CH Edition: Morocco

For our fourth hosted travel experience we visited three magical cities, each full of inspiring craft, design, food and people

COOL HUNTING Edition hosted travel experiences are our version of a couture line. Like the fashion analogy, they’re a halo product, a pinnacle, a dream. They share our curiosity as editors, are shaped by the people we know and meet during our research and are laced with powerful, scenic, emotional, delicious, reflective, layered and beautiful moments. Each experience—Zambia (twice!), Cuba and now Morocco allow our …

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Opens in Marrakech

Named after the 54 countries that make up the African continent, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (sometimes stylized as 1-54) launched in London back in 2013, the first art fair dedicated to the work of African artists. It then opened its door in New York in 2015. Now, a third iteration opens its doors this weekend in North Africa—setting down in the art-embracing historic hotel …

Modern, Colorful Sculptures of La Mamounia, Marrakech

French artist Julien Marinetti's vibrant, temporary pieces complement the iconic hotel

Very few hotels around the world carry a reputation like Marrakech, Morocco’s La Mamounia. Opened in 1923, the magnificent venue has played host to some of the world’s most acclaimed figures—be that politicians or celebrities—and its storied 200-year-old gardens began in the 18th century as a wedding gift, to Prince Moulay Mamoun from his father, King Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah. While the hotel has long …

The Royal Mansour

Beauty and decadent service at Marrakech’s palatial property

Anyone who books a luxury hotel surely wants the service to adhere to the old adage about being treated like a king, but Marrakech’s decadent Royal Mansour palace—originally intended to serve actual nobility—truly delivers such an experience. Overlooking the historic medina, Marrakech’s chaotic main marketplace, the hotel was personally commissioned by King Mohamed VI of Morocco to allow state guests. Completed in 2010, the perfect …