The last of Marrakech
In this last blast of my Marrakech adventure, we explore colourful gardens, lounge by the pool like princesses and taste the Moroccan nightlife. The beautifully calming Jardin Majorelle was the one place I was most looking forward to after reading The Beautiful Fall, which tells tales of Yves Saint Laurents’ balmy days and nights spent lounging in the Moroccan gardens which he bought in 1980 in order to save it from development.
The whistlestop garden tour meant I’ll be visiting again when it’s less busy. The crowds didn’t stop me from coming away feeling refreshed and inspired though, especially not after I picked up a famous LOVE post card! Next up was a a trip to Nikki Beach, a pool paradise where one of the Sex and the City film scenes were filmed, don’t you know! We certainly began to feel like movie stars once late lunch was served. I now only ever eat my sushi (I’d never tried the proper stuff before!) served on a wooden bridge or boat ok? With the DJ spinning up some chilled but grooving tunes accompanied by a bongo player and an unlimited supply of gris wine, we were having to double check we weren’t actually in paradise. *pinch*
Back to reality (psh, everywhere in Marrakech is a dream!) came in the form of a visit to Domaine du val D’argan, a country vineyard on the road to coastal Essaouira home to cute little villas which you can rent as well as a restaurant and miles of vines. The sun finally set and it was off to taste the nightlife. Dinner and belly dancing (not me, don’t worry) at the authentic Le Salama followed by dizzy dancing on stage with an amazing cover band aided by pitchers of Grey Goose at the Sofitel hotel club is how I roll now! A 3am splash about in the pool back at the Fellah Hotel and that was called a day. And what a heck of a day!