Riad Hikaya

Marrakech [Kasbah]

About Riad Hikaya

Riad Hikaya -'hikaya' meaning 'story' in Arabic - is a luxury boutique hotel located in the royal quarter of the medina, called the 'Kasbah', an easy walk from the main square, Jemaa al Fnaa, and the city's other famous landmarks. It took more than four years of meticulous restoration by local craftsmen and artisans, employing both age old techniques and materials, to transform the riad into what it is today. The harmonious blend of ancient tradition and contemporary comforts, coupled with an emphasis on quality and personal service, create an unforgettable and unique experience.

"Many newer riads have embraced a minimalist design ethic, but Hikaya, at the southern end of the medina, revels in the Moroccan love of rich colours and fabrics. There are eight cosy rooms, three of which are in a second courtyard, making an ideal option for families or a group of friends. The turquoise pool is perfect for a post-souk dip, while the roof terrace is home to a dining area and traditional hammam. John and Jane, the British owners, are a wonderful source of insider tips on where to shop and eat." The Times, October, 2017

Transfer Time from Airport:

  • 15-20 minutes (private transfer).

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Facilities

  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Spa

Budget

  • Small & Friendly
  • <10 rooms

Ideal for

  • families
  • couples
  • fly drives

Accommodation

The riad offers seven double bedrooms, all ensuite, and all handcrafted to the highest possible standards of comfort by local Marrakshi artisans. The ambience is one of tradition, elegance and timelessness, complemented by 21st century comforts.

All rooms are equipped as standard with the following:

  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Remote controlled air conditioning and heating for the cooler months
  • Fresh fruit & mineral water
  • Fresh flowers
  • ''Sens de Marrakesh '' toiletries
  • Babouche - his and hers
  • Flat screen tv / satellite channels
  • Nightly turn down service with rose petals
  • Ipod docking station
  • Free wifi internet access

Room descriptions:

  • Hubb - the Arabic word meaning love, is located on the ground floor and opens onto the pool. The beautifully upholstered canopy with traditional hanging 'shwissiyaat' - tassels - that adorn the bed enhances the romantic feel of the room. Vintage berber carpets and Moroccan wedding tent fabric that hangs on the walls complete the rich feel. The spacious bathroom includes a large monsoon shower and a hand crafted copper bath for the most luxurious of bathing experiences.

  • Hanan - the Arabic word meaning sympathy, is located on the first floor of the riad offering a view over the courtyard and pool. It features a hand sculpted wooden bed in the berber tradition which is framed by a sumptuously upholstered canopy with hanging tassels. Hand painted ceilings and mood lighting add to the romantic feel. the room is tastefully furnished with soft kelim armchairs, handmade silver mirrors and antique carpets. The spacious bathroom, finished in tadelakt and zelij with zowaqq motifs adorning the walls, is the perfect place to soothe mind and body after a busy day in the souks.

  • Karama - the Arabic word meaning dignity, is one of the smaller double rooms but neverthless beautifully proportioned with a spacious, handcrafted and highly decorative bathroom. A zowwaq painted and hand sculpted 'muqarbas' - a traditional, geometric patterned bedhead - along with a canopy fashioned from desert silk, muslin and 'shwisiyyaat' - hanging tassels - brings a touch of romance and theatre to this charming room. Antique carpets and velvet chairs complete the luxurious feel. The large bathroom, from its handpainted. mirrored feature wall to the sumptuousness of the zelij, domed shower, creates the perfect environment in which to cleanse and revitalise.

  • Ikhlas - the Arabic word for sincerity, is located on the first floor of the riad overlooking one of the central courtyards and pool. An elegant, textured canopy of handmade fabric, muslin and traditional tassels - frames the bed bringing warmth and romance to this wonderfully light and spacious room. The room, with tadelakt walls throughout, is furnished with antique berber carpets, copper mirrors, zelij tables and a copper sofa upholstered in a fabric derived from the cactus plant known locally in Marrakesh as 'desert silk'. The stylish bathroom, with its hand painted zowwaq walls, red zelij floor and beautifully sculpted tadelakt and zelij shower, offers a relaxing space to soothe body and mind after a busy day in the souks.

