When I think of exotic destinations – I have always wanted to explore the vibrant desert and Medina’s of Morocco!
After a couple of weeks travelling through Italy with my husband Chris, he headed to France for work and I planned a mini getaway with a dear friend who is based in London. Morocco is a short flight from London and you can be there in under 4 hours.
With only 4 days we needed to stick to one destination so Fez, known as the ‘Mecca of the West’ & Chefchaouen ( the blue city) will have to wait till next time.
To make the most of our short visit we decided to stay inside the old walls of the Medina. Inside these old walls there are hundreds of small hidden traditional Moroccan Riads – these are house’s with an interior garden or courtyard. I found so much inspiration from how these houses are designed all central around their internal gardens.
Must do: Pamper yourself – you must book in and experience a traditional Moroccan Hammam and massage treatment. We visited Les Bains de Marrakech twice in 4 days and it was the most unique spa I have ever experienced. Its located just inside the walls of the Medina walls and you can get a taxi to the entry.
Must shop: I was searching for the perfect original Moroccan Beni Ourain rug and a few other handmade items that would fit in my suitcase. With thousands of hand loomed rugs crammed into the souk the choice was overwhelming! After hours of looking through piles of rugs I found my perfect match at Al Matjar. I also picked up some cute handmade leopard print moccasins and a new baby wedding blanket for the latest member of The Stylephiles team ( baby Ivy ).
Must visit: The tranquil Majorelle Gardens was a beautiful experience appreciating over 40 years of dedication across almost 2 acres. The collection of plants against a backdrop of Majorelle Blue is incredible. I must have taken 100+ photos on this morning and have even had one image printed on a large scale and framed that now hangs in our Sydney home.
Must eat: Comptoir Marrakech ($$). This was one of the best food experiences of my life! Not only was the decor and atmosphere incredibly magical the food was Michelin Star quality. Stick around till 10pm as this is when the belly dancers and candelabra ladies start to perform and take over this restaurant.
Travel: If you are travelling alone or even with a small group of women its best to hire a guide as the winding alleys of the Medina are confusing and can be dangerous at night.