Fellah is one of a new generation of design hotels opening on the outskirts of Marrakech. Rooms are modern-Moroccan in style, with locally crafted trinkets, gorgeous detailing and tiled bathrooms.
Outdoors, wooden-crate chairs, bales of hay and plump canvas cushions to sit on are dotted about between trees, while giant cacti cast a shadow over the heated pool.
The micro-farm’s plump chickens lay eggs ready for the two restaurants (one of which is run by locals) to serve with home-grown vegetables. Dishes are playful: lobster tagine, cactus-spiked panna cotta, and mint tea blasted with liquid nitrogen.
An arts center provides a space for local artists. And, unique to the continent, therapists trained at the Wat Po Thai massage school in Bangkok work wonders in the spa, which also has a resident yoga teacher.
If ever a city was primed to be discovered, it was this. Hidden doorways, maze like souks, the Old Medina – you can lose yourself here in the best way possible. Haggle for souvenirs at the market stalls, then relax in a hammam or over a cup of mint tea in a café. Some of the architecture – such as that of the Koutoubia Mosque – is truly magical. Exploring the main square, Djeema el Fna, is best done in the evenings, when the snake charmers, musicians and jugglers are in full force.
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The longest established inhabitants of Morocco, the Berber people come from a feudal society, who have preserved their culture and traditions. Arabic is not widely spoken, and their music and dance are unique, with men and women dancing together. The Berber hospitality is justifiably famous, and you are sure to enjoy mint tea with them, […]