White Harira is a traditional Morccan dish mainly served at breakfast. It contains milk and ground wheat seasoned with a little salt. Delicious with dates it can also be served with sugary cakes.
White Harira is not to be confused with the wholesome Harira soup which is often the first thing Moroccans eat at the end of a days fasting during Ramadan.
Matloaa is a berber bread made from wholemeal flour, with a little live yeast, and salt. Traditionally it is eaten for breakfast dipped in butter, olive oil or honey.
Today (Sunday 31 January, 2010) saw the annual Marrakech Marathon and half Marathon. More than 5,000 runners participated in this international event. The weather was relatively cool and overcast. There was a fantastic atmosphere as the runners passed through the Palmerie as well as the new town of Guiliz and circled the Medina. There were spectators applauding throughout.
Marrakech Riad Papillon has a fantastic dipping pool in the courtyard. Perfect for cooling off in the hot summer months.
The pool is tiled with intricate Zellige from Fes, a real work of Marrakechi craftsmanship. Its sympathetic shape is the product of many hours of reflection by Lucie and our super architect, Chris Redecke.
Marrakech Riads provide ideal accommodation in the warm summer months. The Riad house is a classic Medina design, all the rooms face inward to a central courtyard, the bedrooms are in shade protected from the heat of the sun, naturally cooled due to high ceilings and walls several feet thick.
Our sympathetic restoration has added yet more comforts. Air conditioning, luxurious en suite shower rooms, mini fridges so there is always a cold drink to hand. Best of all are our fantastic dipping pools, perfect for cooling off in the Marrakech summer!
We still have summer availability for the months of June, July and August 2010. Come as a couple, or rent a whole Riad and bring a group of friends or family. Marrakech Riad Papillon sleeps 11 in five well appointed rooms (2+2+2+2+3). Marrakech Riad Cinnamon sleeps 18 in five superb suites (3+3+4+4+4). Make your reservation today!
Planning a stay in Marrakech! Consider enjoying the intimate surroundings of a boutique Riad Hotel in the Medina. The historic old town of Marrakech is a Unesco world heritage site.
Local families and the vibrant souks live comfortably alongside crumbling caravanserai, magnificent minarets and sympathetically restored Luxury guest houses and Riad Hotels. Marrakech is a full on experience and it is good to know you can retreat to your personal Oasis whenever you want.
Marrakech Riad Papillon is located in the fashionable Dar El Basha district and has just five en suite rooms with a dedicated staff to take care of your every need.
Marrakech Riad Cinnamon is in the heart of Medina near to the historic Ben Youssef Mosque and the Museum of Marrakech. Our most recently renovated hotel is boasts five fabulous suites and a roof terrace with amazing views over the rooftops of the Medina against the backdrop of the Atlas mountains.
Marrakech Riad is owned by English couple Mike and Lucie Wood who personally supervised the renovation of Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon both of which are situated in ideal locations within the Medina of Marrakech Morocco.
Each Riad has five great en suite guest rooms all individually designed and furnished. The cosy and private facilities are ideal for a romantic break, or renting a whole Riad provides a fantastic location for a wedding or special occasion family party.
Our friendly Moroccan staff will immediately make you feel at home. They speak English, French and Arabic and always have time to guide and help you to make the most of the Medina experience. There are plenty of UK plug adaptors and we provide ipod docking stations in each room as well as Wifi accross the hotel.
Written in Arabic مراكش foreigners interchangeably use ‘Marrakech‘ from the French and ‘Marrakesh‘ from the English. Riad sometimes written Riyad, Riyadh or Ryad means garden, and describes mediaeval Medina houses that open inward to a garden courtyard. Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon are great examples of how these ancient buildings can be given a new lease of life as luxury boutique hotels offering guests an essentially Moroccan experience.
After sampling the delights of Marrakech why not visit our holiday cottage in Wales. Yew Tree Cottage occupies a breathtaking position at the head of the Ceiriog valley near to Llangollen, North Wales.
The accommodation includes a farmhouse kitchen, sitting room with open fire, double bedroom, twin bedroom and a Yurt for camping in the summer months.
Rates are as little at £295 per week low season, £395 mid season and £495 high season.
Chic retreats members are welcome at Riad Papillon and are asked to please show their membership cards on arrival. With only five rooms and a commitment from all our staff to provide the best possible personal service you will not be dissapointed in your experience at Riad Papillon.
We are very proud of our newly installed Moroccan tent on the Roof Terrace at Riad Papillon. Hand made by local craftsmen it is a beautiful and romantic space especially in the evening when it can be lit by candles.
The tent will feature during the winter months and is an excellent place to eat, whether a wonderful breakfast or a delicious evening meal. Why not book a dinner in advance for the evening of your arrival?
Your en suite room in a de Luxe Riad is the perfect base from which to explore the Medina of Marrakech. Our two Riads, Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon are located in the heart of the ancient Medina, a UNESCO heritage site.
Explore the famous Marrakech Souks, discover the incomparable Jemaa al Fnaa square, visit the Museum of Marrakech, the Ben Youssef Medersa and the thousand year old Kouba Baroudiyine. Then leave the bustle of the medina and return to the tranquility of the Riad courtyard. Your personal oasis for the duration of your stay in Marrakech.