Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Riad Idrissy & The Ruined Garden

While trying to finalize a destination for our 3rd anniversary trip, the article that pushed me over the edge toward Morocco was one by Condé Nast Traveler called "How to Live Like Royalty in Morocco". The article featured three hotels, two of which excited me enough to make our final itinerary. I knew instantly that Riad Idrissy was the only place I wanted to stay while visiting Fez; it was non-negotiable, and it definitely didn't disappoint. This 400 year old riad was purchased and fully renovated in 2006, using only materials and furnishings designed and made in Morocco. While drinking wine on our terrace, we got to meet and chat with one of the owners, an Englishman who purchased it after falling in love with Fez, and it was lovely to hear his story.

Upon arrival, we were met by Fatima, who was an incredible hostess during our stay. She served us some mint tea, and showed us to our Library Suite, one of only five guest rooms in the riad. The bedroom was beautiful, but the best part was our adjoined library and terrace that looked out over the adjoined restaurant, the Ruined Garden. The day before our arrival, we requested the 7-hour lamb Mechwi for our first night, which requires a day's advance notice. It was served on our private balcony as the sun was setting, and was possibly my favorite meal of the entire trip (picture below).

The Ruined Garden is an utterly charming restaurant, set in a secluded courtyard complete with lush, beautiful plants and uncovered original mosaic floors and columns. We ate an over-the-top included breakfast there each morning of approximately one million breads, fresh fruit, and a tagine of Berber eggs. The entire experience made it feel like we were welcomed into someone's home, rather than just nameless guests at a hotel. I can't possibly say enough about our experience in this beautiful riad, and would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.

This 70s style jumpsuit is from Nasty Gal, but is no longer available.
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This flowing maxi from Express was perfect for Morocco thanks to it's comfy jersey fabric, and conservative cut. {Similar here and here}. The necklace, from Free People, just had to be purchased for the trip as well.

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