For Marrakech, beauty has always come from within. From private riads to labyrinthine royal palace hotels, the city’s charms are often veiled. While the fashion world has never been very good at championing inner beauty, it makes an exception for Morocco’s most happening city. The latest from the catwalk: English fashion designer Jasper Conran makes his hotel debut with L’Hôtel Marrakech, a 19th century riad with secluded courtyard, gardens and pool. Soaring white zouak ceilings are the perfect backdrop for a 1930s aesthetic that recalls Morocco’s heyday as a bolthole for boho Europeans. Walls of jasmine and scented roses surround the pool; fragrant citrus and fig trees shade the roof terrace. There’s probably no prettier place to tuck into a tagine.
Jardins Majorelles: The gardens are due to get their own museum annex later this year — a new home for hundreds of haute couture Yves Saint Laurent outfits, plus thousands of books on fashion and local Berber culture.
Published in the Jul/Aug 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)