What to Do:
Visit the 12-acre Jardin Majorelle
, a fusion of flowers and fashion with Moorish and art deco features, that was gifted to Marrakech by French artist Jacques Majorelle and later purchased in the 1980s by acclaimed designer Yves Saint Laurent, whose ashes are scattered among its rare plants. Take in the sites and contrast of the town versus the countryside with a hot air balloon ride from Ciel d’Afrique
with an early morning departure, one-hour flight and light meal with a local inhabitant of one of the flight-path villages. Or try the celebrated Les Bains de Marrakech
, a luxurious spa experience with in the traditional pastime of a hammam steam room, in a 21,500 square-foot space devoted entirely to health and well-being. Bonus--Insider advice from our well-travelled bloggers! What’s your vacation style: See everything or do nothing?
BE: Hopefully a perfect balance of the two! I like to get the days started early and then enjoy some downtime or a workout later in the day before heading to dinner. I find most of the sights are much less crowded in the mornings and the light is better for taking pictures. I also love dining out and hate to feel rushed before dinner. I’d much prefer to have a bit of downtime in the later afternoon to catch my breath.
JE: See everything! I definitely prefer an adventure over relaxation. Although they’re much more complex to plan but so worth it.
AH: Breezy - enjoy where you are and do not force anything.
JS: Sometimes I wish it weren’t the case, but I usually end up trying to see and do absolutely everything.
KT: A mixture of both - I like having an itinerary to lightly follow but don’t pressure myself to see and do everything in one trip. Traveling is all about the unknown and the unexpected - oftentimes my favorite experiences have happened by mistake.