“This city has been inspiring painters, writers and designers (think: Jaques Majorelle and Yves Saint Laurent) for decades. I first visited at 18 and fell head over heels for the people, the souks and the landscapes. The colors, craftsmanship, architecture, and gardens are all incredibly distinctive. In recent years, many designers from around the world have moved to Morocco and are collaborating with local craftsmen, blending ancient traditions with a more modern aesthetic.”
A riad at the Royal Mansour.
What to do: “In addition to the Yves Saint Laurent museum, which highlights how the city inspired the designer, there are some wonderful modern art venues that have opened in recent years, like the Museum of Contemporary African Art.”
Where to dine: ” If you have one meal in Marrakech, be it lunch or dinner, I recommend the restaurant at La Villa des Orangers. It’s only a short walk from the buzz of Jemaa el-Fna and the souk, but seems a world apart thanks to the courtyards of orange trees and lavender gardens.”
Where to snooze: “I love The Royal Mansour. It was the King of Morocco’s personal passion project and is an example of exquisite Moroccan craftsmanship—hundreds of local artisans worked on the intricate interiors. Each room is its own riad, so you can experience what it’s like to live in a traditional Moroccan townhouse!”