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Discover Marrakech, the luxury location loved by Poppy Delevingne and Chrissy Teigen

1 Marrakech© Photo: Rex
Harriet Charnock-Bates
Contributing Travel Editor
April 3, 2017
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From the bustling souks in Morocco's pink-hued city to its lush gardens, heavy with the scenty of orange blossom, Marrakech is magic – and under a four-hour flight away…


2 Stay Marrakech

Gilded and achingly glamorous, La Mamounia is the place to see and be seen in Marrakech. Model Poppy Delevingne brought all her fashionable friends here to celebrate the second part of her wedding and it's not hard to see why. An oasis of calm, the palatial hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens, yet is only steps away from the hubbub of the Jemaa el Fna market square. Rooms feature traditional Moorish design and private terraces. Feast in one of the four gourmet restaurants then soak out your excesses  in the colonnaded spa, or head outside to the vast pool, with the Atlas Mountains as a dramatic backdrop.

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3 Taste Marrakech

Dishes at Le Francais at the La Mamounia hotel match the sophisticated interior, with specialities including blue lobster with pumpkin. Nomad, a buzzy rooftop haunt in the heart of the Medina, offers a menu bursting with contemporary takes on classic fare. For a laidback lunch, make for Latitude 31, an oasis amid the hustle and bustle.


5 Indulge Marrakech

The souks of the Red City are brimming with treasures. You'll find beaded tunics, colourful silk babouches (slippers), metal lanterns and sky-high stacks of spices at every turn. Visit L'Art du Bain to stock up on savon noir, the eucalyptus-scented soap used in Moroccan hammams. For embroidered sheets, make a beeline for Atelier Moro.

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4 Explore Marrakech

Lovingly restored by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, Jardin Majorelle is a botanical paradise rich with cacti, lotus flowers and huge, leafy palms. When it comes to architectural marvels, Ben Youssef Madrasa is a masterpiece, while the Koutoubia Mosque and its towering 12th-century minaret is best viewed from the surrounding gardens.

What to wear:

Rio prism printed long kaftan, £205, Asceno; visit

6 what to wear kaftan

Double gold plait thong sandal, £150, Musa; tel: 020 7937 6282

8 what to wear sandals

Orange blossom eau de toilette, £97, Penhaligon's; visit

7 what to wear fragrance


Rooms at La Mamounia begin at 6,700 dirham (approx £540) per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Poolside buffet breakfast is 380 dirham (approx. £30); visit British Airways flies from London to Marrakech from £49 each way.

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