“Tranquil riad with simple elegant design, hammam and plunge pool”
Understated and calming, the 8 bedrooms are each named after jewel colours, denoted by little accents in their décor. As befits an old building, they are all unique in shape, size and layout.
Ground-floor Double / Twin Room Amethyst, has French doors onto the communal courtyards. Similarly, Junior Suite Sapphire opens onto the petite courtyard, a quieter part of the riad that gives the effect of having a semi-private terrace.
Up on the first floor, adjacent Luxury Suites Amber and Topaz are handily located for families. Each has a four-poster double bed and a wraparound sofa / single bed. We stayed in Topaz and loved its domed ceiling with inset coloured glass; Amber has a pyramid skylight. The Cinnibar Luxury Suite has a fireplace.
Of the two Suites, Ebony has a wonderful menzeh (a traditional latticed alcove) and Peridot has a chaise longue.
Walls are smooth white plaster; floors are polished grey tadelakt; cupboards have ample space. Grey tadelakt tiled shower bathrooms have complimentary Natus organic toiletries. Double / Twin Room Amethyst and Suite Peridot also have bathtubs.
Breakfast is taken on the first-floor gallery or in the courtyard, or in room if you prefer, and consists of fruit salad, yoghurt, eggs cooked to order, freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh coffee or tea, and bread or Moroccan pancakes with butter and local jam. And you can eat at whatever time you choose. Gluten-free choices are available.
Other meals are available on request, (ideally one day in advance) see Rates. We had a most delicious lemon chicken tagine and creme caramel when we dined in one night. Traditional mint tea is available all day, and offered on arrival along with Moroccan pastries. There is no bar, but you can request drinks at any time from the staff.
Beryl and her team can make restaurant reservations; they recommend Dar Zellije, which serves traditional Moroccan food, has a great atmosphere and has a great roof terrace, just a minute's walk from Riad Sapphire and Spa.
Children are welcome here, but this isn't really the right set up for kids. There are no special facilities for them, unforgiving marble steps, an unfenced pool and a quiet calm ambiance suited to older couples.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can take a baby cot. Sapphire, Amethyst and Ebony can take an extra bed, Peridot has a chaise longue for a child to sleep on if required. Of the Luxury Suites, Topaz and Amber have sofas that can convert to single beds. Amber can take 2 extra children or adults, and Topaz one adult and one child. Peridot and Amethyst both have baths as well as showers.
English speaking babysitters are available on request.
There are some games in the salon (Scrabble, Monopoly).
The marble stairs would be rather unforgiving for toddlers taking a tumble, and the plunge pool is unfenced. The rooftop is rather uneven and has steps without a balustrade.