At Journy, we have the benefit of meeting dozens of super-savvy travelers who point us to the best destinations around the world. We’re launching a new blog series, Postcards, to feature some of these travelers.
First up is Philippine Darblay, who’s making waves in the food and luxury worlds with collaborations with René Redzepi and Relais & Châteaux and features in Vogue and on French television already under her belt.
In her postcard, Philippine takes us to a favorite holiday destination—Marrakech—where, tucked among the frenetic streets, majestic villas fit for a fairytale princess come to life.
“Marrakech is one of the most well-known destinations for us French. It’s almost a second home. What’s interesting about Marrakech is you can have very different vibes depending on what you want to do.
When you’re in the city, you have a lot going on in the streets. You push a door, it’s super hectic—and then suddenly there’s a really chill indoor space. They have these villas: you enter and they serve you Moroccan tea with lots of sugar. (It’s a lot, so you really have to ask for less sugar if you don’t like it so sweet!)
One place I love—it’s so romantic—is Maison Arabe. Most of these villas have a small pool, and it’s very, very petite, very dark, with dim lights and very local food.
Another place is Le Palais Rhoul. The swimming pool is incredible: it’s very round, with rooms literally in front of the pool. It looks like Jasmine’s palace from Aladdin. They do huge parties—for instance, for New Year’s Eve.
You can also go to Le Grand Café de la Poste, where there are a lot of expats. It’s very French—super French, literally another neighborhood from Paris—but there are also different people: you have bohemian-style people, you have a lot of North Africans who live in Paris and France to come back to see family.
Marrakech is only a three-hour flight, but it doesn’t look like a European city at all. You really feel the change in environment. You feel disconnected, in a good way.”
Hotel La Maison Arabe
Derb Assehbi, Marrakech
Route des Fès - Dar tounsi BP 522 Principal Guéliz, Marrakech
Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, Marrakech
Le Grand Café de la Poste
Avenue Imam Malik, Marrakech
Mon-Sat: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.; Sun: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.