Concierge Recommendations

Marrakech

Feb 27, 2013
Skyline view of Marrakech, Morocco
Explore the Moroccan "Red City" with these tips from a Four Seasons Concierge.
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We asked Jinan Aitali, Concierge Supervisor at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of the local connoisseurs she works with every day at the Resort. Known as “The Red City” for its rose-hued buildings, Marrakech is a Moroccan paradise filled with beautiful architecture, artisan culture and mouth-watering cuisine.

Retail Therapy

At Mustapha Blaoui’s shop, Trésor des Nomades, you’ll find many rooms, all overflowing with artisanal handicrafts, such as camel-bone-inlaid boxes, traditional textiles and leather poufs. Another favourite stop is Ministero del Gusto (appointments suggested). Even if you aren’t in the market for an antique Murano chandelier or a leopard-print armchair, this shop is worth a peek for the striking design: The showroom has textured walls based on the sand houses of Mali and fireplaces inspired by Ghanaian jewellery. Don’t miss the Berber-inspired rooftop, and stop to check out the vintage couture on your way back downstairs. No visit to Marrakech is complete without a shopping trip to the city’s souks. The best-known souk is just off bustling Jemaa el Fna square, and its vendors offer both traditional and contemporary wares.

One-of-a-Kind Show

Jemaa el Fna square is one of the most vibrant and lively you can find in Africa, with snake charmers, acrobats, dancers, storytellers, food vendors, musicians and magicians. It’s also oftentimes incredibly hectic and overcrowded. To enjoy the sights without all the people, head to the rooftop café Terrasse des Épices. You can sip delicious coffee or cocktails while taking in all the activity down below.

Natural Wonders

Before there was Sephora there was the souk, where countless herbalists have long marketed Morocco’s unique beauty and wellness cures. Of the many herbalists, Nectarome is the best. The lotions and potions (including herb-infused argan oil) are made on an organic farm in Ourika Valley, just outside of Marrakech. Pop into the shop at Almazar Centre Commercial for a quick intro, or, for a more in-depth experience, pay a visit to the farm, where you can enjoy lunch made from organic produce grown on site, tour the facility where more than 50 aromatic and medicinal plants are cultivated, and enjoy a soak in a sunken bath. You can also select teas freshly brewed from a selection of the garden’s plants and herbs.

New City Diversions

The Guéliz is a modern district built by French and European expats. A flock of up-and-coming designers has landed here, and you’ll find fashion-forward clothing stores and interiors shops that put a contemporary spin on traditional Moroccan motifs clustered around Rue de la Liberté, Marrakech’s answer to the Champs-Élysées. A standout is Fadila el Gadi (by appointment), where you can stock up on classically inspired pieces like reworked military jackets for her and sleek, collarless jackets that are a chic alternative to blazers for him.

Yahya Creation is another must. Morocco is full of beautiful metalwork, but the pieces created by the London-born former martial arts instructor Yahya are some of the most exemplary in the entire country. At his eponymous boutique you’ll find lamps, wall hangings, and even furniture made from bronze, silver, wood and stone. Each piece is hand-carved and shaped into an elaborate form, and then drilled with many holes to create soft patterns of light.

 

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8 Comments about Marrakech

  1. arjun kapoor says:

    will be visiting casablanca in october2013 would want the best of places to visit during our stay for 3 days

  2. Thomas Franco says:

    Hello, I will be visiting the 4 seasons in Sept and I am wondering if you have trips to the Sahara? Thank you

  3. Mary K Stumbo says:

    We will be visiting your fine city with a group June 29 – July 5 and would love your input on the best places to see while we are there. Also, if you can recommend the best website for information on Marrakech. We will be visiting Casablanca as well.

    • Concierge says:

      Dear Mrs Stumbo.

      Greetings from Four Seasons Resort Marrakech.

      Further to your request, please allow me to provide you with some information as follow:

      For your first day at Marrakech it is possible to make a half day tour of the old town (the medina) to get acquainted to the Moroccan culture and way of life, we recommend to do the tour of the old medina, visiting Jemaa El Fna Square and some remarkable monuments such as la Medressa Ben Youssef, which is a former Islamic college in Morocco at the heart of the medina, Bahia palace, and the Saadien tombs this way you can have a first feeling about Moroccan culture.

      As far as your question, please note this website: http://www.travelmarrakech.co.uk

      For more information, please advise your email address.

      We remain at your disposal should you need any further information.

      Best regards,

      Jihane
      Concierge

  4. Concierge says:

    Dear Mr. Shah,

    Greetings from Four Seasons Resort Marrakech!

    I have just sent you an email with some recommendations.

    Best regards,

    Safia
    Concierge

  5. Alka Shah says:

    Hi We are there for five nights soon and want sight seeing suggestions and a reservation at Kasbah Tamadot please

  6. Concierge says:

    Dear Mr. Lim,

    Greetings from Four Seasons Resort Marrakech!

    I have just sent you an email with some recommendations.

    Best regards,

    Safia
    Concierge

  7. Richard Lim says:

    My wife and I are planning a trip to Morocco sometime in September 2013 and would like to know what we can expect for a 9-12 day jaunt!

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Richard Lim

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