As a quick recap for those of you who sensibly switched off their digital life over Christmas, I headed to Marrakech with my sister on the 28th December for an eight day holiday, split between Les Yeux Bleus, a riad in the Medina, and Les Deux Tours, a beautiful hotel set in an olive grove in the Palmerie of Marrakech.
I’ve written about things to do here that aren’t necessarily the cultural or historical ones. I figure that those are pretty obvious and appear in every guide to the city. So I’ve concentrated on the myriad places to eat, shop and relax.
Here are my entries so far:
Hammam Bliss: Les Bains de Marrakech
Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech legacy: Le Jardin Majorelle
Beautiful handbags: Lalla from Marrakech with Love
Rooftop eating in the Souk (with added fashion editor spice): Terrasse des Epices
Shopping for silk embroideries: Passementerie heaven
Marrakech’s chic-est lunch spot: Grande Cafe de la Poste
Our first day in Marrakech: Walking, eating & souk-ing
Moving hotels: from a riad to the Palmerie
There’s more to come: Marrakech is an extraordinary place, and it has clearly changed enormously over the past twenty years. Whether that is for good or for bad is debatable. I’m chewing over those issues, (water, UNESCO, employment, responsible tourism and more) and will write about them later.