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Morocco Part 2 – Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

When we decided to go to Morocco for our honeymoon, we knew we wanted to go to Marrakech for starters, but didn’t know where to go from there. It seemed we had two options. One, head towards the coast, or, two, head towards the Sahara. Knowing that the Moroccan coast is unlike the West Coast where we live, we still felt like the Sahara would offer a much different experience than we were used to. So, we headed East out of Marrakech, and crossed the Atlas Mountains over the Tichka Pass, which was an adventure in and of itself. We then headed through Ouarzazate, the center of Morocco’s significant film industry, and over to Skoura. Skoura sits in the middle of a large oasis, filled with palms, and ancient Kasbahs. In the middle of all the magic, is Dar Ahlam. An oasis within an oasis. A place with only nine rooms and three villas, al fresco dining, and each personally prepared meal being served at a different location throughout the property. It was truly outrageous, and an incredible experience. If you get the chance, go there!

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Food was custom prepared for each individual guest and made using ingredients from the organic herb and vegetable garden on the property.

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

One of our private dinner settings. Candlelit by the pool.

Dar Ahlam

Many thanks to Claire Eastwood and the crew at Smart Flyer for helping to put together a truly magical and unforgettable experience. If you are planning a trip to anywhere in Africa, Claire is your girl. She’s fantastic, so knowledgeable and creates a trip tailor made to your dreams.

 

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Morocco Part 1 – Marrakech

Morocco

My husband and I recently took our honeymoon in Morocco and I don’t think either one of us were quite prepared for how much we would fall in love with the country. We spent just under two weeks there and, thanks to my amazing friend, Claire Eastwood and her expertise in luxury bespoke travel. In collaboration with The Smart Flyer, she set us up with a local guide who took us to several towns and areas we had wanted to visit. First on our agenda was Marrakech. The 14th century streets and alleyways of the Medina are packed with spices, sights, & sounds that took us into another world.

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When you first enter the side streets with all the Souks (stalls), you are overwhelmed with the smells, the people, the hustle-bustle and the fact that you are in the middle of something that has been happening this very way for thousands of years. It brings tears to your eyes. It’s a cultural delight.

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Morocco

The spice Souks are AMAZING! Saffron, cumin, corriander and so much more. There are also a plethora of essential oils amber, musk, rose, argan and herbal remedies and cosmetics made from kohl, cochineal powder and henna.

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Badi Palace.

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The Jardin Marjorelle, where Yves St. Laurent once lived and where his ashes are now spread.

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We stayed at the stunning La Sultana Riad in the Kasbah.

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The breathtaking Madrassa Ben Youssef (an ancient religious school)

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Details in our Riad La Sultana.

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The dyers Souks where wools and silks are dyed with all natural, from the earth colorings from indigo, saffron, mint, poppy and rose.

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Nightime in the Place Jemaa el Fna is not to be missed! Food stalls, snake charmers, musicians and plenty of ways to spend a few more dhirams. So culturally amazing, it has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

 

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