“I believe that Marrakech ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, makes it a little less easy to understand.” Tahir Shah
When I visit someplace new I immediately want to see (and eat) everything there is to see (and eat). At least that’s how I used to travel. So, when I get emails or comments that ask, “what should I do/see when I travel to Marrakech?” I try to come up with some great suggestions. Then in April something dawned on me. I was sitting on the rooftop of Maison MK with my stepsister while my mom got a massage and it dawned on me.
The best thing to do in Marrakech is nothing.
Don’t take that the wrong way. There’s still loads of great things to do. You could keep busy running around the city for days. But, I think that part of getting Marrakech, of really understanding this place means you have to stop. Marrakech is one of those places people either love or love to hate. It’s busy. It’s crazy and chaotic. It’s n your face 24/7 on the streets. I love it (most days), but get that not everyone feels this way. If you put yourself outside trying to do and see everything you’re going to get burned out. You’ll get burned out twice as fast when the temperatures are soaring over 40.
So here’s my advice. Find yourself a cozy rooftop and settle in. Get a big umbrella, sunglasses, a cold drink and some snacks. Grab your favorite book and take a deep breath.
During my mom’s last visit she got very sick and it meant we had to make different plans for her visit. I didn’t want to drag her around, and she probably wasn’t too keen on that plan either. But, I did want to spend time together and do something fun. So, I scheduled a girls’ day at Maison MK, one of my favorite foodie hideouts in Marrakech. Of course if you’re visiting Marrakech you can book a room to spend the night. If you’re not an overnight guest you can still enjoy their gorgeous riad and services.
Start with lunch at Bistro MK. Their rotating menu is always in season and is a mixture of traditional Moroccan and Moroccan inspired dishes.
But, you don’t have to stop with lunch. Start your day with lunch on the roof and then book into some spa treatments. All service appointments are first offered to those staying in the riad but it’s also possible to partake if you’re staying elsewhere. I highly recommend getting a massage or going for the full east-west treatment. My massage was one of the best I’ve ever had. We each took turns having our treatments done and when we weren’t being pampered we were on the rooftop snacking and reading.
When everything was done we had high tea ordered too. A rising tray of finger sandwiches and another of sweets were brought to our table along with a bottomless pot of Moroccan tea. We took our time nibbling all of the treats and getting our fill. It was more than enough for lunch if you want. MK has a package that includes the spa and tea – they’ve got packages for just about anything you could want.
Of course the night isn’t over yet. If you’re not quite relaxed, make sure to book a table and stay for dinner. Only 10 tables a night are open to outside guests and you can make reservations up to 1 month in advance. You’ll want to be sure to do this if you want to be guaranteed a spot.
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