DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO HOTEL, TRANSPORTATION, & FOOD by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN
MODEL VIA ITALIAN VOGUE, DESIGN BY REBECCA JOHNSON
DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO TRAVEL ITEMS by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN DESTINATION GUIDE: MOROCCO STYLE & SHOPPING by ANUSH MIRBEGIAN
  STAY:

LUX:
Peacock Pavillions
While I didn’t get the chance to stay there, I had heard and seen incredible reviews of this place and will make sure the next time I am in Marrakech, I will be there.
LOCAL:
Riad Yacout
A beautifully restored traditional Riad in Fes that once in its history belonged to a Fassi family. The sweeping arches and artisan tile work transports you to another time and place. The setting is lush and comfortable; the service is warm and the staff continually accommodating.
 
TRANSPORTATION:

LUX:
We often traveled by a private air-conditioned bus, especially for the longer trips between cities.
LOCAL:
I loved riding around in the petit taxis and chatting up the driver to get an insight on the city. One particular gentleman in Marrakech had a sweet little Berber rug he placed on his seat and he was thrilled to get the chance to discuss it with admirers.
 
 
EATS:

LUX:
One of my favorite meals was enjoyed at Al Fassia in Gueliz, Marrakech. Al Fassi is entirely owned, operated and staffed by women. The atmosphere is relaxed but bubbly and infectious in a way that makes you want to return every night. The food is delicious and you can taste all the care and talent that it is made with, especially the endless variety of salads and the lamb specialties.
LOCAL:
Mint Tea, all the time and the sweeter, the better. I discovered some of the best cups at road stops between cities and in locals’ homes.

Chebbakia, a sweet traditionally eaten during Ramadan is soaked in honey and covered with sesame seeds. You can find handmade ones in the Madina or served with harira soup.

The best oysters I’ve ever tasted were found in Oualidia at L’Hippocampe. Looking out on the cerulean lagoon and literally eating the sea was a revelation that only seascapes and salty tastes can bring.

Look up the Grand Café de la Poste in Marrakech, for a throwback atmosphere and excellent French food, when a rest bit from the local cuisine is desired.
 
August 2013