I have always loved glamour and design, so this is a great place to be because you can work or relax in elegant and romantic surroundings sipping on a beautifully prepared and poured mint tea or mojito depending on your preference.
There are some amazingly beautiful Riads, here are a few examples that have been recommended or I have found which are distinctive because of their design specifically, there are Riads which differentiate on other things – these I will cover separately, and of course great examples I probably haven’t seen yet!
I loved this Riad the moment I stumbled upon it turning off Dar El Bacha, it stands out even from the outside with a modern edge lit base. This is one of the more understated and just damn cool Riads, inside the staff are handsome and polite and the overall ambience is chic, moody and stylish. The tea that was served was probably one of the best I’ve had and I didn’t even have to lift a finger as my glass was automatically and discreetly topped up. This, I was told is an original Riad not one which has been created by joining houses together, these original Muslim Riads didn’t have any windows on the outside so the women inside couldn’t look out – but they do have stunning Italian style courtyards. Of course it is owned by an Italian – who else could style something so seductively!
I was recommended to visit this Riad, it is owned by Nicole a Swiss National and managed by Mohammed. It combines the cool fresh feel of a Northern European designed villa with ornate Islamic design, overall it is light, airy and artistic. I loved the mint colour theme throughout, the rooms are pretty and light and there is a great terrace with a homage to desert visits in a Berber tented area. Staff are very relaxed and friendly, they don’t have to wear the typical clothes of waiting staff in Riads which is refreshing and levelling – you feel like a friend rather than like you are being ‘served’.
Riad Palais Sebban
If you want to see a typically ornate Riad decorated in the traditional Islamic style, then Riad Palais Sebban is a must – it is really beautiful and a great example of Moroccan craftsmanship, there is a lot of detail here – of the kind you see at the Medersa Ben Youssef Islamic college. It was owned by a Frenchman (and now taken over by his family) it took 1 year to completely renovate in the classic style, which is amazing when you consider the detail. The pool area is something else but the piece de resistance is what I call the blue eye at the centre of the ornately carved dome of the entrance hall around which the Riad rooms are dispersed. The Riad is licensed with a Cocktail Bar.