Riad Emberiza Sahari
What We Love
- Exploring the city’s medina, with its rugged walls and maze-like streets
- Opting to unwind with a massage, yoga or meditation at the riad
- Taking a bike ride through the mesmerizing Atlas Mountains
- Choosing a book from the hotel library to read by the pool, among the trickling fountains and gentle birdsong
What To Know
- The hotel can you help you plan excursions to the Atlas Mountains and give sage advice on how to best navigate the souks
- The main medina is just a 5-minute walk away
- Large beds are rather comfortable and outfitted with luxe linens
- WiFi is available in common areas but not guestrooms
Lose all sense of predictability and direction in Marrakech, and let its intrigue, mystery and beauty charm your soul. Go on an adventure through the historic medina, ambling through the vibrant souks and discovering ancient crafts along the way, before returning to the calm of Riad Emberiza Sahari, an intimate Moroccan-villa-style hotel with a garden, a sun terrace, a lounge and a small outdoor pool. The oasis-like interior and pool area are elegantly designed, with beautiful detail and furnishings throughout, and the ornate building feels hushed in stillness among Marrakech’s colorful mayhem. Serene and spacious, each room is elegantly furnished in a traditional Moroccan style, from the detailed mirrors to the wall alcoves and hanging lanterns. The riad’s serene ambience is a balm in itself, but you can unwind further with a massage, yoga or meditation carried out by the riad’s qualified instructors – talk about tranquility. A pale canvas allows beautifully upholstered chairs, glass tables, intricate ornaments and patterned rugs to give unique character to the individually decorated rooms. The Elizabeth Rose room features a terrace overlooking the mosque, while the spacious Geddes room comes complete with a comfortable seating area. The hotel’s restaurant prepares and serves fresh local and European dishes in a traditional Moroccan setting. The riad’s central location also offers an array of inviting restaurants, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can seek out authentic street food in the nearby markets.
In the Area
The exhilarating Moroccan capital has much to offer, with palaces, mosques and colorful gardens in every direction. Be sure to visit the tranquil Jardin Majorelle and the beautiful palace, Palais de la Bahia. If there’s some time left over, take a camel ride through the Sahara Desert or a trip to the beautiful and historic cities of Meknes or Fez.
How to Get There
We were five women staying in this marvellous Riad. It has been brilliantly restored and we felt like princesses in a palace. Our host Alexandra was everything you would want in a hands on owner - she shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for Marrakech and Morocco, and, she introduced us to her excellent chef. The meals are not to be missed. Three nights in heaven.
Staying at Alexandra's Riad Emberiza Sahari was an exceptional experience. Her thoughtfulness and attention to detail made our stay the highlight of our trip. Nothing was left to chance and the gorgeous staff went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed. Alexandra organised all excursions, provided great tips on the best places to visit in the city and had a unique local insight that helped up navigate the souks, transport and tipping. The Riad itself was gorgeously decorated, beyond comfortable and a real oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the Medina. We will definitely be returning and cannot recommend Emerizia Sahari highly enough.
Alexandra’s very special Riad accommodation was perfect for our group of 10 family and friends, celebrating a special birthday occasion of one of us. Every attention to detail was made by Alexandra and her highly considerate staff to ensure we were well informed about Marrakech and the Médina, and were comfortable staying in this stunning accommodation. Given our stay was just three nights in this quiet location, on the second day, a tour was organised to the lower Atlas Mountains, an excellent excursion, with one of Alexandra’s friendly and very informing guides. Our birthday celebration on the last evening was simply superb, with an excellent meal provided by the Riad staff, as part of a memorable ambience with our dining table adjacent to the pool.
Around the globe there are Australians who live and work in unexpected places, and who provide something that really adds value. Alexandra is such person, and her passion and commitment to providing a unique accommodation Riad experience for travellers to Marrakech, shines through.
I commend the Riad Emberiza Sahara in the highest possible terms, as a place to stay.