If your style of vacation involves epic sightseeing in a city steeped in rich cultural history that also happens to have all the modern amenities a woman could ask for, perhaps Marrakech should be on your radar. You probably already have an image of it as a place of unimaginable luxury, camel rides through the desert, and colorful caftans, but there’s also much more to Marrakech. Want to eat lamb tagine in a discreet plant-filled patio after shopping the souks? Fancy visiting some ancient tombs or relaxing in a hammam? What about checking out a magical garden previously maintained by designer Yves Saint Laurent (and visiting the newly opened, adjoining museum)? Learn more about all of the above, plus some incredibly stylish places to stay and more in our travel guide below. And to help you further daydream about your own trip to Marrakech, we’ve included a few Moroccan-inspired pieces that’ll ensure you look flawless while you’re there.
Tucked away amid the heart of Marrkech’s old town, Dar Kawa offers the perfect combination of traditional Moroccan and modern aesthetics. The riad (or guesthouse), which was originally built in the early 17th century for religious practices, was acquired by contemporary designer Valérie Barkowski, and she’s responsible for the serene yet comfortable vibe that makes this such a unique place to stay in the area.
For over-the-top luxury in Marrakech, there’s likely no better place to lay your head than Royal Mansour. This grand palace was built by the area’s top architects and craftsman with a goal of creating the ultimate ode to the country’s authentic and traditional sensibility. With a Michelin star chef behind the hotel’s eateries (there are a few), a beautifully landscaped garden with date palms and olive trees, and an in-house spa with pampering treatments to beautify, detoxify, and decompress (plus much more), this is the ultimate Moroccan getaway.
Pay a visit to Majorelle Gardens, a stunning property that was originally the creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and then lovingly brought back to life by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge decades later. From the iconic “Majorelle” blue facade of the Berber Museum (which was once the artist’s studio) to the menagerie of cacti, palm trees, and more botanical beauties, there’s so much to take in here. Stroll next door for the museum.
For more historical site seeing, head to the Saadian Tombs, which date back to the late 16th century. Here you’ll view the beautiful marble sepulchres where members of the Saadian Dynasty are buried, including those of some memorable Moroccan figures.
Grab lunch in a secret garden at Le Jardin. With a menu by famed local chef Kamal Laftimi and decor via designer Anne Favier, this cafe in the medina is an ideal place to take a break from shopping the souks and nibble on classically Moroccan fare with a modern twist, like slow roasted lamb with cous cous or whole grilled sardines.
At Topolina, pick up loafers, tunic dresses, dusters and more (including menswear) in the rich patterns and hues that are indicative of the area. Designer Isabelle Topolina’s reputation for creating exquisite pieces has lead to the opening of several different outposts, three of which you can find in Marrakech.
No trip to the city could be complete without a visit to the souks. Shop Moroccan leather slippers, Berber carpets, exotic spices, kaftans, and more in this outdoor market that’s a maze of streets lined with various vendors.
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