Riad Mentha

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6

Overview

Recommended Pool Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

A beautifully restored ancient riad in the heart of the Marrakech medina, Mentha is the perfect base for exploring the vibrant, exciting and exotic Marrakech- or if you feel like simply chilling in the sunshine then Mentha has one hell of a roof terrace for you!

Tranquil, flower-filled courtyards lead to simple, luxurious rooms, where every comfort has been considered, from goosedown pillows to a well-stocked honesty bar. Sleeping up to thirteen in six en-suite bedrooms, it's a great party house, particularly as the staff of three will take care of all the logistics for you. Breakfast is provided, with other meals to order - the riad's cook is one of the best in town!

Pool, hammam and massage are on site, and the roof terrace is a perfect sun trap with amazing views across the rooftops to the Atlas mountains.  Brahim, the excellent English and French speaking manager/concierge, can arrange trips, excursions and activities around Marrakech and beyond to the beach and desert - he will ensure that you have everything you need for a wonderful holiday, from restaurant reservations to a round of golf.

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What you should know…

  • The pool is  unfenced and unfortunately unsuitable for small children
  • Sometimes  there can be some street noise - not cars, but traders calling
  • The stairs to top roof terrace are extremely steep

Property Features

Private Pool Internet Air-Con BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Spa/Massage Sauna/Steam Games Room Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

The riad was originally two very old houses, which now interconnect, but there are still two separate courtyards on the ground floor.

The entrance to the riad is unassuming - a door in a wall - but inside the riad opens up.

To the left is the pool courtyard, planted with palms, ferns, jasmine and bougainvillea.

The pool is tiled in dark blue, and features a handy ledge for sitting in it with a drink!

Next to the pool is the pool bhou, an outdoor covered seating area, perfect for congregating for pre-dinner drinks or for examining souk purchases.  Next to that is the media room, with Tv, DVD, ipod dock, games, squishy sofas, books etc.

Turning right from the front door brings you into the fountain courtyard, which has a fountain complete with fish.

Ahead of you is the Salon; this has a working fireplace, long kelim-covered moroccan sofas and pouffes, a library, and is great for winter evenings.

Next is the first bedroom, which is our suggested room for children and teenagers (although it is perfectly comfortable for adults too).  This has a double bed in a sleeping alcove, plus a separate single.

Up one floor is another room, glamorously furnished in silver and white, with a double bed, walk-in wardrobe, tadelakt bathroom and fantastic bedhead made from an ancient fortress door.  It is romantic and tranquil. Also on this floor are two other double bedrooms.

Going upstairs again brings you to the roof kitchen, where the honesty bar fridge is.  Just go in and help yourself to wine, beer or soft drinks at any time.  Then through the door to the roof terrace.  This provides a shady, bougainvillea covered dining area that can sit up to 20, comfortable sun-loungers and parasols, a guest loo, and the hammam and massage room. 

Descending to the main roof, take the other staircase and arrive at another bedroom which occupies the entire first floor of this side of the house.  It has its own bhou overlooking the pool, lavish bathroom, working fireplace, beautiful moucharabie window seat, superking bed and plentiful wardrobes.  Sophisticated, private, romantic...

The entire riad is decorated in a simple but luxurious way, making use of local craftspeople; there are lots of antiques and artefacts, goosedown pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets and towels, top quality mattresses, interesting paintings, prints and textiles.

Location

About the surrounding area of Riad Mentha
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Tourist Towns & Villages
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Riad Mentha is in the very heart of the old town or medina, about five minutes walk from the big square and the souks.  Despite this it is very peaceful and tranquil.  The derb it sits on is too narrow for cars so there is no traffic noise.  There is a team of drivers to collect guests from the airport or station, and Brahim is on hand to guide guests to the house - tricky at first as the medina is like a rabbit warren!

Fishing, ski-ing and golf are all readily available - Brahim can arrange trips for all of them - and also white-water rafting, hot air ballooning, beach,  and desert overnight trips. There is parking about five minutes away.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Marrakech Menara

(8 Km)

Nearest Ferry port Tangier

(over 100 Km)

Nearest Train Station Marrakech

(5 Km)

Nearest Restaurant In the medina
Nearest Bar/Pub In the medina
Nearest Shop In the medina
Nearest Supermarket In the Medina
Nearest Supermarket Marjane

(5 Km)

Nearest Beach Essouira

(Over 100 Km)

Nearest Golf Palmaraie

(5 Km)

Nearest Tennis Gueliz/Hivernage/Palmeraie

(5 Km)

Nearest Piste Atlas Moutains

(46-50 Km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

Not ideal for babies or toddlers - unfenced swimming pool, steep stairs etc.  Children and teens love it - lots to explore.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Xbox/Playstation
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Included
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • Breakfast Included
  • Fully Catered

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Included
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Breakfast Included
  • Fully Catered
  • Butler Included
  • Security guard
  • Property host

There are three full time staff at the riad - Brahim the manager, Henia the cook and Ismail the gardener/security/butler.

Breakfast is provided as part of the rental: fresh juice, fruit, yoghurt, eggs, local breads and pastries.

Henia will also cook lunch and/or dinner on request - discuss and order with Brahim at breakfast.

She cooks fabulous Moroccan food but can do a good chicken and chips or pasta if guests are tired of tajine.

The riad also operates an honesty bar - there's a big fridge on the roof which is filled at the start of your stay with wine, beer, soft drinks etc.  Guests are charged for what has been used at the end of their stay.  Prices are very reasonable, and Brahim will get whatever guests request if available.

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Bed linen and bath towels are included in the rental price. Please bring your own pool towels.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in rental price.
Heating costs included? Yes, included in rental price.
Internet access? The property has complimentary Wifi connection. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Minimum stay 3 nights
Changeover day Flexible
Pets welcome? Not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Not permitted inside the villa
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 26th 2020 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Feb 26th 2020 - Mar 30th 2020 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Mar 30th 2020 - Apr 27th 2020 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Apr 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Aug 28th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 24th 2021 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644
Feb 24th 2021 - Mar 24th 2021 £2,419 £3,225 £4,031 £5,644

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 26th 2020 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Feb 26th 2020 - Mar 30th 2020 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Mar 30th 2020 - Apr 27th 2020 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Apr 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Aug 28th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 24th 2021 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113
Feb 24th 2021 - Mar 24th 2021 €2,620 €3,426 €4,232 €6,113

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Sep 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 26th 2020 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Feb 26th 2020 - Mar 30th 2020 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Mar 30th 2020 - Apr 27th 2020 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Apr 27th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Aug 28th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Jan 2nd 2021 - Feb 24th 2021 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736
Feb 24th 2021 - Mar 24th 2021 $2,888 $3,693 $4,499 $6,736

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
7 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The central location, the rooftop views, the tranquility of the house after the bustle of the medina

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Caroline Conran and Fay Maschler

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
To host a dinner party in the desert

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do? Drinks on the top terrace as the sun sets behind the Koutoubia mosque
Really eat? The breakfast doughnuts at the Riad, and a pastilla
Really see? Wandering through the souks never palls...

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Use our manager, the brilliant Brahim, to book, guide, advise - he has great inside knowledge and will be happy to help

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