Enliven Your Senses in Marrakech
Where to sleep, eat, drink, and play
London based Area informer and frequent traveler to Marrakech, Zoe Feilding-Mellen, takes you on a hypnotic tour of her favorite destination on the planet.
At the lux Riad El Fenn in the heart of the Medina, rooms are large and airy with high ceilings yet super private and quiet with baths fit for Romans. “They think of everything before you have time to. Whether it’s tea and delicious cakes around the courtyard when you need the extra energy to face the souk or dining on the organic culinary delights at the rooftop restaurant, the hotel is very hard to leave."
Maison 27 is a haven from which to explore the bustling city and surrounding Atlas mountains. Part of a beautiful development by renowned architect Charles Beccora, this English-owned private villa is beautifully decorated and comes with a large pool in the garden and a lovely daily who provides breakfast, lunch and dinner according to your wishes.
For those wanting to disconnect from the world, Kasbah Ourika is your place. Located on a hilltop above the Ourika valley, this is one of the most beautiful locations you will ever find yourself. Intricate attention to detail abounds, from the gorgeous rooms with fireplaces and interesting furniture to the eclectic library and 360 degree views that will blow your mind.
EAT & DRINK:
Located in a small square in the heart of the souk, Cafe des Espices is a little gem and a delightful watering hole to rest up after a hard mornings bartering. Refresh your soul with fresh orange juice and sweet mint tea while you soak up the atmosphere at ground level or gaze over the world from the rooftop terrace.
The Beldi Country Club is an oasis just a short drive from the city and a beautiful spot for lunch and spa time. Surrounded by fields of roses and olive groves, your senses come alive. Be sure to book in advance.
A popular spot for a pre-dinner cocktail is the Grande Post Café, located in the new town (Gueliz). The palms and overhead fans give a colonial feel to the place which serves a French-Moroccan menu that is worth staying for dinner. Reservations are recommended.
For entertaining people watching, post-dinner drinks, and wild dancing, Djellabar is the place to be.
One of the most exhilarating experiences, both visually and culinary, that represents the heart of this fascinating city is Jemaa El Fna, a square and market place in the old city. Come night fall, one of the largest open-air kitchens comes to life and all of your senses are enlivened.
For those who yearn local culinary secrets, an afternoon cooking course at La Maison Arabe will help you understand the foods and spices that are on display around you. A fun and indulgent way to bring Marrakech home with you.
Make your way to Jardin Majorelle, in the new town, for serenity and inspiration. The vivid gardens were designed in the 1920s and belonged to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
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