Marrakech is a wonderful escape for sunshine, great food, and culture but you need the right recommendations.
Bliss in the palmeraie
I usually prefer the outskirts of Marrakech such as la Palmeraie where it is quite, green and you can see the sky. My retreat there is hotel Les 5 Djellabas. The 10 delightful suites are spread around the swimming pool in a beautiful garden. They combine simple and elegant design, comfort and space. Breakfast is usually enjoyed in the garden when lunch can be enjoyed by the pool. For dinner, you will have to let the chef know in advance what you want to eat. There is no spa but you can book treatments in your room.
A cheaper option, less exclusive but with plenty of space is Dar Sabra. It is ideal for a group with several bedrooms sharing their private swimming pool.
Eat, drink & party
The one place you must go to for dinner is Al Fassia Aguedal. I return every time and sometimes go several times during my stay. The staff is women only. Don’t miss the slow cooked lamb shoulder to share and the best Moroccan salads to start. Wash it all down with the local round red wine Terre Rouge by La Ferme Rouge.
For a more exclusive experience, book at Dar Marjana, a 19th century Andalusian house hidden in the medina. The ‘maitresse de maison’ welcomes you in the patio for a relaxed aperitif. No A la carte menu is available but a refined Moroccan 4-course tasting menu is on offer and includes aperitif, wines, digestifs, tea and entertainment.
For modern international cuisine, yet in a mythical venue with colonial decor, Grand Café de la Poste is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or a break from the heat and busy streets.
When exploring the souks, Cafe des Epices is ideal for a juice or a coffee break.
After dinner go to Bo-Zin where the crowd is fun and you can dance by the bar.
Escapes and experiences
The souks can be a fun place to bargain and can hide some unique shops. The tiny Japanese shop +Michi offers quirky objects from tableware to bags.
Les Jardins Majorelle is where iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent used to live. The blue house is not open to visitors but the peaceful garden and the shop are well worth a visit.
For spa time, Les bains de l’Alhambra is cosy and quite cheap for the level of product and service (Les bains de Marrakech are also great but often fully booked).
For an escape to the desert, La Pause is quite unique. Lunch under the tents or dinner by the torch lights… It is also perfect for a birthday party or a wedding.