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Spacious Private Riad With Large Rooms and Pool in Marrakech Medina

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,520 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Popular Homely Medina Riad With Big Suites and Superb Views of Marrakech

Situated in Quartier Riad Laarous, just ten minutes walk north of Djemaa el Fna, in the very heart of the ancient Medina of Marrakech, Maison Africa is an original 18th century traditional Moroccan house. Available exclusively for private holiday rental this beautifully restored, luxurious and highly sought-after Marrakech home retains many original features and is tastefully furnished with rich local fabrics, hand-crafted rugs, pots, metalwork and hand-made furniture.

Oozing with authenticity and atmosphere, the Riad is a haven of peace and quiet for guests seeking a truly private retreat from the me-lee of bustling soaks. Features include a courtyard plunge pool for summer cooling and roaring log fires for winter warming. The Riad has three luxurious en-suite bedrooms, and a large salon/dining room. Ideal for friends, family groups or as a luxurious honeymoon retreat, Maison Africa comfortably accommodates 8, but can sleep up to 10 guests.

Ancient Meets Modern: Maison Africa is a high quality heritage house ideally suited to discerning travellers looking for an authentic and private Moroccan hideaway. Although reflective of the past, we've ensured we haven't ignored the present - so the Riad comes equipped with luxuries such as a laptop computer plus a mobile phone for local calls and satellite TV - all at no extra charge.

Perfect for a small group of friends and ideal as a private villa for families, Maison Africa can only be rented on an exclusive basis, hiring the entire property over your choice of duration. Our house manager is available locally to provide information and to book local guides, excursions and activities.

We have a private Moroccan cook available to prepare tasty traditional 3-course evening meals in-house including tajines, couscous or mixed grills. A travel cot and high chair are available on request. A basket of firewood is also included in the rental price during winter months.

Beautiful Courtyard: An arabesque-style bab ed dar door opens into Maison Africa’s courtyard from a well-lit Medina street to reveal a zelliges tiled fountain and plunge pool, shadowed by an exotic Draa Valley palm tree and a twin-sided three-storey Marrakech abode adorned with numerous Moroccan arches and ornate iron railings. The courtyard is an ideal place for a typical Moroccan breakfast of freshly squeezed juice, coffee, omelet, pancake or croissant serenaded by morning birdsong.

More Details

Property Manager
Nick Anstead
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

What a lovely riad. After staying in the countryside and in Essaouira this was perfect, better than we hoped for. Of course our children liked the plunge pool after a walk through the Medina.

We will miss the beauty, colours and smells when back in cold and rainy Holland. Maybe we'll return for a third time and will certainly recommend this riad to friends and family.
Aug 2011
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Sidi Bou Amar House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4520 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Imperial Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Sahara Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Atlas Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • In the Imperial room an en-suite bathroom offers ‘his and her’ traditional brass washbasins set into a marble surround, hammered brass feature mirror, a toilet and a bath/shower tub big enough for two! Arabesque-style double doors in the Atlas room open into a spacious en-suite bathroom with corner spa-bath shower set into a marble surround, white ceramic washbasin, cedar window shutters, a toilet and ornate hand-made mirror. In the Sahara room arabesque-style double doors open into a spacious en-suite bathroom with an extra wide bath with shower set into a marble surround, white ceramic washbasin, cedar window shutters, a toilet and ornate hand-made mirror.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Imperial Suite - 1 king , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Sahara Suite - 1 king
    Atlas Suite - 4 twin/ single
  • On the ground floor is the largest of the bedrooms, the ‘Imperial’ suite, complete with a huge king-size bed and hand-made cedar wood furniture. The room also offers a chaise-style sofa (which can be used as a single bed for a child). With a corner-fireplace and a private balcony overlooking the courtyard below, the ‘Sahara’ suite is influenced by the vibrant colours of Morocco’s deep south and offers intimacy, space and privacy. A huge king-size bed, intricately painted leather Sahara stools and a built-in wardrobe. Perfect for a family with two children (or four adults), the ‘Atlas’ suite has two single beds (or double) in the main bedroom and an elevated mezzanine area with two single beds reached by a cedar wood staircase. All suites also include a top of the range ‘LG Plasma’ air-conditioning/heater unit, a hair dryer and TVs with English/French satellite channel.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Well-equipped, the roof terrace has six sun-loungers with tables and chairs to seat up to 10 people. A traditional roof tent provides shade during the day and a cosy place to sleep at night. On the ground floor of Maison Africa is a large beamed pale terracotta salon/living/dining room with a traditional Moroccan ‘salon’ and cushions, coffee tables, atmospheric floor lighting, solid wood carved dining table and chairs. Maison Africa’s high-beamed kitchen is very well-equipped with a Sierra electric oven and gas hob, Bosch fridge/freezer, Bosch washing machine and Bosch dishwasher. Other electric equipment includes a kettle, toaster, juicer and microwave. Just off the courtyard under the stairs which lead up to the first floor there is a separate WC with washbasin. The front door leads into a small entrance hall ideal for storing a pushchair, bicycles or luggage. There is an under stairs laundry area and small ornate fountain on the first floor.


