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Luxury Glamping in the Stony Agafay Desert

Posted by Alecia Cohen on March 29, 2021 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (91)


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The White Camel Luxury Camp and Agafay Desert Lodge is located just 45 minutes from the Red City of Marrakech and a one-of-a-kind property in Morocco. The Agafay Stony Desert’s landscape lends itself to this luxurious campsite designed and created for travelers looking to go off the beaten path for a desert experience yet don’t have the time to head down south. The Agafay desert can be reached by those touring Marrakech. White Camel Lodge created an intimate and exclusive, white styled Bedouin village of glamorous lodges and one-of-a-kind luxury tents.

The Agafay desert is a charming destination offering unparalleled beauty at the edge of Marrakech ideal for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and sunset chasers. The Agafay Desert is an ideal place to disconnect and reconnect. Adventure seekers and nature lovers have a range of mountain biking, hiking, horseback, quad, and camel trekking activities to choose from. For those who want to indulge further, spa massage options along with astronomy evening and star mapping is also available.  The White Camel swimming pool in Agafay is the heart of the camp ideal to recharge your batteries. The stony desert is home to rugged mountain ridges, canyons, and resilient fauna and flora.

Agafay is also a location that calls to photography enthusiasts who find inspiration in the natural beauty and daily scenes from the local Berber community. For those who appreciate astrology, Agafay is an open-air planetarium. Each of White Camel's 10 lodges have the spirit of an organic five star hotel and the soul of the great Agafay desert. Spaciously designed, every lodge has an expansive glass wall with a sunset or sunrise facing view and a king size bed. High canopy style ceilings, natural fibers, minimalist furniture, and earthy colors connect the dreamy essence from inside to outside. Berber carpets, sequined pillows and flowing curtains  of the lodge abutt the Agafay dunes. Each lodge has its own private facilities featuring a hot-water shower and sink. Outside each lodge, a stony cabana fitted with cushions and an uninterrupted Atlas Mountains. White Camel offers 20 Premium Luxurious Bedouin style tents with captivating canyon views from each room.Most are secluded and create the effect of being alone in Agafay. Each luxury tent features a twin size or king size customized wood bed. A mix of traditional Berber and modern Moroccan architecture inspire the designs style of this Agafay gem.

The tents are equipped with a hot water shower along with a private wooden terrace complete with Berber cushions and chairs well placed to observe the starlit desert sky. Sought after for it’s fine cuisine, White Camel has two signatory restaurants where guests can indulge in delicious Moroccan fare. The contemporary Singita restaurant was created with nature as its muse. It is luxuriously designed high ceiling room is wrapped in natural light and offers 360-degree views of the Agafay desert from all sides.Open for  breakfast, lunch, and dinner Singita offers the option of a High Atlas Mountain, pool, or desert oasis facing views.

The 360-degree panorama Nomad Oasis restaurant is a coveted venue at the White Camel. It is boasts wide-open air views of the surrounding campsite. From your traditional low set table, you can enjoy scenes of the rolling desert hills, olive trees, ferns, and unforgettable sunset views. The Oasis interior is fitted with elegant white Berber poufs and white patterned Amazigh carpets that reflect a naturalistic value. The chef’s speciality at White Camel is marinated beef meat from the Moroccan highlands with prune and almands served on a traditional Tagine, also Chicken Tagine With Olives And Preserved Lemons. Fresh vegetables, salad and herbs also accompany dinner. Extraordinary Moroccan wines complete the culinary experience amidst the desert.

Best 10 Marrakech Riads and Boutique Hotels

Posted by Alecia Cohen on September 13, 2020 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (79)

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The city of Marrakech ranks as one of the World's Top 10 Travel destinations. It has been coveted for decades by family's and independent travelers who seek exotic adventure along with modern-day jet setters who come for luxury and limelight. Ideal for R&R, Marrakech's Riads, and chic boutique hotels have become a key highlight for those who visit. Travelers can revel in Marrakech's Riad interiors, lush Moorish gardens blooming with cacti and bougainvillea, and sunbathe on rooftop terraces accompanied by views of the High Atlas. Surrounded by courtyard gardens with trickling fountains, Riads also offers the perfect atmosphere to sip on a signature cocktail poolside. Marrakech's Riads and Boutique Hotels serve as the perfect escape while taking in the sites and sounds of the "red city."  Travelers can indulge in a lavish Moroccan meal, discover the bustling souks, and majestic mosques or simply decompress, with a traditional hammam and infused argan oil massage treatment. “This is a wonderful place and it is the most lovely spot in the whole world.”  So said Winston S. Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt about Marrakech in 1943. Marrakech's  Top 10 Riads are charming, well-appointed properties located in the heart of the historic medina. They are sought after by travelers alike yet still remain hidden jewels of the city. Marrakech’s Top 10 Boutique Riads & Hotels 

La Villa des Orangers
La Villa des Oranges is an exceptional Riad and Relais Chateaux property. Best appointed at the foot of the Koutoubia mosque, La Villa des Orangers is considered one of the most luxurious and elegant boutique hotels in the region of Marrakech. Built-in the 1930’s, this boutique hotel has 27 luxurious rooms and suites and is located just a 5-minute walk from Djemaa El Fna Square. It is an oasis of calm and coolness set around a large garden, three flowered patios with fountains and magnificent archways. The traditional décor is made of the finest Moroccan cedar and combined with iridescent colors which create a harmonious setting. The roof terraces have a swimming pool, gardens, solariums, and an unobstructed view of the Koutoubia mosque.
Property Amenities: Private terrace, panoramic garden, swimming pool, hammam, restaurant, balconies, lounges with fireplaces, wifi, laundry services 6 Rue Sidi Mimoun، Place Ben Tachfine، Marrakesh Phone: +212-524384638
 
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Riad Due This stylish boutique riad sings urban luxury and is tucked away in the heart of the Marrakech souks. Set around a courtyard with rooms facing inward, it has been elegantly restored and decorated. You can hear the call to prayer from its rooftop terrace while soaking in the sun cocktail in hand. The colorful, chic guest rooms and suites are decorated with Moroccan contemporary furniture and textiles. There is a courtyard with a plunge pool perfect for summer. Property Amenities: Terrace, panoramic garden, restaurant, balconies, wifi, laundry services Riad Laarousse، 2 Derb Chentouf, Marrakesh Phone: +212-524378864

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Riad 72 Wrapped around a central courtyard brimming with banana trees, Riad 72 is a chic, well-appointed riad in the Marrakech medina. The elegantly decorated salon has an intricately carved ceiling, and gently lit by beautiful copper lanterns. The courtyard is flanked with large banana trees. Featuring classic Moroccan furnishings with contemporary flair, this boutique property also has a cuisine menu with Ottlolenghi inspired recipes. Property Amenities: Terraces, panoramic garden, traditional hammam/spa, restaurant, balconies, wifi, laundry services 72 Arset Azwel, Bab Doukkala, +05243-87629

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L'Hotel Owned by renowned fashion designer Jasper John, L’Hôtel Marrakech is a historic 19th-century Riad set in the heart of the ‘red city’s’ Medina. This luxury property is located close to the vibrant Jemaa El Fna square, the bustling Souks, and is nearby the 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. This historic property was originally the central part of a Caidal palace, comprised of five spacious suites surrounding a uniquely wide courtyard garden and swimming pool. A charming retreat, L'Hotel offers delicious food, great comfort, and service whilst capturing the elegance of hotels reminiscent of the 1930s. This boutique property combines superb Moroccan craftsmanship with pieces of antique furniture, textiles, lighting, and art from his collection, making it feel more like a home than a hotel. Property Amenities: Swimming pool surrounded by a traditional garden, rooftop terrace, hammam, restaurant, wifi, laundry services 41 Derb Sidi Lahcen ou Ali, Bab Doukkala, Phone: +212-524387880

