Marrakesh Edit July 30 2015
... à la #LFMuse
Nothing beats a weekend spa break without the rules- and where more exotic to get your mud mask fix than the Daughter of the Desert, the Red City. Mix it up with a spot of nightlife and culture.
The #LFmuse's version of events:
A weekend in Marrakesh would not be complete without dipping your toes into the whirlwind of wonder that is the souks. Take your time and soak it up. As evening settles in, order a mint tea from a roof-top cafe surrounding Jemaa el-Fnaa in time for sunset and watch the evening stalls come alive below and the circus begin.
Terrace des Epices
You may have to get your google maps out for this one as it is buried deep in the heart of the souks, but this treasure by Kamal Laftimi is worth the hunt. Climb onto the rooftop, drink in the views and choose from delicious contemporary Morrocan dishes.
A haven of calm and beauty, this sea of azures, corals and dusty greens is the perfect escape from the midday heat and bustling medina. Named after the painter, Jacques Majorelle, the gardens were formally owned by Yves Saint Laurent and restored by him and Pierre Berge and are today beautifully kept. Lose yourself amongst the towering cacti and succulents and dream a little.
Grand Cafe de la Poste
Step away from the madness and back in time to the old post office. Head to the top floor for pre-dinner cocktails.
Great for a Saturday night out if it's busy. Call ahead to ensure it's packed and then persuade them to give you a table in the garden and order the slow-cooked lamb.
Undeniably the first port of call for complete relaxation, Winston Churchill's beloved hotel has it all - gargantuan swimming pool, suitably odd ice-cream stand, tennis courts and even a vegetable garden. Be sure to book yourself into a hammam and then fall asleep by the pool covered in ice-cream.
Beware website's music- it may make you fall asleep.
A Year in Marrakesh
by Peter Mayne
whilst you are there.