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Exclusive Itinerary

Come join Adrienne as she discovers the design heart and soul of the inspirational city of Marrakech. She fell under Morocco’s spell over 10 years ago and since then has returned year after year for design inspiration and to delve into its rich culture. She’d love you to join her this October as she shares some of her favourite design finds and places with you!

Stimulate your senses and explore the abundance of creativity in the 'Red City' as you visit the talented artisans in the medina, explore hidden ateliers, shops and historic sites, design museums like the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum, the city's best kept secret of the hidden flea market of Bab Khemis, and learn about decorative design elements like gebs, tadelakt and zellige and the symbolism in Berber carpets through Adrienne’s inspirational talks. 

Sunday, 30th Sept.

Marhabah! Welcome to Marrakech!

Plan your arrival to Marrakech for late morning or midday. An airport transfer to the Medina will be arranged for you where you will be met and guided to Maison 28. You will be welcomed with Atay (Moroccan Mint Tea), your own pair of Moroccan slippers, the week’s itinerary and a riad map.

Following lunch at Maison 28, we’ll take a walk through the nearby souk markets for an introduction and orientation to our neighbourhood in the medina. Evening brings a beautiful sunset and a ‘welcome’ cocktail followed by dinner at Le Trou Au Mur.

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Monday, 1st October

Discover Historic Architecture and Artisanal Craftspeople

Wake up for your Maison 28 breakfast and a talk given by Adrienne on Moroccan design which will help you understand the design vernacular of the city’s historic buildings. After the talk, we’ll take a guided tour of the medina including the ornamental beauty, harem and gardens of Palais Bahia, and the stunning architectural ruins of El Badi Palace.

We'll have a traditional Moroccan lunch in the home of a Berber family, and get more comfortable walking in the maze of the artisanal souks, where we'll visit specialist artisanal workshops, with a chance to do some hands-on craftwork. In the evening, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at Maison 28.

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Tuesday, 2nd October

Treasure Hunting and a Tasting Marrakech Food Tour

Our first stop after breakfast will be the local Bab El Khemis flea market to explore the hidden shops and bargain for vintage treasures. We'll stop for lunch at Le Grand Café de la Poste and round off the day with a visit to Mustapha Blaoui – a design shop extravaganza like none you’ve ever seen --and the stunning carpet showroom of Soufiane Zarib, with stops at the concept stores at the Terrasse des Epices and Max and Jan.

In the evening, Canadian PR and Marrakech resident Mandy Sinclair will meet and guide us through a ‘Tasting Marrakech’ food tour of the Jemaa el-Fna Square.

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Wednesday, 3rd Oct. 

Magic Carpets, Souk Shopping and French Food

After breakfast, Adrienne will give a short talk on the symbolism in Moroccan Berber carpets. Then we're off to the Musée Boucharouite to be inspired by the ingenuity and artistry of the Imazighen (Berber) women who craft some of these carpets. After lunch at Le Jardin, we'll visit the carpet souk where we can view (and shop for) beautiful Moroccan tribal carpets. You'll have some free time to shop in the souks later that afternoon. Dinner will be in the elegant, exotic surroundings of Le Tanjia in the ancient Jewish district, the Mellah.

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Thursday, 4th October

Design Ateliers, Art and Culture, Majorelle Blue and Yves Saint Laurent

After breakfast, we'll head to the ‘new city’ Guéliz to browse the design boutiques and visit the famously enchanting Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum. The garden was designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle in the early 20th century (creator of the famous Majorelle Blue colour) and was later restored by designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé.

After that, we'll visit the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent, the Museum of Art & Culture, Yahya Creation, and the Matisse Art Gallery, and follow that with an al fresco lunch at Amal, a women’s non-profit restaurant founded to train disadvantaged women in culinary skills. 

In the afternoon we head to the Industrial zone of Sidi Ghanem where we'll visit the ateliers of furniture and product designer, Laurence Landon, Sissi Morocco, Chabi Chic and other nearby design showrooms and design stores.

There's no arranged dinner that night to give you a chance to explore the many wonderful restaurants Marrakech has to offer.

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Friday, 5th October

A Day at Popham Tiles and Serious Pampering at Beldi

Following breakfast at Maison 28, we head out of town to visit the concrete tile factory of Popham Design, founded by Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes. At lunchtime, we'll step into another world at the Beldi Country Club where we'll lunch.

At the Beldi you can enjoy a famous Moroccan Hamman/Gommage spa treatment (steam bath and scrub), or take a dip in their inviting pool. You can also indulge in a soothing 1-hour massage and lounge by the pool before we head back to Marrakech for dinner at I Limoni.

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Saturday, 6th October

A Secret Garden, a 16th-Century Palace and Contemporary Moroccan Design

Our first stop after breakfast will be to the newly renovated (by English garden designer Tom Stuart Smith) Le Jardin Secret for a private tour to smell the roses and rosemary, and learn about the journey undertaken by its private owners to renovate this historic garden and tower. This will be followed by a visit to the 16th-century palace, Trésor de Milles et Une Nuit.

Then, we’re off for a design visit and lunch at Vanessa Branson’s El Fenn riad hotel to see a contemporary take on Moroccan design. You'll have a free afternoon to explore the souks, shop or rest before cocktails and a final sit-down farewell dinner at Maison 28, complete with musicians. Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes!

Sunday, 7th October

Beslama…Goodbye, Until We Meet Again…

Enjoy your last Maison 28 Breakfast before taking your private transport to the airport. Hopefully, you will be full of design ideas and inspiration (and most likely, some new treasures too).

Please note that changes to the itinerary are at the discretion of the retreat leader, Adrienne Chinn.

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