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La Sultana
La Sultana Marrakech is an authentic Signature boutique hotel, a real timeless palace, and a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Designed for lovers of hotels where every piece of architecture is unique, La Sultana is the crown jewel of Marrakech. The restaurant offers traditional Moroccan cuisine to reflect the flavors of the season. Dinner is served either in the cozy atmosphere of the patio in the winter or on the rooftop overlooking the snow-capped mountains of the Atlas in the summer.
Property Amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool with jet stream, panoramic terraces, misted solarium, bar, gazebo, open-air massage rooms, library, lounge bar, spa, gym, wifi, and laundry services.  The Sultana Spa offers two superb hammams, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a beauty center, balneotherapy baths, and massage.
403 Rue de La Kasbah, 63-67 rue Boutouille, Phone: +212-524388008
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Les Jardin de la Medina Set in a grove of bitter orange trees, the charming Les Jardins is located in the heart of the Marrakech's Kasbah, an artistic and thriving region of the medina. The property defines itself as having the soul of an Andalusian riad and the spirit of a high-end hotel; it has retained its original 19th-century architecture.  In addition to having a Green Key Label, the property is distinguished with a 2018 award of excellence by the Hotels de charm & character. Visitors rave about the rooftop views, food, room decor, and garden settings with century-old olive trees and exotic plants. Property Amenities: Outdoor heated swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, tented outdoor fitness area, stylish rooftop terrace with city views, hammam, three solariums, and a barbershop, Moroccan cooking classes, wifi and laundry services. 21 Derb Chtouka, Marrakesh, Phone: +212-524381851

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Riad Tzarra
Footsteps from the Museum of Marrakech, this intimate riad is part of the Pure Riad Group. Peaceful, beautiful, refined best describe it.  This small, elegant house is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Marrakech. Lovingly restored by the renowned architect, Christophe Siméon, Riad Tzarra offers guests a comfortable and serene home in the center of the Medina, close to the Musée de Marrakech, the Medersa Ben Youssef, and only minutes from the entrance to the Souks and the Place Jemaa el Fna. Property Amenities: Spa/traditional hammam, rooftop terrace, wifi, and laundry services. 22 Derb Lalla Azzouna، Kaat Benahid, Marrakesh, Phone: +2120524377737

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Riad Idra Riad Idra is an elegant, contemporary, Moroccan, riad located in the Dar El Bacha region of the Marrakech medina. Riad Idra is a luxurious cocoon shielded from the commotion of the ochre city and a well-hidden jewel. This historic house is full of light and the intimate courtyard offers an outlet to the world of sight for a magical stay. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace, restaurant, wifi, and laundry services. 105 Derb Tizougarine, Dar El Bacha, +212-5243-91776

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Riad Kniza
Riad Kniza is one of Marrakech’s most prized Riads, The property offers a captivating experience for travelers. Owned by a family of Moroccans for over two-centuries this restored Riad boasts traditional décor with elegant Moroccan fabrics, Moorish architecture, open courtyards, a library, a drawing-room, a dipping pool, and a magnificently arranged rooftop terrace. From a warm welcome of mint tea and Moroccan pastries to rose petals and fresh flowers poignantly placed, Riad Kniza makes a traveler feel at home. Well attended by celebrities such as Bill Gates and Garry Kasparov, this unpretentious luxury Riad is the place to stay.
Property Amenities: Hammam, massage, restaurant, dipping pool,  wifi, and laundry service. We suggest dining on their rooftop terrace at least once.
34 Derb l'Hotel Bab Doukala، Marrakesh, Phone: +212-524376942

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La Maison Arabe
La Maison Arabe is one of Marrakech’s first, original Riads that has endured the test of time. This traditional boutique riad is ideally situated in the Marrakech medina. It offers a combination of stylish and intimate luxury with hotel amenities. La Maison Arabe has old world architecture and a romantic interior making it one of Morocco’s most sought out places to stay. Each room is uniquely decorated with antiques and ancient artwork, Moroccan carpets, and a combination of local and imported fabrics. There is an elegant Piano Bar on site that sets the tone for a late afternoon or early evening aperitif.
Property Amenities: Spa, Gym, swimming pool, restaurant, wifi, and laundry services. Try their luxurious massage or cooking class with a Dada Chef.
Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh, Phone: +212-524387010

How to Make a Moroccan Kaftan

Posted by Alecia Cohen on May 25, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (27)

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Since the 16th century after the Muslims and Jews emigrated to Morocco from Andalusia, the kaftan has been mentioned in Moroccan culture and fashion. Originally, the lavishly adorned garment was used as a coat or overdress and had the practical job of ventilating the body for both men and women. Starting from the middle 20th century, however, the kaftan became an exotic and desired fashion look. Today it is worn at special events like ceremonies, birthdays, and weddings. Furthermore, many celebrities, political figures, and models worldwide have adopted the kaftan into their wardrobe. In 2019 alone, there have been several occasions where the Moroccan kaftan made a powerful fashion statement. In Spring, Christian Dior launched his 2020 Cruise Collection Fashion Show in Marrakech and featured several kaftan inspired looks. Ivanka Trump was also spotted glittering in a gold Moroccan gown when she met with Princess Lalla Meryem during her November 2019 Women’s Empowerment trip to Morocco. Kaftans were also the focus of Morocco in Abu Dhabi Fashion Festival 2019. Reflecting on the show, designer Sofia Ben Ibrahim expressed “The Kaftan has been passed down through many generations.” Over the years kaftans have been spotted on everyone from the Beatles on their tours, to many influential and powerful figures like Gisele Bundchen, Hillary Clinton, and Saudi Princess Ameera al-Taweel. Even Meryl Streep wore a silky ivory-gold caftan in her 2018 film The Post. England’s British duchess Camilla Parker Bowles also adores the kaftan. After attending the Rabat kaftan fashion show in 2011, she began to be referred to as the “the queen of caftans.” 

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There are several different styles of kaftans. They range from the most basic cotton pieces for lounging or visits with friends to extravagant gowns with unique embroidery. Furthermore, different regions and districts of Morocco have their own kaftan styles. In Rabat, a key feature of kaftans is their colorful threads, floral designs, leaves, and elaborate stitching. Kaftans in Meknes and Fes are patterned with geometric shapes like squares, triangles, and straight lines. These different modes are the result of Morocco’s melting pot history. The kingdom is indigenously Berber but has been invaded and resided in by the Phoenicians, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and even the Ottomans who captured Fes in 1554. Before the Kaftan ever came to Andalusia it was worn by the Ottoman sultans. The dominating Ottomans' presence was felt worldwide for centuries. As a result, kaftans have been a long source of inspiration for designers everywhere. Notably, Lebanese Haute Couture designer Elie Saab and the iconic Yves Saint Laurent have created many collections inspired by the Middle Eastern-North African look. Marrakech’s Yves Saint Laurent Museum even has a dedicated collection of Laurent's kaftan dresses. Travelers to Morocco are often impressed with the beautiful robes they see in the YSL museum and in the souks, and they wish to take a dress home with them. Luckily, due to the popular evolution of the Kaftan it is a fun piece to shop. You can buy them in Marrakech concept stores like 33 Rue Majorelle, Max & Jan, Kaftan Queen, or at Norya Ayron. If you have time, it is also possible to go fabric shopping and commission a local Moroccan tailor to hand-make your kaftan. 

