3 Days Marrakech
When you are feeling Fab at Fifty and a big birthday celebration is in order where do you choose to go? Well, how about 3 days Marrakech? A city with lots to offer, just a short flight from the UK with all year sunshine and a selection of accommodation to suit every budget. For our 3 days in Marrakech, we chose a private villa situated in the La Palmeraie area just outside the city of Marrakech.
With our 8 bedroom villa came a maid, chef and a private driver ready at our beck and call to go out and about the city. With a packed itinerary, we managed to enjoy some downtime at the villa as well as sightseeing, shopping and some gorgeous meals out. If you are looking for inspiration for 3 days in Marrakech for under £500, please read on and see if we can inspire you.
Day 1 in Marrakech
We chose to take two separate flights, one half of the party arriving early morning from Luton and the other later in the afternoon from Gatwick. The villa allowed an early check-in and a late checkout so no additional charges and those arriving early were able to enjoy the villa and private swimming pool in the warm Morrocan sun, until a sandstorm arrived! Something that can happen at any time being so close to the dessert. Day one for the early arrivals was downtime chilling waiting for the second party to arrive which is one of the great reasons for choosing a villa. Riad (a large traditional house built around a central courtyard, often converted into a hotel) is also another option if you want to be right in the city only steps away from the market and nightlife, but if you love space, a villa gives you that along with a little tranquillity and somewhere to let relax away from the madness of the Medina. Tonight the itinerary begins with an evening booked at le Comptoir Darna a traditional restaurant offering local cuisine (think Tagines and Couscous) with a floor show of musicians and belly dancers. Above the restaurant is a nightclub open until 3 am with a live DJ playing the latest club tracks to a lively young local crowd.
The club is surrounded by cozy seating areas ideally laid out for relaxing and enjoying the shisha pipes or dancing the night away on the small dance floor. In the small hours we call our driver and within half an hour we are back at the villa, time to rest ready for the next day.
Day 2 in Marrakech
The sun is out and as our breakfast chef prepares our freshly cooked breakfast of scrambled eggs, fresh bread and pastries, we soak up the warm sunshine and relax in the beautiful gardens. The villa concierge has organised a private guide for us and we head off into the city centre just after noon for a tour of the city starting at the Bahia Palace, which our guide explains the history and points out the various rooms and the stories of the Palace. It is a very picturesque tour with beautiful old marble, arched courtyards, and mosaics. We carry on to Ben Youssef Madrasa and our guide enlightens us on the history of this very old school, upstairs the architecture is quite stunning with windows with intricate plaster carvings offering some unique photo opportunities. From here we then head into the Medina visiting the various areas including the ironmongers quarter where most of the lights and intricate lamps are being made.
We end up at the spice shop (somewhere that the guide obviously earns commission so don’t be tempted to shop like crazy as the prices are inflated) and are treated to tea and an explanation of what all the spices claim to do. Its interesting and funny and we all end up buying into their claims with one or more products. We finally end up in the Jemaa el-Fnaa a crazy square full of snake charmers, monkeys, tuk-tuks, vendors, henna artists, dried fruit carts etc to name just a few.
We finish our visit with cocktails as the sun goes down at the Grand Cafe de la Poste before heading back to our villa to change for tonight’s dinner location. A private Riad Jnane Tamsna in the La Palmeraie area very close to our villa. Jnane Tamsna is one of our wow moments of the trip.
We arrive to this candlelight courtyard with rose petals and tea lights on the walkway to the entrance it just looks beautiful. We are welcomed by the owner and served champagne and canapes by our own private butlers in the lounge bar.
Once dinner is ready we are taken to a private courtyard where a table for 8 is dressed with goblets, a large candelabra with several candles and draping foliage creating a dramatic table setting. The food is excellent, very traditional Morrocan tagines. The wine flows and a fabulous evening is had by all in our very private dining experience.
As we return to the villa for our final night we toast out wonderful 3 nights and start planning the next adventure.
Day 3 Marrakech
We rise early and half of our party take the morning flight back to Luton, the rest of the group have a spa day planned. We head for Les Bains de Marrakech which is highly rated and does not disappoint. For just £40 there is a wide choice of treatments to consider including the popular 45 minutes of hammam & traditional scrub with black soap with the glove of Kessa. The baths have a lovely outdoor pool for relaxing in between treatments and is the perfect way to end out busy weekend stay.
If you are looking to organise a special celebration holiday please get in touch with Go Easy Travel Designers and discuss your requirements. Tel 01256 536020