Riad Zanbaq is situated in the town of Biougra, on the south coast of Morocco, just outside of Agadir. ‘Zanbaq’ is the arabic word for ‘lily’; the riad being named after the lily field that was here, prior to the house being built in the 1970’s. We took possession of the riad in June 2016.
A riad is a tradition style of Moroccan home, built around a central courtyard. We have six multiple occupancy bedrooms, in which we can accommodate up to 13 people, including two tower bedrooms that sport panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, and three spacious en-suite bedrooms with doors opening directly onto the garden. Our open courtyard, serves as one of our communal areas, where breakfast is served, buffet-style. And our stunning roof terrace, provides the ideal location for our cookery classes.
Riad Zanbaq is surrounded by a walled garden of approximately 0.8 hectares. We have already planted a small but thriving fruit and veg garden, which we hope to expand, to eventually provide everything we need, for our family and our guests.
The property boasts its own private well, which we hope to soon have reopened, as it has fallen into disrepair over the years. And we continue to look for other creative ways to reduce our foot print.
When we first moved to the riad, we had a bare, shell of a building, which we are painstakingly restoring using local craftsmen and traditional methods. Our ultimate aim is sustainability and self-sufficiency. In keeping with this, we are continuously making improvements to the riad and surrounding grounds, which we hope will not only lessen our own environmental impact but also enhance our visitors’ experience.
There are plenty of different ways to relax at Riad Zanbaq. All our guests are welcome to use our traditional, on-site hammam, read a book from our collection, watch a movie, or chill out with the other guests. Our purpose built yoga space, and ‘natural’ swimming pool, are the latest additions to the onsite facilities, which our guests can take full advantage of; and there will be more exciting announcements throughout the season so literally, watch this space!
We pride ourselves on maintaining high levels of cleanliness, and as such, all rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and towels are provided, at no additional cost.