I truly believe in the importance of couples to spend time together, alone – especially once they have children. Of course, a trip to Morocco is a great opportunity to do just this! We highly recommend any visitors who travel to Marrakech choose to stay in a riad. They are a very unique part of the city’s culture and are a completely different experience than staying in a hotel.
I previously shared two riads that offer different things for visitors. Riad Dar Zaman is another option. One thing you’ll want to keep in mind when looking for riads are age restrictions. Some welcome children of all ages while others set different ages that are permitted. In this case, the age is 12. Riads are designed to offer an oasis of peace and calm outside of the chaotic streets, children might not always be part of that equation.
When we arrived it was already getting dark but we easily found the riad. We were greeted by the concierge and waited for Peter, the owner to arrive. Together we shared dinner and talked about the riad and our experiences living in Marrakech as English speakers and our attempts at learning Darija. A multi-course traditional Moroccan dinner was served to us. Followed by a beautiful Moroccan breakfast on the terrace of the riad.
There’s one food that I swore I would eat only on a very limited basis – chicken and olive tajine. My first visit to Morocco resulted in me eating more of this tajine than anything else. But, when I took the first bite of the chicken tajine at Dar Zaman I was in love. It was so so good! The salads were equally tasty and a poached pear for dessert was just sweet enough. Remember dessert in Morocco isn’t what it is in many other countries. In homes typically it’s fresh fruit that is served, though riads and restaurants may serve something a little fancier.
When we decided to call it a night we were greeted by our red room and I was immediately in love with the woodwork in the room. There’s not a lot of wood in Marrakech for obvious reasons (there aren’t lots of trees) so it’s not used a lot in decoration. We also were very happy to crank up the air conditioning and crawl under the covers as we don’t have it at home!
The following morning we went to the rooftop for breakfast. We shared our meal with another guest who was originally from the UK but living in rural Portugal. It was a really wonderful couple of hours eating and sharing stories. This is one of the best reasons to stay in a riad. You will meet amazing people from all over the world. Don’t stay hidden in your room, take the time to get to know your fellow guests. We also admired over the side of the roof a giant riad that was in shambles next door. Just looking at it we could tell what potential it could have! Sometimes there’s beauty even in ruins.
We left relaxed and ready to tackle the day. If only every night could be so peaceful!
Recommended Guests for this Riad
- Couples traveling alone
- Families with teenagers or adult children
- Friends traveling together
29 Derb Bouelilou
Sidi Ben Slimane
Rates from 79 euro
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