Email Reviews Sent to Riad Ariha Marrakesh

From: David Sven Flo

Sent: October-27-11 7:33 PM


Subject: RE: Your booking Riad Ariha David Blazquez

Dear Yvonne

We are very happy with our stay in your Riad. The staff is very friendly and helps you in everything you need.

I also wanted to thank you for your help has been very helpful all the information you gave us and the airport transffer.

Thank you very much for everything.


From: David Rogers

Sent: September-10-11 3:19 PM

To: Ariha

Subject: Re: Confirmed booking Riad Ariha David Rodgers

Dear Barbara,

Many thanks for our recent August stay, we had a great time, and the staff were very helpful- we would definitely recommend you and hope to stay there again.

I compiled your directions into two pages for myself before we came- I don’t know if its any use to you but I thought I would send it- the original directions were quite a lot of pages to print.

Thanks again

David Rogers


Sent: July-13-11 6:09 AM

To: Riad Ariha

Subject: Re: Last week’s booking Riad Ariha Carolyn Evans

Hello Yvonne,

Just a quick e-mail to say how much we all enjoyed our stay at Riad Ariha and to thank you for all you did to make it such a smooth process. Your help was greatly appreciated — Barbara’s husband was at the riad a couple of evenings and I made sure he knew that!

We were all very happy with everything — the team there could not have been kinder or more helpful. It felt very much a home from home and the ideal place for us to stay as a group.

Please pass on my thanks to Barbara and to the team at the riad. They do a wonderful job.

Sorry, by the way, for presuming in my last e-mail that the French name meant you were French!!

Best wishes,


From: noelia beltran villagrasa

Sent: June-27-11 2:51 AM


Subject: RE: Your booking Riad Ariha Noelia Beltran


We have arrive from Marrakech and I want to say you that we were fine in your Riad.

The staffs are very friendly and professionals. You have lucky with this people.

Thank you for all.


From: jane demontaignac

Sent: May-28-11 8:34 AM


Subject: RE: treatments

Hi Yvonne,

I wanted to tell you how very much we enjoyed our stay at the Riad Ariha and how well we were looked after by the staff. They could not have been more attentive, friendly and helpful and did all they could to make us feel welcome.

The misunderstanding about the bill arose because we were not initially given a copy of the breakdown and so could not see how the various deductions were arrived at and of course there was the further complication of different currencies. However this was all dealt with very sensitively by the young man in charge and I can not speak highly enough of him.

I was wondering if you could give me some information about the beautiful shower products used at the Riad.? I was hoping to take some home with me as I understand it was possible to purchase them there but as we left so early in the morning I did not get around to enquiring about them! They were particularly fresh and aromatic and I wonder whether it is possible to but them anywhere else.

The Riad was a little oasis of calm and simple beauty and I thank you for all your attentiveness regarding our booking.


Jane de Montaignac.

From: Peter Pearce

Sent: February-17-11 6:30 PM

To: Riad Ariha

Cc: 1 ‘Christina’ work; 1 Christina home

Subject: Re: Confirmed booking Riad Ariha

Dear Barbara

We had a fantastic time last weekend – wish we were still there – and thank you so much to your lovely staff. I hope very much we will return. I didn’t catch your husband’s name but we very much enjoyed talking to him too.

Amina asked us to put comments on TripAdvisor which I have done, and also on Alastair Sawday’s website (which should be good for you, I would think). For interest, below is what I have put.

Many thanks again and best wishes to Amina and Abdullah, and your excellent cook whose name I didn’t catch either.

Peter and Christina

From: Luigi Arangio

Sent: May-04-10 2:37 AM


Subject: Money to give back


first of all thank yo again for your special ospitality and the beautiful stay in your wonderful riad.

I’m just waiting you to send me an email with your bank account (iban) in order to give back to you the money lent.

Thank you,

looking forward to hearing very soon from you.

Best Regards.

Luigi Arangio

From: Thomas Mannion

Sent: March-23-10 5:28 AM


Subject: Pouffe

Hi Amina,

I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for organising the purchase and delivery of our new pouffe. It is just what I wanted. Thanks also for helping to make our stay in Marrakech such a happy one.

Kind regards,

Thomas (and Sophie and George)

From: Marion Bashford

Sent: March-22-10 1:42 PM

To: Riad Ariha

Subject: Our Stay

Dear Ladies

Just a short note to say that both myself and my friend Margaret, so enjoyed staying at Riad Ariha, also to seeing the wonders of Marrakesh….returned today…..and sadly back to work tomorrow!!

