When I get asked what has been my favorite place of all the 20 countries I have traveled, Marrakech is my answer. The Red City truly surpassed my expectation in beauty, culture and cuisine. The stunning city is is till wrapped with the historical red walls in protection from enemies, along with the infamous Moroccan doors. I could spend a day just touring Riads and finding Moroccan doors to take photos in front of. The rich vibrant colors flowing through the city speak to anyone’s senses and I cant tell you enough how fast you need to get there.
Amanjena - It’s another Aman property, you guys know by now that I am a fan of this brand. This Aman is undoubtedly my favorite of all Aman’s I have stayed at. You can have your own luxury Moroccan apartment with a private yard and pool. The property is designed in true culture and style. Our stay was peaceful even though there are large grounds you feel that you aren’t running into other guests. A perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. I also must note, we were surprised buy the bartender here and his craft of the espresso martini.
Royal Mansour - This five star experience located right in the center of the imperial city walls will not disappoint. Entering through the largest Moroccan doors I saw while in the city, it sets the tone of the larger than life hospitality you will receive here. There are 58 private riad style rooms each decorated individually to reflect the culture of Morocco. This five acre resort will fulfill your Moroccan desires!
La Mamounia - This is the infamous Instagram hotel that you see flowing through your blogger pages. The gorgeous riad designs and colorful rooms make this a classic choice when deciding where to stay.
Kasbah Tamadot - This is your resort style choice when you want an escape from from cities and bustling streets. This is Sir Richard Branson’s retreat that overlooks the snowcapped Atlas mountains. Originally bought as a grand home, Richard developed it into a stunning resort with only 28 rooms and two restaurants.. You may get lucky and enjoy your stay along side Sir Richard Branson himself.
Riad Goloboy - This hotel is located in the prime location of the medina and is a true riad style building. Here you have a beautiful view of the Atlas mountains and Mamounia gardens. There are 8 suites available and you will enjoy the bold interior design during your stay.
La Mamounia - As previously mentioned in the wanderlust hotels, if you decide to stay at another resort you can still stop by this hotel for lunch and get some great photos.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum - If you are into couture fashion stop by the Yves Saint Laurant museum. There is a dedicated section to a permeant exhibition by the late designer. You will also see other temporary collections throughout.
Souks - These are the traditional marketplaces of Morocco. You'll see herbalists, spice sellers, lamp sellers, tanners, and food markets congregated on city streets. You can get lost on an adventure through the maze of alleys and narrow streets or your can bring a guide along with you that can help you navigate the souks and keep sellers from bartering with you.
Saddian Tombs - The Saadian tombs are sepulchres in Marrakech, Morocco, which date to the time of the Saadian dynasty sultan Ahmad al-Mansur. They were abandoned for centuries, then rediscovered in 1917 by aerial photography and were renovated by the Beaux-arts service. This experience is full of culture and history.
Koutoubia Mosque - Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco. The mosque is decorated with curved windows, a strip of ceramic, pointed merlons and decorative arches; it has a large square with gardens, and is lit at night. Its a great cultural experience.
Le Jardin Marjorelle - The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of Marrakech. Walk along shady lanes, in the midst of trees and exotic plants of the beautiful garden. You’ll hear the chirping of numerous birds who come here to take refuge and unexpectedly, you will approach a building with charm, with a hint of Art Deco, painted in astonishingly vibrant primary colours, glowing with an intense blue.
Kasbah Tamadot - This experience was also mentioned in the previous section. If you forgo the mountain retreat but still want to experience the resort you can reserve lunch and make this a day trip. I highly recommend this option.
Caidal Tent Dinner (Amanjena) - If you are ready for a romantic Moroccan dinner and you are staying at Amanjena then do yourself a favor and book the private tent dinner. Walk along a candlelight red carpet to your private table within the tent where your dinner will be served. Afterwards move to the lounge room also inside your tent to enjoy post dinner Shisha. Oh, and get the camels, its worth it!
Le Palace - This is a must eat trendy French inspired restaurant within the city. You’ll want to be sure to reserve a table for the downstairs lounge where the red glamour and swanky vibes await. Afterwards you are within walking distance of great bars and clubs.
Le Jardin - Stop here for lunch while wondering the souks. Offering a lush outdoor ambiance within walls, this place is picturesque during a delicious morrocan lunch. Try the Moroccan coffee afterwards before you head out to finish your afternoon souk shopping.
Le Grand Table - Located in the Royal Mansour Hotel, get ready for a opulent michelin starred dinner. You have the option to dine either within the French restaurant or the Moroccan restaurant. Either way you won’t be disappointed.
Gazelle Horns - Ok, I still dream about these little bites of heaven and wish I would have brought them back home with me. A famous cookie in Morocco usually served for special occasions, properly called Kaab el Ghazal. There are many bakeries within the souks to find them. If you never make it to Morocco, you must atleast try making them, so I will leave you with this copy cat recipe.
Land at 11am
Check into Hotel
1:30pm-lunch at Hotel
3-7pm: Hang our at Hotel/Pool/Spa
8:00pm-Caidal Tent Dinner
Yves Saint Laurent Museum
La Mamounia Hotel for lunch and photos!
Jemaa El Fnaa (Main Square)
8:00pm-Dinner at Le Palace
Kasbah Tamadot Day Trip
Dinner at Royal Mansour
Breakfast at Amanjena
10:30am-Depart for Airport
12:35pm- Flight to Casablanca
I hope you can see why Marrakech was one of my most favorite destinations to date. This vibrant historical city should be on your top three next destinations list. I hope I have inspired you to visit the “Red City”. As always, feel free to email me with any questions regarding this destination.