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Exclusive Itinerary

Come join Adrienne to discover the design heart and soul of the inspirational city of Marrakech. Adrienne 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 September 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. 

And, of course, there's plenty of time to shop!

Sunday, 22nd 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 and Adrienne will meet you and guide you to Maison 28. You will be welcomed with Atay (Moroccan Mint Tea), 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. 

Before a delicious tajine dinner at Maison 28, Adrienne will prime you for the week's events with a talk on Moroccan Design Elements.

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Monday, 23rd Sept.

Discover Historic Architecture and Artisanal Craftspeople

Wake up for your Maison 28 breakfast. Then we'll be met by a professional guide who will lead us on a tour of the medina  including the ornamental beauty, harem and gardens of Palais Bahia and the historic Jewish Mellah (with a lovely surprise visit along the way).

We'll have a traditional Moroccan lunch in the home of a Berber family, and afterwards we'll visit specialist artisanal workshops, where you'll have a chance to do some hands-on craftwork. In the evening, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at Le Trou au Mur.

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Tuesday, 24th Sept.

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, 25th Sept. 

Magic Carpets, a Hidden Garden, Souk Shopping and delicious Moroccan 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, and a visit to the carpet souk to view (and shop for) beautiful Moroccan tribal carpets. 

After lunch at Le Jardin, we'll visit the lovely Le Jardin Secret for a private tour to smell the roses and rosemary, and learn about the journey undertaken by its private owner to renovate this historic garden and tower. You'll then have some free time to shop in the souks. 

Dinner will be in the elegant, exotic surroundings of Le Tanjia in the ancient Jewish district, the Mellah.

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Thursday, 26th Sept.

Art and Culture, Majorelle Blue and Yves Saint Laurent

After breakfast, we'll head to the ‘new city’ Guéliz to 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, concept stores and the Museum of Art & Culture.

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. We'll visit the entrancing 16th-century palace, Trésor de Milles et Une Nuit nearby, then you'll have a free afternoon to explore the souks, shop or rest.

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, 27th Sept.

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), a massage and lounge by the pool before we head back to Maison 28 for cocktails and a final buffet dinner, complete with musicians. Don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes!

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Saturday, 28th September

Beslama…Goodb​ye, 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).

 'Adrienne I wanted to thank you again for such an amazing week. It was so exciting and interesting and I enjoyed it all enormously. You arranged it perfectly. I so appreciate all your hard work to bring it about.' Jane Benson-Cole


'Just wanted to say thank you to Adrienne for such an amazing trip. It certainly exceeded expectations and was an unforgettable experience. Also thanks to you lovely ladies for making it relaxing and fun!' Karen Thomas

'Thank you so for last week. I had such a lovely time and really enjoyed every moment.' Siobhan Casey

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

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