A Luxury Morocco Travel Guide: Marrakesh
Morocco is filled with such rich and vibrant culture that you may have overlooked when thinking about where you should jet off to for your next vacation. You may be thinking it’s too conservative, too hot, there really isn’t all that much to do. You’d be dead wrong. Marrakesh has so many incredible experiences for you to indulge in no matter what kind of traveler you are. Need to relax? Visit the numerous hammans and spas. Want to explore? There are tons of easy day trips where you can experience the dessert and some of the world’s tallest waterfalls. Looking for nightlife? Marrakesh has a variety clubs and lounges for whatever vibe you need. And if you’re looking for all the above, you’re in the right place!
I was truly blessed to explore this gorgeous country with some amazing people for a friend’s birthday. It was my first trip of this kind. I’d never traveled in a big group, we had 12 people, and I’d never had a mix of guys and girls. The experience literally has changed me for the better. It was so nice to sit back, have things already planned and a group of like minded people who made the experience even more memorable. And I’d love for you to have a similar experience. In this Marrakesh, Morocco travel guide you’ll learn everything you need to know so you can plan an unforgettable vacation where every moment is filled with luxury! Read all the way until the end for the full 5 Day luxury itinerary.
General Info + Tips to Know Before you Go
Temperature: I won’t lie to you, it’s hot in Morocco. During my visit in late July the weather easily reached 105-110 F. PLEASE do not let that deter you! The best times to visit Marrakesh in order to avoid the extreme heat would be in the Spring (March-Early April) or the fall (September-November). Although as I learned, with the right clothes, summer is also do-able.
Language: In Marrakesh majority of locals speak French, Arabic and some English. Do not be surprised though if some of the off beat places you visit the locals do not speak any English at all. If this happens don’t fret, just be sure you have the Google translate app on your phone and you’ll be all good.
Currency: In order to ball out in Morocco you’ll need to get your money converted from USD to the Moroccan dirham. And with the current conversion rates, you really will be able to ball out on a budget! Most establishments will take card but if you plan to visit the souks you definitely want some dirham in hand.
Traveling to Morocco & Getting Around Marrakesh
Entering Morocco: With COVID and the ever changing regulations PLEASE be sure to double check what’s required in order for you to travel to Morocco. I am vaccinated + have a booster so for me it was as simple as uploading my vaccine card into the airline’s website. If you have a long layover and want to explore you may need a negative COVID test within 72 hours of your departure.
Flying to Morocco: There are a few airline options to take you to Marrakesh. Unfortunately there is no direct flight option to Marrakesh from the US but many airlines offer trips with only one stop. I personally flew threw Delta and Air France with a layover in Paris. I would highly recommend because the CDG airport has tons of designer stores, museums and even free video games you can take part in while you wait for your flight. Honestly it’s in my top 5 airports of all time right now! The total flight time from the Midwest will vary depending on your layover, mine was just under 18 hours.
Getting Around Marrakesh: Depending on the size of your group there are a few different options available to you. Most people rely on taxis to get around Marrakesh. While it’s a great option because you can negotiate the price, they are more likely to try to overcharge because you aren’t a local. Since we had such a large group my friend arranged through our Air BnB host to have a driver for the full time we were there. If you’re planning to stay just outside of Marrakesh or do a lot of exploring in the surrounding areas this might actually be a more affordable option. For us it was perfect because we didn’t have to worry about hailing a taxi or haggling on prices for every ride.
Luxury Places to Stay in Morocco
When traveling to a destination like Morocco it’s probably safe to assume you want to stay right in the city. In Marrakesh there’s no shortage of luxurious stays! With our group being so big we ended up staying in a Air BnB just a short drive away from all the action. However there are several beautiful raids that are equally spacious and accommodating. One of my fave travel bloggers Simply Cyn recommends the Royal Mansour and El Fenn while my girl Monroe Steel suggests La Raid Yasmine.
