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Recognised as one of the most beautiful and authentic little Riad’s in the Medina. Great and willing Staff to serve and assist you. An unbeatable location inside the Medina Walls within easy distance to all main attractions without the noise and hustle-bustle keeping you awake all night! Riad Laksiba is located just inside the Medina Walls at Bab Ksiba. Walk through Bab Ksiba, take the 1st turn right (Derb Kadi) and you have arrived: simple. No fear of getting lost in the Medina labyrinth. Quiet cul-de-sac has no-through traffic and is a very safe neighbourhood for children and female travellers. Free Wi-Fi. 5 en-suite Double/Twin Bedrooms (but Riad Laksiba seems to work better with 8 Guests although it can accommodate 10). Daily Maid service/English speaking Guardian. Breakfast / Towels / Bedding included. Overnight Car Parking (opposite. Bab Ksiba). Sun Terrace. Splash Pool. All rooms are air-conditioned. Fully serviced with and staffed 24 hours.
Simon Hawkesley is a designer and an author. Educated in England in Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial, Motor Vehicle and Domestic Engineering & Photographic Design, a natural talent for art, architecture and extensive experience in real estate, finance, historic property restoration/renovation. Simon has drawn and presented conceptual solutions on almost every inhabitable continent. Has also appeared on odd slots in property based Television programs across the world, writes occasional articles for Times Warner International Publishing on the same subject. Simon restored Riad Laksiba, his own pet project situated within a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Kasbah district of the Medina Marrakech.
Simon Hawkesley purchased this house in 2007
For years my wife and I have been trawling the narrow streets (derbs) in the Medina, the old walled-in city of Marrakech, looking for a suitable location for a Riad to purchase. It dawned on me that I always chose hotels in the Kasbah district of the Medina, to set up Base Camp, whilst exploring. The answer, for "Where to Buy"?, had been staring me in the face from outset. The Imperial Kasbah. First Citadel of the Sultans of Morocco! The Kasbah is rich in community spirit, alive at night, has Royal Palaces, historic attractions and, moreover, feels safe. the thing we "bang on about" in the UK. It made sense to add some criteria. Quiet, easy to access and MOST to find.
In 2010 Riad Laksiba enjoyed an entire restoration, in "Old Palace" style; (in keeping with the UNESCO World Heritage status) whilst being filmed for House Hunters International; an American TV Show dedicated to owners buying abroad.
September 2010 the TV show was rolled out to a Global Network of some 97 Million homes. Now; regular repeats!
October 2010 we felt the Marrakech climate was right to "open the doors" of our special Riad home for guests to enjoy and sample the immediate community that has given so much pleasure. Amazingly our first guests came from as far away as Canada and Azerbaijan. The TV show "struck a chord" to many travellers visiting Europe who felt a budget trip to Marrakech could be squeezed in.
One thing that you won’t see quantified anywhere, and it does slightly defy description, is the sense of community that has been created by – by what? the architecture? the care of the owners and staff? I don’t know, but it’s sort of like living in a family but without any of the annoying necessity of having to communicate with anyone if you don’t want to. There are five rooms, all with their own en suite facilities, a roof terrace with sun loungers that are brought out on request, four seating areas for between two and four people around, or overlooking, the splash pool and a kitchen/office on the ground floor. Plenty of opportunity to keep yourself to yourself. But if you do want to interact with your fellow guests, it’s somehow possible to be close at a distance – I’m not entirely sure that makes sense, but it will if you’ve been there. Quite honestly, we could have just stayed in the four walls of the Riad and had a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable time.... RedBBlack June 2011.
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Please contact owner (Simon). DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF WHOLE RIAD
The Riad is fully staffed 24 hours and any arrival time/date is possible by arrangement.
We will forbid you to bring any "Guests, friends, acquaintances" back day or night. It is illegal to entertain "locals" in a Riad. Riad Laksiba is designed for family holidays and is staffed 24/7. If you want to come, on these terms, then please submit to the Bookings process. If, however, you are looking for a Riad or Apartment that is not supervised then Riad Laksiba is possibly not suitable for you.