Winter Sun|Marrakech travel diary

There’s something so sweet about winter sun and being able to escape from London’s damp cold. Whilst severely lacking in vitamin D I’ve taken some time out to reflect on my trip to Marrakech.  

Like true tourists we completed a cooking class at La Maison Arabe.

This class is up there as one of the highlights of the whole trip. There weren’t more than 15 of us and everyone had their own station which consisted of a 4 burner gas hob each. We made a chicken tagine, a warm and hot salad and some desserts which we ate in the sun afterwards. Perfect. Our 3 hour cooking class cost around £50 each.

We stayed at the Kenzi Menara Palace which is outside of the Medina. We decided to stay in a a hotel over a Riad (a town house inside the Medina) simply because we had some extra cash and wanted somewhere where we could spend the afternoon round a pool. Our hotel was covered in paintings of Moors which I absolutely loved.

Before we arrived I didn’t know what to expect for nightlife. I heard from some people that it was rubbish which also affected my decision on choosing a hotel over a Riad but then some people told me it was popping. Overall we found some chilled bars and shisha spots. Definitely check out Comptoir Darna and So Lounge for dinner and drinks.

A short drive from the Medina are miles and miles of “sand dunes”. I’d say there are more rocks than sand but you can book camel rides and quad bike trips at a fairly reasonable price. As I’ve been to Tunisia and done the whole camel thing before we skipped this part and went for an extended quad bike ride instead. For 45 minutes we explored the dunes outside of the main city and as our group had all ridden quad bikes before we were able to pick up some serious speed. Check out Marrakech Desert Safari and don’t forget to haggle for your pictures at the end. We paid around £46 each.

No trip to North Africa is complete without a traditional hamman. For obvious reasons I have no pictures but we booked a couples hammam through our hotel conceierge. For those of you that don’t know, a hammam is a traditional bath which consists of 3 parts.

Part 1 Your body is washed down with black soap and then you’re left to relax in a heated room

Part 2 After your body has partially dried you’re then given a full body scrub

Part 3 You’re then given some more time to relax and the treatment is completed with a full body massage

Loads of traditional baths offer couples hamman allowing you and your partner to have your treatment completed together. Again, don’t forget to haggle.

I’m a big Saint Laurent fan so I had to visit the museum. It may not be your thing but worth a visit if you have some time to spare and you can also pick up some coffee table books at a discount.

Overall Marrakech was just the short break I needed. We visited mid-October and I needed a jumper for the mornings but I spent my afternoons by the pool in a bikini. I guess life is about balance.

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