10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fantastic unspoilt gem
"We stayed for a week in the riad and were absolutely delighted. The riads were beautifully designed , luxurious fittings and bedding and huge beds. (I had a sneak round most of them and they were ALL fabulous). Ours was the smallest but was still huge with a separate room for our young daughter. The dinners were amazing and great value and the chef would always go out of his way to try to rustle something up for our very picky toddler. The staff were friendly and helpful. The location magical , with the views from the rooftop terrace unbeatable. Its isolation is its charm but is also a minor inconvenience as with a baby you are very isolated so bring supplies. Difficult to have the best of both worlds ! Having said that they found us some emergency nappies and are happy to take you into town to get supplies or get them for you. We also took advantage of the honesty bar which was well stocked. I did get food poisoning from a local cafe (no stress) that place should be avoided. We had a wonderful week there am looking forward to going back and would highly recommend this riad."
- Travel date: 29th August 2010
Families yes, couples? ......
"We recently had a three night stay. Our driver had a bit of fun finding it as the direction sign was so small. When we arrived we were welcomed by monika who proved to be an excellent host. Our riad was spacious and the bed was huge. The meals, both breakfast and dinner were good, however the spa treatments were pricy compared to elsewhere in morocco. We did have a couple of issues, one which was we were bombarded with kids but I guess it is the season (aug). Also it was ridiculously hot and the rooms do not have air con. We had to turn our bath to a plunge pool at night! Unfortunately the so called winds were absent and the hotel did not have a back up plan. It is in the middle of no where and as such was great to get away and truely relax. We would recommend that you stock up on supplies as there is no shop in the village but monika does offer to pick things up if you ask in advance. Overall a welcoming place, and great for groups, next time we'll have to bring our own rabble to jump in the pools!"
- Travel date: 18th August 2010
Relaxing, unspoilt, fab. weather,want to go back!
"Went to Morocco (from the UK) with 3 children (2, 8 & 11) and two friends. Transfer from the airport was perfect (air-conditioned!) and it was about a 3.5 hr drive to the villa. The villa is set back off the main road (which is very quiet!) and about a 3 or so minute walk to the beach. The Villa we stayed in (Dar Mevada) had three bedrooms. 1 was an en-suite, one was a twin room, the other was a double. The rooms were large and clean, and the bathrooms were lovely. Downstairs there is a dining room, a lounge with large comfortable sofas, toilet and fully fitted kitchen. In the fridge there was already some coke/water/wine etc as part of the 'honesty bar' that they run. Outside this villa there was a private pool with some loungers. Next door with the other villas, there was another couple of pools that we could have used. The beach was fabulous. Not many people there, it was windy (we took a beach tent) but it wasn't terrible. The beach slopped off gently so it was safe enough for the two eldest children to play in (and they loved the body boarding!) The only downside is that there didn't appear to be anywhere to buy water/ice creams/crisps so you needed to bring it down from the villa with you. Breakfast is included in the rate and was great. They brought it to the villa at whatever time you requested. French orange juice, fresh fruit, fresh bread, sometimes pancakes, eggs etc. They don't provide lunch, but dinners were also fabulous. Moroccan food at its best. The vegetarian food was also yummy (eggplant especially!) Soups, curried chicken, tagines, chocolate pancakes.. we ate there 5 out of the 7 nights and wished we had had the other 2 nights in as well. Esp. good for those with children as you don't need to go out and can have it when it suits you. Lunch was a little more difficult as there aren't many places to eat outside of the villa (locally) so you may need to research a bit as to the best places to get to. The trip to the local city (Essaouira) is about 20 - 30 minutes in a local taxi (don't be surprised if they get all of you in 1 taxi.. they did us! All 7 of us!) The city is lovely, very low stress as there was no 'pushy' selling, everyone spoke English, food/water/lunch is easy to buy (coffee was esp good!). There is a large beach there (loads of people) and good restaurants. We spent a few days there doing some local shopping, getting supplies to snack on at the villa (watermelon, grapes, salad ingredients). Local goods were also fun (spices, bedspreads, plates...) and added some weight to our bags! The oldest children and men (!) went and did Quad Biking for 1/2 a day which they enjoyed greatly. Next to the villa was a 'Hamman' in which you could get massages, hamman etc. Highly recommended and a great way to relax. The downside of the villa? We went in the hottest part of the year and there is no air conditioning (and not too much breeze coming in the windows!), there are a few bees around that like to join your outside breakfast - not an issue but something to be aware of if you are allergic (no one in our party got stung), the pool could have been cleaner (but it is a minor complaint). The cot wasnât provided with any linen/pillows, but I have provided feedback so hopefully that will get fixed. Outside although you are very remote from anywhere, there is quite a bit on noise from the neighboring animals (dogs, camels, horses, cats!), but after a night or so it didnât cause a problem (and the kids slept through it fine). Overall, we had a wonderful holiday and would recommend it for other families!"
