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One Thousand and One Nights in Marrakech

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One Thousand and One Nights in Marrakech, Morocco’s Red City is a different world

One Thousand and One Nights in Marrakech: Easily one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Morocco, no trip to Northern Africa is complete without checking out Marrakech. This 1000-year-old city is home to a thriving medina, amazing shopping, and some of the most gorgeous architecture you’ll find anywhere in the world. Marrakech is also famous for its beautiful riads (guesthouses often converted from family homes) and you’ll find amazing little boutique riads dotting winding streets all over the city. Ready to fall in love with Marrakech?

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Language: French, Spanish, Arabic, and Berber. English is common anywhere touristy.

One Thousand and One Nights in Marrakech

WERE  TO STAY: HOTELS


 LA MAMOUNIA HOTEL :

Another drop-dead gorgeous spot, La Mamounia has been famous with generations of royals and celebs.

 

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 SOFITEL HOTEL:

Hotel Sofitel Marrakech Le Palais resembles a Moorish palace and is surrounded by gardens with exotic plants and flowers.

 

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 MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL:

With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech lies nestled in 20 hectares of olive groves and landscaped gardens

 

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L’HOTEL:

L’Hotel Marrakech is a luxury hotel by Jasper Conran, set in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech. Experience unique accommodation in a 19th century Riad.

 

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 ROYAL MANSOUR HOTEL:

Located in the heart of Ocher City, the Royal Mansour Marrakech is a luxury hotel, an exceptional palace.

 

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SELMAN HOTEL :

Discover the famous Selman Marrakech with the family. Kids club, spa, royal horses, fine dining.

A riad is a traditional home in Morocco with the rooms built around a central courtyard. These interior gardens are invitingly cool in the hot summer months and are often filled with swimming pools, leafy plants, and magical lighting.

 

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 RIAD YASMINE:

One of Instagram’s most famous spots, every inch of the Riad Yasmine is picture-perfect. Book in advance and find out why travel bloggers are obsessed with this place.

 

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RIAD ANAYELA:

This five-star spot in the center of the city is actually a 300-year-old city palace and, with luxury touches throughout, you’ll still feel like a royal here.

 

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 RIAD JAANEMAN :

An elegant boutique hotel in the bohemian heart of the Marrakech medina. Classical style meets eclectic harmony in this beautiful space.

 

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 RIAD LA SULTANA:

A romantic hideaway within the walled medina of Marrakech. At the beating heart of the kasbah, La Sultana puts you just moments from the royal palaces

 WHERE TO EAT: One Thousand and One Nights in Marrakech

 

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NOMAD:

For a fresh take on classic Moroccan cuisine, Nomad is the place to be. Plus you’ll get an incredible view from the rooftop terrace.

 

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 LE JARDIN:

The perfect spot for a light lunch, the cool throwback style of Le Jardin. They’ve also got a cool popup where you can find local garb.

 

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 EL FENN RIAD :

For a tasty breakfast or lunch with a stunning view of the Atlas Mountains, stop by this riad for a fusion of European and Moroccan dishes.

CHURCHILL BAR :

The former haunt of Winston Churchill, the opulent leather walls, and retro animal print floor give this polished place an incredible old-world charm.

 

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 ATAY CAFE FOOD :

With some of the tastiest food in Marrakech, this cozy café has great food, a good vibe, and a lovely view.

LE MAROCAIN INSIDE LA MAMOUNIA :

Another amazing spot inside of La Mamounia, Le Marocain is absolutely gorgeous. Glam it up for a fun night out and prepare to be impressed!

 

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 MES “LALLA

Dine like Royalty at Mes ‘Lalla (With an afterparty at Ling Ling Hakkasan) Situated on the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech property, Mes ‘Lalla is quite the dining experience.

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BEN YOUSSEF MOSQUE:

The oldest and most important mosque in the city, no visit to Marrakech is complete with a visit to the beautiful Ben Youssef Mosque.

BAHIA PALACE:

This 19th-century palace is now home to the Moroccan Ministry of Cultural Affairs. For a view of North African architecture at its best, don’t miss out on this palace.

THE SPICES MARKET:

Check out the baskets of spices overflowing with colorful and fragrant powders. Spice vendors make a show of their products by pushing the limits of gravity with their spice mounds.

 

A DESERT OASIS OUARZAZATE:

Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert, houses large scale international film studios that have been home to the sets of Oscar-winning films and critically acclaimed television series. Being able to physically be on the sets of some of the most talked-about films and shows is quite an extraordinary feeling, especially when the natural beauty of the Sahara desert can be mistaken for a movie set itself.

