Great location. Near enough to be striking distance to the main square and souks, but calm and tranquil in quiet residence. Decor lovely, friendly staff, especially Ishmail. We enjoyed the variety of the breakfasts - pastries, fruit, youghourt, juices, omelettes. We had complimentary dinner one evening too and it was beautiful, 3 courses all prepared in the riad and served on a candlelit balcony. I liked the way the staff observed things very subtly and acted upon them. Eg. We left some pastries at breakfast as there were too many and it felt a bit carb heavy, so they brought fruit and offered omelettes the following morning. I went in the plunge pool, but it was a bit dirty with sand and a few insects, they immediately apologised that there had been a sand storm earlier and the next day, they drained, cleaned and re- filled it - much appreciated. Our room was always cleaned - fresh towels, bedding etc. One morning I had a bad cough and sneezing and they bought me a cold remedy. It was a friendly road and the other guests appeared to enjoy their stay as much as we did. There are great comments in the visitor book, going back many years. The owner Paolo, front of house (and in charge daily) Mohammed and kitchen, room cleaning etc, Ishmail have all been there since at least 2009 and the teamwork/family- feel showed. We didn't book any trips, but they were offered to us and available if we wanted them. We will very probably return and wouldn't hesitate to stay at Riad Blu again.
There is little to put here really. Our evening meal we had booked for our first night didn't happen, but staff were very apologetic. The owner was on holiday and it was also Ramadan, so there was staff shortages. The owner personally apologised on his return and we had it another night and it was truly delicious and worth waiting for. In fact, the mistake meant that we were forced to go out on our first night to find places to eat, which meant that we sussed stuff out earlier. One improvement would be to have some steps into the plunge pool. For people with a little less mobility it was a bit hard to get in and out with any dignity...We had the Angel Room, which is the Riads smallest. I would have preferred one if the suites to give us a bit more space, but they were all booked up. The room was still lovely, clean with an amazing ornamental vaulted glass ceiling. Its location made it quieter on the top terrace and we dined very privately - though occasionally feeling a bit disconnected from the other guests. There isn't for a tv (wouldn't have wanted one anyway), but a fridge like the other rooms, to keep water, fruit cool - and have access to the odd beer, would have been an improvement. In truth, these are minor criticisms and spoil our enjoyment at all.