Marrakech Travel Diary

Pam Hetlinger wearing a velvet duster and leather jeans at the Selman Marrakech, Morocco

Last week I went to Marrakech, Morocco for the first time! I was there with APM Monaco to create and capture new content, and I absolutely loved it. I was truly amazed by the beauty and hospitality of Marrakech. I was a bit nervous to go, I’m not going to lie, but as soon as we got there we felt so welcomed and safe.  Everyone was so kind and helpful, it truly was a vacation to remember forever! A lot of you wanted to know what I did while I was there, so here are my tips if you are traveling to Morocco…

Where to Stay

Selman Marrakech

The Pool at the Selman Marrakech

The first hotel we stayed at was the Selman Marrakech. The Selman Marrakech has to be one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in. The entire hotel was Instagram worthy, not to mention the architecture and color schemes! I cannot wait to go back to this hotel and see all of the hidden gems I did not have time to see! Stay tuned for a full recap of my stay here…

Four Seasons Marrakech

The Lobby at the Four Seasons in Marrakech

Halfway through our trip we relocated and stayed at the Four Seasons Marrakech. The Four Seasons truly captured the aesthetic of Morocco. I felt like I was in another world. If you are looking for the most amazing food, look no further! Also, stay tuned for an additional recap of my stay at the Four Seasons…

What to Do

Camel Ride

Pam Hetlinger at a Camel Ride at Palm Grove Marrakech

Pam Hetlinger at a Camel Ride at Palm Grove Marrakech

If you are traveling to Morocco, nothing beats taking a ride on the back of a camel at The Palm Grove. Believe it or not, this was one of the most exciting experiences during the whole trip. Shockingly enough, I was able to master the art of riding them. Way more fun than riding a horse! :)

Shopping at the Souk

Pam Hetlinger wearing a Tara Jarmon dress at the Souk in Marrakech, Morocco

Pam Hetlinger at the Souk in Marrakech, Morocco

Pam Hetlinger at the Souk in Marrakech, Morocco

If you know me, you know I had to make a stop at the Souk to do some shopping! Some of the most beautiful rugs I have ever seen were here, and I’m so sad I didn’t have more room in my suitcase to take them all home! This area is a bit hectic so just know you have to be aware of your surroundings. Also, I wouldn’t recommend going to this place by yourself as it can be a little bit intimidating. Besides that, the place is really cool, there are some great restaurants there and you can shop a little bit of everything! I negotiated a few prices on a straw bag I couldn’t leave the Souk without!

Majorelle Garden

Pam Hetlinger at the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco

 

 

 

Pam Hetlinger at the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco

 

This is one of the biggest attractions in Marrakech. Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge bought the Majorelle Garden after many visits to the garden in the 1980’s, and ultimately saved it from being turned into a real estate development!  Now thousands of people get to see the beauty they both saw every single day. Being there and seeing the garden was truly incredible.

YSL Museum

Pam Hetlinger at the YSL Museum in Marrakech, Morocco

Last but not least, one of my favorite activities was visiting this museum. The YSL museum showcases the entire life workings of Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech, Morocco. We got to see the designer’s most famous pieces. I felt so blessed and thankful to have been able to walk through such a special museum. You can’t take any photos inside, but outside they have a really cool spot where you can take a photo. This is a must! :)

Where to Eat

Le Restaurant Selman

The Selman Marrakech

If you are looking for amazing lighting and a romantic atmosphere Le Restaurant Selman is the place for you! Not only is the food to die for, but it is also in the Selman Marrakech. The high ceilings and Moroccan color scheme make for the perfect date night, not to mention the food! Also, they serve breakfast there in the morning.

Quattro at Four Seasons

Quattro at the Four Seasons Marrakech, Morocco

Quattro at the Four Seasons Marrakech, Morocco

Quattro was another one of my hotel favorites. This time, from my stay at the Four Seasons Marrakech. If you are craving different food, Quattro offers an amazing blend of Italian and Moroccan options. One of the more unique restaurants we went to during the week!

Nomad Marrakech

Nomad Restaurant Marrakech

Nomad Marrakech is located at the Souk and is a great place to go before or after shopping! It’s a bit hidden but if you ask around people are super nice and direct you to the right place.

Comptoir Darna

Comptoir Darna is a great place for authentic Moroccan food! It’s super lively and a great place for drinks! There are live shows, music, belly dancers, and ultimately was my favorite restaurant during the trip!

Azar

Azar had a very lively atmosphere and had a very fun and energetic crowd! It was super fun because of the live music and people, the great food was just a plus!

Bo & Zin

Bo & Zin is a very chic place for small bites and drinks. It is a great place to start the night before going out on the town.

Raspoutine

For a different option while in Morocco, Raspoutine is a chic nightclub that offers both food, drinks, and of course an amazing time!

What to Wear

The weather in Marrakech varies throughout the day and night. During this time of the year, it can be hot during the day and cold at night. Most of the locals recommended visiting Marrakech during April as the weather is perfect during this month – not too cold not too hot. If you do end up traveling in December, I would recommend bringing pieces you can layer at night. Also, don’t wear anything too revealing outside your hotel. Women still dress pretty conservatively over there so keep that in mind. I wore this dress with a jacket on and I took it off just for the gram haha. Here are some of the looks I wore during the trip.

Pam Hetlinger wearing a white jumpsuit in Marrakech Morocco

Pam Hetlinger wearing a white jumpsuit in Marrakech Morocco

Jumpsuit (similar) | Bag | Duster | Earrings | Bracelet

Pam Hetlinger wearing a velvet duster and leather jeans at the Selman Marrakech, Morocco

Velvet Jacket | Top | Pants | Chanel Bag | Apm Monaco Jewelry c/o

Pam Hetlinger wearing a flower jumpsuit in Marrakech, Morocco

Jumpsuit | Chloé Bag c/o

Pam Hetlinger wearing a Tara Jarmon Floral Dress in Marrakech, Morocco

Tara Jarmon Dress (similar) | Bag | Earrings

Enjoy! xo, Pam

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