  • Sharaf - the Arabic word meaning honour, is situated on the ground floor of the riad opening on to the smaller, mirror lined courtyard. This room, the largest of all in the riad, features an antique berber door that complements the handcrafted, wooden bed styled in the berber tradition. Hand painted plaster motifs decorate the walls. Cactus silk curtains adorn the tadelakt walls and traditional shutters. Zowaqq hand decoration features on the carved ceiling. An oversized, kelim armchair and sofa complete the opulent feel. The hand-painted and zelij tiled bathroom includes a silver, monsoon shower and a sunken tadelakt bath for the most luxuriant of bathing experiences.

  • Rahma - the Arabic word meaning compassion, is situated on the first floor of the riad overlooking the smaller, mirrored courtyard. The traditional bed, fashioned from tadelakt and zelij, is framed by a hand carved 'muqarbas', or bedhead, with an ornate zowwaq finish. Cactus silk curtains line the tadelakt walls and frame the artisanal, wooden shutters. Hand painted plaster motifs, soft kelim armchairs and vintage Berber carpets complete the luxurious feel. The bathroom offers for your relaxation a sunken, hand painted tadelakt bath and a monsoon shower crafted from zelij and maillechort, a metal favoured by Marrakshi artisans which in English is known as nickel silver.

  • Amal - the Arabic word meaning hope, is situated on the first floor of the riad overlooking the smaller, mirror lined courtyard. A traditional canopy made from cactus silk and muslin along with hanging tassels - adorns the king size bed. Soft, kelim armchairs, vintage carpets and an antique silver writing desk creates a comfortable ambience. This feeling is enhanced by the large teardrop shaped, tadelakt fireplace. The staff will light you a log fire during the cooler months. The spacious bathroom is finished in tadelakt and zelij tiles. Take a soak in the wonderfully deep copper bath or have a luxurious, monsoon shower.

Facilities

The Riad Hikaya offers all year round swimming with its heated pool and the roof top jacuzzi, cloaked in a bedouin tent for added intimacy, soothes aching limbs after a hard days shopping in the souks. Pamper yourself in the hammam - and let Laila, the in-house masseuse, give you a traditional Moroccan massage using natural products.

The two roof terraces, planted with orange, lemon, grapefruit and pomegranate trees, offer superb, open views onto the snow capped Atlas mountains. Enjoy a leisurely, sun-lit breakfast. Sunbathe under a clear blue African sky or relax in the cool shade of the Caidale pergolas. As evening falls, prepare to dine as the sun sets to the accompaniment of the evening call for prayer.

Spa

Indulge yourself at the roof top spa with hammam, heated Jacuzzi and treatments room. Laila, (in-house masseuse) will tailor your massage to suit your personal needs. Facials, pedicures and manicures are also available to complement the relaxing effect of your hammam and massage. A traditional moroccan experience at the spa which encompasses the following elements -

  • Firstly, spend 30 minutes in the hammam to really warm up the skin which helps to maximise the effects of the massage.
  • Your body will be then be enveloped in 'savon noir', or black soap, which is 100% plant based and made from olive oil, ground olive pits and eucalyptus. This has the effect of nourishing, soothing and cleaning the skin.
  • The third step is called 'gommage', or rubbing, whereby the body is rubbed with crepe de chine - hard spun yarn - to exfoliate the skin and to remove impurities. Your skin will be left feeling silky soft.
  • Finally, your body will be enveloped in 'rassoul', a desert mineral softened with rose water. this will soothe and moisturize your skin.

What better way to relax, de-stress and rejuvenate.

Dining at Riad Hikaya

Choose from a wide range of traditional Moroccan dishes such as harira, couscous, chicken and lamb tagine with almonds, preserved lemons or apricots, tangiya, sea food pastilla and spicy sardines.

Breakfast is included and they offer a relatively informal lunch menu and a full three course dinner menu. Guests are requested to choose their preferred dishes in the morning in order that the kitchen staff can source all ingredients fresh from the market that day. In this way, the excellence of your dining experience is assured. Should guests have any particular dietary requirements or prefer a pared down version of the full dinner menu, the cook will be only too happy to prepare whatever is required.

