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Riad Sapphire & Spa: a unique riad in the heart of Marrakech

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We were recently featured in an article on the Chic Collection website

"For some hoteliers, setting up a riad with a difference in the centre of Marrakech may seem like quite a challenge...."

December 2015

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Irish News Sunday Independent October 4th, 2015

Marrakech's Picture Perfect Photo Gallery by Ramy Salameh

"Standing on the roof terrace of Maison de la Photographie ...."

The Telegraph - review of Riad Sapphire and Spa

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December 8th, 2014

Riad Sapphire, in Morocco, is a Marrakesh hotel offering a
romantic hammam, traditional Moroccan breakfasts, bespoke
beds and great value for money, in the heart of the Sidi ben
Slimane district.

The Independent: Hungry for More in Marrakesh August 9,2014

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.....I try not to get lost, before taking a detour to visit the newly opened Riad Sapphire (00 212 5 24 38 71 99; I head to the roof terrace for mint tea and Moroccan pastries and enjoy a gentle breeze for an hour or so before heading back to the streets.....

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Sunday Observer; June 22, 2014

Sunday Observer

Away: Marrakech riad break

"A new riad hotel has opened in the heart of Marrakech’s medina offering bright, modern suites, a spa with hammam and a sun-trap roof terrace with views of the Atlas mountains. Riad Sapphire has a special 50% off introductory offer for stays of three nights or more, taken before 31 August, bringing the lead-in price this summer to £140 per night for a suite sleeping up to four ("

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Sunday Observer 22.06.2014

Travel Weekly June 12, 2014

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Ten of the best urban spas

Travel weekly chose Riad Sapphire and Spa as one of the best urban spas in this article from June 12, 2014 - choose Riad Sapphire and Spa as your urban oasis.

The National; May 13, 2014

The National UAE

Travel directory: Summer 2014
Panna Munyal
May 13, 2014 Updated: May 13, 2014 15:16:00
Make the most of Morocco with a room in a riad
If the sun - and an affordable but luxe offer - is what makes up your happy-holiday, check into Riad
Sapphire and Spa in shopper-friendly Marrakech. The luxury boutique hotel is a brand new property .......

Good Trippers; April 14, 2014

14 Apr 2014
Accommodation, Africa, eco-friendly, Marrakech, Morocco
by Kerry Law

If you’re looking for a super stylish city break this Spring, the Riad Sapphire boutique hotel in
Marrakech is now open…
This luxurious new hotel boasts oodles of eco chic along with its gleaming and tasteful decor – and at Goodtrippers we can’t wait to be sipping a fresh mint tea from its stunning roof terrace!

Described as a modern twist on colonial chic, Riad Sapphire combines classic Moroccan architecture with plenty of space and light. But it’s the hotel’s responsible tourism ethos that it really impresses.


‘Good’ credentials:
• Solar panels heat the riad’s water, spa, hammam and swimming pool
• Minimal electricity used in hotel’s construction
• Local people employed
• Organic toiletries in bathrooms
• Other responsible companies and tourist attractions recommended to guests, including the local organic perfumery

Hg2: Hedonists guide to Marrakech 

“Awash with white marble, light and airy interiors and modern Moroccan furnishings, Riad Sapphire is exactly the sort of retreat one needs in the midst of Marrakech’s labyrinthine medina. Like most riads within the medina walls, Riad Sapphire is almost invisible from the outside; the stylish central courtyard a pleasant surprise upon entering. The eight spacious suites come with a variety of individual touches, from original Moroccan features such as alcoves with latticed woodwork and pyramid skylights, to large four-poster beds strewn with fine white fabrics. Take your afternoon tea (Moroccan mint and deliciously sweet and sticky pastries) up on the sunny rooftop terrace, or retreat to one of the two cool marble courtyards. Those in need of some in-house pampering can also make use of the riad’s petite hammam or order in a relaxing massage.”

Travel and Tourism Guide, Middle East

"If you’ve been thinking of making a trip to Morocco, now is the time to go. In the past year, several very chic riads have opened in Marrakech, making it an ideal weekend escape.
The very best way to experience this vibrant city is to stay in a riad in the heart of the medina in the old city of Marrakech. Riad Sapphire is exactly that. Run by Marrakech experts Barbara and Beryl, the cool, simple yet elegant hotel combines traditional Moroccan design and architecture with a modern, fresh twist. Must see features include the spa and the private traditional hammam, the roof terrace with stunning panoramic views, and the marble courtyards which are dotted with fountains."

Travel Weekly:

"Spa: Wellness is a focus at this new riad, which has its own hammam and courtyard relaxation areas for sipping mint tea after spa-ing. The signature traditional hammam treatment involves exfoliation and a facial ghassoul clay mask, typical of Morocco (£30). The mineral-rich clay from the Atlas Mountains improves skin tone.

Stay: Right in the heart of the medina, Riad Sapphire combines historical features with modern comfort. There are eight cool suites simply and elegantly furnished, and a roof terrace to soak up mountain views.

Book it: Special opening rates for bookings before August 31 start at £70 a night (a 50% discount), for a minimum of three nights."

Metro Weekly

Metro – May 15 2014 Walking tall in Morocco

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