Surf, shop, socialise or just sit back with a hot cup of mint tea. Entrepreneur PRITI PAUL shares the most charming places in the North African kingdom
In Marrakechwalled medina quarter, right next to the Royal Palaces, La Sultana offers one of the best places to stay, with beautiful riads that feature African, Occidental and Oriental architecture. A few steps away from UNE SCO World Heritage Site Djemaa el – Fna is another hotel, Riad Kaiss, once the harem of MoroccoSultan Moulay Yacoub, with nine rooms and suites opening to courtyard gardens. Or head to thepalmeraie (palm – filled oasis) just outside the city, where Le Palais Rlioul has gorgeous villas and tents with sunken baths and private pools. Ijasultanamarrakech.com; Riaclkaiss. com; Palais – rhoul.com
Claude Challe, DJ behind the Buddha Bar clubs and music, has a new spot for you to hit before clubbing: Djella – bar. Leave behind the crowds for a quiet lunch at hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia. Or catch a fashion show with dinner and people – watch at the stylish d.sens’in Place du Novembre 16. Djellahar.com; Lesjar – dinsdelakoutoubia.com; Dsensmarrakech. ma
The Eureka Valley in the High Atlas Mountains makes for a lovely day out. Clamber up the waterfall, and return down for kebabs and tagines with hot mint tea at the little restaurants.
Moroccobig secret is Oualidia, a blue lagoon with amazing oysters and waves just right for surfing.
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The little boutiques opposite the Jar – din Majorelle sell everything from organic food and antique furniture to Moroccan mod design. Le 961 has a great selection of clothes for a night out, and for leather, head to Galerie Birke – meyer. Laboutique961.com; Galerie – birkemeyer.com
People have been gathering at the market square Djemaa el – Fna for hundreds of years. Join the locals sipping on a nous – nous (milky Moroccan coffee) and watching the world go by.
Plan your trip so you can make it to the Fes Festival, June 8-16. A celebration of world music, this yearedition pays tribute to Persian poet Omar A1 Khayyam and progresses to blues and gospel tunes. Rajasthani folk artists perform Kabirpoems and Sufi singers from Pakistan take the stage. Stay for Icelandic singer – songwriter Bjork, who takes her art – and – music project Biophilia to Marrakech this month.
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