Riad Si Said
Riad Si Said (pronounced See-Side) was the former home of the Moroccan Finance Minister’s concubine in the 19th Century, a fact hinted at by the opulent gold and soothing cream hues that decorate the riad’s seven suites. Owned by the Banyantree group, it’s the kind of place Martin Scorsese puts his head down. Comprised of three riads, the place is a maze-like warren of rooms and corridors. Carefully restored mosaics and painted wooden ceilings lend the place a natural, traditional feel and friendly, helpful staff provide a great welcome. The food – Moroccan and Thai – is high quality. The spa staff have been trained by the Banyantree in Phuket, and offer signature Angsana Thai massage together with the standard Moroccan hammam experience. Unusually for a riad, there are also events and themed nights, including belly dancers and Moroccan feasts. There’s also a pleasant sun deck and roof terrace (with Jacuzzi) and wifi access is available throughout. It lacks the more intimate feel of some riads, but will appeal to those who seeking a sociable, high end sojourn.