AFRICA, MOROCCO, TRAVEL

Morocco visual diary: Marrakech

6th June 2013

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

Marrakech #fairytalemorocco

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.


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  • Strawberry Funda 6th June 2013 at 20:45

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Your travel photos are beautiful.

  • Fashion Follows Her 6th June 2013 at 21:13

    Oh this reminds me I really need a holiday! The pool looks so relaxing and I think I would just laze in the bath for hours! Heaven.

  • Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies 6th June 2013 at 21:45

    I’ve been waiting for you to publish this post. Totally captivated by Morocco. I’m hoping to visit the country sometime next year. Fingers crossed.

  • Winnie 6th June 2013 at 21:46

    Stunning photos Kit! I visited Marrakech for about 5 days about 2.5 years ago and it was wonderful – the people are so friendly and it is just the most colourful culture over there. I loved exploring (and getting lost) in the souks! I think I will wear my Moroccan silver earrings tomorrow! Inspired!

  • I Supreme 6th June 2013 at 22:27

    Beautiful photos. I love the fact that you’ve matched your top, pants and sandals for the Moroccan trip.
    Thanks for sharing your adventure with us.

  • Apple Choi 6th June 2013 at 23:11

    I need a holiday. Badly.

  • Yyvonne 7th June 2013 at 00:06

    I went there with my family last summer, like you, we loved it there too. Your photos really takes me back with lovely memories of the places we’d been, did you buy anything from the souks?

    • Kit Lee 8th June 2013 at 13:17

      @Yyvonne I didn’t spend any single penny in Marrakech, but bought a mini tagine in Essaouira.

  • Florence Shah-Mathaway 7th June 2013 at 01:51

    The bath tub looks huge!

  • Mao Mao 7th June 2013 at 01:56

    哇 , 你去了好多地方哦 .

  • Ryan 7th June 2013 at 02:02

    羊肉串无敌yes .

  • Russ 7th June 2013 at 03:33

    Kit Lee is an excellent travel companion – even if she has trouble holding onto her wrist watch.

  • denise 7th June 2013 at 06:52

    your photos are so good kit. I want a baby lamb!!

  • Sarah Lise 7th June 2013 at 14:18

    Love the burst of bold colours in the YSL garden, I can’t wait to see more!

  • Alice Chen 7th June 2013 at 15:19

    好漂亮 //

  • Paulina M 7th June 2013 at 16:31

    I want to go to Morocco. Suddenly this idea just flash out. But I need to go to London to get a visa. Ergh!

  • Shini 7th June 2013 at 18:26

    Gaaah this is too beautiful, I can see why anyone can get emotional about this trip ;)

  • Charlie 7th June 2013 at 19:51

    Wowee this is all exactly how I imagined it! Your pictures are just a dream Kit!!

  • Théa Unknown 7th June 2013 at 21:56

    Awesome article! Love photographs!

    xx
    Théa
    http://theaisunknown.blogspot.fr/
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Theaunknown

  • Michelle Lee 8th June 2013 at 11:23

    beautiful

  • Darcy 8th June 2013 at 13:01

    Beautiful photographs and I love the yellow, blues, white outfit against the bright background. You make Marrakech look like such a scenic place, I want to visit there one day, haha. Glad to hear that you’ve been having such a pleasant time with the bloggers in Marrakech. x

  • Amanda Gatlin 8th June 2013 at 13:06

    You always make everything look so beautiful.

  • Sandrice 8th June 2013 at 13:23

    Wow! I love your blog (just found it!) You have the most beautiful and unexpected photographs of Morocco – thank you for sharing.

  • Momoko 8th June 2013 at 13:26

    Quality.

  • i am not a celebrity 11th June 2013 at 10:58

    So emotional. So beautiful. Thanks for the post, my darling. xxx

  • the style crusader 11th June 2013 at 11:17

    Wow Kit! It looks and sounds amazing. I would so love to visit! Can’t wait to see more. xx