtyard in the centre with a fountain or a pool. The Arabic word, riad translates to ‘garden’, and that’s because one of the defining features of riads are the central gardens around which the house is made. All the rooms on the lower floor have windows and doors that open into this central garden.View this post on Instagram
5 convincing reasons for you to choose a Riad over a hotel in Morocco
1. Riads are where you can witness gorgeous Islamic architectureSome of the best riads are marvels of Moroccan craftsmanship, and perfect examples of how Islamic architecture found its way into people’s lifestyle. Your riad hotel in Morocco may be home to courtyards planted with oranges, lemons, banana trees, olive trees and palm trees, resembling lush Islamic gardens, complete with bubbling fountains.
You can also admire intricately carved stucco work (tadelakt) on the plaster walls, the painted wooden ceilings (zouakt) and charming hand-made Moroccan tiles (zellige) on the pathways. The décor is usually a fascinating mix of Moroccan and European antiques and artworks, some of which may be family heirlooms handed down from generations. Most riads also have fabulous roof terraces, enhanced with exotic palms and cacti – perfect place to relax with a few drinks. Also read: 10 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Visit MoroccoView this post on Instagram
2. Riads’ kitchens rustle up delicious, Moroccan food
Your best meal in Morocco might not be in a restaurant, but at one of the riads. In fact, the food served is so good, that tourists who’re not staying in the riads also come for just lunch/ dinner! The taste is exceptional mainly because the food in riads is prepared in smaller quantities in home kitchens, by seasoned home cooks, unlike hotels that dish out meals on a large scale. Since the cooks are mostly locals, we can trust them to roll out the most aromatic and authentic Moroccan food in the medina. Such as hand-rolled couscous, zesty tagines with chicken or meatballs served with freshly baked khubz (Moroccan bread), lamb with pomegranate, or sea bass with sautéed artichokes. Or imagine being served a dreamy Moroccan breakfast right on the roof terrace of your riad, or by the pool or on your bedroom’s balcony. A selection of Moroccan breads like harcha or msemen or bagrir, served with fried eggs and olives, mountain honey, homemade jam and deliciously sweet Moroccan mint tea!View this post on Instagram
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3. Riads are intimate - experience Moroccan hospitality!
Guests at the riads of Morocco are treated like old friends! Nothing can be more authentic than staying in a riad to experience the famous Moroccan hospitality, far more genuine than the formal customer service that luxury hotels are known for. What sets apart a riad stay from a typical hotel stay is the personalized touch offered by the host/ road owner and the staff. They’re more than happy to offer useful shopping and sightseeing tips, give out the best ideas for trips to the medina and apt dining recommendations that suit your requirement. The staff is local, usually from nearby villages, and exhibit the gentle, hospitable friendliness typical of Berber communities.View this post on Instagram
And since you’ll be staying in homes that once housed wealthy Moroccan merchants, you can experience their lavish lifestyle. Immerse yourself in Morocco’s culture, take a close look at an era bygone and live just like a local! To truly experience Moroccan culture, you must visit a traditional steam bathroom, known as hammam - an integral part of many riad hotels. And luxuriate in the beautiful aroma of the traditional Moroccan soaps and oils while being tended to by your personal hammam lady! Also read: How to get a Morocco visaView this post on Instagram
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4. Riads are uniqueDespite the comfort and luxury they offer, hotel rooms can be boring! Especially the ones that belong to big hotel chains - rooms that look the same, irrespective of the city or country they’re in. On the other hand, what’s most charming about the riads of Morocco is that each one is infused with the personality of the riad’s owner and hence, unique – be it their interior design or the architecture or the style. Some riads look and feel homey (because they were actual homes to Moroccan families before being turned into boutique hotels/ B&Bs!). While some riads are styled elegantly. These are the ones usually the ones bought by Europeans and upcycled to display a happy mix of old-world charm and modern comforts.) Then there are riads that are the epitome of luxury and opulence – they’re usually former Islamic palaces. So, if you’re looking for an experience off the well-travelled road when in Morocco, you should be booking a stay in a riad!
5. Riads have the best location
Featured above: Riad Karmela is located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. It's close to the souks and just an 8 minute walk away from the Jamaâ El Fna Square. Click to book your stay at Riad Karmela. Riads let you truly explore a medina (old, walled centres of a Moroccan city) as they’re usually located right in the heart of the medinas. And these medinas are the hub of all the action – the heart of Moroccan cities. You’ll find it much easier to explore the bustling city centre, not having to navigate too many alleys and labyrinths before you reach home! If the hectic pace of the medina gets too much for you, it’s a quick escape to the calm and quietude of your riad.View this post on Instagram
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