One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Morocco) a large traditional house built around a central courtyard, often converted into a hotel.
- ‘My sister has a lovely riad in the medina, and we've renovated an old medieval castle not far away in the Atlas Mountains, called the Kasbah Tamadot.’
- ‘The pick of the bunch are the riad hotels, which typically occupy a traditional Moroccan house built around an open courtyard.’
- ‘The following night, as arranged, I met Zizi at the tanneries and he led me through the dark and narrow winding streets to his family riad.’
- ‘La Palmeraie's 40 acres of grounds also contain a new and utterly tranquil oasis modelled on a riad, with 60 suites.’
- ‘The group recorded their new CD in the Moroccan city of Fez, in the courtyard of a converted riad.’
- ‘Marrakech's latest white-hot must do has been the rise of the riad, the town houses of the labyrinthine old city, the medina.’
- ‘Try a riad for a taste of Moroccan-style luxury.’
- ‘Shopping around for the right riad can be as fun or as fraught with disaster as going to the souk.’
- ‘As in an authentic Moroccan riad, the home encompasses an enclosed court-yard with a shaded arcade for lounging.’
- ‘Our riad was simply, but beautifully decorated with Moroccan handicrafts, textiles and furnishings.’
- ‘Back at our riad, champagne corks pop and canapes are handed round as we settle down on comfortable couches overlooking the pool.’
- ‘Accessed via a snaking staircase, it was the perfect spot for long breakfasts, chilling out and being waited on by the riad's four delightful staff.’
- ‘Riad Kasbah Le Mirage is the elite version of the Moroccan courtyard house.’
- ‘He has just opened a riad in Marrakesh, a half-hour drive away, called Kssour Agafay, which doubles as a private members ' club and boutique hotel.’
- ‘If you are heading for Marrakesh, for instance, you are going to want to stay in a riad.’
- ‘We booked into a once semi-derelict riad now a spacious private home with 10 bedrooms, all en-suite.’
- ‘The English-born owner tells us his riad is regularly booked for fashion shoots, and has also been rented by celebrity A-listers for private parties.’
- ‘This gorgeous riad is about 4km out of the city, and looks out towards the snowy peaks of the High Atlas - worth every dollar.’
- ‘"At first, it seemed like the people were tough and it took me a long time to understand," Ania, a German riad owner in Marrakech told me.’
- ‘Renting out the familyriad could help their finances at this time.’
Arabic riyāḍ, riad, literally ‘gardens’, plural of rawḍa ‘garden’.
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