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Private luxury Riad with plunge pool in the Medina, Free WiFi

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Updated: 27-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Privacy & stunning design, a peaceful retreat from the Souk, sleeps 6 (3 Bedrm

Hidden away in an ancient alleyway of the old city in the prestigious Dar El Bacha district, lies a new retreat that offers escapism and privacy to the discerning guest. Minutes from the magic of the souks and the cities famed square Place Jamaa El Fna. Riad Zalia offers exclusivity and luxury. Renovated with passion and originality that harmoniously combines design, modern comforts and the charm of old riads. All rooms overlook the central courtyard where you can relax in the Bohu and listen to the refreshing sounds of the fountain. Relax on the large private roof terrace. Read, sunbathe or soak in the plunge pool. The upper roof terrace offers panoramic views of the Medina and the snow capped Atlas Mountains. By arrangement we can offer to meet you at the airport. Daily housekeeping is included in the price. Free WIFI throughout the riad.

Link to a video of Riad Zalia https://vimeo.com/32369330

House Keeper - Majda: Speaks English, French and Arabic

House Manager - Mustapha: Speaks English, French, German and Arabic

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About the Owner

Joseph Sanderson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
27 March, 2017

30 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveller reviews)


Beautiful Riad!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Riad Zalia in December 2016. The property is a quiet retreat not far from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. The staff was professional and kept the house spic and span for us. We opted for daily breakfast which always included fresh squeezed orange juice and was delicious as well as reasonably priced. The house was impeccably decorated and Joseph was very efficient with great communication. I would definitely stay at another of their properties!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully decorated oasis in the Medina

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely time. We though Riad Zalia was beautifully decorated & provided a lovely peaceful haven for our trip.

We celebrated the birthday's of our daughters being 21 and 18. Majda provided a cooking lesson for our eldest daughter on her birthday and the produced an amazing meal which we all enjoyed.

It was extremely hot during our trip - well over 40 degrees most days. We did spend a lot of time in the plunge pool which helped us cool down.

The Riad was well appointed & the addition of hair dryers in each room was great with 3 women in our family. Its location was great for the Souks & Jemma El Fna square, we found the Moroccan people were friendly too.

The food prepared by Majda was amazing - she is a lovely lady & an asset to the Riad.

Mustapha was helpful organising trips for us.

The Atlas mountain trip to the Berber Village which Mustapha organised and accompanied us on was amazing - the scenery was stunning. We met with Saied - he took us all round the hillside village - followed by lunch in a local Berber house, followed by a trip to the lake, where we all had a paddle, before journeying back to Marrakech - a fantastic day out.

Mustapha also helped us organise a Quad Bike trip to celebrate our other daughter's 18th, many thanks to him and the Dunes & Desert team for an exhilarating and amazing experience - well worth it and would definitely do this again.

We would love to comeback to Marrakech and Riad Zalia would be our preferred property, but maybe when the temperature was a bit cooler!

We felt very at home in Zalia!

The Swift Family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place, wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

We picked this place because we wanted something in the center of town and we were not disappointed. The house has a great location that is close to some great restaurants and shopping.

The riad itself was perfect. We stayed in several rentals during our vacation and this was my family's favorite place. The lowest level was pleasant and cool, the middle level had great bedrooms with adequate air conditioning and interesting furnishings and the roof was a great space to hang out and enjoy the sun. Everything is much bigger than the pictures let on.

The staff was very helpful. Mustafa was great at organizing trips and Majda made a great breakfast and did a great job cleaning the place. I wish we could have some more of her orange juice.

The best thing about the house was the location. My family - wife and 2 teenage girls - couldn't decide if we wanted a nice big house a little bit outside of town with a nice pool and access to other amenities or if we wanted to stay here. In the end we decided to stay here. It was a great decision. There were fantastic restaurants close by (recommended by Mustafa) and the souks and the markets and museums were all very walkable. At night when we would come back to the riad there was a security guard who would often walk us to our door through the maze of the neighborhood where the house was located.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Zalia as a young single mum with 7 year old boy, I admit I were a little nervous about visiting Marrakech.

