Need to know
Riad Vivre is a private residence that accommodates up to 10 people. There are three double rooms as well as a master bedroom with a copper bathtub. The lounge seating area can also be converted for sleeping, and has an en-suite bathroom.
11am but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
At the hotel
Fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machine, Sonos sound system. In rooms: air conditioning, bathroom with rainfall shower and toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The riad’s sense of unfussy grandeur continues to bedrooms, where brass lamps hang from high ceilings, creamy berber-style rugs lie atop tiled floors and comfy leather pouffes flank beds draped in locally handwoven white cotton blankets. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with smart brass fittings and walk-in rainfall showers, but it’s the huge master bedroom – with its fabulous freestanding copper bathtub – that will have whoever is first through the door calling dibs and plonking their suitcase on the bed.
The babbling waters of the courtyard pool may send you into a spontaneous siesta in this most serene of spaces. Or head skywards, where the rooftop plunge pool, warmed by the morning sun, is a fine place to relax with a mint tea, or a mojito.
The riad partners with nearby Les Bains de Tarabel, where traditional Moroccan hammam rituals and a range of massages and facials are available.
Stash a copy of Peter Mayne’s evocative 1950s journal A Year in Marrakech for whiling away days by the courtyard pool. The strategy board game Azul, with its Moroccan-style mosaic tiles, would also be a fun option for long candlelit evenings with friends on the rooftop.
The fully equipped kitchen means you can unleash your meanest tagine-cooking skills on unsuspecting friends and family. Alternatively, remain horizontal by the pool and hire a chef to come over and do the hard work for you.
Riad Vivre is for adults only.