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Our FAQ Kaftan Guide Make Your Own Kaftan (Caftan)

In determining what kind of kaftan is right for you, it is important to consider where you will wear your kaftan. Some kaftan materials are made from easy and light fabrics. These include cotton or chiffon silk and best for casual situations like relaxing at your home or meeting a friend in the medina. Morocco has a hot desert climate so women enjoy dressing in casual kaftans to feel at ease and cool down their bodies. For evening events and parties, a silky and more textured kaftan fabric is recommended. How To Make a Kaftan:

1. How many yards to make a kaftan? Naturally, this will be determined by your body type and height, however, the recommended quantity of fabric is 3 yards. In making your purchasing decision, you must determine your desired length, width (cinched waist or belted), and what kind of neckline is most flattering for your body type.

2. Where to purchase fabric for a kaftan? All four of Morocco’s imperial cities Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca, and Tangier have medinas with shopping districts with kaftan shops that sell kaftan fabrics. It is fun to explore the fabric souk, touch the materials, and discover which ones you like best. Shopping in person also ensures that you can choose the color, style, and print pattern. The most common fabrics for a kaftan are cotton, chiffon, silk, and satin.

3. How long does it take for a kaftan to be made? Kaftans with embroidery can require a lot of work and therefore patience is needed. These detailed looks can take up to a few weeks to be made. You must also be properly fitted. Some tailors will offer international shipping upon completion.

4. Where can I get inspiration for my Kaftan look? As kaftans have become haute couture items, there are many fashion designers whose creativity will be a great source of inspiration. Among them are Dahab ben Aboud and Mohamed Lakhdar, both of who have taken the traditional kaftan and turned it into a more accessible and contemporary look. Their kaftans can be seen regularly in runway shows in both Morocco and Europe. Similarly, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Beyonce, and Uma Thurman have appeared in red carpet events wearing a kaftan style g

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5. Where can I find Sfifa (embroidery) inspiration for my kaftan?Sfifa is a traditional Moroccan craft that can be seen on certain textiles and fabrics. Unfortunately, it is dying out in Morocco. but certain designers are working to keep it alive. Morocco’s Fadila el Gadi opened up the Ecole Broderie in Sale-Rabat to teach underprivileged children the lost art of stitchery. Recently Ivanka Trump asked El Gadi to design her an embroidered jacket for her November 2019 visit to Morocco.

6. What is the best way to accessorize a kaftan look? Moroccan women pair their kaftans with gold or silver heels, sparkly earrings, and a glamorous makeup look.

7. Can I rent a kaftan? If you are in Morocco and want to experience wearing a kaftan without purchasing one, there are kaftan rental shops that offer a wide selection of choices. Depending on the look and detailing of the kaftan, they cost between $5-40 USD to rent for one or two days.

Is a Kaftan the same as a djellaba? Sometimes people confuse these two words because both garments are long and can be used as a cover-up. However, they are worn in different contexts and have different histories and styles. Furthermore, a djellaba has a hood whereas a kaftan does not. Djellabas are traditionally worn by Berber or Amazigh men living in the Atlas Mountains and they are made from wool. Today it is possible to see lightweight cotton djellabas in different colors worn by Moroccan men and women in the medina.

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There are several different styles of kaftans. They range from the most basic cotton pieces for lounging or visits with friends to extravagant gowns with unique embroidery. Furthermore, different regions and districts of Morocco have their own kaftan styles. In Rabat, a key feature of kaftans is their colorful threads, floral designs, leaves, and elaborate stitching. Kaftans in Meknes and Fes are patterned with geometric shapes like squares, triangles, and straight lines. These different modes are the result of Morocco’s melting pot history. The kingdom is indigenously Berber but has been invaded and resided in by the Phoenicians, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and even the Ottomans who captured Fes in 1554. Before the Kaftan ever came to Andalusia it was worn by the Ottoman sultans. The dominating Ottomans' presence was felt worldwide for centuries. As a result, kaftans have been a long source of inspiration for designers everywhere. Notably, Lebanese Haute Couture designer Elie Saab and the iconic Yves Saint Laurent have created many collections inspired by the Middle Eastern-North African look. Marrakech’s Yves Saint Laurent Museum even has a dedicated collection of Laurent's kaftan dresses. Travelers to Morocco are often impressed with the beautiful robes they see in the YSL museum and in the souks, and they wish to take a dress home with them. Luckily, due to the popular evolution of the Kaftan it is a fun piece to shop. You can buy them in Marrakech concept stores like 33 Rue Majorelle, Max & Jan, Kaftan Queen, or at Norya Ayron. If you have time, it is also possible to go fabric shopping and commission a local Moroccan tailor to hand-make your kaftan.

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Our FAQ Kaftan Guide Make Your Own Kaftan (Caftan) In determining what kind of kaftan is right for you, it is important to consider where you will wear your kaftan. Some kaftan materials are made from easy and light fabrics. These include cotton or chiffon silk and best for casual situations like relaxing at your home or meeting a friend in the medina. Morocco has a hot desert climate so women enjoy dressing in casual kaftans to feel at ease and cool down their bodies. For evening events and parties, a silky and more textured kaftan fabric is recommended.

How To Make a Kaftan:

1. How many yards to make a kaftan? Naturally, this will be determined by your body type and height, however, the recommended quantity of fabric is 3 yards. In making your purchasing decision, you must determine your desired length, width (cinched waist or belted), and what kind of neckline is most flattering for your body type.

2. Where to purchase fabric for a kaftan? All four of Morocco’s imperial cities Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca, and Tangier have medinas with shopping districts with kaftan shops that sell kaftan fabrics. It is fun to explore the fabric souk, touch the materials, and discover which ones you like best. Shopping in person also ensures that you can choose the color, style, and print pattern. The most common fabrics for a kaftan are cotton, chiffon, silk, and satin.

3. How long does it take for a kaftan to be made? Kaftans with embroidery can require a lot of work and therefore patience is needed. These detailed looks can take up to a few weeks to be made. You must also be properly fitted. Some tailors will offer international shipping upon completion.

4. Where can I get inspiration for my Kaftan look? As kaftans have become haute couture items, there are many fashion designers whose creativity will be a great source of inspiration. Among them are Dahab ben Aboud and Mohamed Lakhdar, both of who have taken the traditional kaftan and turned it into a more accessible and contemporary look. Their kaftans can be seen regularly in runway shows in both Morocco and Europe. Similarly, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Beyonce, and Uma Thurman have appeared in red carpet events wearing a kaftan style gown

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5. Where can I find Sfifa (embroidery) inspiration for my kaftan? Sfifa is a traditional Moroccan craft that can be seen on certain textiles and fabrics. Unfortunately, it is dying out in Morocco. but certain designers are working to keep it alive. Morocco’s Fadila el Gadi opened up the Ecole Broderie in Sale-Rabat to teach underprivileged children the lost art of stitchery. Recently Ivanka Trump asked El Gadi to design her an embroidered jacket for her November 2019 visit to Morocco.

6. What is the best way to accessorize a kaftan look? Moroccan women pair their kaftans with gold or silver heels, sparkly earrings, and a glamorous makeup look.