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Spacious Private Riad With Large Rooms and Pool in Marrakech Medina
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Clevedon, North Somerset, England

Hides/Brettell family trip

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 10, 6 adults and 4 children,aged between 6 and 14 years. The acommodation was first class and an 'oasis ' in the high energy city.

All of us had the most amazing time in Riad Africa, Zahira is the best cook ,so take advantage of her service and ENJOY !!

Using Mustafa as our guide we toured around Marrakech and saw many things i'm sure the average tourist doesn't get to see.......... but worth it.

Thank you to both of you for your generosity and kindness..

Can't praise it enough, a fabulous time and loads of fond memories.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2011
  • Stayed: April 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful yet Prime Location, Wonderful Staff

  • 5 of 5

Alas, it all went too quick! But we will always have such a memorable holiday of discovery into a different new world – it has always been a long cherished dream of mine to see Morocco and soak in Marrakesh. The call to Marrakesh for me has at last been fulfilled and as I dreamt it to be and more …… ! More so because of our stay in such an amazingly beautiful and may I say “awesome” Riad Africa! (I believe this term should only be reserved to and denote God / Allah!).

Riad Africa met more than our expectations – a peaceful oasis of calm, serenity and tranquillity to come back to from our exploration of the nearby Medina and losing ourselves to the intrigues of its Souk. We enjoyed the splendour of the Riad, the warm and attentive care & hospitality of the dedicated staff, the Manager Mustapha, Fatima, the housekeeper and cook.

And above all the authencity and splendour and prime spacious location of Riad Africa, the early daily wake up calls to the wonderful cheerful song birds, whose wide variety and names, Mustapha gladly displayed his amazing knowledge of, and the early calls to prayers ……….. yes after the 1st morning, a balm to the soul and a reminder of our own fragility and the frailness of the human life……...! I’m so glad of having enjoyed the experience!

We enjoyed Riad Africa mostly for ……………… sleeping with the doors open all night safe and secure, the most daily melodious dawn chorus that never failed us to waking us up to a new exciting different day, the cleanliness and comfort, its courtyard – its heart to a cosy resting meet up place for family and share our daily experience after exploring the Medina and our discovery of the Atlas mountain, Toubkal and the Ouirgane valley and its treasures, the different cooler Essaouira, a glimpse of the Atlantic and its ruggedness along this side of the coast,

Cannot think of a nicer place to rest and relax and come back to time again hopefully ………. Would love to return to Riad Africa again definitely! Let it speak for itself! We feel invigorated and re-energised from our wonderful hols in Marrakesh enhanced by the calming serene splendour of Riad Africa and all its high standard amenities

Thank you and Mustapha and Fatima for all your kind assistance and attentive care to making our hols such an enjoyable experience and discovery of a different life and culture and world!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Jeanine for your kind words. We are all delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Riad Africa. Nick
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Great location, peacefull patio, nice plunge-pool

  • 5 of 5

Stayed in Maison Africa with a family of 3 in october 2016. We like it a lot. Very good location in walking distance to the Medina (20 minutes to Djemaa el Fna) but also to the new town and places like the Jardin Marjorelle (20 minutes) or the place of 16th november in Gueliz and also the stop for cars/taxis in very near walking distance. On the other hand far enough from the noisy parts of the town, so staying in the patio or on the roof-top is really peacefull and relaxing, and of course the plunge-pool is very nice for mid-day-heat time. Also management and organisation went very well (thanks to Bashir !), including easy communication via email or a local mobile phone he gave to us. We liked it a lot and would come back to the same place in case we would visit Marrakesh again - thanks a lot !

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Maison Africa. I have passed on your praise to Bashir and we look forward to welcoming you again to our riad should you choose to come to Marrakech again.
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
615 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Route de Casablanca
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Ski
65 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
180 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Maison Africa is located in a quiet residential area, just 200 metres walk from Rue Riad Laarous. A short walk along Riad Laarous leads into the bustling covered soaks of Marrakech, through which you can walk to the very heart of the Medina at Place Djemaa el Fna. Others attractions located close by the Riad include the Palace/Museum of Dar El Bacha, the Mosque and Medersa of Ben Youssef, and the Museum of Marrakech.

Marrakech is a city for discerning travellers with a keen interest in culture and a couple of days is simply not enough to fully discover the wealth of attractions this city offers. The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque is the landmark and emblem of the city. Other important quarters worth a visit within the old city ramparts include Kasbah and Mellah (the Jewish quarter), both in the south and close to the Royal Palaces (closed to visitors). The Saadien Tombs and Dar Si Said Museum are also of particular interest.

Other Activities: Camel riding, quad biking, balloon flights, helicopter flights


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $2.80 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 11 years.
Tax Rate 10.0%

Special booking offers:

Stay 7 nights pay for 6 (shown in the rate table)
Stay for 10 pay for 8
Stay for 14 pay for 11
Cheapest nights are free.

Private airport transfers - £20 per transfer each way to 6 people, £35 per transfer

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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