An immersive journey from Marrakech to Skoura Oasis & past by way of properties of whimsical magnificence
Morocco has an inexplicable attract. I’ve been in love with the nation for some time and was comfortable to be again. I’d be immersed in deep Morocco.
First, taking the south path to discover saffron fields, restored tradition heritage, uncover the Amazigh tradition and extra. Second, discovering breathtaking landscapes, oasis and kasbahs galore. I used to be in heaven.
From Marrakech to the south route…
Touchdown in Marrakech I used to be on the street at no time. The pink metropolis would keep for my final days within the nation. Time was on aspect. But, a keep outdoors Marrakech generally is a superb introduction to the nation and its hospitality. I’d be going through a 4 hours drive to the oasis o Skoura.
Solely 35 minutes drive from Marrakech, Kasbah Bab Ourika is a heaven of magnificence and tranquility within the Atlas Mountains.
Portuguese hotelier Beatriz Maximo imprints her incomparable type and constructive vitality to all points of the expertise right here.
Her idyllic luxurious lodge & yoga retreat has 41 attractive rooms with panoramic views of orange tree & rose gardens, and taking pictures stars.
Skoura Oasis – land of saffron, 1000 kasbahs and nomadic heritage
The Oasis of Skoura was as magical as I imagined. I visited the ruins of an historic Jewish salt commerce’s quarters, which was unimaginable! Cycled on limitless palm grooves, assembly native folks for a chat & tea.
Certainly one of my favorite stays was the personal dwelling of Beatriz Maximo. The boutique dwelling Dar Faracha was a trove of berber ceramics, classic furnishings, gorgeous materials and funky art work on partitions. Inspiring and homey on the identical time. Oh, and the black stone infinity pool was a refreshing respite from the warmth.
Maison Rouge was one other magical cease on the street to Skoura. The home can solely be reached on foot, by way of the palm groves, vegetable gardens and a climb up the rocky hill. It was breathtakingly lovely.
After visiting saffron producers for a cultural immersion, in a small group within the Ourika Valley, we had great saffron tea and selfmade biscuits. Time was nonetheless. It was blissful contemplation.
24 hours in Marrakech earlier than departure
I solely had 24 hours within the “pink metropolis”. I missed you Marrakech, and it was good to be again after such a protracted journey hiatus.
I used to be very fortunate to find a bit of jewel within the Medina. Riad L’Orangeraie is all the things one thinks of when considering of latest hospitality: caring, bespoke, and attentive however with no frills.
At L’Orangeraie you may be immersed within the lovely medina, but be in an oasis of peace and magnificence. Rooms are attractive and so is the service. And from the rooftop the views are limitless.
I visited the close by Le Jardin Secret, did a bit of stroll across the souk, after which chilled by the riad’s pool. For the night, I headed to a different rooftop favorite of mine at El Fenn. Therefore, after weeks of scrumptious meals, I used to be prepared for my El Fenn veggie burger & fries.
Marrakech has loads of great stays and locations. How magical to wanderlust once more!
Footage by François Correia, Riad L’Orangeraie, Kasbah Bab Ourika, 700’000 heurs