Marrakech is a wonderful fusion of traditional Arab culture and French sophistication. Many of the best Parisian restaurants and clubs can now be found there. Yet, the city remains very Moroccan with traditional architecture, exquisite gardens and the total madness of the souks.
We discovered Riad Hayati shortly after it opened three years ago. We were attracted to its understated elegance, comfort and wonderfully warm personal service. This was our third visit and we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. It has become the special place we love to escape to every year.
Much of this has to be attributed to the vision of Ron, the owner, who insists on the ambiance and intimacy of a private residence rather than a hotel, whilst not compromising on comfort and convenience. And yes, for those of us who can't do without computer access, it does have wi-fi.
The latest addition is an ultra private little suite with its own terrace and a small plunge pool.
We are always assured of a lovely warm welcome from Mina and Abdel. They remember what we prefer for breakfast and our favourite dishes for dinner.
Mina is proud of her cooking and always has a twinkle in her eye as she presents one of her surprises---everything from traditional tajines to "frites" worthy of the best Parisian bistros. Her "death by chocolate" gateau is positively irresistible.
I have mixed feelings about writing this review. On the one hand, I'd like to keep Riad Hayati a secret, one that's only whispered to special friends, but on the other, I have to thank them for the wonderful times we've had there, and the times yet to come.
- Also Known As:
- Riad Hayati Marrakech
- Riad Hayati Hotel Marrakech