Wow, Morocco was somewhere that completely took me by surprise. The culture and the surroundings were a lot better than I had anticipated. I had the pleasure of staying in the Le Riad Yasmine for three nights and La Mamounia for a night and I have to say I was blown away. I had booked this as a preliminary hen get away with some girlfriends and it was really did take me by surprise. it was extremely cheap. The Riad yasmine was £50-60 a night and the suite was beautiful. It was the cheapest version of luxury I had ever experienced. Prior to me booking this, to even get a room you would have to book nearly a year in advance due to the demand, I can now see why. I am usually a diva staying anywhere. The service and everything else in between has to be top notch.
We were greeted with mint and lemon drinks with Moroccan biscuits after our flight, which was such a personal touch. Our flight wasn’t even that long from London Gatwick (3hr)
We were close to everything and a suitable reach either by car or walking distance to restaurants, spas, atlas mountains, everything was in reach. The riad itself was mesmerizing, I had never seen one before, the way their gardens and pretty pools are perfectly positioned in the centre of the villa-esque building is truly a unique piece of Moroccan architecture. The quintessential dark turquoise Moroccan tilling is signature and contrasted beautifully with the white balconies and the décor. The service was like being at home, although it doesn’t have a concierge, the boutique hotel hosts were always there to hand. The breakfast reminded me of my days in Jordan and Syria, with the yogurt, crumpets, bread, olive oil and honey, it brought back so many fond memories. The house cat became a pet of ours, an interesting feline, I’m certain she had a personality disorder, She would scurry up the branches like a tiger and scratch you if you weren’t stroking her in certain way, she’d creep up out of nowhere and brush her head against your legs for a pet against her head and belly.
This particular riad is always booked 8-9 months in advance, it is always sold out and I don’t even know how I managed a booking, I would take whichever date you can get your hands on as it has visitors from all over the world. I will return for sure and stay longer, a great place if you want luxury at a great price. The riad was extremely chic and every detail of the place was well thought out.
I recommend the Nomad and the Royal Mansour for dinner, both very different dining experiences and a wonderful taste of Morocco. The men from the hotel happened to escort us everywhere, which made us feel very safe, as it can be very dangerous at night walking on the street especially if you are a western female, I would highly recommend having a male escort.
I will be reviewing the famous La mamounia in my post after this, This place was EPIC. I have also done a post of the Wonderful La mamounia hotel! Look out for my next post.
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P.s I just got married and I cant wait to show you guys everything! A full detailed post coming soon.