Last week I managed to sneak off to Marrakesh on a girl’s weekend in paradise. It’s kept me going through these dreary winter months, knowing that I would see the sun in March. It wasn’t my first visit to Morocco but it had been more than 20 years since I’d visited – practically a lifetime ago.
And what a difference 20 years makes too! Morocco has changed but is still so magnificent. This time, as well as having a fun filled trip with amazing women, I readied myself to be captivated. I arrived prepared for a city bursting with colour and packed to the rafters with inspiration and I wasn’t disappointed. We didn’t have a whole lot of time for sight seeing but still, every single activity brought a new perspective from drinking fresh juices to soaking up the sun on the hotel terrace. The hotels in Marrakesh are cool and the restaurants are visually stunning, often only using traditional techniques in their decoration.
I also found Marrakesh directly relatable to a project we are working on at Black Parrots Studio. If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know we have been working on a boutique hotel in Mallorca for a while now. We all know how important travel is, how much it adds to our soul and all that. But for me, this was the first time that a travelling experience whole-heartedly impacted an interiors project I am working on right now. A totally new experience for me. I had an inkling before I left the UK that Morocco was going to have an effect on the designs, but I hadn’t expected to see things in such a new light. I’ve come back to the project totally inspired. I now see how I want to make people feel; when they lay by the pool, eat at the restaurant, drink cocktails on the terrace and wake up in the morning. The trip has made me reassess the emotional connections people will have with the space they are in, and it’s safe to say I have a much more laid back design in mind.
If Marrakesh is on your travel radar here are my top places to eat, drink and be inspired:
Hotel Fallar - Whether you stay here or just spend the day lounging around the pool, the fruit cocktails are out of this world.
Terrace des Epices - We all enjoyed this charming little spot for lunch.
Le Jardin - A beautiful oasis of green where the design is in the spirit of the 1960s and 70s heydey of Marrakesh.
Jardin Marjorelle - No trip to Marrakesh is complete without a visit here. It’s truly beautiful.