Marrakech has been on my bucket list since forever and even though it has been on my radar all the time, I’ve never managed to finally visit. When a brand asked me to take some pictures for them in Marrakech, I started to actively look at Morocco pictures and I felt for this place within seconds. After fashion month we had a short period of five days before getting back to Germany for shootings and press days. The time was too short to really see all the places I was dreaming of visiting, still it was enough time for Marrakech to fully steal my heart.
I told you before that I fall for people, things and places and Marrakech was the first place ever since Santorini which truly hypnotized me. As we were shooting many projects I only explored few things, but I definitely want to share my favorites with you! I hope you will like the pictures and will get a feeling of why I lost my heart in this magical city…
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Hotel La Mamounia
There is probably no place I’ve seen more often on Instagram then La Mamounia and I completely understand why… La Mamounia is like the perfect little oasis in vibrant Marrakech. It’s only a ten minute walk to get to the energetic heart of Marrakech and yet, La Mamounia feels quite, open and inviting. You can find out more about this beautiful place in my La Mamounia post. I would love to name you my favorite parts of the hotels, but there are so many hidden gems and beautiful corners. I loved the spa, a Moroccan outdoor shower, the entrance of the hotel, the Moroccan restaurant – Let’s just say: everything. Alex and I arrived super tired after fashion month and the bedroom was so cozy, I finally got some rest and felt reborn even after the first night. Thank you, La Mamounia, for this unforgettable stay – I’ll be back sooner than later. 😉
For two nights I decided to stay in a Riad in the middle of Marrakech and it was such a good decisions. I’ve heard of Riads before but I’ve never visited one before. From outside you have no clue what beauty will hide inside when entering the doors. You are outside on the vibrant streets of Marrakech and you open the doors to find the most beautiful oasis. I found Le Riad Yasmine on Instagram (I plan most of my getaways with the help of social media – It really inspires me and gives me a good and honest impression!) and it was just too charming. The rooms were built around a cute mosaic pool and they serve the freshest food in the morning. Only a baby cat would join you when hanging around the pool area and I was super happy when the Riad owners provided me with their pink room. 😉 I also looooved the rooftop, it was super huge and you could enjoy the sun or the warm evening hours.
Well, yes, I did a little hotel and Riad hopping and it was totally worth it. When I arrived at Royal Mansour I felt like a princess. We had the most spacious private Riad with a little pool on the rooftop. But what I even liked more were the breathtaking entrance area, the restaurant area and the spa! It was a magical all white dream! One night we were invited to try the traditional Moroccan restaurant and even though I have the taste of a six years old, the food was soooo tasty! Probably the best food I had in Morocco! And that is such a big compliment, because I’m such a sweet tongue and these super sweet Moroccan sweets made of honey and nuts give me life. 😉 Thank you for being the perfect hosts, I will never forget this amazing experience!
One of my favorite things about Marrakech are all the cute rooftop restaurants which allow you to watch the sun set in the most beautiful surroundings, enjoying the endless hostility of the Moroccan people. I visited the Insta-famous Nomad and the Café Atay and I’ve been obsessed with both places. Nomad is located above the Souks so that you can stroll around the carpet and spice places and have some delicious and modern Moroccan cuisine with a view afterwards! For an early dinner we quickly headed to Il limone which was just around the corner of Riad Yasmine and it was such a beautiful typical Moroccan place.
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You simply cannot visit Marrakech without getting lost in the pinkish corners of Marrakech and especially the old town Medina. I loved looking at all the carpets, spices and cute lamps. There was so much to discover! One of my favorite places was Ben Youssef, such beautiful architecture.
As we brought a lot of work, there was only limited time to explore and I still have so many places I want to visit on my list and I also want to discover more hidden Riads! Well, such a good reason to come back soon… 😉 xx Leonie
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