After a late night flight, we were greeted at the airport by mustapha, on route to zaila, he kindly stopped and picked us up some food to take home.

When we walked in to the house, what an amazing wow feeling. Stunning even late at night.

Spacious, clean, lovely little pool on top floor which did get plenty of use. Fully equipped for a great holiday.

We had Majda come and serve breakfast for us each morning, even had Majda cook an a amazing meal for us both one evening. Delicious!

So my son and I took to the souks and visited the main square. ( most days ) What an amazing experience, and such friendly people to help you, if you get a little lost.

Whilst in Marrakech we booked a tour to the Berber villages where you seen how Berber folk live, your invited In To there home, where you enjoy fresh mint tea. Amazing day. Well worth a visit.

We also visited a local waterpark which my 7 year had a great time.

Majorelle gardens is another fantastic place we visited.

We loved it that much, both at Zalia and Marrakech I've come home and booked flights to return for our Christmas break.

I'm in love with Morocco!!! Thanks for an amazing stay at your beautiful house, Joseph, Adam, mustapha, Majda. xxxx

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A breathtaking, superb stay

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier with the Riad. It was exceptional in every way: the space is beautiful, the rooftop terraces are stunning and great for hanging out and taking a dip in the plunge pool. The rooms are very tastefully appointed. It's located in a quieter, higher-end part of Medina away from the hustle-bustle of the souks, but it's within very easy walking distance of all the markets and sites within the Medina. And the house staff Majda (cook) and Mustapha (liaison) were excellent as well: great people and great professionals.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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48 Hours in Marrakech...

  • 5 of 5

Whilst I was initially apprehensive about visiting Marrakech, those concerns soon evaporated on arrival. Every aspect of your visit or need that you might possibly have has been catered for from arrival right through to departure.

The Riad is based in the vibrant, bustling old town, where it is set in a rich tappestry of sprawling lanes and passageways. The guys have created what I can only describe as a utopia in this setting, fusing the traditional middle eastern, with modern open planned living. You can honestly not fault this Riad, or the service provided by staff Mustafa and Majda. She is on site to provide the most amazing traditional meals, all cooked from scratch from her spotless kitchen! She even teaches you how to cook should you want a lesson.

We had the most fantastic relaxing experience this weekend and I can honestly not recommend a trip here enough! I will definitely be going back for longer to continue exploring all the wonders that Marrakech has to offer and enjoy relaxing is this splendid setting.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Marrakech at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Marrakech at 3 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Marrakech airport 10 minutes drive. Your contact while staying with us is Mustapha. He will meet you at the airport with a sign of Riad Zalia and your name. He will take you to the Riad where you will be greeted by the housekeeper Majda, who will offer you freshly squeezed orange juice or mint tea.

Other Activities: Shopping

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Jan 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
17 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jan 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

1 to 2 Guests - Daily rate GBP 175- Weekly rate GBP 1,050
We are also able to accept payment in EURO

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Updated: 27-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Location Type

  • city centre
  • town


  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 240 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 has free standing central bath with large wet room shower and wc. Bedroom 2 has bath with shower and wc. Bedroom 3 has circular shower and wc. Bathroom towels are provided


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Travel Cot if required
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Master bedroom, with double bed has ensuite bath and seperate shower and WC 2nd bedoom has double bed and ensuite bath and shower and WC 3rd bedroom has two twin beds and ensuite shower and WC Hair dryers in each room


  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • 6 deck chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Stunning ground floor large central courtyard with fountain and bohu. Private spacious roof terrace with plunge pool, wooden sun loungers, covered seating /dining area and small kitchen. Upper terrace with panoramic views. Heating and air-conditioning in all rooms. Safe environment for children. Fantastic traditional meals can be made by Majda the housekeeper, and are paid locally.

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