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Marrakech Musings….

My BFF (Coleen) and I were recently discussing going back to Morocco later this year for a re-visit as we visited Marrakech last year and had such a great time.  After a good half hour reminiscing over a Pinot Noir or two, I felt inspired me to write a post about our visit last year!

Our decision to visit Marrakech last August 2014 was very last minute.  All we knew was, we wanted to venture to pastures new and it had to be hot!  Once we decided upon Morocco, we were booked, e-tickets in hand with only 6 days before to shop, pack and head off. 

If You Cant Stand The Heat!

When the plane touched down and we made our way down the airplane steps, the backdraft of intense heat made our lip gloss melt off our lips like hot wax (okay I’m exaggerating!) although in reality it didn’t feel like much of an exaggeration!  The heat was like something I had never experienced before, even Caribbean and Mexico felt cool to this intensity.

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We stayed at Adam Park Hotel & Spa Hotel which is located near Agdal Gardens.  It wasn’t as central as we would have liked (which we realised once we got there), although the main square was only a 10-15min taxi drive away which wasn’t bad at all.  We were also a stones throw from Pacha, so every cloud….(Whoop!)

Marrakech Nights ~ Shisha & Cocktails

We spent most evenings having dinner and drinks in the main square which we really enjoyed.  There were a few cool bar/restaurants that we loved that turned into night clubs after dinner or that had a night club upstairs.  It’s quite surreal to be finishing a meal one minute then looking up to find a belly dancer standing on the chair next to you grinding her hips the next!

One thing’s for sure though – you can’t beat the shisha in Morocco!

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Enjoying a bit of shisha at the SO Lounge Bar ~ Sofitel Hotel

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Dinner at the Sofitel Hotel

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Beautiful Tree Lanterns at the Sofitel

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Dinner at one of the beautiful Moroccan Riad’s with the Sofitel Hotel Creative Director

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A little nook in one of the Riad’s we visited

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Next time I visit Marrakech, I would like to stay in a Riad.  I didn’t really know what a Riad was prior to visiting Marrakech, until we had dinner at a restaurant within a stunning Riad in the old medina.  It was something very special. I would describe a Riad as something between a guest house and a boutique hotel.  Usually large traditional houses with a courtyard in the centre owned by an individual who is often the Manager.   The restaurant was in the courtyard and the food was homely and local cuisine served in a tapas style.  Very delicious.

We asked if we could view one of the suites at the Riad and was blown away by how beautiful they were.  Lots of sheer muslin drapes hanging from the bed and to separate rooms, lots of traditional mats scattered on the ground throughout the suite.  It was a very romantic setting.  (Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos as it felt inappropriate to take pictures whilst being shown around).  If I were to visit Marrakech with a boyfriend, I would opt to stay in a Riad over a big hotel.  It would be far more intimate and feel more cultural also.

Sofitel Photo Shoot

The concierge at our hotel recommended the SO Lounge and club for a good night spot situated at the Sofitel Hotel in the centre.  The restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel was also recommended for some great food before heading to the lounge.  We decided to try it out one night and so happened to be sat on the table opposite the Sofitel group’s Hotel Creative Director.  He approached our table, introduced himself and told us that the hotel is just finishing a rooftop pool which will soon be turned into a VIP day club.  He then asked us if we would be interested in modelling for the promotional images at the pool.  Of course we agreed!

We were well looked after from that moment until the end of the trip and the photographer sent us a few of the chosen images which we liked.

Below are the pictures from that day as well as some behind the scenes pics.  It was good fun!

Sofitel Hotel Marrakech Photo Shoot

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Wind Down Cocktails!

 

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Wind Down Cocktails!

Quick Tips For Women Travelling to Morocco

Whether you are a female travelling alone to Morocco or in a group, be prepared for lots of attention from the male locals and plenty of cat calls

1.  WEAR SENSIBLE CLOTHING WHEN WALKING AROUND
I think it goes without saying, when travelling to Morocco, dress sensibly and respectfully.  This doesn’t mean you should be covered from head to toe, but when walking around try not to expose more than you need to (unless in your hotel or poolside).  Dressing modestly will not necessarily alleviate any unwanted male attention, but it will certainly mitigate it.

2.  IF MEN SAY HELLO JUST RESPOND WITH A FRIENDLY NOD
Moroccan people are generally very friendly which is nice, however some of the men can be a tad “over friendly”.  If guys approach you with “Hello” it’s probably easier to respond with a kind nod and only have stop and chat with people in your hotel or a shop, restaurant etc.

3. IF TRAVELLING ALONE AS A WOMAN, STAY IN A PLACE SUCH AS A HOSTEL WHERE YOU WILL MEET PEOPLE AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE
I wouldn’t personally recommend travelling to Marrakech alone as a female.  I think the constant attention from local men could be quite intimidating.  Especially for those women with blonde hair, who will and do attract a LOT of attention, most of which is unwanted.  If you travel alone and stay in a sociable place such as a hostel, its likely you will meet other travellers like yourself right away which means you can join other people when exploring.  When travelling in a group regardless how small, it’s far more unlikely you will get harassed.

LINKS

Sofitel Marrakech Lounge & Spa | View Here
Adam Park Hotel & SpaView Here

SHOP THE POST ~ LINKS

Pale Pink Dress | Old ~ Topshop
Gold Crystal Sandals | Dune ~ Similar Here
Orange & Yellow Print Dress | Old ~ Rocka Frock ~ Link
Navy Dress  Old ~ Club L
Print Dress | Forever Unique @ Rocka Frock  ~ Link
Patent Nude Shoes | Christian Louboutin ~ Link
Purple Crystal Bikini | Victoria’s Secret ~ Previous Season
Moroccan Traditional Dress Provided by Sofitel Hotel

Have you ever been to Marrakech?….  What were your favourite spots?…. Where did you stay and what was your favourite experience?!….  Comment below 🙂