India’s Trip to Marrakesh

India took a recent trip to one of her favourite places, Marrakesh. In this article, she shares some of her experience, including how the city has changed since the pandemic, and some of her favourite relaxation spots.

India Egard

Project Manager | Health & Wellbeing Expert

Marrakech is a place I’ve been visiting since a young age and I’ve always loved it. However, this time, I fell even more in love with this incredible destination.
 

The pandemic hugely impacted the whole city. No tourists were allowed to enter the country, and almost everything was closed for nearly one year and a half. The people suffered greatly, and many had to start anew. 

I believe this changed people in many ways and resulted in considerable and very noticeable differences: people are much calmer, friendlier, and less aggressive when selling things. The streets were also much cleaner – a definite improvement – and I felt safe walking around the Medina (the old town with all the small streets and souks) all by myself, even late at night.


My trip started with a childhood friend’s wedding. We celebrated a weekend full of festivities, one day in the Agafay Desert and another at the beautiful Beldi Country Club in Marrakech. I then decided to stay an extra week to explore the city, since the last time I was there was five years ago.


The Agafay Desert & Beldi Country Club

For the first couple of days, I stayed at Riad Zayan, a private boutique riad nestled in the heart of the old Medina, that opened just a few weeks ago. Sleeping in the Medina is quite impressive; very hectic during the day but very calm at night. The Fajr prayer wakes you up before sunrise since the mosque is near, offering a unique sensation and appreciation of the culture.


As a Health and Well-being Consultant, I aimed to find ways of enjoying the city as well as a touch of relaxation and rejuvenation. I discovered a few gems, one of which was Les Bains de Tarabel, which a friend recommended I try out. It’s a peaceful spa in a beautiful hidden riad inside the Medina. Entering there felt like entering a quiet sanctuary with lovely fragrances, amongst some of my favourites: Fleur d’Oranger, Citronelle and Verveine.

The Spa Manager Arkia was there to welcome me, a remarkable woman who ran the place with every care and attention. I took the opportunity to try out a few of their signature treatments, starting with the Ancestral hammam experience, followed by the back and foot reflexology and last but not least, the revitalizing radiance facial treatment based on floral rose water. I left there with an incredible feeling and wanted to recommend this place to everyone!

Les Bains de Tarabel

The nice thing about Marrakech is that you can enjoy these relaxing days while combining them with a nice dinner night in town (El Fenn and Living Riad 72 were definitely my favourites).


El Fenn

For the rest of my stay in Marrakech, I stayed in Riad Soumaya, a beautiful boutique lodge outside the city. This was magical: the place, the people, the meals, the vibe, the spa… I have no words to describe the feeling it gave me. It was a fantastic place to end my stay in Marrakech. 

The combination of 2 days in the Medina and 2-3 days outside the city gives the perfect City Break/Sunny Holiday feeling, which I highly recommend. 

Riad Soumaya

Other discoveries outside of the city of Marrakesh:
 
  • Berber Lodge
  • Scarabeo Camp: spend a night in the Stone Camp and enjoy the magical sunrise and sunset in the desert
  • La Pause: to spend the day for a nice picnic in the beautiful surroundings or stay for 1 night or 2

Berber Lodge

Speak to India about creating your Health and Wellbeing experience in Marrakesh: get in touch today.

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