Red7 , June 4, 2014
The lively, eccentric, exotic city of Marrakech is a delight for the senses. Step off the plane on your hen weekend and feel as if you’ve discovered another world. Poppy Delevingne recently held her second wedding celebration in the beautiful seclusion of Marrakech.
The relaxed pace of life, private luxury of it’s riads and gardens and opulent hospitality are why A-Listers like Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung. Hugh Jackman, Sienna Miller, Carey Mulligan and Olivia Wilde are drawn to Marrakech.
Yet the city is far from being an exclusive celebrity hotspot where bags of cash are needed to experience the magic and luxury. Everyone can indulge in a decadent Moroccan feast, stay in a palatial riad or party on a glamorous rooftop overlooking the enchanting skyline Marrakech. The best of Marrakech can be experienced well within the realms of the average hen weekend budget.
Here’s the most awe-inspiring experiences not to be missed on any Marrakech hen weekend.
Staying in a traditional riad
The hens can immerse themselves in the extravagant world of Marrakech and stay in a traditional riad in the Old Town. Marrakech riads were once grand town houses and palaces which have been transformed into luxurious hotels based around a central decorative courtyard. These are often filled with trees, flowers and a swimming pool, surrounded by decadent rooms and topped with a roof terrace overlooking Marrakech.
Shopping the souks
The souks of the Marrakech medina are a maze of meandering covered streets and small courtyards fanning out from the north side of Marrakech’s central square, Djemaa el-Fna. Hen weekends in Marrakech are all about shopping. Explore the thousands of colourful stalls selling anything you could imagine – jewellery, leather, spices, fabric, carpets, animals, love potions, rare instruments, exotic fruit, traditional instruments and essential oils. Be prepared to haggle with the stall holders and get an unbeatable bargain. The aim in the souks of Marrakech is to get lost and discover more.
Feasting on Morroccan cuisine
Hens can feast like royalty in Marrakech even on a tight budget. Moroccan cuisine is a tantalizing fusion of Arab, African, French and Spanish influences with fresh meat and vegetables, couscous and heavy spices like cinnamon, cumin and saffron. Don’t leave your hen weekend without feasting on the Marrakech staple – a slow-cooked tagine with couscous and make sure you buy a kebab from the Djemaa el-Fna night market.
Relaxing with a mint tea over the medina
Sipping on a traditional mint tea on a Marrakech roof terrace whilst listening to the haunting call to prayer recited from the minarets dotted all over the city is a Marrakech right of passage. Drinking the specially prepared mint tea is a huge part of life in Marrakech, and enjoying a decorative pot with views over the medina is an ideal for weary hens to relax and recharge after a day of shopping and sightseeing.
Discovering the Sahara
Morrocco contains the edges of the vast Sahara desert. A camel excursion into the desert close to Marrakech is an incredible opportunity for a memorable hen weekend activity. If you can catch a sunset, even better.
An invigorating hammam spa treatment
A relaxing spa day is a vital part of any Marrakech hen weekend. A traditional hammam is an Arab bath in which women go to meet once a week and cleanse the skin through a ritualistic steaming process and exfoliation. The therapists can provide a full body scrub and use of gorgeous stone steam rooms and pools. Some hammams offer massages and more innovative treatments depending on whether hens want the traditional or more tourist spa experience.