Your staff are so welcoming and friendly and we will be putting together a good write up on trip advisor.

I will also recommend Riad Ariha to friends and family.

Kind regards and good wishes


From: Paul Arnold

Sent: February 10, 2010 3:00 PM

To: ‘Riad Ariha’

Subject: RE: Confirmed booking Riad Ariha; Alex and Paul Arnold

Just back from a lovely few days at your riad. Amina and Abdellah looked after us extremely well. They were very helpful with all our arrangements and our food was delicious. The whole experience was very relaxing and the weather was kind to us too. Hope to see the Riad Ariha again some time. Pass on my thanks to Amina and Abdullah. Alex and Paul Arnold.

From: bev and mark

Sent: March-08-10 4:37 PM

To: Riad Ariha

Subject: Re: Your booking Riad Ariha Mark Kavanagh

Just a quick note to say thank you for the hospitality at Riad Ariha. We had a fantastic time in Marrakech and would certainly return to the Riad if we ever visit again.


From: Charlotte Bonsey

Sent: February-23-10 7:32 AM



Subject: great feedback

Dear Barbara, Beryl and Staff

I hope you are well. I am including some great feedback for you from client Claire Scott which I will publish on the i-escape pages. Well Done!

I loved the interior of the riad and the friendly, homely atmosphere, very relaxing in this hectic city.Its about 15 minutes from the main square so on night we ate at the riad once or twice which I’d recommend if you don’t want to go out into the hustle and bustle. It is very easy to get lost in Marrakech! Also I went to the local female hamman a few minutes away, which is an experience, the hotel manager took me there and introduced me and I got a very local experience a bit like the local baths not a spa but fun!. You can book a massage back at the riad to finish off. A beautiful riad, with good food, clean and welcoming staff. We also had 1 night at their sister riad Chi Chi which is also just as good in every way.

Kind regards

Charlotte Bonsey

From: Charlotte Murray

Sent: January-10-10 9:51 AM

To: ‘Riad Ariha’


Just to say thank you for our lovely stay at the riad. It was wonderfully peaceful and pretty but most of all your staff were so friendly and helpful as we hadn’t been to Marrakesh before. We arrived home to freezing weather and have been almost snowed in ever since so it was a great break for us and we loved your sunshine!

Charlotte Murray

From: gerry.

Sent: January-04-10 4:00 PM


Subject: Thankyou

Hi Barbara

Just a quick email to say thankyou for our stay at Riad Ariha. We had a lovely time in Marrakesh and found your Riad most comfortable and the staff excellant – nothing was too much trouble for them to help us especially booking taxis and the bus trip to Essaouira for us. It was very peaceful there – we certainly slept well and felt very relaxed.

All the best for 2010.


Gerry and Ian Perkins

From: Wendy Dewar

Sent: March-24-09 11:22 AM


Subject: RE: Your booking Riad Ariha

Hi Barbara

Just a quick note to thank you, we had a lovely time in your Riad. Amina and the staff were incredibly kind and welcoming and made us feel completely at home.

Also as it did rain the evening we arrived (for several hours with a massive thunder storm!), we decided we couldn’t walk into Marrakech to eat, and even though we hadn’t booked to eat in the Riad, we were kindly offered a food option which was excellent. The vegetable omlette and side dish was beautiful and saved us a lot of trouble!

Please pass on our comments to Amina and the staff.

Have a good time in Marrakech.

Kind regards

Wendy Dewar and Brian Hook

From: Dennis Biasi

Sent: March 8, 2009 4:47 PM

To: Riad Ariha

Subject: Re: day outings

Hi Barbara, We’re here and your place is great-the city is fab. We think we’ll not do an outting because we still have the gardens to see. We’ll meet you next time

thanks, dennis

From: jeroenkuipers

Sent: lunes, 23 de febrero de 2009 11:54


Subject: marrakech, riad ariha

We stayed from 14-19 February at the riad Ariha in Marrakech. We, me, my

wife, 3 year old son, 7 year old daughter and my parents in law had a really

great time. We booked two room at the first floor and practically had the

commom room at the same floor for ourselves. The food was excellent and very

good value. Hospital staff, kind to our children. The first day seemed a bit

daunting fairly far away from Djema el Fnaa but it was easy once you

realized where you were.

Pretty, quiet and delightfully authentic surroundings. You really get a feel

of how people live in the medina. I have been to many destinations and quite

a few with my children but this was one of the best holidays of my life!

