For a night in Marrakech: Riad Les Yeux Bleus

 

Looking down into the courtyard of Riad Les Yeux Bleus, Marrakech.

Looking down into the courtyard of Riad Les Yeux Bleus, Marrakech.

Although I’ve heard from many people traveling to Marrakech that it’s difficult to book a night at Riad Les Yeux Bleus, but please give it a shot as early as you can.  Near all the action of the city yet in a very quiet place, Riad Les Yeux Bleus is tucked away in the medina only ten minutes from Jemaa el Fna and offers all the luxury you’d ever want in a Moroccan riad.

Places for relaxation, sipping mint tea, and swimming -- all in the courtyard at Riad Les Yeux Bleus.

Places for relaxation, sipping mint tea, and swimming — all in the courtyard at Riad Les Yeux Bleus.

A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard or garden.  Riad Les Yeux Bleus takes advantage of its open-air space by flanking a crystal clear pool with lounge chairs and tables where afternoon tea or cocktails await. As you might expect, heavily carved doors open to the courtyard adorned with tall, leafy plants and colorful Moroccan tiles.  But the unexpected is also quite nice — like lush banquettes offering a quiet respite for two or a group meeting for a party of four or five.

Alcoves and lounge chairs offer luxurious relaxation at Riad Les Yeux Bleus.

Alcoves and lounge chairs offer luxurious relaxation at Riad Les Yeux Bleus.

In good weather, the rooftop is the place to be — ample seating in clay-colored decor bounded by the exotic fronds and colorful flowers you’ve come to love in Morocco.

But no matter what you do at Riad Les Yeux Bleus, don’t miss dinner where you are seated among layers of patterns and colors and served Morocca specialities on a silver platter.

Dinner is served at Riad Les Yeux Bleus

Dinner is served at Riad Les Yeux Bleus

It’s comfortable in this romantic room off the courtyard where rich colors of Moroccan rugs contrast with white columns and tablecloths.  Elegant.  Simple.  And oh, so Moroccan.

Elegant dining at Riad Les Yeux Bleus

Elegant dining at Riad Les Yeux Bleus

And the dishes just keep coming — Moroccan specialties like salads, brochettes, and pastilles made of fresh ingredients (bought at markets in the medina, perhaps?). You’ll be happy your stay for the night is just around the corner in this intimate eight-room riad.

For convenience, impeccable service, authentic decor, and bountiful repasts, book a room at Riad Les Yeux Bleus.  But do it soon.  You won’t want to stay anywhere else if the medina’s shopping and hubbub are what you’re in Marrakech to see!

Loving the service and surroundings at beautiful Riad Les Yeux Bleus.

Loving the service and surroundings at beautiful Riad Les Yeux Bleus.

— Rusha Sams

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