It was through the efforts of Kamal (the Riad owner) that we had an authentic cultural experience in the tiny village of Bhalil. Kamal was a wonderful host. He was welcoming, engaged and attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The Riad was authentic, stylishly and traditionally furnished with all mod cons. Our room was spacious, very clean and restful. We ate breakfast on the Riad's roof terrace that overlooked the town and surrounding mountains and ate dinner with Kamal and the cook in the kitchen. The food was a treat.
We also paid to go on a I/2 day hike into the mountains with Kamal and met and ate lunch with a Berber family who were very generous and accommodating. This unique experience would not have been possible without Kamal who provided a unique bridge between western and Moroccan culture.
Kamal also introduced us to a number of local Bhalil residents: the baker Aziz, the tailor Wahid, sundry children and their mothers. This provided us with the opportunity to share and discuss observations and practical and philosophical matters with Kamal acting as translator. This really enriched our experience and gave us a better understanding of Bhalil and Moroccan culture in general - which was invaluable in our month long travels in Morocco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Guests house is located in an Authentic village called Bhalil, this village is 24km close to Fez. How to come to Bhalil: A Grand Taxi shuttle is easy to catch from Bhalil to Sefrou located 3km from Bhalil for 3,5 Dirhams per person and needs 5 min to Serou, then catch a Grand Taxi at the same place from Sefrou to Fez, this time it will last 30 min and will cost 12 Dirhams per person, you can also ask us to bring you in our car for 25€ door to door. How to find us in Bhalil: have a look at Google map : Get enchanted by the view from our terrace direct to very close mountains, hundreds fields of olive trees are easily visible all around along with Fez city up there. Beds are hard and very confortable, quality is everywhere, food are fresh safe and tasty, we have European eyes to provide you European standards, safety and confort. We invite you to experience journeys with spiritual intention. Our tours blend authentic cross-cultural encounters with educational programs, recreational activities and life-changing adventure. We aim to take you into the hearts of our culture and to provide unique opportunities for learning, inspiration and personal discovery. ... more less
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