I recently went to Marrakech for a dear friends wedding. It was such an exotic, colorful city and one of my favorite trips in the last few years!
I recently went to Morocco for the first time for a friend’s wedding. It was one of the most vibrant and certainly the most exotic cities I have ever been to! It’s like stepping back in time to another era.
Where to stay: If you can afford it, I would highly recommend The Royal Mansour. Pure luxury! If you live in the real world like the rest of us, Villa des Orangers is an uber chic boutique hotel that is my favorite in Marrakech.
Lunch break: If you are in the Souk and shopping up a storm, a great little hole in the wall that opens into a secret garden aptly named Le Jardin is the perfect pit stop. Feels like another era.
Sweet thing! Afternoon tea at La Mamounia followed by a stroll in the impressive gardens is heaven! The rooms here are gorgeous if you are looking for another, less boutique-y option.
Happy Hour Sit on poufs and sip on a delicious mojito on the roof of Riad El Fenn whilst looking over Old City.
Dinner is served! Dinner at the Royal Mansour’s french restaurant is a gastronomic experience (beware this may set you back about $650US and is very fancy), but by far our favorite dinner was at, Dar Yacout found in the oldest riad in the city. You may want to wear your stretchy pants though, it’s a pre set menu and the food just keeps on coming!
Unwind… Have a hamman at your hotel spa. This local tradition will really get the circulation going! Follow it with a massage to get the full effect.
Get Lost Shopping at the Souk was such fun! Leather bags, lanterns, and gorgeous jewelry! galore! The best advice I got with regards to the bargaining was to offer a 1/4 of their starting price. They love to haggle so don’t worry, they won’t be offended!
Escape If you need a couple hours respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a 15minute cab ride out of the city to The Beldi Country Club for a little r&r. Lay by the pool, walk in the rose garden or chill out in the spa. The grounds are beautiful.
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Bargaining and haggling over the price of something in the marketplace is often an intrinsic part of the culture. The sellers enjoy it and it's all part of the deal. A good rule of thumb in a 'bargain friendly' country is to offer a quarter of what the initial asking price is and go from there.