 

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 JARDIN MAJORELLE :

The enchanting Jardin Majorelle is one of the most visited places in Marrakech, and for good reason. It took the French painter Jacques Majorelle 40 years to bring this beautiful garden to life. One walk around and it’s easy to see why Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge bought the Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and saved it from falling victim to a real estate project which would turn it into a hotel complex. The garden is full of shady trees, exotic plants, cacti, and palm trees, and one doesn’t need to be a floriculture enthusiast to enjoy it.

DJEMAA EL-FNA :

Unesco declared Djemaa El Fna a ‘Masterpiece of World Heritage’ in 2001 for bringing urban legends and oral history to life nightly. DJemaa el-Fna is the city’s top attraction and can be visited at all hours of the day. We even recommend visiting in the morning and then returning at night to see how it has metamorphosed. Amazigh musicians strike up the music and gnaoua troupes sing while henna tattoo artists beckon to passersby, and water-sellers in fringed hats clang brass cups together, hoping to drive people to drink. This is a show you don’t want to miss, and it’s a bargain too: applause and a few dirhams ensure an encore.

PALM TREE PARADISE AT LES PALMERAIE:

A sea of palm trees are a visual feast, especially at sundown. And, think hundreds of thousands of palm trees of all sizes covering 54 square miles right outside the city of Marrakech. If you don’t wish to walk among the thousands of palms, you can opt for a camel ride that is bound to take twice as long but be twice as fun.

MENARA GARDENS :

The Menara Gardens are Marrakech’s most famous gardens. They were established during the twelfth century around a lake, which was used to water the fruit and vegetables planted in the grounds.

TREAT YOUR SELF WITH A SPA DAY:

Marrakech has world-class hammams and spas offering specialty treatments.

LA MAMOUNIA :

Its turquoise pool and Arab-Andalusian and Berber-inspired architecture make this spa one of the most Instagrammed locations in Marrakech

 

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ROYAL MANSOUR LE SPA :

You might possibly mistake this spa for heaven–and with good reason; the Royal Mansour was originally commissioned by His Majesty as sanctuary for traveling dignitaries. Le Spa at the Royal Mansour is not only fit for royalty but a feast for the senses. From the ethereal white birdcage-like entrance to the faint orange blossom scent that lingers around every corner, the purity of the white decor and the faint sound of songbirds is the perfect embodiment of tranquility.

 

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 LES BAINS DE MARRAKECH:

At the entrance of the medina of Marrakech, between Dar El Bacha and Bab Doukkala, Les Bains D’Orient welcome you in a riad, space dedicated to the well being. A true jewel of beauty that awakens the senses.

 

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 SPA ESCAPE VITALITE HENRI CHENOT :

SPA Escape is located in Selman hotel. A cool haven of flickering candles, ornamental Arabian lanterns and soaring brickwork arches, the stunning Henri Chenot outpost is dedicated to the art of detox.

The experts at Espace Vitalité Chenot at Selman Marrakech will advise you on the best program, based on your personal needs and requirements. 

LE SPA:

Le Spa at The Four Seasons Marrakech has 14 single treatment rooms and one double; there is also a private pavilion with two double treatment rooms. Each treatment room looks out onto its own miniature herb garden.

 MOROCCAN HIGH TEA OR  AFTERNOON TEA TIME:

While it’s not the first place you might associate with high tea, the tea culture here is strong. You’ll find delicious mint tea all over the city:

LA MAMOUNIA:

Nice afternoon tea in the beautiful La Mamounia gardens”

ROYAL MANSOUR:

On a balcony overlooking the iconic Marrakesh Koutoubia Mosque or in the cosy La Table restaurant, afternoon tea at the Royal Mansour is always sensational.

 

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 RIAD CHAYMA:

The courtyard is adorned with beautiful filigree lighting, vibrant Bougainvillea, and a peaceful water fountain.

SHOPPING:

Are you obsessed with Moroccan style? There are so many incredible handcrafted goods here. From leather bags to artisan rugs to spices, Marrakech is a shopper’s dream.

 

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 33 RUE MAJORELLE

Be sure to check out 33 Rue Majorelle right outside of the Jardin Majorelle, a beautiful concept store featuring unique and one of a kind items by Moroccan designers that you will not find anywhere else…not even in the souks.

 

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