- Style Ravishing riad reinvention
- Setting Souk central
Riad Due’s four colourful contemporary guest rooms offer the perfect mid-Medina retreat for runaway couples in search of secrecy, and the huge roof terrace – with its roving masseuse – is the ideal place to relax in the sun and escape the scuffle of the souks.
Need to know
- Rooms Four: two suites, a junior suite and a deluxe room.
- Rates Double rooms from $196.76 (€143), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates include Moroccan breakfast, afternoon tea and one-way transfer.
- Facilities Roof terrace, hammam, in-room spa treatments, library, CD selection, free WiFi on the patio. In rooms: flowers, candles, incense, free bottled water, air-conditioning.
- Poolside There’s a lantern-lit deep-sea blue plunge pool in the courtyard – ideal for cooling off, if not for serious lane-swimmers.
- Check–out Midday; check-in, 2pm.
Children Free cots for babies; extra beds for older Smithlets are €30 a night. With a day’s notice, babysitting can be arranged with a local nanny (€5 an hour).
- Also Pets are welcome. Smoking allowed throughout. Parking nearby costs around €2 a night.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Suite Zan is the queen of the quartet, with a huge free-standing copper bath tub, a sprawling chaise longue, and over-sized lanterns on either side of the colourful king-size bed. There’s an impressive bathroom, with double sinks lit by Moorish lanterns, hidden behind a sliding red panel. Suite Adbel on the ground floor is similarly spacious, with a lovely carved wooden ceiling and blue-black marble floor and, in the bathroom, a choice between a marble tub and a walk-in shower that’s open to the sky. The hand-carved toilet door has been salvaged from a house in Fez. In the riad’s Junior Suite, Samir, the bed features a headboard converted from an old door and, strikingly, has no legs, so it seems to float on top of an wooden panel. Deluxe Room Kamal is the smallest in Riad Due – very cosy, with a sculptured plaster ceiling.
- Packing tips Big, floppy hats will help keep the heat at bay when you’re snoozing on the roof terrace – Due provides Pananams. Don’t forget to note down the phone number of Marrakech’s premier personal shopper, Laetitia (+212 (0)74 217228).
- Also Massages are available on the roof terrace when sunbathing becomes too strenuous, and the hammam and gommage treatments on offer will leave you suitably radiant for the Marrakech nightlife.
Food and drink at Riad Due
- Hotel restaurant The riad’s chef, Fatouma, serves up dynamite tagine, pastilla, couscous and other Moroccan marvels, but is also confident with European cuisine. Meals are served under the sky in the courtyard.
- Dress code Cooling casuals.
- Top table Ask for a spot as close to the pool as possible so you can watch the lantern light play upon the water.
- Last orders Breakfast is available until midday, lunch until 4pm and dinner from 7pm to 9pm.
- Hotel bar A selection of drinks is available in the courtyard or on the roof terrace throughout the day.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details