Kenza in Marrakech: A Return to the Red City

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Growing up on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean was always fun. School’s out, time to spend the summer at grandma’s in Morocco; however, as I got older, I started to venture outside the usual eat- beach-sleep routine and wanted to explore bits of my home. This year, our amazing partners at Cobblestone set up an incredible two-day trip for my favorite travel partner and myself. My mother and I left Casablanca early on a hot(!!) July morning to start our Moroccan adventure. Though no strangers to Morocco or Marrakech, we were able to see it in a new light. With Cobblestone’s phenomenal guides and drivers, we learned more about our home country, and Marrakech, than we could have ever anticipated. Driving down the familiar highway, we made it to our destination in less than three hours. Upon arriving, we met with our guide, Mohammed. Without Mohammed, our trip to Marrakech would have lacked the spark, knowledge, and fun that made this trip so memorable!

After an orientation tour of a few hours, exploring the grounds of Koutoubia Mosque, the busy souks, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Majorelle Gardens, we headed to our sweet suite at the Mandarin Oriental. A jump in the hotel’s beautiful pool was heavenly in the midday heat. The next day, we made our way up towards the Atlas Mountains, to Richard Branson’s beautiful Kasbah Tamadot, one of the most beautiful and surreal places I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. The kind local staff, the Berber touches, the fresh local food, and the views (!!!) – the mountains, the greenery, the fruit trees; it was a modern-day Garden of Eden. After making our way back down to Marrakech, La Villa des Orangers was our home for the night. Located right next to the souks, with views of the Koutoubia from our balcony, we soaked in the traditional Moroccan touches of our room (more like a little townhome), and the beautiful scents of the orange blossoms.  On our last day, after a phenomenal lunch at Royal Mansour, we left Marrakech with full bellies and full hearts, having experienced my family’s native land in a new way.


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