Luxury in Marrakech: Angsana Riads Collection Morocco
by, 03-27-2013 at 05:22 AM (1708 Views)
The Angsana Riads Collection Morocco is a collection of six luxury riads - all with their own distinct personalities - and all situated in North Africa's exotic, pink-hued, culturally fulfilling Marrakech, Morocco.
For the sake of clarity, a riad is "a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, ryad. [Historically,] an important design concern was Islamic notions of privacy for women inside residential gardens [similar to what is pictured below]." [Wiki] The current trend is that riads are being refurbished by Europeans back to their original splendor and then used as hotels, spas and/or restaurants.
I was lucky enough to stay in Angsana's Riad Si Said in the Royal Suite Africaine, a dreamy two-bedroom suite with authentic Moroccan architecture and décor right in the heart of Marrakech's Old Medina and a 60 second walk (if that) to the aptly named Museum Dar Si Said, one of many small museums in the area. If you are anything like me and love well-done mind-blowing historical Moroccan décor, you will be hard pressed to leave the luxury of your suite every day. Trust me. #swoon See the next several photos below for proof.
Told you. So when you do manage to tear yourself away from your suite, be sure to take a short walk over to Angsana's Riad Bab Firdaus (which means - appropriately - Gateway to Heaven) and treat yourself to a deliciously revitalizing and calming private hammam and Ayurvedic spa treatment. Nothing beats a full body scrub in a steamy room and then a splash of cold water (yikes) to get your blood churning. It was my first hammam, but definitely not my last. #woosah
And if you get lost in the Medina on your way back (it can happen), not to worry; Angsana's Riad Si Said provides its guests with a complimentary cell phone that connects directly to an Angsana staff member. Don't you just love that?
You'll be hard pressed to find the quality of service the Angsana staff and management provide. In my view, what makes a property luxurious is just as much about things like the decor and the level of comfort as it is about the people who are doing their best to make us all happy. Between fulfilling my constant requests for those delightful Moroccan sweets (nom, nom) and the lemony/minty Welcome Drink that I became addicted to, the fine dining, and the glorious attention to architectural detail at all six riads - one of which > Angsana Riad Lydines < is in the Kasbah (I love saying that!) - I am chomping at the bit to get back.
Travel Tip: I only spent 5 days in Morocco during my annual stay in Paris and My Fella and I conveniently hopped a relatively short flight on easyJet from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) direct to Marrakech (RAK). And while I admit 5 days just isn't enough, if you're in Paris and are looking for an exotic side trip outside of Europe, why not give Morocco a try? (I shipped my Marrakech purchases back to the US so as to avoid carrying anything extra.)
Special Note: Angsana Hotels and Resorts is managed by Banyan Tree Group and operates over 40 spas, 40 retail galleries and close to 10 resorts and hotels in places like Mauritius, Thailand, Maldives (2), India, Laos, Indonesia, Australia, China (3), Vietnam, and, of course, Morocco (6).
There are nine Banyan Tree luxury vacation experiences available on Luxury Link.
Photo Credits: @OneBrownGirl