Dining is, of course, available on the roof terrace which in addition has its own tagine oven and grill. Enjoy the delights of Moroccan cuisine whilst soaking up the exotic and unique atmosphere of the Kasbah.

The Kasbah

Riad Hikaya is situated in the the royal district of the medina called the Kasbah. The two royal palaces of Marrakesh are situated at either end of this district, hence its royal connection. The Kasbah is located in the southern part of the medina and is only a fifteen minute walk from the main square, Jemaa al Fnaa. The Kasbah itself is a very lively, working district with a plethora of cafes, restaurants, hammams, shops, stalls and markets where your haggling skills will be well and truly put to the test. The Kasbah also features the Saadian Tombs which date back to 1578 but were only discovered in 1917. The added advantage of our location is that taxis and even horse drawn carriages, known locally as 'caleches', can pull up right to the door, a real rarity in the medina and which significantly adds to the comfort of guests.

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Things to do

Berber Trails - 4WD Excursion from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains.

Berber Trails day trip - 4WD excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you into Berber villages and off the beaten track, lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Day Excursion to Essaouira from Marrakech.

Essaouira day trip from Marrakech. Our driver will take you west to the Atlantic coast so you can have a full day to explore Essaouira's sights - this includes the old Portuguese harbour, the medina, beach and fresh fish stalls. Included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Chez Ali - Fantasia Show & Dinner in Marrakech.

Fantasia live entertainment and dinner at Chez Ali in Marrakech's palmeraie. Our driver will take provide round trip private transfers from your accommodation; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

High Atlas Adventure Day - Excursion from Marrakech with short hike and lunch.

High Atlas Adventure day trip - excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you on a tour of the best scenery in the foothills of Toubkal National Park, includes Berber villages and a guided short hike, lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

High Atlas Excursion & Hike to Tinmal Mosque.

Tinmal Mosque hike and day trip - excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver and guide will take you into Berber villages and off the beaten track en route to Ijoukak and Tinmal; lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Hot Air Balloon Excursion from Marrakech.

Hot Air Balloon flight from Marrakech in sight of High Atlas. Our driver will take you out of Marrakech for arly morning launch. Snack and tour of a Berber village included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Imlil Valley Hike - Trekking in High Atlas from Marrakech.

Two day hike in High Atlas from Imlil. Tailor made trekking holidays in Morocco. Short and lower level hikes in all areas of High Atlas including Mount Toubkal. Fully supported treks with english speaking guide; accommodation in Berber Houses or camping.

Excursion to Kasbah Telouet in High Atlas from Marrakech.

Kasbah Telouet and Tichka Pass day trip - a 4WD excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you high into Berber country and to the Glaoui Kasbah at Telouet. Lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Private City Tour of Marrakech [full day] - Tailor made holidays.

Private full day guided city tour of Marrakech. Tour includes all major sights such as Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa and gardens; also includes lunch and walking tour of souks and Djemma el Fna. Transport, entry fees and official guide included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short breaks in Morocco.

Private City Tour of Marrakech [half day] - Tailor made holidays.

Private half day guided city tour of Marrakech. Tour includes all majory sights such as Saadian Tombs, Koutoubia Mosque, Ben Youssef Medersa and gardens; also includes walking tour of souks and Djemma el Fna. Transport, entry fees and official guide included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short breaks in Morocco.

High Atlas Guided Day Hikes from Marrakech.

Guided day hikes in High Atlas from Marrakech; our driver and guide will take you into Berber villages and off the beaten track on a full day's experience; lunch included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Cookery classes in Marrakech at La Maison Arabe.

Cookery class / workshop in Marrakech at the excellent La Maison Arabe. Meal of your own handiwork included, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Day Trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls

Cascades of Ouzoud day trip - an excursion into the High Atlas from Marrakech. Our driver will take you into Berber country and to the waterfalls at Ouzoud. Lunch is not included but good food available, pick up from your hotel or riad; included as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.

Quad Biking in Marrakech - tailor made holidays.

Quad biking half day trip into the palmeraie from Marrakech. Full instruction, insurance and safety equipment included; pick up from your hotel or riad. Available as part of a tailor-made holiday or short break in Morocco.