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Modern art in Marrakech new exhibition

modern art in Marrakech

CARLOS MARE x VINCENT ABADIE HAFEZ – “Crossing Paths – The Intersection of Memories” – December,18 2015 to January,17 2016

David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech

Carlos Mare and Vincent Abadie Hafez present a joint exhibition from Friday, December 18 at the David Bloch Gallery Marrakech.  Check the website for a glimpse of their fabulous choices for exhibitions of modern art in Marrakech.

Metal sculptures inspired by graffiti and modern art …. beautiful creations you can easily admire

Modern art in Marrakech David Bloch galleryDavid Bloch Modern Art Gallery in Marrakech

One of the best things to do in Marrakech

Caleche ride in Marrakech

One of our recommended things to do in Marrakech

As from last month, we at Riad Sapphire and Spa are offering our guests a unique way to visit the Red city. The ‘calèche’ is an age-old form of transport and is a fabulous way to see Marrakesh from the comfort of your own horse and carriage. It’s a good idea to go late afternoon just before the sun goes down and you’re tired from walking but would still like to see more.

We offer a scenic tour (approx. 75 minutes) which includes the Winter Garden district (Hivernage), La Mamounia, the Royal Palace, the Mellah (Jewish quarter), King’s Palace, the old Pasha of Marrakech’s residence, Koutoubia mosque and finishing by the main square, Place Jemaa El Fna’. Prices are £15 per person (minimum 2 people). We can’t guarantee the drivers speak English, so a guide would need to be booked if you wish commentary in English.

In addition, we can also book a romantic calèche ride to your pre-booked restaurant for the evening. Prices are £10 per person (minimum 2 people) per trip. Please note, no carriages can be booked after midnight as the horses have to go to bed!!

A UK charity – Spana regularly checks the condition of the calèche horses in Marrakech, so one can rest assured they are well looked after…

Online shopping from Marrakech

Xmas shopping in Marrakech 0r not in Marrakech

Would you like to make Xmas shopping easy and also find some unique gifts from Marrakech‬? If you can’t go there then you can buy from this onlinestore‬ for Moroccan handicrafts and high-quality items http://soukdunord.

For further information on online stores selling beautiful gift items from Marrakech see our blog article

babouches by artist Hassan Hajjaj Marrakechbags from leather store in Marrakech

Festival of Astronomy in Marrakech

festival of Astronomy Marrakech 2015For lovers of the stars – come and visit Marrakech between November 19th and 29th, 2015.

After the resounding success of the two festivals Astronomy in Ifrane and Rabat. It is the turn of the ochre city to welcome lovers of the science of the universe for the 16th edition of the Festival of Astronomy in Marrakech.

Lots of workshops

For more information

Amal Women’s Training Centre and Marrakech Restaurant

Restaurant in Marrakech Amal

We are so pleased that Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant have won this award. We have much admired their work – combining good food, great value and a charitable component that helps women in need in Marrakech.

Congratulations from Riad Sapphire and Spa – our riad in Marrakech run as a luxury boutique hotel

 

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.

 

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

 

Book directly from our secure official website [www.riadsapphire.com] for the best deals.

Place Vendôme leather store in Marrakech

bags from leather store in Marrakech

If you’re in the market for some leather bags – but don’t particularly want what is on offer in the souks – go to Guèliz. There are a couple of stores along the main shopping street, Mohamed V, around the crossroads with Rue de la Liberté, that offer modern styles and much better quality than in the souks.

The dyes don’t run, the leather doesn’t smell bad and the long-term quality is far superior.  They don’t have designer labels – but do designer labels really matter especially if you’re saving a lot of money? If what you want is a good quality bag in terms of design, leather, and style, you will be happy you made the trip.

Place Vendôme in Marrakech has been around for years – they offer bags, belts, leather jackets and even saddles – all at much lower prices than in Europe.

bags at Place Vendome boutique in Marrakech

141, av. Mohammed V, corner of Rue de la Liberté, Marrakesh, Morocco

Closed Sundays

Tel.: 05 24 43 52 63

Marrakesh TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

Marrakesh named world’s best destination in TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

  Menara gardens Marrakech Atlas mountains from Marrakech

The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world is Marrakech

 

 

– described as a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.

busy square Place Jemaa el Fna

 

A wonderful juxtaposition of chaos and calm, modern and traditional, the exotic and the familiar –

 

 

 

Marrakech offers intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways in the old city, the historic medina – one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Medersa ben youssef Marrakech

 

 

 

Come and get lost here!  We’ll help you find your way amongst the alleyways and the teeming crowds.  Marrakesh street scene

Water carrier Marrakech

 

men in main square Place Jemaa el Fna Marrakesh

 

 

Then come back to our peaceful riad and understand the calm that also exists amidst the chaos. http://www.riadsapphire.com/suites.htm

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/25/travel/tripadvisor-best-destinations-2015/

http://mashable.com/2015/03/24/tripadvisor-destinations-2015/