Garance Doré’s high-style Morocco travel diary
Last November, Corsica-born, Los Angeles-based style blog pioneer, photographer and illustrator Garance Doré inaugurated a series of creative retreats she plans to host. With a group of 20 women (spanning entrepreneurs to fashion world insiders to students), she decamped to Morocco to, in her words, “share a little bit of what [I’ve] learned about the art of life and the art of traveling.” The destination has long been close to her heart: “My grandmother is Moroccan—it’s part of my culture,” she explains. “It’s a country bursting with creativity. Artisans are everywhere…sometimes we get so detached from the fact that we can actually make things with our two hands. I want to help feel that connection.” Here, Doré shares the spots that top her short list. atelierdore.com.
STAY El Fenn (el-fenn.com) is a beautiful collection of riads, located in the heart of the medina. Enjoy breakfast on the roof each morning as you hear the call to prayer with the sunrise. Restored and owned by a lovely Parisian couple, Riad Jardin Secret (riadjardinsecret.com) has well-priced rooms and one of the best chefs in Marrakech. And at Selman Marrakech (selman-marrakech.com), a luxurious retreat at the foot of the picturesque Atlas Mountains, the Arabian horse shows are amongst the most special things to do here.
EAT La Famille (@la_famille_marrakech_) is a vegetarian cafe tucked into a lovely garden serving lunch only. A must-visit, Café des Épices (cafedesepices.ma) serves a traditional Moroccan menu in a modern setting. At Nomad (nomadmarrakech.com), where the focus is on local produce, the space is spread over four floors—take a table on the roof with a view. Finally, visit Amandine patisserie (amandinemarrakech.com) for the artistic sweets including traditional pastillas and French macarons.
DO The hammam at the Royal Mansour (royalmansour.com) is easily one of the most stunning spas in all of Marrakech. Opened in fall, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent & Jardin Majorelle (jardinmajorelle.com) is an enchanting tribute to the designer and his work, designed by Paris-based Studio KO. Part workshop, part showroom and part store, at Marrakshi Life (marrakshilife.com) you can observe Moroccan craftsmen weaving clothes on their traditional looms. Schedule a visit with Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes of Popham Design (pophamdesign.com), who moved to Marrakech from Los Angeles 12 years ago, and started this brand of colorful cement tiles produced on-site. And, if shopping in the medina overwhelms you, visit the stunning Beldi Country Club (beldicountryclub.com) for its curated souk—selling rugs, textiles, glass, pottery and more.
Written by MELISSA GOLDSTEIN.