- Travel date: 17th August 2010
This place feels a bit under-discovered and we got there before you!
"The Ribali Riads are contained in a lush walled garden and were tasteful, modern and extremely comfortable. For me, one of the best things about them was that there was a kitchen on site (and more importantly an excellent chef!) Breakfast was brought to the table outside your Riad and magically cleared away after; it was as if there were house elves! Dinner could be ordered on a daily basis and when we did eat there, it was really very good. The local red wine was also unexpectedly pleasant. I felt that we had the advantages of both being in a hotel and the freedom of self catering. Sidi Kaouki is a bit of a surprising place; it has a slight feel of a surf dude hangout and a wonderful beach for watching the sunset on. Nearby Essaouira was a really charming market town with really lovely restaurants and much cheaper than Marrakech for souvenir buying."
- Travel date: 16th August 2010
Probably the most perfect stay and place imaginable
"We cannot speak highly enough of Rebali. We enjoyed the most fantastic 5 nights in the Riad Valmar and quite frankly started to think about giving up normal life to stay there for as long as possible. No amount of words in this review will do justice to how wonderful the riad, the service and overall atmosphere truly are. The riad was stunning; luxurious, spacious and private. All the rooms are simply but beautifully decorated with every last detail considered. We could not have been more comfortable and the private pool just tops everything off. We would not change a single thing about the riad - the photos on the website do not come close to capturing the magic of Rebali. Sam and Matt were great hosts and could not do enough to make your stay exactly what you wanted. The rest of the staff are a delight and it feels like one happy family working together so you can have the most relaxing time. The food really deserves its own review, Â£12 per person to have a sensational authentic three course meal carried to your table and then washed up seemed like manner from heaven. The chicken tagine and the chocolate crepes were particular favourites and the honesty bar is a really nice touch. Overall if you are going anywhere near Essaouira and you don't stay here you would be missing out. We had such a perfect 5 days it has been quite painful to write this review as it was tempting to keep it to ourselves!"
- Travel date: 21st July 2010
Perfect beach front location
"Beautiful hotel / appartments in the most stunning location right on the beach. Perfect for relaxed family holiday. Will definitly return."
- Travel date: 3rd July 2010
Beautiful, peaceful and very welcoming of children
"We arrived at the Rebali Riads at night, having been driven straight from Marrakech airport. There was no lighting for the last part of the journey, so we felt like we had arrived in the middle of nowhere (which it kind of is!). We had to climb through a small gate in a wall to get to the riads which gave a sense of adventure and magic. The villa was fantastic; clean, beautifully decorated , with excellent views from the balconies and roof terrace. Our children (5 & 4 years old) were made to feel really welcome. They loved looking after a turtle they found in the garden, swimming in the pool (which was cold at this time of year so take a wetsuit) and playing on the swing. Our days were spent going to the beach, visting the beach shack for a drink and popping in to Essaouira if we were feeling lively. In the evenings , we tended to eat at the Riads, having food prepared by the chef based there. The food was fantastic and gave us a chance to try out local dishes. They were able to cater for the children as well and were very thoughtful making sure the food was not too heavily spiced for them etc... One night the managers (Sam and Matt - who were great) arranged a BBQ for all the guests which was brilliant. This was definitely the most relaxing holiday I have had since having children - it was a perfect blend of the exotic, with enough familiarity to keep the children happy. I would love to have the chance to return."
