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. Home to magnificent Moorish palaces and garden riads, it boasts the busiest square in all of Africa, the mythic Jemaa el Fna, at its heart. By day it’s peopled mainly by juice sellers, henna artists and hawkers selling trinkets, but by night it takes on a carnival-like atmosphere where music and drumming, fire, smoke and irresistible aromas entice adventurous visitors into magical world. All of this combined with a year-round dry, sunny climate makes Marrakech the ultimate exotic city getaway.
Jihane Barehmi, Guest Relations Manager at Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, suggests the following itinerary for a weekend you’ll never forget.
Get your bearings with a multilingual guide for half a day, taking in the narrow lanes of the Medina and the opulent Palais Bahia. Admire the dazzling Koutoubia Mosque before venturing onto the Jemaa el Fna and deep into the souks. Stop for lunch on the rooftop of the Terrasse des Épices, where intimate dining alcoves provide respite for a romantic meal, or to simply catch up with friends. Afterwards, relax in a private cabana by one of the Resort’s giant pools while sipping Moroccan mint tea and nibbling pastries from the Resort’s lounge, Inara.
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Have dinner at a traditional Moroccan restaurant, such as the women-run Al Fassia, located in the city centre, or the opulent Le Tobsil, beloved by celebrities for its plush crimson carpets, candlelit tables and exceptional service. Dance it off at Le Comptoir Darna, where belly dancers swirl among rose petals tumbling like confetti long into the night.
Rise early for an unforgettable 45-minute hot air balloon flight where a gourmet breakfast combines with heart-warming views as the sun rises over the Atlas Mountains. The only thing that can possibly top this is the morning of pampering you’ll enjoy at the Spa after heading back to the Resort. The Moroccan Hammam Ritual uses steam and a traditional Rhassoul mud mask to gently exfoliate and detoxify your skin, followed by a signature Massage de Marrakech and a ceremonial rinse in rose water. Continue on the theme of sublime relaxation with a healthy, al fresco lunch and garden-to-glass juices around the pool at Azzera.
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After an afternoon siesta, take a camel ride through the beautiful Palmeraie, the famous and ancient palm grove to the north. Savour a peach martini beside the roaring fires at Inara, our indoor-outdoor lounge boasting spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains and Menara Gardens. After cocktails, dine at Quattro, which features a refined menu of South Italian specialties crafted from only the finest local ingredients. Top off your night with dancing at the trendy SO Night Lounge with its themed party nights, live shows and chill-out zones, or sway to the beat in the delightful garden of Bô Zin.