Thursday, 23 February 2017

Influencers Take Marrakesh - Blogging Gals

Blogging Gals Takeover Marrakesh... 

Yasmine Riad Marrakesh

We recently organised a Influencers trip to Marrakesh with #BloggingGals  - Zeena Xena, Dazhane Leah & Fro Girl Ginny. The purpose of this trip was to; "Create amazing content collectively, collaborate with great brands and form great friendships." On this holiday, we did just that.

We planned our trip about two and half months prior to visiting and initially had Dubai set in stone but decided to change the destination as a) we felt Morocco was more cultural and b) We'd get more value for money.

So our first stop - London Stansted. We booked our flights with Ryanair via Skyscanner for less than £50pp including hand luggage and set off on our journey to Le Riad Yasmine, Marrakesh.

// Le Yasmine Riad

If you follow me personally, you would have seen the amazing videos I shared from my stay at this hotel. I was bombarded with "omg where is this, where are you" etc etc... So I'm so happy to be able to share this info with you via Blogging Gals. After months of research, it was evident that I HAD to make a trip to one of the most instgrammable riads in Marrakesh.

Upon arrival we were greeted kindly by Alice and her team who explained that our rooms were just finished being cleaned. We then headed over to the pool area and were offered some mint tea and cakes. We stayed in the Merzouga suite which was a beautiful orangey-red room that could sleep three. Rooms are fully equipped with a bath tub x shower, shower gels, bath robes, safe, TV, hair dryer and bottled water.

The rooms were comfortable and offered some of the best lighting to get ready (honestly wish I woke up to this kind of lighting every morning as my makeup was near enough perfect each day).

Here are a few photos of the hotel grounds...

Each morning we were surprised with a scrumptious breakfast that varied from day to day. On the last day of our stay, we got to have breakfast on the roof which was lovely and made me want to stay even longer. *cries*

On one of the nights, I requested a chicken tagine for me and the girls to share and I must say, it was one of the best Tagine's that I've tasted cooked by non-family members. 

The staff at Riad Yasmine treat you like friends and cater to your every need. If you need transfers, crave something to eat or want some help taking photos (lol) - Alice and her team will help you every step of the way. 

Book your stay here 

// Dunes Desert 

Also booked with our riad we opted for Camel Riding which cost us approximately £25 for a two hour tour with Dunes Desert. We were picked up from our riad and taken to the base where all the activities take place. During our ride through Palmeraie we made a stop at a Berber village and had some tea with a Moroccan family. We loved it so much that the next day we booked and returned for quad bike riding! 

You can book activities here

// Riad Be Marrakesh

Be Riad Marrakesh

Again a very beautiful riad full of colour and a great place to stay. Unfortunately we only stayed at this riad for a night so didn't get to experience all it's beauty, but honestly this place was a home away from home. The staff were kind enough to meet us at our car where they helped us with our bags and walked us to into riad. As we checked in quite late, our rooms had been ready and waiting for us, for some time now. We took a little tour of the Riad Be Marrakesh and headed straight to our room for baths as we'd been quad biking all day (just imagine how dirty we were feeling). Once we'd all had our baths, it was about 9pm and we were very hungry. The lovely team at the riad helped us order a takeaway, we opted for sushi and it was SOO good (if you stay here and fancy a late night take out ask the owners for the sushi spot they use).

What I love about Riad Be Marrakesh, is that is nothing is ever a problem even with requests at short notice. The team are happy to help even if it means they'd have to go up the road and back for you. Overall rooms are very comfortable and smell absolutely gorgeous (you'll know what I mean if you plan on visiting). The riad is very cultured in decor as you can tell by the photos and makes you feel as though you're in some sort of wonderland. I'm sad I didn't get to do a big photoshoot here with Dazhane as she takes some amazing photos, but I'll be back! 

Book a stay here

// Tips + What to Expect...

So Morocco is a great place to visit especially with the culture, things to do/see , food and weather. However, in somewhere like Marrakesh I feel like you always need to be on the ball as its such a fast paced city... 

* When venturing out never take more than you need (in terms of money electricals etc) 

*  If you plan to head to the main square/souks be prepared for the howling of business owners trying to earn some coin. If you're not interested, simply reply "La Shukran" which means "no thank you", business owners are more likely to leave you alone. 

* In regards to the above ^ don't take anything to heart even comments they make, remember it's routine for them, so they're doing this all day everyday. 

* When calling for a taxi from your riad/hotel for example, ask staff for some help so you know the price you SHOULD be paying from the jump. If a taxi owner wants to take you somewhere at a higher rate my answer would be to get out of the taxi or walk away. There is the possibility of them fixing a better price if you show that you're not in a hurry. 

* When visiting places of worship, ensure you dress accordingly - remember this is a muslim country! 

* Hire someone local! A journalist in our riad did this. Her tour guide took her to all the main points in Marrakesh in just a few hours. Personally I think this a fantastic idea and is so inexpensive - the cost to her was about five British pounds. *note* organise this through your place of stay so it's as safe as possible.

// Where To Go...

There are SO many stunning places to visit when in Morocco, these are some of my recommendations... 

* Jardin Majorelle - visit here

* Ben Youssef Madrasa - visit here

* Jemaa el-Fnaa - visit here

* Le Jardin Secret - visit here

* Rahba Kedima Square - visit here

Have any of you planned any holidays this year? We'd love to hear from you! Check out my tips on travelling for less here...

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