Holidays in a Riad – The Olive Garden –
Rooftop and resort
Jacuzzi and Swimming Pool
Riad Marrakesch Nejma Lounge
Great riad in the centre of Marrakech. The decoration combines old with modern style, and the dominant color (red) tries to recreate the red city of Marrakech.
The Riads in the Medina of Marrakech
In Marrakech, typical Arabic hotels are called Riads, and there are many of them scattered around the red city. Many people, however, forget that a Riad is basically a typical Arabic house in an Arabic building style. In these, the Pashas used to live with their many women, and of course they did not want to be disturbed, as one can imagine. The most Riads, which now serve as a hotel, are uniquely beautiful in their typical Arabian decoration and furnishings.
The basis for the concept of a Riad is certainly that the Moroccan life always takes place indoors, rather than outdoor. The Arab does not want to be disturbed in his intimacy. Perhaps the reason is that many Arabs are very curious, although one must not exclude the other. That is why many new developments in Marrakesh (ie no Riads) have curtains in front of their balconies.
A classic Riad has a squared layout, with a cobblestone courtyard, but still no garden like our Riads offer. It is a detached house, not individual apartments. The rooms of the Riads are all facing the courtyard, and of course they had no windows, but wooden doors. Even today the wooden doors are largely closed to the windows that are now being used. This is mainly due to the fact that on the first or second floor, after having walked up the stairs, people have to cross a kind of gallery, which is open to the courtyard, and which passes through the rooms of the Riads. The windows of the Riads, which are used today, are aligned to the gallery.