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Riad Enija

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Reviewed by Michael Soffe

CORIANDER AND CUMIN ..............

Not just one “drop dead gorgeous riad”, but three-in-one, located in the heart of the Souk (step out the door and you can shop till you drop!). Design is at the forefront of this amazing Hotel and the conversion of the three buildings has been done with such style and taste, and more than a little panache! Swedish architect Bjorn Connerdings and his Swiss hotelier wife, Ursula Haldimanns have let their imaginations run riot whilst renovating the old silk-traders Palace of Enija. They loved the name so much; they have even bestowed it on their daughter. During the re-modelling it was time to call on the talents of their friends from the European artistic world and much of the decoration was completed by Chantal Saccomanno (woodwork), Pier Lorenzo Salvoni (lamps), Jacopo Foggini (lamps), Brigitte Perkins (fabrics), Carolyn Quatermain (fabrics), Marie Ducatč (glass), Julia Maria Beretta (ceramics). All have remained true to the heart of Islamic Architecture and the “Zellige” plasterwork and ornate carved wooden features bear witness to this.

It is an oasis of calm – the first patio courtyard is filled with so much greenery, shrubs and trees you almost feel as if you are in a jungle. Hidden amongst the verdant foliage are tables and chairs where breakfast is served accompanied by burbling fountains. Even the odd tortoise will amble out of the bushes to see what is on offer.

The second patio has a semi-covered plunge pool of a size larger than most in the Marrakech Riads. You just keep going on and on and you encounter a third glorious patio with sofas and comfortable chairs and dining areas. At dusk – all take on a romantic glow as the staff light candles and lanterns produce their flickering magic. Off the third patio is a salon (internet access provided) and the all important Spa and Hammam where a range of beauty treatment, massages and pampering are available.

Service is paramount here and the staff will go out of their way to help in every way possible. They are charming and smiling and take such pride in the little touches (fresh flowers, fruit, beautifully laid tables etc).

Ample roof terraces with sun-loungers and shaded areas are an excellent place to take a bit of sun or an afternoon siesta. The staff will provide to your every need including the sun downer as the minarets of the mosques and the distant Atlas Mountains take on a pink hue.

The 12 bedrooms are a wonderful eclectic mix of styles – rich fabrics are placed provocatively. They are spacious and airy as many have windows and doors overlooking the patios, but they do not get huge amounts of natural daylight – these rooms are designed to keep out the heat of summer. I love the room names – romantic and evocative, Harem and Gekko have twin beds (generous ones at that), the gorgeous Peacock, Purple, Anemone, Blue and Mauve rooms have those wonderful four poster bed. True romance (and four poster beds) will be found in the Chameleon and Prince Suites. If you fancy a splurge the Lezard Suite is the largest. Almost all the rooms have a seating or dressing area and all have luxurious bathrooms with the traditional tadlakt (crushed marble and plaster) walls in rich hues, roll-top baths and separate showers. Not all the bathrooms are en-suite – some may be across the corridor from your room (not shared, of course, and solely for your use) – but if it is important to have it en-suite please let us know at the time of booking. Don’t expect hi-tech satellite TV’s, phones and the like – there aren’t any. Do expect fresh flowers, fruit, fragrant bathroom toiletries, fluffy bathrobes and velvet slippers. Several of the rooms have their own terraces.

Breakfasts are served in any of the patios or on the roof terraces – just tell the staff where you would like it and the herb omelletes, home-made bread, pancakes and jams will appear. Light lunches can also be provided during a break from shopping and in the evening Chef will conjour you up something absolutely delicious using the fabulous spices so inherent in Moroccan cuisine. If you are a bit “tagined-out” just let them know and Chef will happily surprise you with an international creation with a Moroccan twist. In the morning please tell the staff you would like to dine in the Riad that evening so that they can source local fresh produce. The ambiance of the dining room in the winter months with its roaring fireplace, candles and rose petals is a delight. No less delightful, is the setting for dinner in the warmer months in a patio under the stars. If the temptation of the kitchen proves too much, feel free to enter (you really will be welcomed!) and watch them at work – the kitchen staff will gladly provide tips on Moroccan cuisine. There is even a Riad Enija cookbook!

An ideal Hotel for those who want a complete haven in a historical building with excellent service and cuisine. A shoppers paradise as you have the shortest distance to get back to the Hotel with armfuls of rugs, lanterns and antiques – be warned your credit card will take a bashing.

The Hotel has been featured in numerous glossy Design magazines.


Small Swimming Pool
Spa, Hammam, Beauty Treatments and Massages
Roof Terraces
Restaurant (with Moroccan cooking classes on request)


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From 270€ to 23000€

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The Hotel closes annually from the 1st July to the 15th August for staff holidays.

For availability and price requests from April 2009 onward, please contact us!

A non-refundable deposit is required by credit card at the time of booking. The amount will depend on the length of your stay and will be explained in our response to your enquiry.

Cancellations recieved less than 14 days before the arrival date will result in a charge of the full amount of the first nights accommodation and 50% of the subsequent nights.

No Shows or early departures will result in the full amount of the reservation being charged.

For all cancellations an will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.

PLEASE NOTE: The Hotel only accepts Visa and Mastercard for the initial deposit and the guarantee. The balance of your stay will be payable in Dirhams or by Travellers Cheque on arrival.