About the home
Riad Africa is an authentic, classic-style, newly refurbished riad-guest house in centre of Marrakech medina.
Available to rent on a room by room basis or the entire riad for larger private groups or special events, Riad Africa has eight spacious bedrooms and suites themed after Africa’s most evocative and fabled destinations. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, iPod docks, a local mobile phone (for contact with riad staff when out and about), bath robes/slippers, a hair-dryer and personal safe. High speed wireless internet access is available throughout the riad.
Guests can cool off in and relax around one of the largest plunge pools in the medina. A tranquil palm-filled courtyard, a comfortable dining room/salon, a massage room, hammam, evening bar and private roof garden/terrace offer a choice of public areas in which to unwind. A range of health and beauty treatments are available including a massage/treatment room and hammam).
|Size:||Sleeps up to 20, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Essaouira, 180km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
|Luxuries:||Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed Property|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||8 Bedrooms, 9 bathrooms of which 9 en suites, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (10), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seating for 22, Lounge seating for 22|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Located on the ground floor, directly opposite the pool, our Grand Salon (lounge) doubles as a breakfast/dining room. Comfortably seating up to 20 guests, the salon is stylishly designed and has been recently refurbished in beige, cream and opulent red. The salon has a corner fireplace with warming log fires lit on the occasional chilly winter evening.
Facilities in the salon include twin reversible air-conditioning/heating units, a wide-screen TV with a Made-in-Morocco film collection, DVD/CD/radio stereo, wireless internet access, selection of games and a growing collection of books and other reading material. The walls of the Grand Salon are adorned with a selection of fascinating sub-Saharan carved masks, each with a story to tell.
Close to the pool is a massage room and hammam. A massage from our experienced masseuse, Rachida, can be arranged locally with a day’s notice. A range of treatments are possible.
A smaller salon is located in and around a second palm-fringed courtyard in our adjoining house. With a fountain and fresh juice/coffee bar the Douriya Salon is a popular spot for breakfast, afternoon coffee or early evening fresh fruit cocktails.
Further details outdoors:
A key feature of Riad Africa is its central courtyard pool – perfect for a quick dip after a day sightseeing. At 16 square metres in size and with a depth ranging from 0.8m to 1m it is one of the largest pools of over 1,000 riads located in Marrakech medina.
Covering almost 250 square metres Riad Africa’s roof terrace is a real haven of peace and tranquility, offering wonderful views out over the medina to Djemaa el Fna and Koutoubia. A Caidal Tent provides respite from the sun and a place to lounge and relax.
Garlanded with yuccas, geraniums, bougainvillea, lemon and orange trees the terrace is a delightful spot to take breakfast or a romantic candlelit evening meal. Sun loungers and parasols are available for guests wishing to lay back in the shade. In winter months the peaks of the High Atlas Mountains can be seen to the south of the city.
English and French-speaking manager on hand to answer any questions and assist locally. For exclusive rental bookings of the whole riad, please book as far in advance as possible, as the riad functions as a guesthouse-hotel renting rooms on a night by night basis.
Riad Africa offers exceptional accommodation for private rental, special events and themed weekends. Birthdays, honeymoons, engagements parties have all been enjoyed at Riad Africa.
Tour operator and travel agent bookings are welcome!
- 50% deposit payable at booking confirmation, with balance due 56 days before arrival. Full terms and conditions can be found on our property website - riadafrica.co.uk.
- Visitors/local escorts/friends of guests not declared on booking form are not allowed entry to the riad.
- Smoking is not allowed in any indoor rooms but is OK on the roof terrace / balconies / open-air courtyard.
The Marrakech / Essaouira / Marrakech Region region
Like Fes, Meknes and Rabat, Marrakech is one of Morocco's famous Imperial Cities. Renowned for its wonderful climate and for a setting as remarkable as it is varied, it is currently one of the world's top travel hotspots. With palaces and palm groves, rose gardens, and a backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas mountains it is the capital of the Moroccan South, a cultural crossroads and keeper of tradition and folklore. The ancient pink-walled Medina contains a wealth of rich architectural heritage, and the real highlight - Place Djemaa el Fna - is like no other square in the world!
Founded in 1062 by Almoravids from the Sahara, this Berber city was once the hub of a great empire that stretched from Algiers to Spain. Throughout its near 1000-year history Marrakech has been the capital of Morocco on several occasions under different dynasties, and is today a favoured city of Morocco's young and dynamic King Mohamed VI.
The Marrakech City / Medina area
Riad Africa is located in a safe and peaceful residential neighbourhood in the Riad Zitoun Lakdim area of the Medina. Offering easy access (just a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank) it takes just 5 minutes to walk to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square along the popular/easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street. An excellent choice of local restaurants, cafes and shops is located within a 5 minute radius on foot, including the highly rated and atmospheric Kosybar. Others attractions located close by the riad include the Mellah, Kasbah and Dar Si Said Museum.
Marrakech is a city for discerning travellers with a keen interest in culture and a couple of days is simply not enough to fully discover the wealth of attractions this city offers. The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque is the landmark and emblem of the city. Other important quarters worth a visit within the old city ramparts include Kasbah and Mellah (the Jewish quarter), both in the south and close to the Royal Palaces (closed to visitors). The Saadien Tombs and Dar Si Said Museum are also of particular interest.
