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All things bright and beautiful – Morocco -Where to stay

AGADIR

We arrived in Agadir late so it was dark for the drive to the hotel Tildi Gardens. It was gloomy on arrival We stayed here for just two nights there is a nice pool and gardens and was well situated near to the beachfront. Staff were nice and helpful proving that the basic was adequate for our needs for such a short time. We have no desire to return to the hotel but for two nights stay with breakfast for three was only £85 in total, I can’t give it a bad review it’s up to you to read between the lines.

View from Hotel Tildi Gardens

ESSOUERIA

The Riad Baladin – is an oasis of peacefulness within the walled medina of Essoueria. Our room was beautiful with a mezzanine floor above our driftwood four poster that was reached by a ladder to a floating balcony big enough for two single beds. Decor in the room was beautifully simple the beds just a little too firm. The bathroom had a large walk in shower and the godsend of two sinks for this compact and bijoux family room. It was comfy with enough storage space for our 5 night stay.

Perfectly situated within the Medina also with their own restaurant Pasta Baladin a stones throw away. Breakfast was served from 8 till 10 on the terrace with a choice of cooked eggs, Musli, juice and yoghurts, croissants and bread. Tea or fresh coffee.

There is a very sexy hot tub on the ground floor which is surrounded by beautiful artefacts and candles for a romantic pre dinner treat for an extra £10 it was only fear of bubbling off my newly acquired suntan that I didn’t Venture in ….

We loved everything about the Baladin – story goes that is owned by an Italian brewery who have also a cafe in New York and soon to have a hostel in Zanzibar! Beautifully managed by Claudia, our booking was made simple, contact easy and we were met in by her at one of the main entrances into the medina. Luggage was ported in via cart we followed her through cobbled alleyways and squares until we reached our doorway. Plenty of roof space and separate terraces give lots options for places to relax, sunbathe – ideal for a group stay, would love to return with a group of girlfriends in the Spring or Autumn.

Price £80 per night

                          

MARRAKECH

A home from home that is the Riad Andalla – beautifully hidden in the medina just minuets from the craziness of the souks and the famous Jemaa al Fnarr from which all life revolves in this amazing city.

Furnished like a real home by its French owners Andre and Christophe you are encouraged to relax and make the most of roof terrace that secretly over looks the square with a perfect view of the Kartoubia Mosque. Rooms are well thought out and very comfortable – the whole place is immaculately clean and fresh, towels fluffy and bathrooms beautiful.

All the rooms are different all facing out into the interior balcony. There are shady cool places and cosy nooks to escape to to read or relax. Wifi is free and available throughout.

The roof terrace is perfect for breakfast, table laid out until you arrive. The fridge is filled in the kitchen with cold drinks and plenty of ice which can be paid for when you leave. Dinner can be arranged for you on the terrace, with traditional home cooked tagines and couscous.

Simply perfect, I have stayed there twice now and hope to return again and again. The hospitality here makes all the difference – the information and help given by Christoph makes a short stay stress and hassle free, suggestions for lunch, dinner, shopping and directions for places to visit. I would avoid going during Ramadam, and in July and August due to the heat.

Room rate from £75