Online shopping in Marrakech

Marrakech online shopping fashion

We are pleased to see yet another cooperative development melding Western design with Moroccan skills – with the aim to work together with a team of local Moroccan craftspeople designing quality goods in a contemporary way. Abury produces a range of trendy goods.

If you travel to Marrakech you can source these goods yourself either shopping in the local souks or going to the design district of Sidi Ghanem. But if you can’t get to Marrakech, then you can order these goods online.

http://abury.net/collections

http://www.thetouristin.com/

Upcoming photography exhibition in Marrakech

Maison de la Photographie Marrakesh

 

Maison de la Photographie in Marrakech

is launching a new exhibition

LE MAROC DE JEAN PIERRE EVRARD

from October 7th to 23rd 2015. Black and white photos of buildings in Marrakech. Jean Pierre has been a friend of the Maison de la Photographie since its opening and he decided to donate the photographs in this new exhibition, a selection of beautiful prints taken since 1995.

Marrakech Kart racing

Karting circuit in Marrakech

NEW TO MARRAKECH

In the same location as the Marrakech Grand Prix, a new karting school opened in Marrakech at the beginning of July 2015.

Apparently many racing car drivers spent their toddler years learning karting. So if you have aspirations of being a Formula 1 racing driver, then pay a visit to this new school.

Marrakech Kart Racing has several well-known instructors who hope to find future talent, no matter their social status in life, that they can develop future racing car drivers worthy to succeed Mehdi Bennani, the only Moroccan to reach the elite on the car racing circuit. Considering that just 10 minutes on the track costs 250 dh, that is an admirable thing to do.

05 24 45 84 08

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

kart racing

Beating the heat in Marrakesh

If you’re in Marrakech and are looking for ways of beating the heat, check out this Guide for 2015 on the place with the pool for you.

IN THE PALMERAIE

Palmeraie Resorts

swimming in Marrakech

From 200 dh

Suitable for: Families wanting a day out near water in a peaceful place where kids can use the mini-club activities.

How much is it and what does it include: Access to the pool only: 200 dh / Access to the pool + lunch (3-course lunch at the grill, the buffet or next to the pool: 320 dh

What’s different: Mini-club for kids aged 4 to 12

 

Palais Mehdi

Palais Mehdi swimming in Marrakech

From 240 dh

Suitable for: Those who appreciate the serenity of the Palmeraie and big pools.

How much is it and what does it include: Lunch and pool from 240 dh / sunbed 200 dh.

What’s different: A pool measuring 400 square meters.

Tigmiza Suites & Pavillons

swimming in Marrakech Palm TigmizaFrom 150 dh

Suitable for: For those who want to pamper themselves amongst surroundings of palm trees and absolute calm.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 150dh / Lunch, open daily from 12:30.

What’s different: Three pools, one of which for children only

Manzil La Tortue

Manzil La Tortue MarrakechFrom 290 dh

Suitable for: For those who like swimming laps thanks to its 400 sq. m. pool, a bonus: abundant greenery with various kinds of fruit trees.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool + 2-course lunch at 290 dh or pool + 3-course lunch at 350 dh

What’s different: Children’s activities: handicrafts, sculpture as well as film-making and entertainment are offered for children: 85 dh per child

Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach MarrakechFrom 300 dh

Suitable for: For those who like a bit of glamour

How much is it and what does it include: Pool 300 dh

What’s different: A great lunch menu

ON THE ROAD TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

Oasiria

Oasiria swimming MarrakechFrom 120 dh

Suitable for: Designed for big and small with different size pools. If you love attractions on offer is a wave pool, water slides, artificial river, etc.

How much is it and what does it include: Whole day 120 dh for kids and 190 dh for adults

What’s different: A special for Marrakchis 1,000 dh

Piscine Jnane Leila

Piscine Jnane Leila swimming in MarrakechFrom 130 dh

Suitable for: For those who love a relaxing atmosphere as a couple or a family

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 130 dh / Pool access + 3-course lunch 250 dh

What’s different: Sunbeds and towel included in the price

Hotel Selman

Hotel Selman MarrakechFrom 490 dh

Suitable for: For those who would like to swim in an 80 meter long pool and be in a very chic place

How much is it and what does it include: Chill-in pass: pool access + 3-course lunch 490 dh / 50% off for children under 12.

