|| Marrakech ||
Welcome to part 2. The grit and all things beautiful of the ‘Red City’, it has full of unexpected surprises and hidden secrets this city has to offer, so many things to see and do, even outside the capital – Essaouira, Fez, Tangier and beyond; what’s not to love?
Enjoy the final instalment of my trip to Marrakech! I hope to visit Tangier, Fez next time!
|| Tips for visiting the souks, more like how to survive in the souks ||
The souks is like a complex network of alleyways with shops-like Aladdin’s caves and market stalls, you’ll find all sorts of incredible things like spices, handmade babouche slippers and robes, leather bags, homeware, rugs, jewellery and trinkets and antique furnishings. chaotic and spectacular, it can be very overwhelming and frustrating to navigate around all at once. Here my tips on how to survive in the souks.
- Hire a local guide to accompany through the labyrinth of souks. If you’re happy to wander alone and getting lost for the experience, get a map.
- Keep an eye on what’s going on around you. Expect dodging mopeds, carts and donkeys in the narrow streets of the medina, they come at you from all angles and beware of blind spots.
- Bargaining is a skill and most of the traders spoke French and Arabic. It would help if you had a grade A in French language, okay-ish negotiation skill and a firm attitude, you can survive. If you can’t get a discount, smile and say ‘thanks’, move on.
- Beware of pickpockets. Theft happens all around you, so be vigilant and take care of your personal belongings and pockets. It nearly happened to me once when my phone was taken out of my tote bag, thanks to my quick reaction I managed to grab it back like a bird of prey.
|| Places to chill out on a blistering hot afternoon ||
- Le Grand Cafe de la Poste – Stop in for a fresh orange juice, and lunch at the old colonial building. Angle Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi et, Avenue Imam Malik, Marrakech.
- Cafe des Epices – Have a break from shopping in the medina, drink mint tea or coffee on a rooftop terrace overlooking Jemaa El-Fnaa square. Place Rahba Lakdima, Marrakech.
|| Es Saadi Gardens & Resort ||
Located just a stone throw away from Jemaa El-Fnaa square, Bahia Palace and Minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, Es Saadi Gardens and Resort is one of the largest luxury hotels in a 20 acre park in Marrakech. It was where the BBC thriller drama The Night Manager filmed the early scenes. The hotel consists of 10 themed villas, Ksars (apartment villas for families), palace suites and standard hotel rooms suites, luxurious restaurants and bars offering traditional and modern cuisines, casino and night club, kids club, spa and traditional Moroccan hammams – with facilities including their exclusive Dior Institut, hydrotherapy pool, natural herb saunas, well equipped fitness centers, indoor and outdoor heated pools, and a large beautiful gardens of palm trees, olive trees, rose and minty eucalyptus.
Many thanks to Es Saadi Gardens and Resort for inviting me for a complimentary tour, lunch and bathe by the pool.
Es Saadi Gardens & Resort – Rue Ibrahim El Mazini, Marrakech.
Thank you, Marrakech. It was love at second sight!
Kit Lee was a guest of Morocco Tourist Board, and stayed 2 nights at Naoura Barriere Marrakech.