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Riad Lahboul - Fit for a Sultan

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We visit wonderful and interesting places throughout the world and spend our days marvelling at magnificent buildings and artefacts while imbibing the ambience of exotic civilisations. But, by necessity, half of our time is spent in hotels and restaurants.
In this Tripadvisor internet world we have a pretty good idea of what to expect when we arrive at a hotel and rarely have reason to complain about the accommodation or service. However, very occasionally, we are so completely blown away by the experience that we want to tell the world about it. So, dear blog reader wherever you are, we want to tell you about our stay at the Riad Lahboul in Meknes in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco.
First – meet the owners, Simon and Mouna,
This delightful young couple with British, French and Moroccan roots began their venture five years ago and have created a truly magical Moroccan oasis in the heart of Meknes. Staying in their riad is to live in a mini sultan’s palace…
We’ve stayed in some pretty exotic places in our travels, but not for us the ritzy five star joints devoid of local character. We want to experience the culture, not just look at it from the outside, and Simon and Mouna made that happen for us in their beautiful riad. Just take a look at our romantic bedroom…
And our private sitting room...
And the fabulous dining room…
And the many rooftop terraces with oranges and hibiscus…
But decorations and furnishings alone are insufficient to create a memory that will last a lifetime. The food is also important and every meal at the riad was exceptional. We had many local dishes, including tagines, all cooked in the street’s communal stove, (the traditional method where dishes are prepared at home then baked alongside everyone else’s in a wood fired oven for just a few cents per item). We also had the best French baguettes for breakfast that we have ever experienced. Here is Senna, our waitress, sous chef and general factotum working in the kitchen…
However, at the end of the day, no matter how beautiful the establishment and how good the food, it is the service that matters most to us. And the service we received from Simon, Mouna and their staff was absolutely outstanding. Not only did they make our stay exceptionally pleasant they even entertained us. They are extremely talented musicians and singers and after dinner they performed traditional Moroccan songs – fantastic.
You too can have a taste of this experience if you go to Youtube - Riad Lahboul
We loved our time at the riad so much that we guarantee that if you stay with Simon and Mouna and you don’t have an experience to treasure for the rest of your life then we will happily pay the bill for you. But please don’t all come at once – they only have six beautiful suites.

Posted by Hawkson 09:07 Archived in Morocco

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Heavenly!!!! So beautiful. I am in full envy. I am arriving tomorrow....in my dreams.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Wow, what a lovely article. We're very touched and honoured to have been featured in this way and we wish you a fantastic time in Morocco. We're also looking forward to reading about the rest of your travels and being part of Blissful Adventures. All our best from Meknès, Simon and Mouna

by Simon and Mouna

I'd have a tough time leaving there. Could stand a lot of that food, service and idyllic accommodations.
That stove looks a lot like yours, Jim.

by R and B

This is lovely to learn. An affirmation of cultural capacity - business, cooking, music.

by Janet

Lovely colours. What an interesting interior palette. Not bad colours on Gabriola today - blue, blue skies - not quite like the deep blues of Chefchaouen, but welcome after grey.

by Tom

I am so happy for you to experience this. Yes,in the end what makes it are the people, always. Wonderful place, and combine it with people like this and you will have magic.
When I will book for the place I will do it via "Blissful booking agencies" :-)

by gottfried

Will definitely add this to the list. Haven't been to Meknes yet but this place makes it sound like it is worth the trip! Keep having fun....

by sharon minkoff

Fabulous looking place to stay. I hope you had breakfast on the terrace for all the time you stayed there. Our terrace is almost finished and will be ready for you on your visit.

by keithandhelen

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