What’s different: Gives access to the Kids Club for children aged 4 to 12

Crystal Restaurant Lounge

Crystal swimming in MarrakechFrom 290 dh

Suitable for: Lounge atmosphere during the week, festive weekends, all by the lovely pool.

How much is it and what does it include: Lunch menu Monday to Saturday / Brunch 290 dh per person (Sundays). Sunbed extra 200 dh

Whole day 120 dh for kids and 190 dh for adults

What’s different: Pool parties planned for the entire summer

Jnane Tihihit

Jnane Tihihit Marrakech swimmingFrom 250 dh

Suitable for: For those who seek a rural setting with greenery as far as the eye can see

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + 3-course lunch 250 dh / Children between 3 and 12 years 150 dh

What’s different: Paddling pool for children

Riad Al Mendili Kasbah Private Resort & Spa

Kasbah al mendili swimming in MarrakechFrom 300 dh

Suitable for: For those who would like to be in nature away from the city bustle

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + lunch 300 dh

What’s different: Sun beds and lunch are included in the price

Adama Resort

Adama Resort MarrakechFrom 150 dh

Suitable for: For families or with friends or as a couple, the hotel is suitable for all

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 150 dh

What’s different: The pool is huge, ideal for swimming

Palm Plaza Hotel and Spa

swimming in MarrakechFrom 150 dh

Suitable for: For families considering the various activities

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 150 dh

What’s different: 50% off for children

Eden Andalou Aquapark & Spa

Eden Andalou Aquapark and Spa MarrakechFrom 120 dh

Suitable for: For those who love water parks! For big and small there are 5 pools, a river, a beach, water slides, a park, sunbathing area, etc.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access for half a day 120 dh: for a full day 180 dh

What’s different: Restaurant serving snack to recharge your batteries and activities for entertainment

K-Beach

K-Beach MarrakechFrom 200 dh

Suitable for: For those who want a good time by day all the while by a fabulous pool

How much is it and what does it include: Formula K-Beach (pool access + lunch + sunbed) 350 dh / for a single sunbed 200 dh, VIP sunbed 1,000 dh

pool access + 3-course lunch 250 dh / Children between 3 and 12 years 150 dh

What’s different: Beds immersed in the pool

Jet Atlas

Jet Atlas Marrakech swimmingFrom 250 dh

Suitable for: For those who love nature with a view to the Atlas Mountains and Lake Lalla Takerkoust, ideal to escape a busy city for a day

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 250 dh (including towel, umbrella and sunbed)

What’s different: Jet-skiing, water skiing, flyboards, banana boards, wake boards

IN MARRAKECH

Pool Lounge

Pool Lounge MarrakechFrom 600 dh

Suitable for: For families, friends or couple, the Pool Lounge is designed for everyone.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + bed + towel + lunch 600 dh weekdays and 700 dh weekends.

What’s different: Pool access from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the restaurant 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hotel Naoura Barrière

Naoura Barrier Hotel swimming in MarrakechFrom 350 dh

Suitable for: For lovers of chic, refined surroundings, ideal for families, days by the pool with friends

How much is it and what does it include: Swimming Days deal: Relaxation with sunbed 350 dh / Pleasure with sunbed and lunch by pool 450 dh / 30 minute massage in the spa with sunbed 550 dh

What’s different: Hotel location

Ultimate Pool Lounge

Ultimate Pool Lounge MarrakechFrom 400 dh

Suitable for: For those who want a peaceful pool with one of the best views of Marrakech.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access weekdays 400 dh / Pool access + lunch weekdays 700 dh / Pool access weekends 500 dh / Pool access + lunch weekends 800 dh

What’s different: Relaxing atmosphere and individual service

Es Saadi Gardens and Resort Palace

Hotel Essaadi swimming pool in MarrakechFrom 800 dh

Suitable for: For those who love places filled with history and the ambience of palaces.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + 3-course lunch 800 dh / Pool access + lunch + 60-minute massage 1500dh

What’s different: Luxuriant vegetation around the lagoon-like pool

 

Source: https://www.madein-marrakech.com/fr/guide-piscine.html

Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts

Traces of the future photography MarrakechThe Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (the MMPVA) currently has its home in the the El Badia Palace, in the southern portion of the medina of Marrakech.  The palace is in fact a ruin that originally housed Ahmad al-Mansur, the sultan of the Saadi dynasty, so it’s good that some part of it will be put to artistic use.

