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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Scrubbed in Marrakech

Indulge in a gentle French kneading, Thai-style stretch, or rigorous traditional rubdown in Morocco’s spas and bathhouses.

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1. Where to Stay


The rooms at Marrabahia are light-filled and insulated from the frenzy of the nearby market.   

Wander among twenty acres of gardens at La Mamounia (from $664), which just completed a $160 million renovation in September 2009. All rooms boast traditional Moroccan stucco carvings and hand-laid mosaics, but ask for one of 36 "deluxe" rooms for views of the twelfth-century Koutoubia mosque.

Lounge on high-end silks and yellow leather couches at Marrabahia, an eight-room complex designed by former Parisian fabric maven Laure Felisa (from $148). Have complimentary fresh-baked croissants and coffee on the rooftop café before a swim in the secluded courtyard pool. Or bring fifteen friends and rent the entire space for $1,150 a night.

Picnic in the olive groves at Peacock Pavilions (from $125), designed and owned by an American expat couple. Request the Atlas Pavilion, where each of the two rooms has its own fireplace and private 400-square-foot roof terrace.


Published on May 27, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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