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Riad Africa

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Key Information:
Specialty Category: Eco lodges
Location: Morocco
Min Price: 144 US Dollar (USD) per day
Max Price: 192 US Dollar (USD) per day

Enter Riad Africa. A world of legendary African explorers and fabled places. Indulge in luxurious and personalised hospitality at sensible rates. Rest in a serene retreat in the heart of ancient Marrakesh – one of the world’s ‘must-see’ places.

Behind its walled facade Riad Africa is a haven of beauty and bird song. Two ancient Medina houses blend into a charming small hotel of eight spacious rooms and suites.

We invite you to ‘Experience the Real Marrakesh’ during a stay with us. With our local knowledge, a perfect location, friendly and efficient service, high quality guest rooms and services, and tasty home-cooked local food you’ll leave Morocco enriched and eager to return!

Fully licensed as a Marrakech Maison d’Hôte, Riad Africa originally opened its doors to guests in 2002 with a different name and under French ownership. Nowadays it is owned and operated by English-Dutch partners who share a real passion for Marrakech and the hospitality business.

Riad Africa is located in a very safe and peaceful residential neighbourhood in the Riad Zitoun Lakdim area of the ancient Medina of Marrakech. Offering easy access (just a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank) it takes just 5 minutes to walk the 400 metres to the bustling Djemaa el Fna along the easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street.

Price Includes:
- Mint tea and Moroccan pastries on arrival
- Typical Moroccan breakfast
- Mineral water in room
- Wireless internet connection
- 10% local sales tax (TVA)
- Loan of local mobile phone.

Property amenities:
From the Congo to Timbuktu, all guest rooms are en-suite and come equipped with reversible air-conditioners/heaters, 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. Two tranquil palm-filled courtyards, a comfortable dining room/salon, a fresh juice bar and private roof garden/terrace offer a choice of public areas in which to unwind. A range of health and beauty treatments are also available including a massage/treatment room and hammam.

Included in our room rate is a tasty Moroccan breakfast, served either on the roof garden/terrace or on the ground floor in the douriya courtyard or salon/dining room. Breakfast can also be served in guest bedrooms on request. See Riad Africa’s Moroccan breakfast menu.

One of the highlights of a stay at Riad Africa is the food. Our Moroccan chefs are very experienced having prepared typical Moroccan dishes for many years. Whether you take a light lunch or dinner you’ll enjoy a mouth-watering culinary experience. The majority of ingredients are fresh products. All meat, vegetables and fruit are purchased directly from sellers in nearby Mellah market as part of our responsible tourism ethos in support of the local community. Local spices are of course available in abundance in Morocco and add real flavour to our meals. From briwates to pastilla, from salads to soups, from tanjia to tajines, see our Moroccan menu for a taste of what we offer.

Other Services:
- A car park with 24 hour security is located close to Riad Africa.
- Wireless internet connection is available free of charge.
- Logistic services and permits for film productions in Marrakech.
- Massage and hammam experiences can be enjoyed at Riad Africa.
- Guided tours of Marrakech in various languages.
- Day trips from Marrakech.
- Laundry.

Nearby attractions and activities:
As well as numerous cultural attractions in the old Medina which are best explored on a guided walking tour or by horse-drawn caleche, Marrakech has a great range of outdoor activity options including quad biking, buggy adventures, horse riding and camel trek excursions. Helicopter and balloon flights operate throughout much of the year (depending on weather conditions) and offer a superb bird’s eye view of the famous Red City.

Within a 1 hour drive from Marrakech are the spectacular Atlas Mountains. With a backdrop of North Africa’s highest peak, snow-capped Jebel Toubkal, Imlil village is the hub of Atlas treks with several half or full day walking options available. Oukaimeden is another popular walking centre (and also a ski resort in winter). The Ourika Valley offers gentler walks in the foothills of the Atlas whilst Ouirgane is a particularly scenic village set on a reservoir.

The Cascades d’Ouzoud and Cascades d’Immouzer are two of Morocco’s greatest waterfalls – both accessible on day trips. Should you wish to chill by a large pool in an out-of-town tropical setting, take your pick from Nikki Beach or the Beldi Country Club. Families may enjoy a visit to Oasiria, a water park with beach. Even the Atlantic coast is not too far away – the old Portuguese walled city of Essaouira is a popular day trip.

For evening entertainment Chez Ali offers ‘Arabian Night’ shows while numerous venues offer live music and belly dancers. Moroccan cooking courses are growing in popularity as are the number of golf courses.

The team at Riad Africa will be pleased to provide advice and assist with bookings of activities.

Riad Africa is a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank, it takes just 5 minutes to walk the 400 metres to the bustling Djemaa el Fna along the easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street.

Payment Terms:
- 50% deposit at time of booking
- Balance due 56 days prior to arrival
- Payment by bank transfer or debit card (no fee) or visa/mastercard (+1.9% merchant fee).

Marrakech packages which include Riad Africa, multi-centre Morocco holidays and adventure tours can be arranged through our tour operator partner, Specialist Morocco.

Obligatory Visitor (TS) and Tourist Promotion Tax (TPT) – £2 GBP (€2.50, US$3.20 or 26 dirhams per person/night) is not included and will be added to invoice. Exclusive Private Rental of Whole Riad: £830 GBP (€995, US$1330 or 10,790 dirhams) per night.

Light Lunch - £10 GBP (€12, US$16 or 130 dirhams) per person. Evening Meal – £17 GBP (€20, US$27 or 220 dirhams) per person.

Airport Transfers:
- 1 to 4 People - £15 GBP (€18, US$24 or 195 dirhams) per transfer
- 5 to 8 People - £30 GBP (€36, US$48 or 390 dirhams) per transfer

Note: Prices based on one way private charter with meet and greet service between Marrakech airport and Riad Africa (or vice-versa). Rates for groups of 9 people and above on request.

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