Where to stay in Essaouira Morocco

You see, I don’t really want to share this secret with you out of fear that my preferred retreat in Essaouira will no longer be available when I need a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. But Dar 91 owners Jeremy and Paolo are just too sweet not to let readers in on my top … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from Morocco

Essaouira Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

This year I’m spending Christmas in Morocco. Essaouira to be exact. You see, during summer break I decided I was tired of airport travel and with all that is going on in the world I couldn’t bear the thought of having to take off my shoes, belt, coat and unpack my camera, MacBook, Samsung Galaxy … Continue reading

Essaouira’s Festival of Atlantic Andalusian Music

Benjamin Bouzaglo in Essaouira at Festival des Andalusie Atlantiques Copyright Mandy Sinclair

It all started during a week-long adventure through Andalusia with one of my favourite gals. We had arrived in Cordoba where it was raining heavily, so we retreated to a wonderful Andalusian-style restaurant serving the most amazing Sephardic cuisine. As we sipped wine and sampled amazing dishes from the region, the sun broke through and … Continue reading

Life in Marrakech, summer lovin’ edition

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Summertime has come to an end. With cooler temperatures, the return of clients and high season just around the corner, the days of lazy morning coffees, afternoon naps and coastal escapes are over. After a busy spring with lots of travel, PR and event work, I needed a summer of relaxation. So I headed over … Continue reading

Just back from: Essaouira Morocco

Essaouira Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Ok, so I returned a few days ago to Marrakech, but I needed to adjust from a fabulous weekend. The laid-back medina for wandering, hassle-free shopping with prices significantly lower than Marrakech, a restaurant scene that is among the best in Morocco in my opinion, cafes for whiling away the hours, and a beach perfect … Continue reading

Life in Morocco, May edition

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Another month has come to an end and what a month it was! One that can only be described as enriching. You see I started the month off working guest relations at La Mamounia for a Boutique Souk wedding. It was beautiful (as their all of their events are) and great fun to work with a … Continue reading

The countdown to the Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival is on!

Marionettes at the Gnaoua World Music Festival, Essaouira

Locals gathered around in the streets, on the rooftops and over gates. It was my first festival and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But as the Gnaoua musicians began to fill the streets with rhythmic music that had us dancing in the streets, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. One Gnaoua group after another paraded … Continue reading

Visiting Essaouira’s artists’ studios

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It was a Sunday morning in Essaouira when I headed off to the joutiya (flea market) with Maroc-o-phile for some cool hunting.  We rummaged through old silk scarves and kaftans, bits and pieces of jewelery and bric-a-brac.  But also went off to explore the artists’ studios located in the same district. Arriving here was unlike … Continue reading

A little piece of heaven (and it’s for sale)

Villa for sale, Essaouira Morocco, copyright Mandy Sinclair

It’s been my retreat in between events and special projects this high season.  My little piece of heaven on Earth.  The place I look forward to going to disconnect for a few days.  Recharge my batteries if you will before returning to Marrakech. It’s a place about 10 minutes from the centre of Essaouira.  Hidden … Continue reading

Essaouira, the place to be in Morocco!

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It’s that time of year. The time of year when the heat turns up in Marrakech and I, along with most Moroccans and European tourists, head to coastal Essaouira for a bit of rest and relaxation in the laid-back medina, just 2.5 hours from Marrakech. Essaouira is quickly becoming one of my favourite cities in … Continue reading