In creating Uovo Riads and Bed and Breakfasts the owners hope to offer you “the perfect home when it is not your own”.
Established in 2002 Uovo is a collection of Moroccan dars and riads (traditional Moroccan courtyard houses). Each property has been carefully renovated to preserve its traditional architectural features, but updated with contemporary design.
What they all have in common are generously sized bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and luxurious living areas along with their own special something: a private Hammam perhaps, or a rooftop plunge pool? A clandestine restaurant serving local specialties? Or a neighbourhood spilling over with antiques stores?
Riad 72 mixes the best of modern Moroccan craftsmanship with contemporary design. With just four rooms it is a stylish boutique riad with its own private Hammam. Perfect for romantic breaks. As one of the highest riads in Marrakech – the original owner was a friend of the Pasha and was granted special building permission – Riad 72 offers breathtaking 360º views.
Riad Due is the most contemporary of all our riads with a hip, not-too-serious vibe. Oatmeal hued tadelakt and tiles provide a clean backdrop to the quirky creations of local artisans. Soaring columns, a courtyard plunge-pool and lush tropical plants give it just enough edgy style for “coolhunters”, while four high-personality rooms keep it intimate. The roof-terrace make it the ultimate spot for a sundowner.
Elegant and sophisticated, Riad 12 offers a classical kind of chic; comfortably minimal on a white and beige palette with a courtyard plunge pool. Quality art works, antique doors and a secluded roof terrace make this is the natural choice for families and groups travelling together seeking a quiet retreat to call their own.
A variety of unique rooms and suites, varying in decor and size. Each beautifully decorated, with a nod to its Moroccan home, some more traditional, some more contemporary. Note that rooms in riads can be a rather odd shape and often long and narrow due to the design of these traditional houses. They are generally set around a central courtyard and have windows looking into the property.
Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay at Riads 12. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. If take on exclusively, the riad is an ideal accommodation type to comfortably sleep a larger family in three rooms.
The riad has a lovely courtyard and an inviting plunge pool to help you cool down and refresh in the heat of the day. There is a TV lounge fully stocked with DVDs and books to provide some quiet evening entertainment. The roaring fire place provides a welcome atmosphere in the colder months. The roof terraces is a great place to relax in a comfy sun lounger to soak up some rays.
When to travel
Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn, when temperatures are 20°C to 25°C by day and at least 10°C by night, and November to February, with cooler nights but similar daytime temperatures and light rainfall possible. The weather in March and April features sporadic, light rainfall with some sandstorms in April, while June sees dusty siroccos (desert winds) sweep through the city. From mid-June to August temperatures rise into the 30s and occasionally 40s.
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Location and directions
Tucked away off the streets toward the northern edge of the medina, between the Bab Doukkala, Dar el Bacha and Bab el Khemis districts.
How to get there
3.5 hour direct flight to Marrakech. Transfer time from Marrakech Airport is 20 minutes. Transfers will be to the nearest drop off area where you will be met by a porter. A short walk will be required to reach the Riad.