In the morning, you go up to the roof terrace of the riad for a hearty breakfast, with the music of the city awakening in the background and an exceptional panorama of the Medina. In the luminous patio, we swim in the swimming pool to refresh ourselves before setting off to the souks.
Hidden in a lush secret garden, the terracotta walls and emerald green domes of Villa Hebri are reminiscent of the traditional riads of the Red City. Inside, the masterful Moroccan craftsmanship is brought to light: typical patterns can be found on the floors, fabrics or mosaics of the fireplace.
In the shade of a hundred-year-old olive tree, we take advantage of the burning sun of Morocco then we dive into the magnificent green mosaic pool in front of us. Later, we venture into the surroundings of the villa for a game of golf with friends.
Villa Dar El Sadaka is a stunning residence nestled in a lush palm grove. In the gardens or in the rooms, the animal sculptures and extravagant works of the artist Jean-François Fourtou invite themselves as if to tell us an oriental fable.
At first light, you cross the amazing scenery of the villa's large gardens to reach the tennis court. As soon as the heat is felt, you rush to the massage room to be pampered before joining the large sofas for a brunch prepared by the villa's chef.
Created in the 1920s, the Grand Café de la Poste stands out for its colonial-inspired decoration. We love its wooden shutters, its raffia seats and its grandiose proportions. The menu does not offer classics of local cuisine but a typical French brasserie menu. A real treat, the result of a collaboration between two French and Moroccan chefs. You must absolutely taste their duck breast.
Address : Avenue Imam Malik, Marrakech
Between the west and the east
Finding the elegant Foundouk in the alleys of the medina requires a certain sense of direction but the welcome, between candles and the scent of roses, is worth the diversion. Foundouk means caravanserai but here the contemporary decoration perfectly illustrates the style of the new Marrakech, mixing past and present, East and West. The French chef serves a fine and refined cuisine, a hybrid of Moroccan and Mediterranean influences, tradition and modernity.
Address : 55, Souk Hal Fes, Kaat Bennahid, Marrakech
This restaurant and bar located a few kilometres from the ramparts of the old city welcomes a trendy French and Moroccan clientele. The soundtrack is provided by very good DJs, lounge music followed by sounds more suited to the dance floor from 11pm. You don't miss the opportunity to drink a mojito in its exotic garden.
Address : Route de l'Ourika km 3,5, Marrakech
Locals will tend to describe Al Fassia as a must. The cuisine here is traditionally Moroccan. Excellent tagines and couscous are served à la carte. All dishes are delicious, especially the pigeon pastilla. The staff, exclusively female, infuses this institution of more than twenty years with a warm atmosphere.
Address : 55 Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni, Gueliz, Marrakech
On weekend evenings, the Comptoir welcomes the whole of Marrakech for a drink in an attractive and contemporary atmosphere. This red-and-black-walled institution is also a restaurant and is the ideal place to extend your evenings, with oriental dancers and talented DJs, all washed down with tasty cocktails.
Address : Avenue Echouhada, Hivernage, Marrakech
Cocktails with a view
The Nomad's door is not easy to find. Once you enter, you climb its stairs to reach the second terrace and its breathtaking view of the rooftops of the Laghzel souk and the snow-covered Atlas Mountains (between November and May). The cocktails are particularly delicious there, accompanied by a fresh and inventive cuisine.
Address : 1 derb Arjan, Rahba Lakdima, Marrakech
The Majorelle garden is a true living tableau, and remains a must for every new visitor on holiday in Marrakech. Trees and exotic plants line its shady alleys, lulled by the murmur of the fountains and the chirping of birds. The memorial to Yves Saint Laurent, who bought the garden in 1980 with Pierre Bergé, adds a spiritual dimension to this unmistakable homage to colour and nature.
Address : Angle des rues Yakoub el Mansour et Prince Moulay Abdelah
Mustapha is an antique dealer and has a real Ali Baba's cave where one could spend hours. There you can discover craftsmanship, from the oldest to the most modern, crockery, unique lamps and a few carefully selected pieces of ready-to-wear clothing. You will find everything in this cave where you will inevitably find something to offer or take home.
Address : 144 Arset Aouzal Rd, Marrakech
For a getaway out of the chaos of the medina, one leaves without hesitation for the Beldi country club six kilometres from the city. Two long swimming pools are waiting there under the bougainvilleas, where you can indulge in the most complete idleness. There, one divides one's time between rose bushes, olive groves, restaurants, original shops and the Spa by Beldi, one of the best we have tried so far.
Address : KM6 route du Barrage, BP 210, Marrakech
Enter the poetic world of the equestrian show alongside Sadek El bahjaoui, a virtuoso trainer.
Cocktail trunk, saxophone and mixologist: plunge into a retro evening on the rooftops of the city.
Dinner is served in a nomadic tent accompanied by Gnawa musicians and acrobats.
Fly away for breakfast served at a table hundreds of metres above the ground.
Explore the Marrakech region in a real time machine: A Red Army sidecar
Cross the fertile land of Amanar by mountain bike along walnut fields and wild torrents.
Discover our luxury villa rentals in Marrakech, explore the region on the good advice of our luxury concierge and let yourself be carried away by the scent of the spices of the colourful souks of Marrakech.
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