The Marrakech Palace Called Enija


Once, a long time ago I had the pleasure of going to stay at the fabulous palatial riad Riad Enija. This is no normal riad it used to be a kings palace, and then owned by a rich silk merchant, and then lovingly restored by the beautiful and super stylish Ursella and her charming husband Bijorn. The couple have come from Switzerland and Sweden to make Marrakech their home.

I am sure that it hasn’t been an easy job and it seems, that as soon as they finished one part of the hotel they started work on another extension to their palace. They have bought three of the adjoining riads and combined them into one super deluxe hotel.

 This is the place to stay if you are looking for a Luxury medina experience. Ursella and Bijorn have decorated this riad in a combination of traditional Moroccan design zillege, stucco plasterwork and antique wooden doors, but they have added their own twists using contemporary lighting and soft furnishings.
The original part of the riad has the most fantastic courtyard garden, you feel like you are in a tropical paradise with huge ferns, palms and banana tree’s with gigantic leaves. It reminds me of the greenhouse at Kew botanical gardens back home in London. Its hard to believe that you are literally a stones throw from the Djema El Fna.

Clever Ursella has just finished her own cookery book on Moroccan cuisine with really easy to follow recipe’s and stunning photos of Moroccan food.


~ by marrakechxanthepat on March 6, 2008.

One Response to “The Marrakech Palace Called Enija”

  1. Great blog, nice pics, hope one day ill get to look round this gorgeous riad.

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