7. Can I rent a kaftan? If you are in Morocco and want to experience wearing a kaftan without purchasing one, there are kaftan rental shops that offer a wide selection of choices. Depending on the look and detailing of the kaftan, they cost between $5-40 USD to rent for one or two days.

Is a Kaftan the same as a djellaba? Sometimes people confuse these two words because both garments are long and can be used as a cover-up. However, they are worn in different contexts and have different histories and styles. Furthermore, a djellaba has a hood whereas a kaftan does not. Djellabas are traditionally worn by Berber or Amazigh men living in the Atlas Mountains and they are made from wool. Today it is possible to see lightweight cotton djellabas in different colors worn by Moroccan men and women in the medina.

Best Riads Marrakech, Where to Stay Boutique & Chic

Posted by Alecia Cohen on May 14, 2018 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (1)
Moroccan Riads are the ideal place to stay when visiting Morocco. Tucked away from bustling city life, Riads serve as the perfect escape to read a book, enjoy a typical Moroccan meal, a sunset cocktail or simply decompress and take in the sights and sounds of an exotic setting. The majority of Boutique Riads in Morocco are centuries old and have been restored by talented Moroccan artisans. Each property differs with some having Andalusian, Moorish or Spanish architecture. The traditional décor, made up of intricate hand-made zellij tilework, tadelakt walled interiors and draped terraces offer an Arabian Nights sensibility.  With more then 1,000 traditional riad homes in Marrakech's ancient medina, we've narrowed it down to the "Best 8 Marrakech Riads Marrakech Riads" that are well appointed with beautiful rooftop terraces, excellent cuisine and priced just right for almost any traveler who wants to splurge on a little bit of luxury.

Ennafora Suite at Ryad Dyor, Marrakech[/caption] Ryad Dyor A luxury riad located in the Riad Larouss region of the medina. Owned by two designers, one Dutch and the other Spanish, this boutique hotel is a standout place to stay in the Marrakech. medina. Modern design meets Moroccan flair: a chic riad with lamplit courtyards, roof terrace and cool, understated décor. Ryad Dyor is converted from a pair of riads, whose 2 shady courts lead into each other, one with an ornately tiled fountain, the other with a rose-petalled splash pool. Copper lanterns, Balinese mirrors, egg-smooth tadelakt bathtubs surround guests. On the roof, under a loggia hung with gauzy textiles, the manager knows just when to offer cocktails or mint tea to guests lazing in the afternoon sunshine. The laid-back atmosphere - everyone is made to feel at home, nothing is too much trouble - will delight couples seeking both style and substance on a long weekend break or some post-trek pampering. Property Amenities: Plunge pool, terrace, traditional hammam/spa, gourmet restaurant, wifi, laundry services Driba Jdida, Sidi Ben Slimane, + 212-5243-75980

Riad De Tarabel Riad de Tarabel is a luxurious boutique hotel in an old colonial mansion in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. With ten rooms, including three suites this boutique property is a mixture of Colonial and French design. Riad de Tarabel was built in the 19thCentury and renovated in 2006. Each room is individually designed with true elegance that combines family heirlooms with contemporary pieces creating a French, colonial-feel. All of their Junior Suites have clawfoot baths and one has a fireplace. Some have open bath facilities. Property Amenities: Rooftop plunge pool, Hammam, Dining area with restaurant, Wifi, Laundry Derb Sraghna, Dar El Bahca, +212- 661-989782

 

Riad 72 Wrapped around a central courtyard brimming with banana trees, Riad 72 is a chic, well-appointed riad in the Marrakech medina. The elegantly decorated salon has an intricately carved ceiling, and gently lit by beautiful copper lanterns. The courtyard is flanked with large banana trees. Featuring classic Moroccan furnishings with contemporary flair, this boutique property also has a cuisine menu with Ottlolenghi inspired recipes. Property Amenities: Terraces, panoramic garden, traditional hammam/spa, restaurant, balconies, wifi, laundry services 72 Arset Azwel, Bab Doukkala, +05243-87629

 

Riad Idra Riad Idra is an elegant, contemporary, Moroccan, riad located in the Dar El Bacha region of the Marrakech medina. Riad Idra is a luxurious cocoon shielded from the commotion of the ochre city and a well-hidden jewel. A house full of light the intimate courtyard offers an outlet to the world of sight and sound for a magical stay. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace Wifi 105 Derb Tizougarine, Dar El Bacha, +212-5243-91776

Riad Jaaneman An elegant boutique riad in the bohemian heart of the Marrakech medina Riad Jaaneman is a refined oasis of urbane flamboyance and sophistication. Just a stone’s throw away from the timeless bustle of the souks and the vibrant rhythms of the city, Jaaneman defined is classical style meets eclectic harmony. Originating from an Indian word that literally means ‘Soul of Me’, "Jaaneman"  translates into ‘My love’ or ‘darling’. With 5 originally decorated suites, each boasts cutting-edge design reminiscent of art deco and a feeling of the Orient. Luxurious bed linens and artisanal soaps are just a few of the luxury amenities travelers can anticipate. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace, Wifi 12 Rue Dar Sraghna, Dar el Bacha, +212-5243-82164

 

Dar Darma A haven of calm in the Marrakech, medina, Dar Darma has been awarded a place on the Conde Naste gold list of Hotel in 2017. This traditional riad of 6 Suites, Dar Darma offers privacy, traditional Moroccan hospitality in a relaxed, atmosphere. The terraces have sweeping views that stretch from the Medina rooftops and the Koutoubia Mosque to the Atlas Mountains. The shady lounges, the swimming pool and a little basin offer the perfect place to cool off in the hot summer months Darma’s Moroccan lounge, the hall of arches and the fireplace lounge looks out onto a shady patio and are ideal places to relax, read, listen to music and enjoy dishes made by their traditional Moroccan chef. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Dipping pool, Rooftop terrace, Wifi 11/12 Derb Tarik Sidi Bouharba, +212-5243-76657   

 

Riad Joya Crafted with care by Italian art director and owner, Umberto Branchini, Riad Joya provides a high-octane dose of Milanese chic amid the medina’s dusty lanes. Sumptuous suites, as well as a lovely plunge pool, and a cracking rooftop bar. Riad Joya is an elegant boutique hotel of timeless beauty and seductive atmosphere well appointed in the Marrakech medina.  The overall atmosphere is of an elegant private house where understated luxury fuses with eclectic style and bespoke service and attention. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace, Wifi Derb El Hammam,+ 212- 5243-91624/ +212-5 24 38 50 55    

 

Riad Dar Mo'Da A charming boutique, riad, Dar Mo'da is located in the Mouassine, historic quarter of the Marrakech medina, just minutes from Djemma El Fna square. This traditional Moroccan home has been restored impeccably. Dar Mo’Da’s wall to wall, white, clean lines and cool atmosphere coupled with traditional Moroccan, Syrian and Italian designer pieces, make it a one-of-a-kind place to stay. Guests can relax in the welcoming courtyard featuring a dipping pool or in the adjacent lounges and dining room. Dar Mo’da has four exclusive suites whose décor combine the magic of the orient and the comforts of the west. The roof terrace offers breathtaking views of the city and nearby Koutoubia mosque with the backdrop of the Atlas mountains and beyond. Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Dipping pool, Rooftop terrace, Wifi 182 rue el Moussine, Moussine+212- 524 442819 

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Art Deco Gueliz, Architectural Walking Tours

Posted by Alecia Cohen on May 11, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (26)

Cine-Palace, Gueliz

A great way to discover the Moroccan city of Marrakech is through a Guided walking tour of its Art Deco Architecture in the new city of Gueliz. You can spend an afternoon gallery hopping, shopping at designer boutiques and eat your way through Marrakech's, trendsetting new town. As one of the most sought-after Colonial cities in Morocco, Gueliz is all the rave. Morocco’s Colonial history and the beginning of Art Deco Gueliz dates back to 1912 when an agreement was signed with France, called “Protectorat.” A French army general and colonial administrator named Louis Hubert Gonzalve Lyautey had the vision to modernize Morocco with the preservation of its cultural traditions and local customs. Lyautey created the Ville Nouvelle (new town) Gueliz, originating from the French word Église, which means church. Gueliz was the first town to be built outside the Marrakech medina with views of the Atlas Mountains and a referendum requiring no building to stand beyond 3 stories high or the equivalent of a palm tree.

