Welcome to Riad Charai
Once the residence of the Charai Family and the property of the Private Secretary to the famous Pasha Glaoui, this lovely Riad boasts a larger than average floor area (1.730 sq. m.), giving it a spacious and airy feel.
It has been beautifully and elegantly restored by Rocco Forte designer, Carine Mavroleon, in true ‘Nouveaux Moroccan’ style using traditional local materials and craftsmanship, but with a contemporary and minimalist twist that sets it apart. Part of the furniture is original Art Deco furniture from the famous Mamounia hotel, including the bar stools from the ‘Churchill bar’.
The Riad Charai is an “Oasis in the Medina” that contrasts vividly with the ceaseless activity of the surrounding souks. Its innate tranquillity is enriched by the sounds of birdsong from the adjacent palm grove and the custom ‘Soundscape design’ by Famous Brazilian DJ Monica Soldan. Her music has been specially designed for each space in the Riad and is very contemporary flavoured with local Arabesque and African sounds.
Offering a wide range of beauty treatments and massage using traditional Moroccan oils. Also offering traditional ‘Henna’ tattoos and in-house hairdressing services.
This is where your experience of the RIad Charai ‘Oasis’ experience begins, with lanterns, wonderful traditional incense and the sound of water trickling from a rose petal filled fountain.
Large courtyards with tent covered lounge area and open pool area with a good-sized pool 9m x 4m (approx. 30ft x 13 ft). The courtyard also features a fountain and two bed-lounge alcoves ideal for relaxation.
Gardens planted with fragrant orange trees, palms, jasmine surrounding the pool and tent covered lounge area.
Library & Games room:
A Moroccan lounge with fireplace, reading and games area (backgammon, playing cards, Chess)
Outdoor ‘Les Olivier’ dining room:
A beautiful outdoor dining room surrounded by fresh olive trees and serving an exquisite selection of traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes.
Two spacious roof terraces overlooking the Riad’s courtyard, with panoramic views of the Medina and the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Each terrace is unique in its design with ones focal point being a ‘Lounge Bed’ for relaxation and sunbathing and the other one being ideal for having a panoramic breakfast and tea-ritual setting.
Beautiful riad that makes me want to go back...Riad Charai is really as beautiful as in all the pictures. It is a very calm and relaxing riad with a nice pool, roof top terraces and spa. The staff is very helpful, friendly and create a great atmosphere.
Charming, comfortable and welcoming hotel"From the moment that our mint tea was poured on arrival, we were welcomed by the staff at Riad Charai. Tucked away off the alleyways of the Medina, behind a smart door was this haven of a hotel. It was perfectly situated a fifteen minute walk from the centre - a great place for excursions to Souks, Jemma El Fna, etc This jasmine scented boutique hotel offered authentic, simple food and the friendly staff, who were always happy to help, recommended restaurants and helped us orientate ourselves. One evening we were even escorted to a stunning place to eat hidden a short walk away. Thank you to all at the Riad for a wonderful stay."
A dreamI have my computer across my lap as I look out over the pool outside our room. Birds and calls to prayers are singing from the palm trees above. Jasmine petals gift their fragrance as they drift across the pool. If this had been a private home, we must be enjoying the master's room. Marrakesh bustles outside the door of the hotel, but we are immune in this oasis, surrounded by a staff that only wants to see us enjoy ourselves.This is heavenly. Our highest compliments.
A piece of paradiseLove this Riad! Ended up booking multiple extra nights because they were so great. The room was beautiful, comfortable, the pool in the middle is gorgeous and the staff was world class. Great location close to the exit of the Médina, away from the hustle and bustle of the souks. Very private, I only saw other guests for breakfast so it feels like the entire place is yours. Food was also great! Eating everyone else in Marrakech has honestly hurt my stomach a bit. I don’t know why but at least here the food is prepared very well and hasn’t given me a tummy ache.