A number of day trips are possible from Marrakech for travellers just spending a few days in the city. Popular options include a day trip to a typical Berber village in the Atlas - Imlil is popular, as is the Ourika Valley. Camel rides are an option, though perhaps best done in the Sahara. Quad bike trips, bicycle hire and a scenic balloon flight are other options. Families may enjoy a visit to Oasiria, a waterpark on the edge of Marrakech with beach, pools, slides and fun for the kids.
A full range of excursions are available through 'Specialist Morocco', our expert UK-based tour operator specialising in private tours and holidays to central and southern Morocco, the Sahara, Atlas and Atlantic. Established by one of the co-owners of Riad Africa, Specialist Morocco offers a choice of 4x4 tours to the Moroccan Sahara's first 'in-style' private tented camp rental, 'Sahara Safari Camp', and beyond. Why not combine a few nights in Riad Africa with 2 or 3 nights in the southern oases and Sahara? Please contact us for further details and rates, or via the holiday lettings enquiry system.
How to get there
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Morocco is well-served with flights from the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Germany. Several low-cost carriers including www.easyjet.com, www.ryanair.com and www.thomsonfly.com operate from a growing number of the UK's regional airports including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. For scheduled air services, BA operate from Gatwick and British Midland from Heathrow. Morocco's national airline is www.royalairmaroc.com. Early morning flights are compensated by a full day in Marrakech after your arrival.
Several ferries operate daily from Algeciras and Tarifa in Spain to Tangier in northern Morocco. With Morocco's rapidly improving infrastructure Marrakech can now be reached by motorway from Tangier in a little over 5 hours. Driving in Marrakech can be a little frenetic but taxis are plentiful and cheap. For trips to the Atlas and Sahara consider booking a tour with expert drivers in 4x4 through our tour operating company, www.specialistmorocco.com.
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|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
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|Medium Season||27 Apr 13||8 Jun 13||£ 455||£ 65||£ 65||1 Night|
|Low Season||8 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 350||£ 50||£ 50||1 Night|
|Medium Season||6 Jul 13||28 Sep 13||£ 455||£ 65||£ 65||1 Night|
|High Season||28 Sep 13||9 Nov 13||£ 560||£ 80||£ 80||1 Night|
|Low Season||9 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 350||£ 50||£ 50||1 Night|
|Xmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||6 Jan 14||£ 560||£ 80||£ 80||3 Nights|
|Prices for group size 20|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Medium Season||27 Apr 13||8 Jun 13||£ 5145||£ 735||£ 735||3 Nights|
|Low Season||8 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||£ 4200||£ 600||£ 600||2 Nights|
|Medium Season||6 Jul 13||28 Sep 13||£ 5145||£ 735||£ 735||3 Nights|
|High Season||28 Sep 13||9 Nov 13||£ 6090||£ 870||£ 8770||3 Nights|
|Low Season||9 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 4200||£ 600||£ 600||2 Nights|
|Xmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||6 Jan 14||£ 6090||£ 870||£ 870||3 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Summer Travel Specials
With blue skies, guaranteed sunshine and only a 3 hour flight from the UK, Marrakech is just perfect for a summer getaway. Spend a few nights discovering the Red City from Riad Africa and benefit from our summer travel special offer:
20% discount off published room prices – no minimum stay requirement
1/2 price airport transfers for stays of 3 nights or more
Valid for any new bookings made before 31st May 2013 for summer stays at Riad Africa on any dates from 7th May to 30th September 2013.
Note: Prices indicated above are per standard room per night, rates for Superior Rooms and Family Apartment on request.
Mint tea on arrival
Mineral water in room
Wireless internet connection
Local sales tax (10% TVA)
Local mobile phone
Obligatory Visitor (TS) and Tourist Promotion Tax (TPT) – 26 dirhams (approx. £2 per person/night) is not included in our room rates and will be added to invoice.
Extra Bed – £15 per person
Christmas Eve/Day & New Year's Eve/Day Supplement - £10 GBP per person per night
Light Lunch - £10 GBP (€12 or 130 dirhams) per person
Evening Meal – £17 GBP (€20 or 220 dirhams) per person
Private airport transfers - £20 per transfer each way (1-6 people), £35 (7+).
Full range of day trips, activities and Morocco tours can be pre-booked through our fully-bonded and TTA licensed tour operating company, Specialist Morocco - details provided on request.
For rental of whoie riad our rates include exclusive private rental of Riad Africa, traditional Moroccan breakfasts, bed linen, towels, services of housekeepers, cook, houseman and English-speaking house manager, use of local mobile phones for local calls with riad manager, wireless internet access and logs for open-fires in winter months.
Riad Africa is a fully-licensed British-Dutch owned riad operated by a Moroccan limited company. Payment can be made via credit card, by bank transfer, or by GBP cheque. TTA and ATOL-bonded flight-inclusive packages are also available. 100% financial security guaranteed.Enquire now
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