Well then, let’s have a chat.
I’ll assure you straight away, this isn’t about yet another riad/guest house Marrakech… That’s enough, stop laughing! Yes, it’s true that you can’t even count how many there are anymore… Well, let’s not get off topic, it’ll be the subject of another post soon sure enough. This time I’m writing to shine a light on a beautiful house, one that doesn’t make a song and a dance, which offers sincere, high quality experiences, impeccable cleanliness and is run by people who genuinely look after you.
So what makes it so special? Well, I’ll tell you.
The Riad has one bedroom on the ground floor and three suites on the first floor. It has a large patio magnificently surrounded by trees in the middle of the house and with a little plunge pool, which is very agreeable during hot spells. An enclosed living/dining room, with fireplace, is also situated on the edge of the patio.
On exiting the lift on the first floor (no, I’m kidding, you’ve got to go up on foot guys, with good, proper steps which, at least, are large and practical, which is not always the case in lots of riad Marrakech) you arrive at a ‘bhou’ (an open living space) with access to the three suites on the first floor.
Still taking the same ‘lift’, the sun welcomes you to the second floor as you arrive on to the terrace, facing fully south! It’s also the ‘garden’ of the house as it is largely taken up with plants, flowers, shrubs, etc which gives this relaxing space a delightful continuity with the lower floors. Don’t worry, there’s also a ‘lazy’ corner with well arranged deck chairs, perfect for sun bathing!
So who makes it so special? Well, I’ll tell you.
It’s your mother! No, of course not your real mother…and in fact this one won’t ever tell you to take your elbows off the table. This mama is Habiba, the woman responsible for the house.
Habiba lives in the house and ensures everyone receives first class attention. Always ready to listen, she will know for sure how to meet your every wish, and if you are also looking for a good cook, you can’t do better than Habiba. She will show you the thousand and one facets of Moroccan cuisine, you’ll be ready to burst by the end! Well, bursting is an option, but it’s more expensive…. If you’re looking for a good home cooking experience better than any restaurant Marrakech, this is it!
Habiba also offers Moroccan cooking classes that she teaches with an abundance of passion and love. The classes mix humour, anecdotes and amazing picturesque situations. She will take you on a discovery of the Mellah market to do the daily shopping (not at all typical, let’s say), an experience that will leave indelible traces, and not just on your cooking bench, also provided for the class. Fun and great atmosphere 100% guaranteed.
During the reservation phase (well, for those who are looking for quality accommodation Marrakech of course, and if I’ve convinced you) I will be looking after the message service myself on the Riad Anabel website so you’ll be guaranteed a response in less than 24 hours.
And for those who are really lazy, there’s even the option of phoning, 24 hours a day…or almost!
See you very soon!
8, Derb Jdid – Riad Zitoun Lakdim
40000 Marrakech – Morocco
Phone : 00 212 672 046 910
Web : www.riadanabel.com