Avenue Mohammed V (Former avenue Mangin 1930) Gueliz

First built as a military camp, Gueliz was small and occupied primarily by the French. This French quarter grew rapidly and architects embraced Parisian Art Deco by creating large avenues, bustling cafes and theatres, along with charming villas and a central market. Gueliz was designed by French architect, Henri Prost. Its original main tree-lined avenue was called Avenue de France. Today Avenue de France has been renamed Boulevard Mohammed VI and is filled with modern office buildings, banks, boutiques that are surrounded by magnificent Art Deco facades that remain from the city’s colonial past. Travelers and locals frequent Boulevard Mohammed VI for evening walks and picnics, sipping Moroccan tea at its sprawling cafes on sunlit terraces and to shop at luxury boutiques as they take in the glorious flora and fauna in full bloom year round. One of the Art Deco highlights of Gueliz is the Church of Holy Saints-Martyrs, built in 1928 and inaugurated in December 1931. It was also designed by the architect and urban planner French Henri Prost and commission Marshal Lyautey,

Le Petit Cornichon, Gueliz, Marrakech

Art Deco Guide to Gueliz, Marrakech's Trend-Setting New Town- Art Deco Buildings,  Art, Shopping & Eating

A city that has long been the home of jet-setters, fashion designers, hippies and artists, today, Gueliz is all the rave. Bustling with chic restaurants and celebrity chefs, designer boutiques, concept stores and art galleries, Gueliz is one of Morocco’s most sought-after city's for its nightlife, shopping and Art Deco facades.

What to See: Art Deco Facades, Sites & Gardens Gueliz Church of Holy Saints-Martyrs - Built in 1928, designed by the architect and urban planner French Henri Prost this was the only church in Gueliz at the time. Cine-Palace - Built in 1926, this cinema is a replica of  Cinema Eden in La Ciota France. Dilapidated it's charming facade and open air theatre, in ruin,  is a memory of an Art Deco past.

The Villa Bel Air - Located on the Avenue Hassan II, is one of the few villas in Gueliz that has not been affected by new construction.

Comptoir des Mines Galerie – Founded by Art Holding Morocco, this new gallery is a contemporary art space located in an Art Deco building that was once a mining company. Recently renovated into an Art Gallery, Comptoir de Mines features Contemporary Moroccan Art.

Comptoir des Mines Galerie – Founded by Art Holding Morocco, this new, chic gallerie is a contemporary art space located in an Art Deco building that was once a mining company. Recently renovated into an Art Gallery, Comptoir de Mines features Contemporary Moroccan Art.

Jardin Majorelle - This is the former Art Deco home, with Moorish charm, of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge. It houses a fashion designer’s collection of decorative arts and artworks by Jack Majorelle with rotating exhibitions. The Majorelle Gardens has burbling streams and pools filled with water lilies and lotus flowers and is painted with vibrant primary colors, with an intense blue the Jacque Majorelle saw in the Atlas Mountains.

The Renaissance Hotel - Located in Gueliz The Renaissance is a Marrakech institution. This historic hotel was built by the French architect, Henri Prost. The hotel has preserved its façade which was built in 1952.

La Mamounia Hotel & Gardens- Perfect for afternoon tea, sunset cocktails or pool lunch, this Art Deco historic hotel  is where Alfred Hitchcock wrote the movie The Birds. It is situated on the edge of the walls of the old city of Marrakech and is named for its 200-year-old gardens, which were given as an 18th Century wedding gift to Prince Moulay Mamoun by his father.

Jnane El Harti (Harti Gardens) - A creation of the urban garden Jnane El Harti dates back to the end of the 1930s.  Translated as "janân al-harthî", which means, "Gardens of my plowed earth" this garden was originally created to produce food. The current Jnane El Harti occupies six hectares is decorated with wooden benches and maintains a sprawling cactus garden, a restaurant with views of the garden and a sports hall. Perfectly representative of East and West, the Harti Gardens is a mixed space of Mediterranean vegetation with olive, citrus and ficus surrounded by European lawns, shrubs, palms and cactus.

Where to Shop in Gueliz: Designer Boutiques & Concept Stores 33 Majorelle -
  With two levels of design, fashion and accessories created by Moroccan and international designers, as well as the traditional Moroccan goodies like the green pottery from southern Morocco and a selection of funky babouche, this is the shop for trendy souvenirs and gifts. Like a high-end department store, new designers are exposed with a collection hanging regularly, giving this concept store the leading edge on the latest trends. A small gallery is attached and features a changing art exhibit. The location is perfect – across from Majorelle Gardens. 
Address: 33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent

Majorelle Gardens Boutique -
 Easy to find and with a friendly owner Toufik, this is one of the best up-market boutiques for fine Moroccan fashion with a Western twist. Using the finest silks, Toufik creates a stunning collection of kaftans, velvet vests, and cotton tunics are part of the collection that changes regularly. But if you don’t see exactly what you are looking for, custom orders are possible and take up to two weeks.
Address: 9-11 Soukiat Laksour

MOOR
  - Owned by fashion designer Yann Dobry of Akbar Delights in the medina, Moor features a selection of upscale Moroccan couture. Using the finest artisans and materials, Moor is known for its embroidered silk, cotton and linen tunics. The cool and calm colors throughout the shop create a relaxed shopping experience. Look up or even just on the walls – the décor, a selection of Moroccan home wares sourced from around the Kingdom, is also available! 
Address: 7 Rue des Vieux Marrakchis , Guéliz

Yahya Creation 
-  If the patterns created by Moroccan lampshades and lanterns peak your interest in taking a fine lantern or lampshade home with you, be sure to stop by Yahya Rouach’s showroom. Clients including Harrods and Neiman Marcus have been known to stop by to commission orders. Yahya’s pieces are unique and one-of-a-kind. His pieces light up various areas of the Royal
 Mansour hotel and other boutique raids in Marrakech.  
Address: 49 passage Ghandouri, Rue de Yougoslavie, Guéliz

Where to Eat in Gueliz: Trend-Setting Restaurants & Classic Art Deco Cafe's Grand Cafe La Poste  - Gueliz's chic Brasserie which has kept the charm of the time Liautey is part of the history of Marrakech. La Poste has a 1930's ambiance with a grand staircase and cozy upstairs large nook with a fireplace along with chic dark spaces reminiscent of the days at Parisian literary cafes. This traditional Brasserie's menu makes it perfect place for brunch, cocktails or an evening meal. Address: Avenue Imam Malik, Gueliz

