Marrakech has always been on my travel radar for absolute ages after fallen for an iconic image in one of the photography books at a fashion history lecture, it was a photograph of the late Talitha Getty, in her kaftan attire, crouching pose on a roof-top terrace in Marrakech taken by Patrick Lichfield (1969). It was around that time I painted my bedroom walls in terracotta colour, a hint of love maybe, hopefully one day I would visit Marrakech. Over 10 years later, I was there!
Last month, an email from Kate who freelances for the Morocco Tourism Board cropped up in my inbox, asking if I’d be free for a bloggers press trip to Marrakech- Essaouira in mid May, you know, just doing the usual touristy, sightseeing things for the blog and social media platforms. Well of course, I would do anything to escape from the sullen British weather and swap it for the sun and heat, I said yes without hesitation.
We (Kate, Russ, Lucy, Rachel, Lexxi and our guide Faical) flew to Marrakech with British Airways, it’s difficult to believe it took 3.5 hours from London Gatwick! We stayed at Fellah Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel situated in a 6 hectare park over looking the Atlas Mountains, the hotel boasts 10 villas with 69 rooms decorated in contemporary and traditional decors, an outdoor swimming pool and giant cactus filled gardens. I can vouch for their friendly atmosphere and impeccable service which has made the hotel a drool-worthy visit. Thanks to Harvey Nichols for loaning me their lovely Mercy Delta (new designer to watch) printed silk blouse and Atalanta Weller sandals (as pictured) to go with the Moroccan colour palette.
There was so much to see and do in Marrakech in the space of 2 days, it was difficult to contain myself with excitement that Marrakech was AMAZING and FASCINATING – stunning mosques, decorative arts, the hustle and bustle in the Medina and the Souks. Goats, donkeys, camels spilling across the road, stray cats frolicking in every corner. Oasis of palm trees and exotic cactus garden at YSL’s Le Jardin Majorelle. I found myself (enjoying) eating lamb meat for the first time in 15 years. Shocker. I haven’t converted yet. We had spice tea at the popular Cafe des Epices, a delightful lunch at Lucien Barriere Hotel, dinner and belly dancing at Le Salama within the medina. And our final day spent lounging in the sun, swimming and lunch with a ship full of succulent sushi at Nikki Beach. Stay tuned for Essaouira!
Many thanks to Fellah Hotel for accommodating us, Lucien Barriere Hotel and Nikki Beach for being great hosts, and thanks to Faical of Morocco Tourism Board for the amazing, unique and unforgettable experience in Marrakech. Kit Lee of Style Slicker was a guest of Morocco Tourism Board.