LuxuryThings to do in Marrakesh
- Beach Clubs- Marrakesh has tons of beach clubs which isn’t surprising considering the coast is a 2.5 hour drive. There are so many options to check out depending on the vibe you’re looking for. Want more of a party atmosphere? Hit up Famous Beach. Looking for a more chill, upscale option? Try Nikki Beach.
- Hot Air Balloon- For a unique experience consider a hot air balloon ride. You can watch the sun rise as you enjoy breakfast hundreds of feet above the ground!
- Wake Boarding-Another more adventurous thing to try is wake boarding. We hit up Waky Marrakesh where they taught you had to wake board and they had a really fun loop with ramps and more for the more experienced people. If wakeboarding is a little too advanced they also offered skis and knee boards to ride.
- Visit the Gardens- For a more relaxing day stroll around the Jardin Majourelle, the Manera Garden or Le Jardin Secret.
- Check out the YSL Museum- For the fashionista, or anyone really, the YSL museum is another unique experience to have in Morocco. You learn not only about the fashion but his influence within Moroccan culture.
- Go to a Hamman- the warnings you’ve read about where you’re stripped down and scrubbed raw are true but when I tell you this was the most luxurious experience of the whole trip. Our Air BnB had a spa on site and when I tell you the masseuse had me feeling so relaxed I feel asleep! Seriously whatever doubts or hang ups you have please let them go so you can experience this because it really is worth every penny.
- Explore the Souks- a trip to Marrakesh wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the marketplace to pick up some amazing souveniers. Honestly plan at least 3-4 hours to really look around. Also be ready to haggle. My advice is to instantly cut the price to almost 75% off then work from there. Don’t take the first offer they give and don’t sleep on the power of walking away!
Luxury Places to Eat in Marrakesh
One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to try local cuisine! Having a larger group I didn’t get to experience as much Moroccan food as I would have liked, but the places my friend choose were absolutely worth every penny. I mean I was so entranced n the ambience I literally forgot to take any photos of the food but there are tons of videos on my IG Reels! From the food to the atmosphere these places will have you feeling like VIP!
- Nommos- has a large menu with not only Morrocan options but also food most Americans would recognize. The DJ was on point and they definitely have a flair for presentation when it comes to the food. I ordered a goat cheese salad that was so delicious and the lobster risotto which was extremely filling.
- Lotus Club– also had a variety on the menu and also comes with a dinner show!
- Nouba– I won’t lie the vibes of this place was by far my favorite and so were the drinks. They also had performances from a live singer to an aerial silk performer.
- Budha Bar-for great all night entertainment while you eat, this is the place! They had the largest variety of shows with belly dancers, salsa dancing and african dances as well, it was such a unique experience. I also really enjoy the drinks here as well as their goat curry!
- Bo Zin-a little more asian forward this place was definitely more of a laid back vibe compared to the other places but the food here was hands down my favorite. Also don’t skip out on the mint tea because they sweeten theirs just right.
What toPack to Look Like Luxury
- 1 Swimsuit for each day of your trip
- 1-2 Matching Sets, preferrably with sleeves if you plan to explore the souks
- 1-2 Day Dresses
- 1 Evening Dress for each evening
- 1-2 Athlesiure sets for hiking or waterfalls
- Cute Cardigan or Arm Warmer for the evenings
- Scarf for covering your arms or head
- Walking Sandals or Sneakers
- 1-2 Heels/Wedges
- 1 Bumbag/Crossbody Bag
- 1 Evening Bag
- Optional: Hat, some hats are more trouble than their worth
- Wet wipes, not all public toilets will have paper, or an actual toilet
- Hand Sanitizer
- Portable Charger
- Universal Charger
- Hand Fan, trust me this came in so handy
- Insulated water bottle, again trust me on this
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And that’s it! My complete luxury Marrakesh travel guide so you can indulge in whatever your heart desires.
Make sure you save this post so you can reference it when you plan your trip. If you’ve ever been to Morocco before I’d love it if you shared your recommendations in the comments below!
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