It was spotting beautiful Riads on Instagram that first made me long to visit Marrakech, and after a quick search online and finding Riad Ksar Kasbah, I knew I had to go. The opportunity came up for my Mum and I to head to Marrakech for four days and I knew we had to stay here. Ten seconds it took me to persuade my Mum, as soon as she saw it, she shouted ‘Yes, we are going!’
A Riad is a traditional Moroccan home which is centralised around a courtyard or garden. These beautifully renovated homes are now luxuriously decorated in intricate tiles, stained glass windows and a central pool. You can opt for a hotel whilst staying in Marrakech, but I would highly recommend the experience of a Riad.
Riad Ksar Kasbah is based in the cultural Kasbah district which is a small walled in area in Marrakech. The Riad is minutes from the Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace and a twenty minute walk to the Jemaa El-Fnaa. Just outside you have an array of local restaurants, street food stalls, a corner shop selling bottled water, pharmacy and a taxi rank. As far as we were concerned, it is perfectly located. We were close enough to all the local haunts but far enough away that as we strolled back after exploring the souks, things started to get quieter and more relaxed and we really imprecated that.
When you first enter the Riad, the staff are so welcoming and hospitable. We were greeted on the roadside and walked up to the front door, once inside we were seated and given traditional mint tea and freshly made biscuits. It was the nicest entrance after a long travel day; we were then shown a tour of the Riad and taken to our room where we laid our head until morning.
We were on the ground floor right beside the pool. The pool and the surrounding decor is so breathtaking; beautiful furniture, large plants and the turquoise waters. You can lay beside the pool or enjoy lunch or dinner beside it, the ceiling is open so the sun beams straight in and the birds flutter around chirping.
The staff in the Riad could not have been friendlier. Anything you needed, they would have it for you right away! We also had the privilege of meeting the owner and she was so lovely. You can tell they are really proud of the Riad and your satisfaction and comfort really is the most important to them.
The bedroom we had was a standard double on the ground floor. It is the most basic room in the Riad but still so beautiful. We had a very comfortable double bed, vanity desk, clothes hanger and a stunning bathroom with shower. The decor is very fitting to the Riad, with everything intricate and lovely golden accents. The room has two windows which open out to the pool area letting in some air and light. The room has air conditioning, strong wifi and ropes and slippers.
The bathroom was potentially my favourite part; the gold accents were incredible. The bathroom has a single sink unit, toilet and beautiful golden shower with rainfall head. The hand soaps are beautifully scented and you are also provided with cotton rounds and buds.
The Riad has four floors; the ground floor with the pool, second floor which houses the larger bedrooms and the balcony overlooking the pool, third floor which is the main dining area with sunbeds and the roof top. You can have breakfast wherever you desire but we opted for the main dining terrace every morning as the beautiful sunshine shone down and the morning birds were twittering away.
The set breakfast is delicious. You are given a selection of different breakfast pastries, these changed every day and were like pancakes. Along those you have an array of jams, yoghurt and fruit bowl, fresh cake and amazingly fresh orange juice. You have the option also of an omelette which we didn’t opt for as we were too busy stuffing our faces with cake! Breakfast is served 7:30am – 10:30am and the terrace is always wonderfully quiet wherever you head up.
On the first evening, we ate dinner in the Riad as we weren’t sure of our surroundings yet. The Riad has a lovely menu of snack, lunch and dinner options. They like you to order ahead of time so they prepare as ingredients are purchased fresh for the order. I went for a British classic of chicken club sandwich and Mum had a vegetable omelette. Both delicious and we were totally satisfied afterwards.
On all the sunbeds on the terrace, they are supplied with blankets and these sun hats with Ksar Kasbah sewn on them. It’s such a lovely touch and thoughtful to give the guests a bit of shade from the strong heat.
Every inch of the Riad is so photogenic, I could have spent all day changing outfit and getting shots for the ‘gram! With only eleven rooms throughout, wherever you go, you’re generally the only one there and at no point were we disturbed by other guests. It’s like having your own little house in a bustling city!
The Riad offers a spa service inside. There’s a massage room and a hammam room for you. Inside your room you’ll find spa menu to have a look over but you can also find them online here. They range from all sorts of massage to facials, manicures and pedicures. We didn’t get chance to take up the offer unfortunately but the staff were very complimentary of the hammam which I would have loved to try.
We also utilised the Riad for a little excursion. They have a booklet of several excursions to offer and they all sounded amazing. From three day trips to the Sahara, adventures to the waterfalls, Atlas Mountains or the coast – if we’d been in the area longer we would have taken full advantage. The excursion we signed up for was the camel ride in the Palm Groves. This was a twenty minute drive away and we loved it. All we did was inform the Riad staff and within a minute it was booked in, the driver collected us the next day and everything was so smooth and seamless.
One of our favourite places became the roof terrace at sunset. The sun sets around 7:30pm during March and we would head up around 7pm to relax to watch it go down. The roof has a panoramic view of the city with the beautiful Mosque close by. The roof terrace has low laying beds along the edge with loads of floor cushions for a super cosy evening. We ordered mint tea to the roof and took in the sights whilst planning the next day.
I hope you enjoyed this review of our beautiful Riad. I simply cannot explain just how delightful it was and I would return in a heartbeat. Find Ksar Kasbah on the links below and please let me know if you stay!