25 May What To Do In Marrakech When You Only Have 36 Hours
This month I travelled to Marrakech, Morocco for one of my best friend’s hen-do’s (aka bachelorette in ‘American’, I believe.) It was the first hen do I’ve ever been on let alone helped organise! I really enjoyed working alongside Rox’s sister and two of her childhood friends to put together an itinerary for our 36 hours in Marrakech. We had the most incredible time (as did Rox, thank God!!) and I thought I’d share some of the things we got up to…
Note: Rox is not a ‘typical’ hen in that she did not want any penises, anything overly obvious or showy and etc. And so we had a wonderful few days staying at a gorgeousssss Riad (a large traditional house built around a central courtyard), embarking on a traditional Moroccan cooking class in the most beautiful of locations, a visit to YSL’s house and more… We obviously had to get some belly dancers involved in the action too. Yup, I do love culturally appropriating my own culture (lol!)
The Beldi Country Club
Upon first arriving we headed off to The Beldi Country Club – what is potentially one of the most beautiful slithers of heaven I’ve ever set my eyes on. 10 minutes from the centre of the city, The Beldi alone is worth travelling to Marrakech for, and I’m super keen to return for a secluded few days there as soon as possible. We wandered around the gorgeous grounds, resplendent with traditional Moroccan architecture and the most gorgeous rose gardens, olive groves and vegetable fields, before settling down with some bottles of wine to
take part watch a cooking class where we learnt how to make a tagine as well as some traditional salads. Tipsy on wine, camaraderie and beauty we sat around the pool to gorge on our (kinda not really) handmade feast. The 15-acre estate was one of the settings for Poppy Delevingne’s three-day wedding extravaganza back in 2014, and my God is the place romantic.
That night, we headed to La Mamounia Palace Hotel for some drinks ahead of dinner. As the name suggests, it’s pretty freaking fabulous. So fabulous, Vanity Fair said it is “beyond 5 stars.” Mouths ajar we explored the beautiful grounds and architecture before settling down for some cocktails. Rox went for the ‘Winston Churchill’ (named after the man who was a fan of the estate – there’s even a Winston Churchill suite) which was frankly pretty horrif but she loved it sooo that’s what matters, ha! The drinks weren’t cheap, as you can probably imagine, but the place is worth a gander for its beauty. I’d love to return for a daylight stroll (slash to take a million and one photos for Instagram). They boast a pretty fab spa, too, should you fancy it.
Post drinks we headed to Jad Mahal for dinner and some dancing. The food wasn’t fabulous and I wouldn’t particularly recommend it for the culinary experience, but it was a super fun evening complete with belly dancers, loud music and party vibes.
| Palais Jad Mahal |
Potentially my favourite experience of the trip, Jardins Majorelle. Originally created by French painter Jacques Majorelle, Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge bought the property in 1980, 18 years after Majorelle’s death, saving it from the bulldozers of an iconoclastic developer and in turn creating it into one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever laid eyes on. With cobalt blue walls, leafy greens, ginormous cacti, bubbling fountains and more adorning everything with beauty. A 12 acre oasis in a heaving city.
La Ferme Berbere
After a hectic morning running around les jardins and frantically trying to take *alll of the photos* we headed to a super cute secluded spa outside of Marrakech for an afternoon of lazing by the pool, getting our bodies scrubbed *the.shit.out.of* in a Moroccan hamam and lots of lots of wine in absolutely stunning surroundings.
| Ferme Berbere |
Have you ever been to Marrakech? What were your highlights? Let me know in the comments below! xx