Bledna is a haven of tranquility after the madness of Marrakech.
I was staying at a different Ryad in the Medina in Marrakech and I was having a terrible time. Mohammed who owns Riad Bledna totally saved my holiday! I found this Riad in my lonely planet guide and phoned to arrange a trip there for the day to swim. Mohammed came and collected me at my hotel and I had a peaceful day at the pool. I was the only person there and got to enjoy the sun, pool and beautiful garden all to myself. Lunch was gorgeous and Mohammed was so incredibly kind and accommodating. He helped arrange tours, trips and lifts for me even though I wasn’t staying at his Riad. I spent the rest of my days in Marrakech at Riad Beldna in relaxing bliss. It is away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh so it is very peaceful and quiet.
Mohammed originally ran a tour company so the tours he arranges are off the beaten track, showing you a non touristy side to the beautiful country he clearly loves. Riad Bledna, ran by Mohammed and his family, was one of the only places I went where I did not feel ripped off. Everything was a very fair price. It also seemed like a great place for a family with kids. They had a small jungle gym and a shallow area of the pool.
A place I would 100% recommend and I would stay again.
This is the second time we have stayed with Mohammed and his crew at Riad Bledna. 2 years ago we promised ourselves we would come back and this time put ourselves fully in Mohammed’s hands to arrange our 2 week trip. We had a wonderful walk in the Draa valley organised by Mohammed who really understands what you want as a European visitor. Our desert trip had just the right balance of physical challenge, authentic camping and excellent guide and camel drivers who were kind to their animals. We really fell in love with the camels. Riad Bledna is the ideal place for children and parents alike to really relax and recharge on holiday.
“Wonderful, a very special place!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2014
My husband and I stayed for three nights at Riad Bledna over Easter 2014. We were looking for a quieter place outside of the bustle of Marrakech and we found it. This place is just wonderful, really beautiful Riad and very friendly staff who went out of their way to help us and make our stay relaxing and comfortable. The food is super tasty, so much so that we ate in for two nights and shared a table with the other guests. Good conversation, good company, good food. Great for families – an extended family could take over the whole Riad. Reasonably priced. The location from the centre isn’t a problem as free transport is offered to and from. We hope to return again!
Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
We planned to spend 5 days in Riad Bledna over Easter but ended up staying 9, our experience there was so good. It is rare to find holiday accomodation that appeals equally to children and adults but Riad Bledna does just that. Our children, aged 7 and 9, felt immediately at home and pottered happily in the gardens and they loved the pool. It was a struggle to get them to leave on our excursions into marrakesh! The Riad is enclosed and totally safe so I never worried about the kids if they were out of sight. The Riad is a perfect size, there are enough people around for easy company if you feel like a chat but few enough that one never feels intruded upon. Again a rare quality in a hotel/guesthouse.
Riad Bledna is about half an hours drive out of Marrekesh so we often went in to town for a few hours of sensory overload and then returned gratefully to lie by the pool for a few hours. The whole place has a lovely relaxing vibe with plenty of little cosy areas to sit and read or have a drink. Mohammed and his team are attentive, friendly and professional and nothing is too much touble. My daughter ws sick when we arrived and they were very kind and helpful, picking up medicine at a pharmacy late in the evening for her and being concerned about how she was doing over the next few days.
The food was delicious and was all freshly made in the kitchen every day. On a few occasions we had intended to eat while we were in marrekesh but hadn’t got around to it so we arrived back to Riad Blena hungry and despite dinner being over Mohammed organised some food for us. When one is travelling with children that kind of flexibility is invaluable.
While we were there we went on a trip across the mountains arranged by Mohammed, which was great , we were totally confident that the accomodation he had booked for us during the trip would be good, and it was. We loved Riad Bledna and we will definitely be returning!
This Riad is in a very peaceful location with 4 and a half acres of grounds and a swimming pool to relax in. The accommodation is very comfortable whether you want to sit outside in the sun, outside under cover or inside the covered areas of the courtyard or inside – there are plenty of choices. The en-suite bedrooms are spacious and comfortable too. All meals can be provided and the food is good. Mohamed and his team are very accommodating and transport is provided for trips into Marrakech. Mohamed also arranged some excellent trips into the mountains for us, as a mountain guide and tour guide he has lots to offer visitors.
Anni July 2012
Surroundings – fabulous
Rooms – spacious
Pool – divine at the end of a hot Moroccan day
Food – authentic , homemade and delicious
Staff – discreet and welcoming
Solveig 2012 2012