Le Petit Cornichon - A one-of-a-kind bistronomique culinary experience in the heart of Gueliz with an excellent wine list. The menu is lovingly created by resident manager, Erwann Lance. Lance has several Michelin restaurants in Paris and New York. He also the former head of dining at the Royal Mansour, in Marrakech. Le Petit Cornichon is one of the hottest tables in town and serves up some of Marrakech's most delightful French cuisine with a twist. Each dish is full of local flavor and stylishly presented on plate. The weekend's three-course tasting menu including fois gras is a must. The wine list offers local Moroccan wine traditionally not found in other restaurants along with a large selection of exceptional international wines. Address: 27, Rue Moulay Ali, Gueliz

Baromètre Marrakech - A new chic address in Gueliz, Baromètre is a type of underground culinary lab where Mediterranean fusion tapas and contemporary fare are served alongside exotic cocktails. The food is beyond delicious therefore make sure to leave space for more the one dish.  Be prepared for a speakeasy, mysterious atmosphere that is perfect for the food enthusiast.  Address: Rue Moulay Ali Gueliz | Résidence Al houda, Gueliz

Cafe Les Negociant - A landmark cafe in the center of Gueliz. Built in 1919, this is one of the city's historic "man cafe's" and a meeting place for a morning traditional Moroccan nous-nous or mint tea.  Cafe Les Negociant has been refurbished in keeping with it's Art Deco architecture. Address: 110 Mohammed V, Gueliz

Pâtisserie Amandine - Perfect for a late afternoon hot chocolate or cappuccino. Amandine offers  wide range of French pastries, Moroccan cookies and one of the best mille-feuille in town. It's macarons in rainbow colors, zesty lemon tarts and delightful, raspberry panna cotta pots should be on every foodie's bucketlist. Address: 177 Rue Mohammed Al Béqal, Gueiz

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Marrakech Day Trips, Morocco Atlas & Coastal Excursions

Posted by Alecia Cohen on August 9, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Ourka-Valley-Day-Trips-From-Marrakech                

The bustling red terracota colored city of Marrakech is dotted with magnificent views of the High Atlas Mountains and surrounded by lush valley's and a desert-like palmeraie. Marrakech is the perfect city to use as a base for Day Trips. Often referred to as the Paris of Morocco, the city of Marrakech is well appointed in Morocco's south. Mararkech is just three hours from Morocco's Atlantic coast and the Essaouira Medina, an hour from the Ourika Valley and a full days drive from the Sahara Desert. Consider taking a one week holiday in Marrakech as to allow for these various Moroccan Day Trips.

Ourika Valley & Ait Ashok

A favorite weekend getaway for Marrakech's is the Ourika Valley. This quaint region is appeciated by locals for its valley's, streams and the seven Setti Fatma waterfalls. Ourika is perfect for long walks, hiking, visiting a Berber villages and is filled with palm tree plantations, fruit trees, tiny hamlets, summer homes and road side cafes. Travelers can enjoy tea and break bread with a Berber family on this day trip from Marrakech. For those looking to experience off the beaten path Ourika consider exploring the charming Berber vilage of Ait Ashok. Nestled in a secret location inside the Ourika Valley and not frequented by many travelers, it offers unforgettable views, authentic encounters, and an unclose experience to meet local villagers of of Tizi Oucheg. Ourigane Valley Nestled in the High Atlas Mountains of Toubkal National Park, this region is a must see for travelers interested in a low key, non touristic day trip from Marrakech. Ourigane Valley is ideal for relaxing and hiking. It's various flora and fauna makes for the idea location to sip mint tea with a view. The Ourigane VAlley also home to one of Morocco's oldest Jewish Zaouia sites, the shrine of Rabbi Abraham Ben Hammou. Ourigane boasts fresh Atlas air and small properties for longer stays such as the classic La Roseraie famous for it's 30 hectares of rose gardens and stables and the new, contemporary Hotel L'Amandier.

High Atlas Toubkal

High Atlas Toubkal & Imlil

The High Atlas Toubkal Mountains are the second highest in Africa second to Kilamanjaro and the highest peak in North Africa. Toubkal and the village of Imlil offer scenic activities for hikers on a day trip from Mararkech. A day hike at Mount Toubkal allows for trekkers to explore the region's varied peaks and have lunch in a Berber village or at Kasbah Toubkal with views. The village of Imlil is small and windy with local shops selling Berrber silver jewelry and Moroccan goods. Filled with street cafes and guests houses, Imlil is a good refuge for hikers.

Ouzoud Waterfalls

Cascades D'Ouzoud Waterfalls The Ouzoud falls, just a few hours from Marrakech boasts three tiered beautiful waterfalls and a lush valley. Ouzoud offers many trekking options. Visitors can take a wooden paddle boat trip at the bottom of the falls or a cold dip in the falls which makes for a charmed experience. Outdoor cafe stands conjure up the atmosphere with fresh cold orange juice and Moroccan snacks. A favorite of Marrakechi's, picnicing at Ouzoud is also popular in spring and summer months. For Morocco travelers who have more then a day trip from Marrakech available, an overnight stay can be arranged at a Berber guest house. The Berber guest houses in Ouzoud are secluded with spectacular views, local cuisine and Moroccan hospitlaity. Oukaïmeden Oukaïmeden is Africa's highest peak for skiiing and a Morocco premiere ski resort. Oukaïmeden village is perched on Jebel Attar and just an hour from Marrakech. Adventure seekers and skiiers can enjoy Oukaïmeden's windy slopes and chair lift to ferry them across the Atlas. Local cuisine is available at many of the Ski houses nearby, year round. Off season Oukaïmeden makes for the pefect getaway given its cooler temperatures and remote Atlas Mountain scenery. The region of Oukaïmeden is also known for its history of prehistoric rock carvings. The local musuem in Oukaïmeden provides more information on this and visitors can also explore with their Moroccan guide to discover rock carvings in the surrounding area.

Essaouira Medina

Essaouira Medina This former Portuguese fished village once called Mogador is just three hours from Marrakech located on Morocco's Atlantic Coast. Essaouira has lovely white washed and blue-shuttered houses that create a scenic backdrop of coastal romance. Essaouira's seaside medival medina offers mouth watering seafood, thuya workshops and art galleries. A hippy colony with chic restaurants that cater to foodies, Essaouira is ideal for contemporary gastro-fare and a great place to enjoy sunset cocktails. The Essaouira medina is only 8 kilometers from the Ounara winery and a Frommagerie where travelers can learn cheese making or enjoy a five course menu of cheese inspired dishes. The Essaouira medina as a Morocccan day trip from Marrakech is a layed back option for couples, small groups and families.

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Top 5 Tours from Marrakech, Best Day Trip Options

Posted by Alecia Cohen on April 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Marrakech Tours

Marrakech also known at Marrakesh is one of the most cosmpopolitan cities in Morocco. The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words mur (n) akush, which means "Land of God." It is the third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and Rabat, and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. It is a few hours from the foot of the Sahara Desert. Its location and contrasting landscape has made it an enviable destination in Morocco plus the perfect city to utilize as a based for discovering cities outside Marrakech. The Top 5 tours from Marrakech offer a Morocco Traveler a brief get away from the bustling medina.

