As the temperature drops in the UK we travelled to Marrakech to seek some winter sun. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fes and Tangier. Marrakech is the capital city of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. Located to the north of the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains the scenery is stunning.
Our initial interest in Morocco was ignited by a blog post we read on Floris London‘s website. Their team went over to Marrakech for British Polo Day; under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, as part of the Royal Moroccan Polo Federation. The article describes the gardens they found and the roses blossoming in them.As you will probably already know, James Bond is synonymous with Jermyn Street and Mayfair. Therefore we were interested to learn that Morocco is also famed for its beautiful landscapes which are often used as film locations. James Bond film Spectre has quite a few scenes shot in Morocco. In the movie the villa, home to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Christoph Waltz, was superimposed into the desert. The futuristic Moroccan lair can be seen here. Some of our favourite pieces from James Bond’s wardrobe are courtesy of St James’ & Mayfair brands Crockett & Jones, Sunspel, N. Peal, Turnbull & Asser, John Smedley and Lock & Co, whist on our travels we wore our Crockett & Jones shoes and a trusty Lock & Co,. hat for protection against the sun.
Also, we found out that the recent TV show, The Night Manager was also filmed in Marrakech, you may remember the luxurious New and Lingwood silk dressing gown worn by Hugh Laurie? which is pictured below. The filming for this show took place inside the Es Saadi resort (on the show the hotel is known as the Nefertiti Hotel).Other beautiful hotels we visited included Royal Mansour and La Mamounia. Both are very grand and luxurious and the staff were brilliant; friendly and attentive. The Royal Mansour is the result of pure inspiration: a dream made real, and a spectacular recreation of a beautiful way of life. The very soul of Morocco is reflected in the fulfilment of this vision, one that is faithful to architectural tradition, and honours both heritage crafts and contemporary artistic talent. Yet its most memorable aspect is its sense of welcome – that’s where the real magic happens. Guests come away surprised and happy, charged with all the emotions of an exceptional experience. Visit www.royalmansour.com to see the exquisite hotel in more detail. A stay at La Mamounia is a visual experience, with plays of light between indoor and outdoor spaces, and beautifully contrasting colours, such as the zellige tilework in Majorelle blue, green and orange. It is also a tactile experience, with the flowing lines of arabesque sculptures, the textured and velvety smooth fabrics, and the gentle warmth of wood, as well as the subtle, enchanting presence of water in the hotel’s fountains and ponds – a beautiful symbol of life. Visit www.mamounia.com to find out more.
We were delighted with our recent purchase from Taylor of Old Bond Street; a luxury Leather Men’s Grooming Box here in Brown Mock-Croc. This is a brilliant travelling companion and ensured we were well-kempt for the duration of our visit (click here to read more).The relentless sun was welcomed; luckily we had packed our favourite sunscreen by Sisley to ensure we were protected from the sun during our travels. This sunscreen is fantastic and feels great and lasts throughout the day- it’s not oily either. The food was brilliant in Morocco and our favourite restaurants were: roof top restaurant La terrasse des épicess which had great views of Marrakech and Dar Moha which does a wonderful tasting menu. The setting is brilliant; eating surrounded by the Yves Klein blue walled courtyard sat beside a mosaic fountain pool provided the prefect atmosphere for the magical dining experience. There are lots of things to do and to see in Marrakech and one of our personal highlights was the Majorelle Garden; a twelve-acre botanical garden, which was originally designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s. The garden has been open to the public since 1947. Since 1980 the garden has been owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. After Yves Saint Laurent died in 2008 his ashes were scattered in the Majorelle Garden. After visiting Jardin Majorelle we recommend popping into 33 Rue Majorelle for some shopping. It’s located next door and has lots of beautifully crafted products on display and for sale. For further shopping opportunities, we recommend the hustle and bustle of the great square of Marrakesh, The Jemaa El Fna situated in Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city). During the day it is predominantly occupied by orange juice stalls, water sellers with traditional leather water-bags and brass cups, spice merchants and snake charmers The weather is great all year round and typically averages around the following for Oct (21°C), Nov (17°C) & Dec (14°C). We highly recommend a visit to Marrakech and we hope to go back again soon!
For further information visit www.visitmorocco.com