Things to do
Visit the medina
Definitely go shopping in the medina (market). Its a really interesting and visual place to see. There are so many things to do... have a spot of lunch, see some of the local tradesmen working on their craft and its amazing for shopping. They expect you to haggle, so don't disappoint them . Unlike most markets, they aren't too pushy which really helps when your trying to get a good look at all the interesting thing they have on offer. Look out for yummy teas and spices
The Majorelle Jardins
Gardens once owned by YSL. A lovely place to stroll around in the morning and take in all of the intersting design features and of course the gardens. I wrote a more in depth post here
A really lovely place just off the medina (main market) square. The Food is excellent, Get a table on the roof for some incredible views of marrakech. And you shouldn't need a reservation.
Le Royal Mansour
Le Royal Mansour is just the most stunning hotel. We took our friend for her birthday for afternoon tea. It's a great way to see the hotel which really IS something too see and the afternoon tea was really cute (they do a Moroccan themed one). More pictures on my previous post here
La Mamounia has the most incredible, lovely gardens. And cocktails and lunch on the patio are not to be missed. Its open to non-residents and actually just lovely to have a walk through as its so beautiful
Cafe des espice
Cafe des espice is another super cute place for a chilled out lunch... again head to the rooftop for a table and watch the world go by while sipping on a cocktail or enjoying lunch. Especially lovely at sunset
El Fenn is the most stylish boutique hotel, with its own resident tortoise (This delighted me to no end) Dinner and cocktails on the roof is a must for views of the Atlas mountains. Totally worth checking out. We are staying here on our next trip (and we did, see here), so I will no doubt have an update coming your way soon...
Beautiful restaurant (french Moroccan styling) - after dinner, they have a belly dancing show (they have a lot of this kind of thing in Marrakech, this is one is one of the least tacky ones) Its actually quite funny and something to see. If it's not your thing leave before it starts
Jad Mahal is another fabulously decadent spot for dinner. It turns into quite the party afterwards too so a great place if your looking to make a night of it. I wrote about it in more detail here
I hope you find some useful tips here and hope you love Marrakesh as much as I do. Do let me know if you try any these places out. Id be delighted to know your thoughts
For me, summer is all about entertaining. Its all about making the most of those long warm luxurious nights spent with the people you love and love to be around.
And of course a time to play hostess and create a cute environment for your favourites to relax in.
I'm always trying the find new and interesting ways to utilise the outside spaces in our home. I feel so lucky to live somewhere that inspires me creatively and I never want to take that for granted.
For this particular soiree I thought it would be lovely to make use out of our little herb patio. Its much moor intimate than the the outside living areas at our Cortijo.
I used a mixture of green and pink water tumblers and balloon glasses from LSA (here) which I am absolutley in love with and I feel really add a bit of glamour to the table
We grow a variety of fresh herbs here and when they are in bloom they are particularly pretty. From strawberry flowers to flowering basil... with a little touch or sage and rosemary. Not only is it so pretty but the smell is incredible
In the daytime its filled with pretty butterfly's dotting around, so i wanted to try and replicate the look. Unfortunately, real butterfly's don't stay where id like them placed so I had to bring in some fake ones
I set the table as golden hour started to hit the patio, bathing the whole area in the most beautiful golden hue
Where possible iv added links to the items I have used for the tablescape (with substitutes for the ones I couldn't find)
Holidays are meant to be a break from your own mini reality. They’re meant to be a time and place you can live another life with little to no responsibility, apart from getting back to the hotel before they shut the doors!
And because of that, booking a holiday should be the time you go all out to really take a sip of a lifestyle don't lead everyday.But unfortunately things cost money, and most of us are working with a strict budget.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t include a little bit of luxury on your holiday, and there’s plenty of neat tips and tricks to use to save money whilst you’re doing it. So here’s a couple for your perusal, and hopefully for you to put to good use.
Know Your Limits
This is mostly about what your flight budget is going to get you, and how far you could reasonably go on a long haul flight without blowing all of your budget; if you’re headed to Asia from America, you’re not going to get much bang for your buck when you arrive, and you’re just going to leave the trip exhausted (mentally, physically, and financially!).
So try to think a little more inland, and find out which countries have the best exchange
rates near you, and then head out to them. Don’t worry, there’s always going to be a luxury option when you arrive, so you’re never going to be missing out on the best quality.
It’s All About the Accommodation!
As we said above, there’s always a luxury room or suite out there for you to invest in, and you don’t need to waste half your holiday budget on it either. Just look at the Edinburgh apartments to rent for a good example; a few nights won’t cost you an arm or a leg, and you still get serviced rooms to make sure you don’t have to lift a finger!
So find a hotel that has a couple of stars to its name; Its much better than trying to fit yourself into the nearest hotel to the airport that’s cheap but has a few bad reviews, and live the high life whilst you’re there. Order room service, use up all the shampoo and soap that’s provided, and take every advantage you can of the breakfast option. Even lounge by the poolside all day, it’s a great place to get a tan and freshen up without even needing to leave the comfortable confines of the hotel.
Affording a luxury holiday takes a bit of planning and a lot of effort within that, but it doesn't have to be impossible to do. Just make sure you’re considering the value you’re getting for you money, and remember that you get what you pay for when you’re booking the cheapest holiday option available!
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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