Cascades Ouzoud Tour

Top 5 Tours From Marrakech:


Cascades D'Ouzoud Waterfalls - Discover Waterfalls, Swim and Enjoy Lunch in a Traditional Berber Village. Located in a lush valley, in a friendly Berber village are the three beautiful tiered waterfalls of Ouzoud dropping 110m into the river below. Take a hike along the river up to the caves and gorges of Oued el-Abid, or stay close by the falls and enjoy the natural scenery. In the summer time, enjoy a picnic and mingle with Marrakshis that frequent this peaceful area on the weekends.Enjoy a local riverboat as you cruise across the river. This is our Top Tour from Marrakech selected for adventure travelers who want a combination of hiking, swimming and village exploration.

Essaouira Tour

Essaouira Coastal Tour - Journey and Discover the seaside resort town of Essaouira on this One Day Tour from Marrakesh. En route enjoy lunch at a local fromagerie and wine tasting at one of Morocco's leading wineries in the Valley of Essaouira. Explore the thuya wood workers, the artisans boutiques, old Portuguese Ramparts and charming medina in Essaouira. End the day dining on fresh fish at the port or a local restaurant such as Umia or One-Up, Essaouira's chicest eats. This is our Top Tour from Marrakech selected for foodies and those who want a laid back excursion in a small coastal town.

High Atlas Mountains Tour - Journey and discover Imlil Village & High Atlas Toubkal on this One Day Tour from Marrakesh. En route stop at a Berber home for tea and bread, followed by a visit to a traditional village and farm. Explore a local souk and hike in the Toubkal mountain region, the second highest next to Kilamnajaro. Enjoy lunch at Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot or at a local hideaway, Kasbah Toubkal that boasts majestic views of the High Atlas. This is our Top Tour from Marrakech selected for active travelers who want a combination of adventure and exploration of local culture.

Ourika Valley Tour - Discover the Ourika Valley on this One Day Tour from Marrakesh. Moving through the valley you will visit Setti Fatma’s Waterfalls, a favorite weekend resort of many Moroccans appreciated for its beautiful streams and waterfalls. Enjoy views of high green terraces, Atlas peaks, villages in the rocky foothills from the seven waterfalls that surround the village. Trek along the pretty trails and, climb the walls to see rock carvings. Lunch near the Setti Fatma Cascades in a traditional Moroccan restaurant, or have a picnic. This is our Top Tour from Marrakech selected for active travelers who want a combination of adventure and exploration through Berber Villages.

Ourigane Valley Tour - Discover the Berber Valley of Ourigane, the Tinmel Mosque and charming villages on this One Day Tour from Marrakech. Nestled in the tranquil foothills of the High Atlas Mountains in the heart of the Toubkal National Park is the charming and quaint Berber village region of Ourigane. Ourigane boasts magnificent views of the High Atlas range along with out door activities ranging from hiking, walking, horse-riding and mountain biking. A wide variety of birdlife awaits you. Located on the valley floor of the Oued ‘River’ Nfis, Ourigane is situated 1,000 meters above sea level. Visit the Tinmel Mosque and if time allows the ancient Jewish Zaouia.

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Inspirational Summer Retreat at Marrakech's Peacock Pavilions

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Peacock Pavilion, Marrakech

Reconnect,Relax and Reawaken your wild at a one of Mararkech's leading retreats from August 20 – 26, 2016 at Peacock Pavilions. Co-lead by Holistic Creative Coach, Marie Milligan and Yoga Teacher, Deborah Willimott, the Wild Women Do Morocco Retreat offers a sensory-Moroccan experience that includes daily Yoga, Creative Coaching, Memorable Dining, Wild Exploration, and a true sense of Sisterhood.

Where You Will Stay: Peacock Pavilions - Located in the heart of a beautiful olive-grove, 20 minutes from Marrakech's city center this boutique guest house boasts mountain-views, rose gardens, an outdoor pool, yoga pavilion, Arabian dining tent, ethnic art and textiles, and plenty of space for privacy or shared community. Designed by Maryam Montague, owner of Montague Living and Humanitarian, this Atlas Mountain retreat is the perfect place for discovery.

Peacock Pavilion, Yoga Tent, Marrakech

Wild Women Do proposes the Ideal 7-Day Marrakech Retreat Experience. Their suggested Marrakech retreat menu brings the theme of Relax, Reconnect and Reawaken YOUR Wild alive. Always mindful of the weather and energy in the group, the Wild Women Do team bring flexibility into their menu whenever it is needed it most.

MARRAKECH- WILD WOMEN D0: 7 DAY INSPIRATIONAL RETREAT ITINERARY:

Day 1 (Saturday 20 August): Two pickups and transfers from Menara Airport. Check-in at Peacock Pavilions (PP) at 4pm. Welcome canapés and non-alco cocktails. Dinner at PP. Time to relax, switch off and explore the grounds.

Day 2 (Sunday 21 August): Introductory wellness ritual session (yoga, breathing and movement). Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon: optional relaxing Hammam spa experience or souk-shopping. Dinner at Le Jardin. Tour of the Medina, sensory-souks and hypnotic ancient and cultural Jemaa el-Fna food market and square.

Day 3 (Monday 22 August): Yoga class. Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon: relax on the grounds or take an optional cultural design visit –perhaps visit Jardin Majorelle, ride a camel near Menara, or explore Designers in the French Quarter of Gueliz. Dinner at PP. Optional movie-night in their starlit Outdoor Cinema.

Day 4 (Tuesday 23 August): Yoga class. Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon and evening: take time for you to relax by the pool and do nothing, or perhaps visit the iconic historical museums and palaces near the Medina. Optional dinner in Medina or at PP.

Day 5 (Wednesday 24 August): Yoga class. Breakfast at PP. Travel to the Atlas Mountains with lunch in Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge. Guided wild trek visiting Targa Imoula, an ancient Berber village. Dinner at PP.

Day 6 (Thursday 25 August): Yoga class. Breakfast and lunch at PP. Creative Playshop. Free afternoon: optional time for us to complete anything that needs supported from our inner or outer journey. Celebratory Henna-Party with local henna artisan, canapés and non-alcoholic fresh cocktails, followed by our celebratory dinner at PP.

Day 7 (Friday 26 August): Breakfast at PP. Sisterhood accountability line. Farewells and checkout of Peacock Pavilions by 12pm. Group transfers to Airport (or why not extend your travel? See below for our exclusive travel deals). 10% of Peacock Pavilion's profits from your retreat booking go to funding Project Soar. Set up by Maryam Montague, the project's mission educates under-served girls and women in the local community with access to creativity, movement and art education to inspire their creative souls.

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Marrakech Guided Tour, Site seeing City Tours

Posted by Alecia Cohen on December 7, 2015 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Marrakech,Snowcapped Atlas Mountains

Marrakech, a Berber city, located just outside the snow capped Atlas Mountains, has become one of the leading destinations for Morocco travelers during the past decade. Travelers from the USA, Europe, Russia and Brazil continue to place Marrakech on their bucket list. Marrakech is leading a style revolution for Moroccan travelers with it's fabulous mix of of old world souks, monuments, mosques, Jewish Heritage Sites, Art Deco architecture, evening Food tours and upmarket Moroccan cuisine. The best way to discover Marrakech's hidden jewels is to take a private Marrakech Guided Tour.

A Marrakech Guided Day Tour will give you the opportunity to discover the main sites of Marrakech along with off the beat places. On a Guided Marrakech Site seeing Tour travelers will discover the interiors of the souks that are filled with bustling and delightful food markets, the local bread oven, artisan workshops, majestic gardens along with the glorious Ben Youssef Medersa. All sites are well appointed within Marrakech medina with the famous Majorelle Gardens just footsteps outside. A Guided Site seeing Tour of Marrakech also includes an in depth visit to Marrakech's historical Jewish quarters which consists of the Jewish Mellah, the Jewish Cemetery and the Marrakech Lazema Synagogue. On special request dinner with the Rabbi or Shabbat catered dinner can be arranged.

