After nearly 20 years of booking travel to Morocco, Diamond knows all of the top guides, the most beguiling hotels and riads, and the shops with the most pilgrimage-worthy souvenirs. He also has ties to artists and artisans who welcome travelers into their studios. One trend he’s noticed in recent years is that “travelers are happy to spend on privacy,” a shift that’s sure to continue well into the future. “I’m also seeing more last-minute travel,” Diamond says. “People are traveling on shorter notice and turning to a tour operator to pull it together quickly.” Fortunately for Diamond, he’s been planning trips to Morocco for two decades and has a network of connections across the country that can make magic happen for visitors, whether they’re interested in exploring the classic destinations of Marrakech and Fes or adventuring into the desert for 4 x 4 expeditions and stargazing. Diamond has an encyclopedic knowledge of Morocco’s top properties, but he does admit to having a few favorites, including La Sultana Oualidia, on the Atlantic coast between Casablanca and Essaouira, and the new Oberoi Marrakech. His number one pick? “Dar Ahlam, the kasbah hotel in the Skoura Oasis, which remains one of the most special properties in Morocco,” Diamond says. “There’s nothing else like it for a luxury stay in remote, rural Morocco.”
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"Michael really made things happen that we couldn't have done otherwise. He set us up with an American design pro in Marrakesh who got us into hidden workshops (we watched metal lanterns being welded); helped us find a neat, out-of-the-way cooking class in a local village near Marrakesh; and helped us navigate the slightly complex task of getting to the desert with ease. He's responsive and quite good at tailoring trips to individuals. In our case, two interior design fiends, a history teacher, and a die-hard shopper. I couldn't recommend him more highly." - Jenn Barger