A 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of Marrakech — Riad Farnatchi
It might take a few tries before spotting the entrance to one of the best riads in Marrakech, Riad Farnatchi. The inconspicuous brown door could be one leading to any house in the narrow streets of this part of Marrakech.
There’s good reason however why the luxury boutique hotel prefers to stay low-key. Simply put, their clientele of high-profile guests prefer it that way.
Saying that, there’s no walking around the streets and getting lost for these guests. Riad Farnatchi arranges a pick-up from the airport (for all guests), and a personal escort to the riad.
However, if, like me you do arrive by foot, look out for the entrance to Farnatchi Spa. Staff there will help if you do get lost.
Best riads in Marrakech — Riad Farnatchi
Stepping inside the doors of one of the best riads in Marrakech is almost like walking into another world. The ambience changes completely from the constant movement of people and noise outside its walls.
By contrast, the most prominent sound you’ll hear here, is the water gently trickling into the feature pool. Aside from the quiet murmurings of the staff, the tranquility’s a real welcome from the buzz of Marrakech’s streets. Little did I know at this point, but the luxury experience was about to get a whole lot better.
A home within a suite
It’s easy to feel at home the second you enter your suite at Riad Farnatchi. Despite its luxury tag, the vibe is relaxed and very down-to-earth. Walking in behind the porter, we felt as though we were walking into our own home.
You know you’re in luxury accommodation when your suite’s bigger than your own apartment. Prepare to fawn over the salon area, complete with 2 armchairs, TV and desk. This leads on to your own private balcony, overlooking the courtyard below.
When you’re finally ready to venture out into Marrakech, booking a tour is a must to seeing the sights of the city. What’s more, you’ll be able to skip the lines to some of the landmark attractions.
“Despite its luxury tag, the vibe is relaxed and very down-to-earth.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
“Stepping inside the doors of the riad is almost like walking into another world.”
FOLLOWING THE RIVERA
A few steps lead up to the bedroom, where we found complimentary Moroccan jalabahs and Fez hats waiting for us. Comfort isn’t just about the level of service they offer; it extends to the attire too.
You can wear the loose tunics around the riad, and take them home after. The bedroom looks out onto another private courtyard, with 2 chairs to soak up the silent ambience.
If you like suites with a generous bathtub, you won’t be disappointed here. Opt for a long soak in the tub, or go instead for a rainforest shower in a separate room. The goodies on offer are all from one of my favorite brands, Molton Brown, and yes, I tried each one!
Best riads in Marrakech — the difference at Riad Farnatchi
One thing I really appreciate about Riad Farnatchi is that you make the rules. There’s no set time for breakfast; you decide what time you’d like to eat.
On the rooftop terrace, there’s a large lounge area, where you can eat your meals if you wish. It’s no surprise this is one of the best riads in Marrakech.
With sufficient notice, they can even arrange a barbecue if you want one! The staff go out of their way to make your break as special as possible, and you’ll find it hard to leave.
Riad Farnatchi also has 2 seriously stylish dining rooms if you’d like to eat there, but it’s totally up to you.
We had breakfast by the pool on our final morning. It was a final piece of calm before heading back into the wilderness of Marrakech.
Best riads in Marrakech — Farnatchi Spa
Dinner at Riad Farnatchi
Sadly for us, we missed the official opening of their restaurant, Le Trou Au Mur, by just a day. From the look of the menu, everything looks tempting.
Though we were a day early to try the new restaurant, we did get the chance to try the food in the hotel. The staff are happy to recommend some top choices for restaurants, and there’s also a list of places in the suite too.
In spite of this, we were so relaxed as we were, that we decided to order in — Riad Farnatchi style. If you’d like to have dinner in the hotel, you need to give sufficient notice ( around 2 hours). This is because everything’s made to order, and from scratch.
At 8.30pm sharp, the porter brought the food to the table on our balcony, as per my request. He prepared the table for us, poured the wine, and wished us a pleasant evening. On top of the first-class service, the meal was one of the best we’d had during our travels in Morocco. It made our entire trip that more special to end on such a high note.
For starters, we had the delicately spiced chicken pastilla. It’s a popular dish in Morocco, but this doesn’t mean it’s good everywhere. The pastry was flaky and buttery, and the filling was the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
For the main course, we tasted one of the best tagines we’d had in Morocco: beef and eggplant.
“The pastry was flaky and buttery, and the filling was the perfect balance of sweet and savory.”
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Butter like beef, and an accompaniment of spicy eggplant to add some heat to the dish.
For dessert, our bellies were too full to take anymore. Instead, we enjoyed the rest of the evening drinking chilled white wine under the Marrakech skies. It’s apparent that one of the best riads in Marrakech also has one of the best in-house chefs.
Planning a return to Riad Farnatchi
There are so many reasons why lovers of luxury hotels should choose Riad Farnatchi for their stay in Marrakech. For me, I’m already planning my return, if only to sample the gastronomic delights at Le Trou Au Mer. It’s so different to any luxury hotel I’ve stayed in, because you’ve the freedom to decide how to enjoy your time. One thing’s for certain, 1 night here’s certainly not enough.
Disclaimer: Even though I was invited by Riad Farnatchi, all views are my own and based on my own experience. This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.
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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....