Djemaa El Fna at night

Guided Marrakech Day Tours all end with a visit to Djemma el Fna square just before sunset. Djemaa el Fna Square is best described as an L-shaped square that is a labyrinth of mazes. There are souks sprawling off the sides of crowed alleys that sell carpets, spices, metal and wood works and tourist trinkets. Locals also frequent the square where the evenings deliver storytellers, Gnaoua musicians and drummers, snake charmers, jugglers, acrobats and the evening food market. A typical Moroccan experience includes a visit to the evening food stalls grilling meat on braziers, smoking fish, and selling exotic Moroccan foods. If you want a quick treat you can try Morocco’s popular stewed snails. Grab a tooth pick and dig in. Feeling especially brave? Try some stuffed spleen or a sheep’s head showing the eyes. Wash it down with Khendenjal, a spicy nut-based aphrodisiac. With its wild and colorful characters, Djemaa el Fna will stop at nothing short of bedazzling and astounding you. At night, the air fills with aromatic smoke fumes lingering off the delicious delicacies sold in the streets and the sounds of Moroccan music.

Marrakech Guided Tour, Ben Youssef Medersa

Marrakech Guided Tour City Highlights: Site seeing with a Marrakech Guide The Yves Saint Laurent, Majorelle Gardens & Berber Museum Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens El Bahia Palace Saadian Tombs Ben Youssef Medersa El Badi Palace Museum of Photographie Marrakech Museum Djemaa el Fna Square Marrakech Souks - Bread Oven, Local Hammam, Neighborhoods, Artisan Workshops, Spice Souks, Olive Market, Local Bucher and Fruit and Vegetable Sellers, Date Market, Main Kisseria Jewish Mellah, Jewish Synagogue and Jewish Cemetery

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Top 5 Things to do in Marrakech, Off the Beat Morocco

Posted by Alecia Cohen on November 10, 2015 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Majorelle Gardens, Top 5 Things Marrakech

Marrakech, referred to as the “red hamra” city is a major city in Morocco known for it’s magnificent ochre color and is an attraction in itself. Marrakech boasts a vibrant street life and a rich array of drought tolerant flora and fauna, magnificent scents, exotic street food and bustling souks. Marrakech is a lively city where the traditional collides with the contemporary. A travelers experience to Marrakech can be highlighted by visiting UNESCO Heritage sites, sprawling gardens, mysterious palaces with majestic mosaic zellij tile work along with glorious houses of worship. The Top 5 Things to do in Marrakech are those that combine new trends with tradition along with off the beaten path experiences. For those who want a touch of local culture and authentic of city life our take on the Top 5 Things to do in Marrakech are stand out choices.


The Top 5 Things to do in Marrakech, Off the Beat Morocco - Recommended by Morocco Travel Designer Alecia Cohen:

#1: The Majorelle Gardens & Berber Museum - The Majorelle Gardens, previously the Jardin Bou Saf, bears its name from its original creator, Jacques Majorelle, the French expatriate artist who was born in Nancy, France, in 1886. Jacques Majorelle was the son of the celebrated Art Nouveau furniture designer Louis Majorelle. In 1947, the son opened his gardens to the public and, during this time, also painted a magnificent ceiling at La Mamounia, a five-star hotel with exquisite gardens and the place where Alfred Hitchcock wrote The Birds. Jacques Majorelle studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Nancy in 1901 and in 1919 went to Marrakech to recover from heart problems. He built the garden during those years, using a special blue color that he used extensively in the garden and that is named after him, Majorelle blue. Majorelle returned to France in 1962 after a car incident and died later that year of complications from his injuries. As a collector of unique plants from five continents, Majorelle left to Yves Saint Laurent one of the more unique collections of flora and fauna of this era as well as a place of inspiration and contemplation. Even though Morocco is no longer under the French protectorate, this original French creation is one of the most beloved areas in Morocco. The Majorelle Gardens also houses a 200 meter squared Berber Museum with its spectacular collection of Berber Silver and an exclusive collection of over 600 objects from diverse regions of Morocco. Visit the Majorelle Gardens during the early morning to take advantage of the Marrakech sunlight.

Amal Women's Training Center, Top 5 Things to do in Marrakech

#2: Amal Women’s Training Center – Perfect for Couscous on Fridays, a Cooking Class and mingling with women – The Amal Womens Center & Moroccan restaurant is a non-profit organization that empowers disadvantaged women by training them in traditional and modern cuisine. Founded by Nora Fitzgerald, an American born and raised in Morocco, this fabulous small house is located in the new city of Gueliz. The Amal Center offers cooking classes and is the prefect place for couscous lunch on Fridays.

#3: Café Clock - A Camel Burger and Hikayat Storytelling Experience – Mike Richardson, owner of Café Clock in Fes launched a Mararkech offshoot that is the ideal place to go for lunch. Cafe Clock is trend setting with its fine get up of retro and vintage style Berber decor where young Moroccans, foreigners and expats can commence together to meet and enjoy Moroccan cafe fare while participating in variety of activities such as the Art of Hikayat Storytelling. Café Clock is off the beaten path in the Kasbah region of the Marrakech medina and embodies the diversity of which Morocco is celebrated. The oral storytelling of Hikayat can be heard at Café Clock twice weekly. Hikayat is over 1000 years old and the oral culture of storytelling encompasses everything from love to recipes, legal agreements and daily life. Visit Cafe Clock at sunset for a camel burger and Hikayat Storytelling. The perfect evening for those wanting an insider experience of Marrakech.

La Maison Photographie, Top 5 Things to Do in Marrakech

#4: Maison de la Photographie - A visit to Marrakech is not complete without a visit to La Maison de la Photographie which is close to the Medersa Ben Youssef. It is truly one of the wonders of Marrakech. Housed in a converted three story Foundouk (the old inns and storage houses for camel trains coming to sell their wares in the souks) which Patrick Man’ach and his Moroccan business colleague Hamid Megrani converted in to a photographic gallery in 2009. There are photographs of Morocco from the 1860’s at the very dawn of photography when intrepid adventurers had to carry heavy equipment into what was still a largely closed country up until the 1950’s and Morocco’s independence in 1956. The exhibitions are arranged on three floors, with large size portraits and scenes from the 1860’s and 70’s to the early20th Century and the late 1950’s. The third floor has a video room showing the films of Daniel Chicault who took his cine camera to the Atlas Mountains to film in colour unique dance scenes and the village life of the Berber tribes in 1956 and 1957. Don't miss this boutique museum or the chance to purchase one of their fabulous vintage prints.

Ben Youssef Medersa, Top 5 Things to Do in Marrakech

#5 Ben Youssef Medersa – Visit the Ben Youssef Medersa, one of Marrakech’s leading mosques of magnificence. Not far from Djemaa El Fna Square is the Ben Youssef that was built between 1121 and 1132. A former theological university the mosque faces towards Mecca. Each wall is marked with zellij tile work and entering in the Ben Youssef takes you back to another century and makes one feel as if they are on a pilgrimage. This dynastic mosque is one of Morocco’s greats and worth the sight and the photo-op in front of its massive shallow pool and columns in the morning or early afternoon.

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Discover The Best of Morocco - Travel Exploration
Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We offer Private Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

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