Celebrating the public and private oasis of Marrakech
Celebrating the public & private oasis of Marrakech.
One of the most vibrant cities in the world, Marrakech is a melting pot of cultures, where Europe, Africa and the Middle East all merge. Rich in colours, smells and sounds: from bartering with the salesman at the souk, to the richly-hued Berber rugs and the exotic scent of spices hanging in the air. In the Red City, buildings are pink and rose-coloured, arranged over several storeys with rooftops and courtyards providing an escape from the hustle and bustle. At traditional riads and hotels, swimming pools and lush gardens are tucked away behind tall wooden doors, with white-washed walls and elaborate tiled floors. A popular destination for bohemians since the 1970s, it was here that Yves Saint Laurent came for inspiration, falling in love with the Jardin Majorelle, botanical gardens housing all sorts of flora and fauna. It was also here that style icon Talitha Getty was photographed by Vogue snapper Patrick Lichfield, and that Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones made their famous midnight flight away from her then-boyfriend, Brian Jones. It’s a place of magic carpets and snake-charmers – romance and mystery.