Riad to Relaxation: The best riads in Morocco

If you’re planning a trip to Morocco, a stay in a riad should be at the top of your wish list. Riads are the traditional mansions with courtyards, converted into guesthouses. Typically run by locals, they offer a more authentic experience than staying in a chain hotel or a big resort. If you want to experience the real Morocco, a beautiful riad is the place to stay. With a limited number of rooms, the service tends to be excellent and the vistas are often stunning. Many riads in Morocco are equipped for total relaxation with pools and hammams.

Step away from the hectic throng of the souk through a small wooden doorway and step into a very different, suddenly tranquil world. There you can marvel at the cool stillness of the courtyard, with ice clinking in your glass and your feet in the pool. There are over 200 riads in Marrakech’s medinas. Some are featured below – but we’ve also listed some of our favourite riads in Fes, Tangier and Essaouira in case you’re going further afield. Check out our pick of the best five riads in Morocco – and start planning your stay.

Riad L'Orangeraie in Marrakech
Riad L'Orangerie - Image: Trip Advisor 

Riad L’Orangeraie, Marrakech
The ultimate riad experience. Good sized rooms come with bathrooms of beautifully buffed tadelakt walls. The Instagrammable courtyard has a generous pool. With five employees looking after seven rooms, the service is wonderfully attentive. The hammam and the babysitting service also guarantee true relaxation.

The pool at night - Riad L'Orangeraie, Marrakech

Riad L'Orangerie - Image: Trip Advisor 

Riad Yasmine, Marrakech
A tranquil bolthole in the heart of the Marrakech medina, this riad offers beautifully decorated Moorish rooms and suites overlooking the courtyard and pool. For authentic charm, discreet luxury and a contemporary atmosphere, this is a timeless choice.

Riad Yasmine, Marrakech

Riad Yasmine - Image: Trip Advisor 

Riad Idrissy, Fez
An oasis of calm nestled within the Fez medina, this 400 year old restored mansion is the perfect place from which to explore the Medieval streets and the region beyond. Dine on both traditional and modern Moroccan dishes and wander among the fruit trees in the jasmine-scented garden.

Dining in the garden at night - Riad Idrissy, Fes

Riad Idrissy - Image: Trip Advisor 

Riad Mokhtar, Tangier
This opulent Arab-Andalusian riad has a palatial lobby that opens out onto a tree-lined garden. The roof terrace enjoys panoramic views of the Kasbah, the medina and the Bay of Tangier. This charming riad is a great place for families seeking a Moroccan adventure.

Riad Mokhtar

Riad Mokhtar - Image: Chambres-hotes.fr

Dar Maya, Essaouira
Step into total luxury in the heart of Essaouira's historic medina. Decorated in chic neutral tones, this riad blends contemporary European style with Moroccan hospitality. Enjoy impeccable service and sit in the rooftop hot tub, taking in the ocean views.

Dar Maya

Dar Maya - Image: Dar Maya


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