“Chic 10-suite riad bringing luxurious style service and spa facilities to the oldest section of the Medina”
Farnatchi's incredibly spacious suites have been beautifully designed in a classic Moroccan style. With high standards throughout, all have airy sitting areas, hand-made beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and a soothing sense of space.
We stayed in Suite 5, a very large open-plan room accessed via a private balcony. Beautifully tiled, it has a fireplace, a feature bed and his ‘n’ hers basins in the palatial bathroom.
Suite 1 also stood out for us. Thanks to the private courtyard garden (with fountain), it feels like a private riad within the riad. Suite 9 is also enormous, with its own courtyard and an abundance of ornate plasterwork. Those seeking a serene, pampering stay will love Suite 10. Dressed in calming whites and creams, it has direct access to the Spa and a private roof terrace.
Suite 4 has a modern, almost masculine feel with its stark steel fireplace, black velvet bed-drape and Arabic script wooden headboard. We loved the little balcony overlooking the indoor pool. Across the way, the larger balcony of Suite 3 can be seen. Inside, a stunning olive green interior and twin baths await. If you like to lie in the sun, Suites 6 and 7 have private roof terraces.
It’s the little extras that raise these rooms above the norm. Each space comes with complimentary Fez hats and djellabas, a selection of fresh fruit, Moroccan biscuits, and a mind-boggling array of Molton Brown bath products.
Evening meals are enjoyed in the candle-lit salon. It’s very good Moroccan home-cooking, which we loved. The Berber cook bakes her own khobz bread and is the creative genius behind all of Farnatchi’s food, from preserves to pastilla to pickles. We shared a pigeon pastilla to start, followed by beef and aubergine tagine. Both tasted pretty amazing. Adventurous diners can indulge in cuts such as brain, liver, heart and testicles, all fried up with spices. Meals are arranged individually for your particular palate, although only Moroccan cuisine is served.
Breakfast can be taken anywhere. We opted for the roof terrace to enjoy the skyline and fresh air. It’s a typically mammoth Moroccan spread. Lots of fruit, homemade yoghurt, various breads, fig jams. We recommend the Moroccan spiced eggs – they look a tad underwhelming, but taste amazing. Fresh squeezed orange juice and cafetiere coffee kick-start the day nicely.
Complimentary pre-supper canapés might be eaten in the semi-open-air B'hous (sitting area) overlooking the internal courtyard or in the roof garden, with its traditional Moroccan barbeque.
The Riad accept children of all ages, but it's not ideal for younger ones as the pool has no attendant and the furnishings are not really kid-resistant.
Suites 3, 5, 6 and 9 can hold an extra bed or baby cot; the rest have space for a baby cot only.
Babysitters are available on request.
Baby cots can be provided if necessary.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking