Built in the late 17th and early 18th-centuries as part of the royal palace complex, Riad El Mezouar is an imposing villa located in the historic medina and is now one of the most elegant luxury riads in Marrakech. In early 2015 its new British owner completed a painstaking refurbishment using traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and materials, restoring the riad to its former glory as an aristocratic residence. The courtyard features decorative zellij – intricate enamelled hand-fired terracotta tiles from the ancient city of Fez – as well as beautiful fountains, an important feature of traditional Moroccan and Islamic architecture. The roof terrace and many of the bathrooms showcase the art of tadelakt – a version of stucco polished with black soap to give a glossy, smooth finish, a speciality of Marrakech. The tranquil enclosed garden, or riad, features a delightful, turquoise-coloured pool around which is planted an abundance of aromatic herbs, flowers and fruit trees providing a haven for doves and a variety of butterflies. In contrast to the throng of the nearby soukhs, the shaded courtyard and roof terrace provide an oasis of calm where guests can enjoy lantern-lit dinners and delicious breakfasts made with the best of local ingredients.

Riyad el Mezouar, Marrakech, Morocco from Robert Gould

Activities
After a hectic day exploring the souk, take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool and book a massage using traditional Moroccan oils in the privacy of your room. Want the insider's take on Marrakech's most authentic restaurants, best rooftops for viewing the city and hidden secrets? You'll find expert advice on hand at Riad El Mezouar (see our guide to Marrakech for more suggestions). Head to the Atlas Mountains for a taste of Berber life, or spend a couple of days surfing or sightseeing in the coastal town of Essaouira for a change of pace.
Dining

Riad El Mezouar's complimentary breakfast consists of freshly-squeezed Moroccan orange juice, fresh fruit salad of the season, yoghurt, home-made Moroccan pancakes, toast and fresh local breads, a selection of Moroccan jams and honey, Mezouar marmalade, and a selection of teas and freshly brewed coffee. An additional charge is made for boiled or scrambled eggs, omelettes, cheese and olives. The riad also serves a 3-course dinner around the lantern-lit courtyard which is cooked on the day by their Moroccan cook – usually with a Moroccan twist. Mezouar ‘salads of the season’ can be prepared for those with smaller appetites for dinner or lunch. 

The basics:
5 rooms
Good for:
Visitors to Marrakech in search of tranquility
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Rates at Riad El Mezouar are per room per night and include welcome drink, breakfast, WiFi, service, VIP treatment and 10% VAT. A small government and tourist tax of around EUR 2 is charged per person per night. An extra bed for children under 10 years old or a baby cot are charged at EUR 20 per night. Payments are charged in Moroccan Dirhams. Public parking is available nearby.

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