Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech is a thriving destination with a robust history and distinct culture. At its heart is the ancient walled city—the Medina—one of the largest souks in Morocco and home to magnificent Moorish palaces. The Medina’s undisputed focal point is Jemaa el Fna, the busiest square in all of Africa. By day, it is a market, but by night the square takes on a carnival-like atmosphere. You’ll be tempted by aromas from the food stalls and parades of snake charmers, musicians and dancers. With a dry climate and an endless array of things to do, Marrakech is the solution for a warm weather getaway during cooler months.
Follow this itinerary from Myriam Thomet, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, to spend a wonderful weekend in this vibrant Moroccan city.
Explore Marrakech with a multilingual guide for half a day. Discover the amazing Medina and the opulent Bahia Palace. View the stunning Koutoubia Mosque and venture though Jemaa el Fna and the souks. Stop for lunch at Terrasse des Épices, located on a quiet rooftop hidden in the middle of the souks. The restaurant’s small alcoves are perfect for a romantic lunch or for chatting with friends. After a stroll around the Medina, relax in a private cabana by one of the Resort’s giant pools, as you enjoy Moroccan mint tea and pastries from Inara Bar and Lounge.
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Have dinner at a traditional Moroccan restaurant, such as Al Fassia, located in the city centre, or Dar Yacout, with its carved cedar ceilings and mosaic floors and fountains. Experience nightlife in Marrakech and sip cocktails at Le Comptoir Darna, or head to Djellabar, where tradition meets modern art, music and tasty libations.
Start off your day with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride at sunrise, complete with magnificent views of the Atlas Mountains and a gourmet breakfast. After the 45-minute flight, head back to the Resort to be pampered at the Spa with a Moroccan Hammam Ritual. The steam from the Hammam and the traditional Rhassoul mask gently exfoliate and detoxify your skin. A signature Massage de Marrakech follows the ceremonial rinse. Enjoy lunch in a casual setting at Azzera Grill, overlooking the Resort’s 40-metre long pool. The beautiful terrace is nestled among olive trees to create an oasis of calm.
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Later, take a camel ride through the beautiful Palmeraie, the famous and ancient palm grove to the north. Savour a signature peach martini beside the roaring fires at Zest at Bleu d’Orange, a rooftop bar boasting spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains and Menara Gardens. After cocktails, dine in the Moroccan-inspired Solano, which features a refined menu crafted from only the finest local ingredients. Top off your night with dancing at the trendy SO Night Lounge with its four separate areas, or sway to the sounds from the DJ at the more intimate Bo Zin.