The current exhibition is entitled “Traces of the Future” – a somewhat contradictory title.  The artworks combine social observations with an involvement in issues that constitute the major challenges of tomorrow’s society.  It has been hailed as “a celebration of the Moroccan contemporary art with visionary overtones”.

Traces of the Future brings together seven artists: Leila Alaoui, Younes Baba-Ali, Amina Benbouchta, Mounir Fatmi Ahmed Hajoubi, Jamila Lamrani Abdelaziz Zerrou. The exhibition runs until September 30th, 2015

In 2016 The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMPVA) is scheduled to open in its new home: an impressive free-standing space designed by Sir David Chipperfield.

 

Recipes from Riad Sapphire and Spa Marrakech

We publish the recipes for the Moroccan dishes served in our riad in Marrakech. Check out our website for the latest –

Moroccan fish tagine with chermoula

fish tajin with chermoula Moroccan recipeAlready featured:

Baghrir (or beghrir) Moroccan pancakes

Carrot and coriander soup

Aubergine salad

Moroccan lamb tagine

Tagin of chicken with preserved lemons and olives

Bon appetit!

Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival

Each June the charming port town of Essaouira comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival  This year’s festival took place  from May 14 to 17 and the final concert took place Sunday, May 17th.  The festival has become so popular that it has been described as the “Woodstock of Morocco”.  You can hear some of the music on videos uploaded to their site.

gnaoua musicians Essaouira Morocco

The Gnaoua festival is a veritable melting pot of musical influences and inspiration. Foreign artists mingle and play music with the mystical Gnaoua musicians. The Gnaoua masters invite jazz, blues, reggae, pop, hip-hop and rock musicians to explore new paths through impromptu jam sessions.

Over the years, the festival has become bigger and bigger with up to 500,000 visitors to Essaouira over four days. Unlike other festivals many of the performances are free to attend.

Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix were both inspired and influenced by this sleepy town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco in the 60’s and 70’s.  It has a magical quality that transports you to another time. It’s relaxed and easy to navigate with no feeling of being rushed as in most modern cities.

The Gnaoua are a spiritual brotherhood of mystics…  for more on their background as mystics and healers https://www.fest300.com/festivals/gnaoua-world-music-festival

…their hypnotic repetition of a series of chants in Arabic can create a trance-like state. I’m going to have to go there!

 

Hassan Hajjaj, Moroccan artist

Hassan HajjajAvante-garde photogrpaher, artist Marrakech Moroccan avant-garde photographer and artist

Hassan Hajjaj may have relocated to London many moons ago, but he remains one of Morocco’s brightest photographers and artists. Born in Larache in 1961, today Hajjaj splits his time between Marrakech and London. Hajjaj is a self-taught artist whose work includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion, and interior design. We love his colourful work and how he can turn Coca-Cola crates as stools and aluminum cans into lamps.

He remains best known for his studio portraits of friends, musicians, and artists, that are more like fashion photography or pop art, than mere snaps. In 2009, he was shortlisted for Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize for Islamic Art and he has exhibited all over the world from Dubai to Berlin, and Los Angeles to Tunisia. Keep an eye out for forthcoming exhibitions, and read more about his work here by Rose Issa, a well-known curator, writer and producer who has championed visual art and film from the Middle East for more than 30 years.

For information on Hassan’s artwork consult this site: http://www.artnet.com/artists/hassan-hajjaj/

Hassan Hajjaj store in Marrakech

Hassan Hajjaj artist in Marrakech

 

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It’s hot in Marrakesh

riad with pool Riad Sapphire and Spa Marrakech

 

On those hot days in Marrakesh cool down in our lovely riad pool, a larger than average riad pool. Relax  in any of our two courtyards

small patio fountain Riad Sapphire and Spa Marrakech

 

or on the roof terrace

roof terrace riad in Marrakech Riad Sapphire and Spa

 

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Luxury for less – great accommodation in Marrakech