Many of our clients are delighted with the toiletries provided in our riads—Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-Chi. So we thought we would write a little bit about them. We order the shampoo and shower gel from a company called Nectarôme because they use all-organic products, plus they smell so nice! We found out about them at a trade fair – at the time we purchased a long block of glycerine-based soap shaped like a loaf of bread that we cut into smaller pieces. Months later that soap still had a powerful and wonderful aroma of lemon verbena so we knew it was good quality. On our last trip to Marrakech, we decided to go and visit their organic garden that is located in a small village in the Ourika valley. We wondered at first if we’d come to the right place as we lurched from one pothole to another in the narrow village street. But we had, and tucked away in the village was this wonderful perfumed garden – cleverly organized with patches of rosemary, verbena, geranium and other aromatic plants. We were absolutely entranced with masses of tiny pinkish butterflies that hovered above. We purchased some wonderful Moroccan oil – from the argan tree – that is supposed to banish all free radicals and give you a wrinkle-free skin. Our skin certainly drinks it up and feels great. We see it advertised on the internet and in magazines – but you can get it much cheaper in Marrakech!
So if you come to visit us in Riad Ariha or Riad Chi-Chi, we can organize a day trip to the Ourika valley and include this organic garden. If you just prefer to purchase the products, we also have them for sale in the riad, in beautiful hand-crafted bottles with tassels on.
Marrakech is a fascinating ancient city with a great blend of ancient and modern, Eastern and Western cultures, making it a highly interesting and attractive destination. At the same time, it can be daunting if you are new to the city and don’t know where to start. Help is at hand!
We are twin sisters who own two riads in the Medina – a third is currently under construction. We fell in love with Marrakech and its wonderful Moorish architecture on our first visit many years ago. Over the past 8 years we have watched the development of Marrakech and have to come to know the city as Marrakchis. We shall be writing our blog regularly to keep you up-to-date and passing on new “hot” tips – e.g. where to go, new restaurants, entertainment, art exhibitions, Film Festival, spas, where to shop etc. Marrakech is a vibrant city and new things are happening all the time – so watch this space ….”