Ciao, it’s me again. I just wanted to let you know I’m very excited and returned from my recent trip to Marrakech to attend a friend’s wedding. It’s my first time visiting Morocco and just could not wait to find out more about the countries rich cultural history and local customs. And, so my experience begins as I pack for a long weekend to escape the cold weather and heavy rain in London. Let’s explore the city’s streets together and get lost in the souk dens of the Medina’s Main Square, to sampling the local cuisine, a spot of Moroccan Mint Tea and favourite sun bathing spots on the roof tops to take in the city’s breathtaking scenery in a short few days. Here’s my guide of what I consider are the best places to visit that Marrakech has to offer.
THE BEST HOTELS IN MARRAKECH
The luxury resort Dar JL is certainly a hidden gem for those fortunate to enjoy their stay and experience the best Marrakech has to offer. Dar JL is spread over an organic garden with picturesque landscape and the perfect wedding venue as experienced during my long weekend visit to escape the cold weather in rainy London town. It was worth it. The luxury Villa and Wedding Venue is centrally located in Marrakech with 4 villas, three swimming pools which boast an impressive 12 acre garden. Total privacy and high security assured.
I managed to stumble across another hidden gem to discover The Riad El Fenn a luxury hotel and spa retreat owned by Vanessa Branson the sister of Sir Richard Branson discreetly hidden and tucked away in a small alley. I highly recommend making your way up to the roof terrace and enjoy all its splendour. The hotel even has a resident tortoise and Leopard Gecko Lizard lurking about on the ground floor.
My friends hotel Riad Alida was centrally located amidst the hustle and bustle of the Souk Markets Marrakech is well renowned for. Smaller boutique hotels known as Raid’s are all charming which have converted courtyards with plunge pools are perfect for relaxing in the evenings. Enchanting illuminated lamps sets the scene for intrigue
THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE
ENJOY A MOMENT OF MOROCCAN MINT TEA
A spot of Moroccan Mint Tea in morning is just the perfect wake up call to start your day. If you like things sweet then this is the best sugar rush you will find. Morrocan Mint Tea at the Riad Alida where my friend stayed was a splendid ordeal with fresh fruit and olives during Breakfast followed by sun lounging on the rooftop terrace to take in the rays of sunshine
My wonder through the Souk’s in the Medina brought me to an exquisite Moroccan lanterns market stall as there was lots to see inspired me to look deeper into the world of high fashion as Vogue once did before me visited Marrakech for Fashion Editorial shoots. It was my chance to see for myself and wow it was a wonderful experience.
ROOFTOP TERRACE VIEWS AND SUNBATHING
Take in the breath taking views of the city from any of the hotel Riad Rooftops is highly recommended and take some photo’s or if you prefer a spot of quiet sunbathing in the afternoon there’s something for everyone including plunge pools in some hotels.
DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE
This suburb Moroccan restaurant is conveniently located next to The Riad Alida Hotel. The Dar Marjana restaurant boast an impressive gourmet set menu which enables you to sample the local cuisine beef tagine in the opulent surroundings of majestic souk den for a magical experience. Its discreetly hidden away in an alley away from the busy streets but once you enter you are transformed into an Oasis bliss and tranquillity the perfect way to end your evening.
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Lastly, be prepared to haggle and batar for the best price of authentic antiques, handmade products such as jewellery produced by the finest local artisans to the most exotic food and spices can all be found here. Take in the culture of the city and immerse yourself in the wonders and intrigue of the city in all its beauty.
Thanks for reading and look forward to taking you on my next trip.
Disclaimer: This article was inspired by my own personal experience of being on vacation in Marrakesh. As always all opinions are my own