Marrakesh Travel Guide
Intensité Nomade sells brightly colored caftans by owner Frédérique Birkemeyer, as well as soft leather pants for women, raw-silk pants for men, and Casablanca designer Karim Tassi’s jeans, slinky suits, and sweaters.
KIS (Keep It Secret) is a hidden boutique on the upper story of a tiny medina house that carries more caftans, as well as jewelry and gorgeous bags designed by Brazilian globe-trotter Adriana Bittencourt and her French partner, Caroline Constancio.
The shop has a loyal following of travelers who come just for the latest models and colors of its Tod’s-like loafers (most less than $50 a pair).
One of Guéliz’s newest boutiques, Moor, is the creation of Yann Dobry (who also owns the stylish little shop Akbar Delights, in the medina). Dobry’s new outpost, hung with distinctive lacquered lanterns, features his beautifully embroidered linen, silk, and cotton tunics.
This tiny boutique Beldi dresses some of Marrakesh’s most fashionable residents in linen shirts, mandarin-collared cashmere jackets, and embroidered silk caftans.
Place Vendôme carries top-quality Moroccan leather goods, from $10 men’s wallets to $200 jackets.
In the heart of Marrakesh’s new city, Gueliz, this huge gym and spa has treadmills, recumbent bikes, stair climbers and a 20-meter pool. You can also partake in their signature slimming, wellness and anti-aging spa program. Sounds almost like a vacation in itself.
With a day pass (for about $50) you can get a workout at the fitness center of one of Marrakesh’s most famous hotels, set in incredible gardens. Access to the pool is an extra charge, but well worth it. Just be sure to wear some chic workout gear, because everyone else will be, too.&
Don’t be fooled by the chandelier in the entry—you can get a serious workout here. This is a full-service fitness club with a swimming pool, but if you’d like to indulge, there’s also a spa with massages, facials and other treatments.