From: Evelin Guder

Sent: February-16-09 11:20 AM


Subject: Marrakech

Hallo Frau Barbara,

wir sind wieder in dem kalten und trüben Deutschland und denken gerne zurück

an die letzte Woche in Ihrem Haus. Zusammen mit dem herrlichen Wetter waren

es interessante und spannende Tage.

Besonders angenehm fanden wir die Betreuung durch Ihre Mitarbeiter, die

jeden Wunsch erfüllten.

Ihren Mann konnten wir auch kennenlernen und hatten mit ihm informative

Gespräche über das Leben in Marokko (dank seiner guten Deutschkenntnisse).

Sind Sie selbst eigentlich ab und zu in Deutschland?

Ich finde es erstaunlich, daß Sie von Kanada aus Ihre Geschäfte in

Marrakesch regeln. Ihre Schwester erzählte, dass Sie zusammen noch einen

weiteren Riad umbauen wollen. Ihre gesamte Familie scheint untriebig zu


Wir selbst haben ein Gästehaus auf der Insel Rügen an der Ostsee, darum ist

mir nicht fremd, wieviel Organisation dazu gehört.

Wie schon gesagt, wir haben uns in Ihrem Haus sehr wohlgefühlt und grüssen

Sie aus Kassel.


Evelin Guder

From: Benjamin Gelb

Sent: February 4, 2009 12:14 PM


Subject: RE: Confirmed booking Riad Ariha

We are now back in Casablanca on our ship, everything was absolutely wonderful! Thanks to you and your staff we had a wonderful stay.

Take Care!


From: Aine Maguire

Sent: January-04-09 10:07 AM


Subject: thank you Amena

Hi there Amena

My name is Aine Maguire and I was the Irish woman with the terrible French who you managed to find rooms for in the next door Riad just before New Years. I just wanted to thank you for helping me with what seemed like an impossible task. Adam and his dad were so kind to us and I loved Marrakech more than you can imagine, it was like stepping back in time and so unspoiled by the west. I slept so well in that Riad, despite the rain!

I hope you have a busy and successful year.

Again many thanks and if you ever come to Dublin you must get in touch with me.

Regards & God Bless


From: toby howes

Sent: November-30-08 7:58 AM


Subject: A belated thank you

Hi B, B & B,

Big apologies for the late arrival of this email, I was just doing a bit of housekeeping & found this in my drafts box & I’m pretty certain it didn’t send.

Cher & I just wanted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you. We had a great time & felt totally comfortable at Riad Ariha … just the right balance of everything.

Our only regret is that we didn’t spend more time at the Riad!

Thanks again for making our stay so pleasant & we will recommend it to anyone who’s going to Marrakech (if anyone has any money in the future!).

Toby & Cher

From: Tim Bennett

Sent: October-31-08 8:41 AM

To: ‘Riad Ariha’

Subject: Bennetts

Dear All,

Just to let you know that we are back in France having had a fantastic stay at your beautiful Riad.

Everyone was so helpful and friendly and this made the trip very enjoyable.

We wish you all well and will recommend you to anyone we know who wants to visit Marrakech.

Kind regards,

Tim,Clare, Sam and Thomas

From: Maxine Woogman

Sent: October-27-08 7:09 PM

To: Riad Ariha;

Subject: Greetings from Vancouver

Hi Barbara, Bader, Amina, Abdulla, Hadija and Fatima,

I just wanted to send you all a quick note to say that I am back in Vancouver and have been fully well since I flew home from Paris to Vancouver on Oct. 23.

Thank you so much for providing me with such a warm welcome and for taking such good care of me when I was sick. You are all so lovely and I look forward to seeing you all again one day – inshallah.

You have such a beautiful riad. It’s like a mini oasis – so tasteful and serene. I’ve attached a few photos that I took there.

Barbara – enjoy getting Riad Azzara up and running. I’m sure it will be gorgeous. I look forward to seeing it one day.

All the very best,



Sent: October-15-08 9:39 AM


Subject: Thanks

Hi Barbara,

Just a quick note to thank you so much for everything that you did for us all last week. Julia had a great birthday and everybody had a fabulous time – always a risk, as most of them had never met before! I thought the service we received at Riad Ariha was just superb and nothing seemed like too much trouble.

It really felt like ‘home from home’ and it was great not to have staff telling us what we could and couldn’t do – like drinking gin and tonics in the plunge pool!! Brits Abroad eh! Who would want ‘em!

So please pass our thanks on to everyone and we look forward to meeting you again.

