As a travel consultant, for me personally there’s not really a line between a business trip and a leisure trip. I always mix the two. And encourage my business clients to do the same. Whether in the form of luxurious accommodation, or flying in early / staying after the business bit to explore. A recent business trip took me to Marrakech, a city I’d long wanted to see. So I took the opportunity to fly in several days before my meetings kicked off. I hired a private guide to get the lay of the land my first day, visited the sights then indulged in a traditional hammam (ok, 2 traditional hammams..), took a cooking class, mastered the souks, bought a rug, sat in the corner of the old square for half a day just to take photographs, and ate my weight in tagine. I’m sure the week of work would have been productive without my mini-vacation on the front end, but I sure was more inspired, relaxed, with not a bit of jetlag to speak of. So if you have the ability, definitely mix some leisure into your next business trip.
Below are my best recommendations when visiting the sexy city of Marrakech, and I do recommend visiting the sexy city of Marrakech at least once! One thing worth noting is that there are 3 distinct areas to Marrakech – the traditional medina, the more cosmo new town, and then the outskirts. I recommend mixing your stay – spend a few nights in the medina, then head out to one of the opulent hotels on the fringes of town. This will give you a complete flavor for the place.
Riad Tamila + Selman
Tamila is a traditional riad tucked deep within the medina. I love it because it’s quiet, and as authentic as it gets. Plus the food served there is the best I’d eaten in all of Marrakech.
Selman’s horse stables and villas with private pools sold me.
My Top 5 Must-Do List
- Arrange for a private guide, You do not want to tackle the souks without insider knowledge to the best vendors/where & what to eat.
- It’s touristy as all get-out, but ride a camel.
- Take an organic cooking class with a local tribe in the Atlas Mountains.
- Throw modesty to the wind and indulge in a traditional hammam.
- If you buy only one thing, make it a rug.
When it comes to dressing for a day in the medina, comfortable shoes and sunglasses are musts. Opt for maxi dresses with a little covering the shoulder or linen pants with a comfortable tissue tee. Go low on the jewelry, and definitely bring a great cross-body bag. Marrakech is a casual city, you’ll stand-out if you’re decked-out. You’ll have more flexibility with your modern wardrobe at the newer resorts on the outskirts of town, but out of respect for the culture, go for more conservative choices when in the traditional medina.
*This is me & Aziz, the owner of the rug shop where I found the absolute perfect rug for my home.
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel consultancy catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your trip to Morocco contact Lila at email@example.com.
“Home is where the heart is” and while my home is Nashville (Tennessee) there will always be a special place in my heart for Round Hill (Jamaica, W.I.).
After more than 40 visits to Round Hill since 1983, I am going back for the first time in 7 years. I am going back in time, literally and figuratively (as WIFI and Verizon are sketchy there, at best).
I am already dreaming about “Chubby’s” banana pancakes, and the smell of the bonfire that roars on the beach each Monday night; and I can’t wait to go to sleep to music by Harry Bellafonte or Bob Marley or the local tree frogs. I am hoping that the afternoon games of Outburst or Taboo with new friends and fellow “bar flies” at the beach bar still take place. And I know that the sunset will still be the best on earth!
Round Hill is where I frequently saw Ralph and Rikki Lauren, tanned and toned, he, always dressed in a black speedo and “wife-beater” and she, in a black one piece. I remember watching Sigourney Weaver come out of the ocean on the small beach, looking as beautiful as ever, after a rigorous swim. And it feels like yesterday that I was sitting next to Meredith Vieira just after she learned that she had been chosen as the co-anchor of the TODAY show on NBC!!! I wonder WHO will be there next week?
So, as I pack (or more typically, over-pack) my bags, I know that my Taigan favorites will be just “what the doctor ordered” for the perfect holiday, along with Stewart’s Round Hill Special, made with Appleton rum, of course!!!
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Hello again Taigan shoppers!
As promised in our previous post, we are reporting back on the happenings of Paris fashion week for our accessories brand ROARKE New York. The week was extremely hectic and…a huge success! Our new collection of scarf necklaces was received very well at the show, and we are so thrilled, and, completely wiped out!
Our week consisted of many long days full of appointments at the tradeshow, followed by evenings of mingling with clients and friends. For a sneak peak into our booth…check out the action below! You’ll see some brand new styles that will soon be up and running in our Taigan store as well!
Once the show was over, we attended some fabulous parties to celebrate. We also spent a few days enjoying Paris and soaking it up! Trips to the markets, new stores and the fabric district filled our days…along with some bistro lunches and indulgent pastry outings…oui oui! When in Paris, we also have the opportunity to spend time with our French grandmother…she is the elegant cherry atop our sundae!
For some pictures from our trip, see below…and follow us on instagram for more behind the scenes pictures from our travels!
We can’t wait to share the new ROARKE scarf necklaces with Taigan in the coming weeks! Check back in for new styles and more.
Until next time….
Selina and Laetitia
The sisters behind ROARKE New York
Celebrating its 24th year, the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville brings together extraordinary antique and horticultural dealers, magnificent gardens, and world-renowned lecturers. Attendees can purchase anything from plant materials to museum quality antiques from over 150 antiques and horticulture dealers.
The 2014 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville is the largest show in the country combining spectacular garden spaces, fine antiques, and horticultural items into one outstanding three-day show. Located in the new Music City Center in vibrant downtown Nashville, the show’s 150 exhibitors, renowned experts and fabulous gardens make it the ultimate destination for new and ardent antique collectors, avid gardeners, those seeking design inspiration, and anyone who enjoys a breath of spring in the midst of winter.
This year’s honorary chairperson is Charlotte Moss, multiple award winner and designer of private residences and executive suites all over the world. There are also fantastic lectures lined up for the weekend including Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castles (better known as Downton Abbey), Jennifer Boles, Alexa Hampton, Mario Buatta and more. So pack your bags and head on over to Music City for some education, culture and of course, shopping!
There’s something magical about being in the mountains in the middle of winter. Snowy, peaceful. Somehow it’s quieter, the air lighter, and it dawns on you just how gorgeous nature is. Earlier this month, I flew out to Vail, Colorado with hotelier friends & colleagues to explore Vail, Beaver Creek, and Bachelor Gulch. While I’m not a down-hill skier, I absolutely love strapping on snow-shoes to get out into the back bowls with my camera. And let’s be honest, hot cocoa was made for a backdrop like this.
If you’ve been thinking about a ski vacation, there are still several months left to this season and record amounts of snow! And whether you’re dreaming of Whistler, Vail, or Megève, below are some Taigan finds to have you tootling through those mountain towns in winter-style.
Murdaugh Leather Boots by Peter Nappi | $416.50
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel agency & concierge catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your ski vacation contact Lila at firstname.lastname@example.org.