What if you could have the riad experience but still have a private apartment for you and your family? When we visited Riad Dar Darma we discovered this could come true! This riad was big and impressive from the beginning – I mean take a look at this door! You’ll notice they kept the traditional riad style of a double door. Traditionally these doors had two knockers that sounded different. If the lower one was used then it was known the person was on foot, if the bigger was used they were on horse or camel back.
When we walked inside we wound our way through the stairways and passages discovering sitting rooms, small gardens and beautiful interior design as we went. Finally the door to our room was open and we all said a collective, “wow!” A step inside truly felt like we had walked into a hidden apartment. We were to spend the night in the blue apartment – one of two apartments offered or four suites.
In the middle was a giant table and chairs, plus a sitting area with the biggest fireplace I’ve seen in Morocco. Off to each side of the main room were two giant bedrooms and bathrooms. The boys were so excited to get their own room and bathroom, and yes mom and dad were equally excited to have the same!
We have a soft spot for rooftops and it was only minutes before the boys clambered up the stairs to check things out. They discovered not just one swimming pool but two! (I told you this riad is HUGE!) They ran back downstairs to pull on their swimsuits and jumped in the biggest pool I’ve seen in a Marrakech riad. I more than happily let them swim while catching up on work from the shade of the lounge chairs.
Before long tea and cookies arrived and I seriously wondered how things could be any better. A beautiful view, kids having fun, snacks to nibble on….but there was more to come.
A quick shower and some time to work on homework before dinner occupied some of our time. We then went back to the roof to dine under the stars. The sounds of the medina were around us and as the final adhan (call to prayer) sounded our dinner began to arrive.
The first course was a delicious pumpkin soup with fresh bread. I really thought the boys would turn up their noses but they both ate it and we agreed it was very tasty and perfect for an evening that was starting to hint at the impending fall season. Then it was on to the main course, of several Moroccan salads and tajne. Followed by poached pears (’tis the season I think!) After filling our stomachs we made our way back to the rooms where we all drifted off to sleep almost immediately.
We decided to make it an early morning as we had planned to meet some friends and visit the Ourika Valley that day and so we quickly ate our breakfast on the roof. Traditional Moroccan breakfast foods like msemmen, croissants and a very delicious fruit and yogurt were served (my favorite!). Of course there was also plenty of coffee, tea, and fresh squeezed orange juice.
It was a wonderful night and perfect morning to start our adventure. I think you’ll feel the same way if you decide to stay here! The riad also has an onsite hammam and offers cooking classes with their very talented cook. If you don’t want to leave you never have to – they bring the best of Marrakech to you!
Recommended Guests for This Riad
- Larger Families (2+ children)
- Couples traveling together
- Groups wanting to stay together in a riad but with private space
11/12 Trik Sidi Bouhuarba
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Rates starting around 220€ per night
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