- Travel date: 19th April 2010
Luxurious accomodation in unspoilt location!
"Our stay with Rebali Riads at the end of January 2010 was excellent and an absolute bargain as had the entire villa to ourselves for half-price due to the time of year and the villas having a few odds and ends to be completed... not that this spoilt anything! Sam and Matt who manage the accomodaiton are very friendly/helpful/sociable without being in your face all the time and will answer all your questions no matter how ridiculous. Breakfast in the morning, served in your villa, was delicious and dinner when we ordered it from the chef was also brilliant. In terms of activities we didnât to a whole lot although there is a busy surfing community if you're looking one. We just found it a great place to relax and unwind, with a great long empty beach 2 mins away to wander on for miles! Also worth noting was the excellent advice and communications we had with Fleewinter prior to going on our holiday and their help with flights was useful as well. Very friendly staff and there was no pressure to book when making enquiries. We'd happily go back!!"
- Travel date: 9th April 2010
Unspoilt, coastal luxury
"We stayed at Rebali Riads, which is just meters from the stunning wide expanse of Sidi Kouki beach. Its a rural destination, rugged and beautiful. The riads are lovely, luxurious, we felt very spoilt. Great sized rooms, our own kitchen and garden with swimming pool. We were well looked after by Matt and Sam that ran the place - they were welcoming and hospitable...so much so, that i'm going back with a group later this year!"
- Travel date: 10th February 2010
Peace and luxury and not to be missed.......................
"The accommodation exceeded our expectations and although not yet quite finished, the small works that were outstanding did not affect us. Yes it would have been lovely to have the facility of the hamman, but we know that this was all reflected in the reduced price (this is a short term offer) and the Managers, Matt and Sam, both explained the minor works that were left to be done, none of which, as I said affected our relaxation or enjoyment of our stay. The situation of the riad is ideal for those who want to enjoy some relaxation and peace - local animal community was the exception - with the ability to access the local hub of the town of Essaouria. The variety of the town kept us amused and our one venture in the evening proved to be an enjoyable experience with the knowledge that we would come back to our little haven of peace! The riad itself was superb. There has been a lot of attention to detail and combined local authenticity with modern comforts. The hosts, Matt and Sam, complimented by Chef, Miriam and Mohammed, make an excellent team and couldnt have made us more welcome. The accommodation was really superb (we really loved being guinea pigs!) though we did not feel that we lost out by not having these as they had the time to help us. Miriam too, was a wonderful housekeeper, baker of breads and waitress as well as being helpful in ordering us taxis and she also on one occassion waited with us, despite having finished work, to make sure that it arrived. The furniture was very comfortable, The bathrooms are beautifully laid out and finished, yet practical and it was a delight to have such reliable hot water, though one morning we didnt, but again Matt sorted this out for us. Chef is a gem! We thoroughly enjoyed all the food that he prepared and found this to be excellent value for money ( we eat in 6 out of 7 nights!). There was always something different and a lot of thought had gone into the menus. My sister and I loved the cookery demo and the experience of going to a hole in the wall for goat and the market for fruit and veg was brilliant and added to the experience Back at the Riad, Chef then explained all the processes and gave us info on some of his other recipes. This is a new experience of having your meals in like the convenience of a hotel and yet have the comforts of it being in your own Riad. It certainly worked for us and would highly recommend to anyone wanting a bit of luxury outside of the hussle and bussle of the town but within easy access."
- Travel date: 1st November 2009
Rebali Riads is also called
- hotel rebali riads
- hotel rebali riads essaouira