Thanks again, I have uploaded some nice feedback for you at Trip Advisor



From: Marielle Bekx

Sent: September-15-08 5:27 AM

To: ‘Riad Ariha’

Subject: RE: Riad Ariha

Dear Barbara,

Now after one week back in Holland again I want to thank you for a very pleasant stay in your Riad, it’s a beautiful quiet and peaceful place behind that big black door, something you cannot imagine when you are walking around before coming in. Everybody was very helpful and we had great birthday buffet on the roof of your house with a very special and delicious chocolate birthday cake! Also your idea of Dar Zellij was very good, a charming place and good food. Our stay was wonderful, I will always remember my 40th birthday and of course then I will often think about all of you. Thanks for your help by mail everything was arranged perfect, thanks also to your wonderful staff and greet them! Everybody who wants to go to Marrakech and who’s looking for a Riad I will recommend you.

Kind regards and all the best for the future!


From: Ward Jessica

Sent: August-26-08 5:18 AM

To: Riad Ariha

Subject: Our stay

Hi Barbara,

I am pleased to say we had a wonderful time in Marrakech and the Riad was brilliant, thank you.

From: Gail Macfarlane

Sent: May-13-08 9:20 PM


Subject: (no subject)

Dear Barbara,

Just to let you know that we had a very restful 11 days at the Riad Ariha.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, your staff were so accommodating and couldn’t do enough for us. You are extremely fortunate to have hard working loyal local employees. In particular, the lady who manages your kitchen and cooks the lovely meals is a real treasure.

Our flight was five hours delayed, we didn’t arrive until almost 10 pm and yet she was still there to greet us with a smile, a cup of very welcome tea followed by a lovely meal.

We really enjoyed our stay and managed to explore much more of Marrakech than on previous visits. We are still toying with the idea of moving over there on a semi-permanent basis. Now that we are back in Scotland with its grey rainy weather the prospect of moving abroad seems ever more appealing. We spent a bit of time looking at properties and intend to return sometime this year to continue our search. If you have any tips, advice or contacts you would be willing to share, we would be delighted to hear from you as you have managed to buy and set up an excellent business.

Once again, many thanks for a memorable stay in Marrakech.

Gail Macfarlane

From: Jo and Hassan

Sent: May-13-08 9:24 PM


Subject: (no subject)

Dear Barbara, Amina, Abdullah and the team,

Having left Marrakech last week, I have finally managed to get through the pile of work waiting for me when I returned to London.

I just wanted to say a big thankyou from Hassan and myself for the wonderful holiday you gave us. We miss you all so much.

You gave us the best time and treated us like royalty. But moreover, we miss your friendship (and Amina’s laughter).

As promised, I have written a suitable piece on Trip Adviser, which is well deserved.

Kind regards,

Jo & Hassan

Sent: May-13-08 9:24 PM


Subject: (no subject)

Dear Barbara

Just a quick note to let you know how much Sheila and I enjoyed our four days in Marrakech at your Riad. It was an absolute delight and we were also so lucky with the other guests who were a real pleasure to meet and talk to over breakfast.

I thought Marrakech had changed remarkably little since my first visit as a student so many years ago other than the replacement of TV aerials by satellite dishes !

Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Mike Stilton

Sent: May-13-08 9:23 PM


Subject: (no subject)

Dear Barbara,

Just a quick email to say that we had a wonderful time at your Riad, although we were a bit challenged with our directions in and out of the medina. We discovered that every time we thought we knew where we were going we got completely lost once again. However, we did, on the last day, find our way back without having to get assistance. Mustafa (probably wrong spelling) was an excellent driver and I am sorry that I couldn’t speak French to converse with him. He provided us with an excellent English speaking guide on our day at the Cascade and excellent journeys to and fro the Riad and the airport. Abdullah was very helpful and a lovely person and I am very impressed with his English. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of your lovely lady who does the cooking etc., but she also was wonderful.

One of the unexpected things was that we met some really interesting and nice people at the Riad and spent quite a few hours up on the roof chatting with various other guests.

We had excellent meals in the “square” and actually sat on the next table to John Simpson the well known journalist.

We loved our room and the bathroomwith its’ dome was unforgettabl, the only downside was when Adrian went down to breakfast and inadvertently locked me in (although it could have been deliberate), the Hamman was amazing and thank you for the good instructions.

I hope that you and your husband had a good time in France and I shall definitely be passing on information to all our friends, family etc., about the wonderful Riad Ariha we stayed in.

Hopefully we will meet again and once again thank you for “being there”.

Kind regards

Sue and Adrian Tilbury

(Apologies for long email and not short one as I first thought)