Riad Assakina is a beautiful, light and spacious riad, ideally situated in the historic "Mellah", the ancient Jewish quarter of the Medina. It directly overlooks the famous Bahia Palace; and is within an easy stroll of the city's other famous attractions.
It is also well placed for enjoying some of Marrakech's finest restaurants and bars.The Riad subtly blends the best of local tradition, materials and craftsmanship with all the refinements of a bespoke private residence
Each bedroom has en suite facilities and has been individually designed and decorated to the highest standards. Purest quality cotton linen and fresh flowers are provided in every room, together with many other little luxuries.
All suites also have their own sitting area; and all rooms have satellite TV.
There is a beautiful swimming pool in the main courtyard; plus a small splash pool on the sunny terrace, ideal for cooling off during the heat of the day.
A hand-picked selection of stunning locally-crafted caftans, jewellery and furnishing accessories are available for you to browse in comfort; or guests may simply choose to relax in one of the many beautiful sitting areas scattered throughout the Riad, before enjoying the ultimate in romantic "at home" dining.
Welcome to your residence in Marrakech.
Traditionally, the area south of the Jemaa el-Fna was the domain of the Sultans and their retinues; and this is where they built their many of their palaces. The Sultans offered their protection to the large Jewish community which moved to Marrakech to escape the Spanish Inquisition. The Sultans recognized the value of the Jews' skills and craftsmanship; and kept them nearby in an enclosed area known as the "Mellah".
The word "Mellah" means "place of salt". Historically, the Jews had developed a virtual monopoly in the trade of mineral salts from the Atlas Mountains; and they were therefore chosen to salt the heads of decapitated criminals, ready for display, as a deterrent, on the gates of the city walls.
The Mellah in Marrakech was once home to nearly 16,000 Jewish people, and was the largest Jewish community in Morocco. Now, the figure is probably nearer to 300. Mass emigration began at the end of the 19th century, but accelerated in 1948 with the creation of Israel. The narrow streets of the Mellah were gradually taken over by poor Muslims; and the area went into a state of decline. Now, with the return of a few Jewish families; and the renovation of some of the impressive old riads, the Mellah has come to life once again.
Its proximity to so many of the palaces & ancient sites; its exotic spice market, jewellery souk & Jewish market (so popular with local ladies for its fabric shops); and its long history as a centre for the workshops of master craftsmen of all kinds, make the Mellah a perfect base from which to explore all the beauty & creativity that Marrakech has to offer.