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T+L's Definitive Guide to Marrakesh


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Four spots not to miss, from a 1930’s garden to an over-the-top spa.

Jardin Majorelle: Designed in the early 20th century by the Orientalist painter Jacques Majorelle and acquired in 1980 by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, the 12-acre botanical gardens have colorful local flora, along with a small café, bookshop, and the Musée Berbère, with Berber art from Saint Laurent’s own collection. Rue Yves Saint Laurent.

Maison de la Photographie: This riad museum hosts rotating exhibitions of more than 6,000 original photographs, most of them quotidian scenes taken between 1870 and the 1950’s. The building, one of the medina’s tallest, houses a tea salon on its roof; stop for a steaming cup and take in the view of the city rooftops. 46 Rue Souk Ahal Fes.

Medersa Ben Youssef: One of the largest Koranic schools in Morocco, the 15th-century Ben Youssef (attached to the mosque of the same name) is a stunning confluence of carved cedar, zellij tile work, and ornate stucco. Book a private tour, which includes visits to the minuscule dormitory spaces where some of the 900-odd students lived. Place Ben Youssef.

Spa at The Royal Mansour Marrakech: Proprietor King Mohammed VI’s hotel is a showcase of Moroccan artisanship, and the 27,000-square-foot, white-filigree-and-glass spa is virtually a city in itself. The treatment suites have terraces and pools, and the beauty salon is a gleaming temple of white marble. Opt for a traditional hammam using the sumptuous Marocmaroc skin-care line. Rue Abou Abbas al Sebti; treatments from $115.


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