A Weekend in Marrakech
When I think back on my journey working in retail and jewellery it all started as a simple part time job in Brown Thomas where I worked through college. My time there had a huge influence on how I buy and dress to this day. I was so lucky to work in designer rooms and see all the amazing collections and how investing in key pieces like tailoring and silks will becomes your wardrobe staples. I met my lovely friend Aurora there and even though we both moved to opposite sides of the Atlantic after college we kept in touch and remained firm friends to this day. Our sons are close in age and she has just moved back to Dublin so I’m very grateful to have her in my life. When you move far away you really rely on your friends and need them through the tough times when you are home sick.
When the WhatsApp came in almost a year ago to save the dates for a trip to Marrakech I immediately booked my flights. Sophie, another friend of ours, has an amazing luxury concierge business so herself and Aurora planned the dream trip where all I had to do was pack and turn up.
I was blown away by the sheer beauty and colours of the buildings. It was the first time in a long time I felt immersed in a totally different culture and that always gives me a new fresh perspective on life. It’s design heaven from the interiors, the smells, glass, rugs, restaurant and hotels there is so much to see and soak up.
A group of 13 of us stayed in Riad Yasmine. Not all of us knew each other so it was a super way to get to know each other and relax after the busy days. On the first night, we had Aurora’s birthday dinner in the Riad. The food was stunning. I try and eat vegetarian where I can and that’s so easy to do in Morocco with all of its amazing fresh, spicy meals. We then headed to a nightclub. I hadn't been clubbing in a few years but it was amazing to see it.
Up early the next day to spend the day in Beldi Country Club, which was stunning. There is a hotel there and fabulous boutiques which I would go back to shop in any day. We lounged by the Infinity pools, had chilled rosé with lunch and relaxed in the sun and gardens for the afternoon. Dinner was Comptoir Darna brilliant atmosphere I mean where else do belly dancers have candelabras in their head.
Friday morning was time to hit the souks and with this pack of fashionistas there was some serious shopping done. I got my dream straw bag made for my summer holidays. The interior shops were stunning, I adored all the lights, rugs and stunning ceramics. I have serious buyers regret and would love another trip. Great lunch in Le Jardin, super hard to find so get your google maps out.
Last night was cocktails in La Mamounia, an absolutely stunning hotel and old school cocktail bar. There are also some great insta picture opportunities in the gorgeous gardens. Dinner was on the roof top of El Fen where Madonna recently visited it really was the perfect end to a super holiday.
We spent our last day in Nikki Beach before our late flight back and it definitely was a trip down memory lane with 90s tunes mixed all day long by the poolside.
If you are looking for a total culture explosion then I highly recommend a trip to Marrakech, mid winter is supposed to be lovely and there is so much to do. A little hit of winter sun was definitely well appreciated ahead of our busy season in Loulerie.