One of my favourite discoveries in Marrakesh was El Fenn, which we found whilst on our rooftop bar search. And the moment I walked through the door of this ultra stylish boutique hotel, I was in love. Take a look through my photos and you'll see why...
So, its fair to say I love to shop... who doesn’t? But there is something about the hustle and bustle of the djemaa el fna square and the exotic souk that was giving me even more than my usual shopping buzz. Its the real life Aladdin's cave. Full of treasures, herbs and spices... the biggest selection of rugs iv ever seen.
I recommend bringing your imagination. I cant tell you how many things I wish I had purchased, because I hadn't explored the possibility's whilst I was there. Now im home, I find I actually do need everything I saw. Good thing its not too far away and I could even drive there (extra room for all that shopping)
Its amazing how much inspiration from fashion and interiors has come from Marrakesh. And it does not surprise me at all. Its such a vibrant and visually inspiring place. I often leave a city or destination, wanting too add flavours to my home and this place was no exception. I can only imagine what our home will look like in 10 years time (its currently a Spanish farmhouse, with french Provencal styling with a tip of the cap to Italy)
At Souk Cherifa, a market within a market, you can pick up Berber-style beanies, personalised straw hats and printed purses that wouldn’t look out of place in a Paris club.
This Rose bud tea just looks so incredible that I had to buy some to add to my tea collection. As you know, i'm a sucker for anything pink and flowery.
And the donkeys in the Medina are the most stylish iv ever seen!!!
Before visiting the medina, one of the items on my shopping list was Savon Noir.
Im told Beldi Black soap is an essential part of the traditional Moroccan spa treatment (Hammam).
With the texture of butter, this soap is made from black olive pulp and is rich in vitamin E. It prepares the skin for exfoliation.
When combined with the action of the Kessa Hammam glove it removes impurities and dead skin. This soap does not lather like typical soap but instead become creamy
After seeing all of the unique ways to display these colorful and interesting spices, Im so re styling my pantry...
As the end of summer rolls in, I wanted to celebrate the last of the long balmy nights with something we cant really do as the nights draw in ...So BBQ it was . Don't get me wrong, its not like we have winters here in southern Spain like we did in the UK, but the temperature does drop and we have less daylight hours.
And in the summer spirit, I wanted to make things as colorful an seasonal as possible. So I decide to take inspiration from one of my favorite restaurants in LA, The lvy.
Ever since we visited the restaurant on the third leg of our honeymoon, I’v been obsessed with the styling and decor.
Using my favorite Ecuador roses in Twilight, Topaz, Vendela and stardust I made arrangements in large jugs, coffee pots and colored glasses and they were so easy to make
As it was BBQ and and not a formal dinner, I had to reign myself in and keep it simple...but will admit it was a hard thing to do as i'm definitely a more is more kind of gal
The little tealights are just empty yogurt pots!
The great thing about hosting a get together are the super cute hostess gifts people bring and my lovely friend Anna brought us some Champagne, Macarons and the most delicious and beautiful raspberry tart. Its lovely to have friends who know you so well
I stocked the bar with Pimms (always great for a BBQ) , and ingredients for aromatic G&Ts (Recipe coming soon)
Its beautiful when your party goes from day to night and the lighting changes, allowing all of your twinkling candles and tea lights to do their thing
What are our favourite BBQ styling tips? Id love to hear all about them
In my previous post, I said that Marrakesh was full of beautiful and interesting places to stay. Well, I found The Royal Mansour and developed total hotel envy and swiftly added it to my places to stay before I die bucket list. Believe me, every hint possible has been dropped to my husband about how delighted id be to stay here
I have wanted to visit Marrakesh for such a long time. I could just tell that it would be right up my street. So when friends of ours who frequent this magnificent city offered to show us the ropes we jumped at the chance
There really are so many wonderful and interesting places to stay in Marrakesh, but our Friends highly recommenced La Mamounia
The fact that it was also a former palace helped to steer us in the right direction too. Upon a little investigation I discovered that it's a bit of a hit with the celebrities through the ages... with everyone from Charley Chaplin to Elton John staying here
1923, the hotel opened its doors, offering a subtle blend of Arabic-Andalusian architecture and Art Deco style. And it seems its been a big hit ever since. Apparently… In 1943, Winston Churchill asked Franklin D Roosevelt to join him on one of his many visits, describing the hotel as 'the loveliest place on earth'.
And Alfred Hitchcock used it as the backdrop for his 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. I'm a big Hitchcock fan, so enough said...
The hotel was re invented in 2009, by one of my favorite french architects Jacques Garcia (the man behind hotel costes ). And it is Wonderful.
The lobby has the most beautiful Chandeliers
The rooms are so beautifully decorated in the Moroccan style. Deep colours match the wood and tadelakt in the corridor, Making them so elegant. And top it off, they have the most superb view over the beautiful gardens of La Mamounia
And then there are the gardens, which are a masterpiece in there own right. Lined with olive trees and Orange blossom, the fragrance is quite sensation
Madagascar periwinkle adds to the fragrance as you pass the flowerbeds. I'm told that there re over 1,200 plant species in the gardens! The gardens actually date back to the reign of Sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah (1757-1790). To stroll along avenues lined by 300-year-old olive trees to the sound of tinkling fountains and birdsong is to me, one of the greatest pleasures of staying here.
After exploring all of the delights the hotel has to offer, we decided it was time for a cocktail and some Moroccan pastry's on the terrace
Even the cocktails have style at La Mamounia. Its almost too pretty to drink
We were refreshed and relaxed after our journey and ready to explore the city, after a fabulous afternoon exploring our beautiful hotel with so much style and history that the hotel itself was an event ... Stay tuned for more on our adventures in Marrakesh
Which is your favourite hotel or Riad in Marrakesh? Id love to hear all about your favourite places, as I absolutely plan to become a regular to this fabulous city!
More adventures in Marrakesh here and here
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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