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City Secrets | Marrakesh

If you?re exploring the luxe yet equally intimidating world of trendy NYC boutiques and high-end vintage shops in pursuit of the perfect New Year?s Eve frock, wedding dress or a wear-forever garment, Lucia Tait is here to help. The co-founder of New York-based shopping concierge service Coup de Coeur, Lucia?s expert guidance will undeniably help you unlock your wardrobe?s potential. Lucia recently jetted off to Marrakesh for a winter getaway (and shopping expedition) that she exclusively chronicled for L-atitude.

If you?re exploring the luxe yet equally intimidating world of trendy NYC boutiques and high-end vintage shops in pursuit of the perfect New Year?s Eve frock, wedding dress or a wear-forever garment, Lucia Tait is here to help. The co-founder of New York-based shopping concierge service Coup de Coeur, Lucia?s expert guidance will undeniably help you unlock your wardrobe?s potential. Lucia recently jetted off to Marrakesh for a winter getaway (and shopping expedition) that she exclusively chronicled for L-atitude.

 

 

 

 

What was the most memorable part of your trip to Morocco?

 


This trip I went to some amazing private parties, the most memorable being a one Thousand and One Nights theme at Beldi Country Club.There is a plethora of amazing venue in and surrounding the city, making it the perfect spot for destination events. Thanksgiving weekend I was there for a wedding while another NYC friend was attending a 40th birthday celebration! Apart from wandering the souks in Marrakech, I would advise that anyone visiting the city should add a day trip to Essaouira and to spend a few days in the Atlas Mountains (Kasbah Tamadot is unreal!) should you have the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are your favorite places to eat, drink, and sleep in Morocco?

During my first trip in 2005, I stayed at Riad el Fenn which I loved and would recommend to anyone who wants to be in the Medina. It is a really special place, so beautiful (particularly the divine rooftop restaurant and lounge) and the staff is lovely. La Mamounia is a mainstay and I very much appreciated the mix of old school charm with the recent renovation this trip. I added another two nights at the brand new Delano, across the street. This property was designed by Jacques Garcia, the same architect who gave La Mamounia an update, but it is a much more modern aesthetic. The Delano has a fabulous rooftop that provides the best view of the Koutoubia mosque. 

Everyone should eat at Dar Yacout once, it is an experience. Traditional Moroccan fare can be found at the lovely Al Fassia, while Jad Mahal and Bo Zin are 'see and be seen' options for drinks or dinner, as is Djellabar. Cafe des Epices has a nice rooftop for lunch while shopping the souks, while shopping in the boutique centric Gueliz you can stop for a bite at Kechmara caf?.

 

 

Name three travel essentials you can't live without (besides your cell phone)!

 

 

1.   An eye mask is a must. I sleep with one every night and sleeping on planes makes one even more critical!

 

 

2.   On that note...Sonata. Especially when I am drastically changing time zones or have a red eye flight, I try to regulate my sleep so I can make the most of the trip. 

3.   A list from destination lovers and locals. I never go anywhere without getting the lay of the land from friends and friends of friends. Just one little personal tip or recommendation can make your trip all the more enjoyable.

 

 

 

 


What are your plans for the holiday? Do you have any getaways planned?

 

 

I'm writing this from Casa Colonial, a very nice resort in the Dominican Republic!  I am celebrating Christmas with family, enjoying beachside massages and a dips in the pool/ocean, as well as spending a few morning perusing adventure activities such as waterfall jumping, zip lining and horseback riding. Then I will head to Miami to ring in the New Year with friends (and avoid cold NYC for as long as possible!).

 

 


Name three L-atitude items that are on your holiday wish list.

 

 

1. Serra Turker is a dear friend of mine, and her Misela pouches would make perfect travel organizers.

 


2. I fell in love with Bungalow 8 in Mumbai and I?m so happy I can shop them on L-atitude! This scarf is at the top of my list:

 

3. I collect kaftans and I think the saffron hue of this piece is unexpected and fabulous!

 


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