Our last hotel for our holiday in Morocco, living a Travelife, was also one of the most beautiful hotels either of us have ever stayed at. Yes, it was right at the top of a long list of simply lovely destination properties, even in a never-endingly amazing Travelife.
More on this lovely hotel, the Royal Mansour in Marrakech, later. This hotel really took our breath away from the first instant.
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THE HOTEL THAT FLOORS
EVEN JADED TRAVELERS
For now, let me tell you that it floored even the Travel Companion, who is probably hands down the most jaded traveler in the world.
You can't blame him for being jaded, though, because he's been there and done that way ahead of 99.99% of the world's population. No exaggeration.
So it's really hard to impress him.
FINDING HAPPINESS & BEAUTY EVERWHERER
|A photo from Birkenhead House,|
one of my favorite low-key hotels
in the Western Cape
There are very few instances when I compromise on luxury hotels, especially for private holidays.
THIS HOTEL REALLY FLOORED HIM
|Dinner at one of Morocco's most elegant restaurants,|
He's enjoyed almost every hotel I've picked out, of course, but this hotel is really one for the books.
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THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
His name was Mohammed, and he made a world of difference to my stay.
|The simply beautiful Royal Mansour|
THE BEST BUTLER IN MARRAKECH
Many top hotels have great private butlers for their best suites, but Mohammed of the Royal Mansour offered simply flawless service.
The Travel Companion likes unpacking and packing his own bags, so his dealings with Mohammed were mostly for the uncorking of the champagne and the ordering of meals.
But I just loved having our private butler unpack my stuff when we arrived -- and then having him wrap everything up ever so carefully in tons of bubblewrap on the day we checked out, for the long and bumpy trip back to Asia.
This alone gave me time for a massage and some spa time before checking out and flying back to Asia.
A TON OF SHOPPING
|The Travel Companion and I each bought a gold tea set|
because we both loved Morocco's green tea with mint.
And this somehow seems perfect to serve in a real teapot
from a Moroccan souk
I'd bought a ton -- literally, a ton -- of breakable things in souks, antique shops and fancy boutiques all over Morocco.
Everything about the lovely and very different designs of the places we'd stayed at in Morocco -- and we did stay in the best places in Morocco, each so different and therefore so interesting to me -- had so inspired me to turn my house in Manila into a mini-version of an Arabian Nights.
|I bought these golden dessert plates in the souks of Fes,|
and the handpainted glass plates in
a pretty upscale antiques store in Marrakech
My house in Tokyo is very minimalist, modern Italian and high-tech, you see, so it's nice to have this ornate place in Manila as a contrast in style and atmosphere.
ENOUGH LUGGAGE TO CHECK IN AN ELEPHANT
I know my two suitcases were incredibly heavy because I could not lift either of them even an inch off the floor by myself.
|That's our car, waiting to be loaded with a ton of luggage...|
Nothing was terribly pricey, mind you, but I so loved the idea of having unique things that also will serve as a nice memory of a pretty wonderful trip to Morocco, living a never-ending Travelife.
|I happened to choose the heaviest teapot|
in the store.
And I love it.
Frankly, I'd bought these on a whim and an inspiration, surrounded by the amazing colors and intricate designs of Morocco.
But I'd not really thought about how these would make their way back to Asia in one piece.
MOHAMMED TO THE RESCUE
|These were just the first courses|
for lunch at our private riad,
while our butler Mohammed packed my bags
for the long trip back to Asia
We ordered several kinds of salads, and I had a Moroccan style pasta, while the Travel Companion had his usual club sandwich.
As always, the choice of dessert was left to me, and I ordered a chocolate fondant and home-made ice cream made with vanila beans from Madagascar.
EVERYTHING MADE IT IN ONE PIECE
|A red pitcher I bought |
in a crafts workshop in Fes
And while we were sampling everything so relaxedly, Mohammed was repacking all my shopping and wrapping everything in bubble-wrap so that there was not a single breakage anywhere in a very tight luggage of glass, brass and porcelain, when I finally got home.
So thanks to Mohammed, the best butler in Marrakech and our private butler at our riad in the Royal Mansour, everything is already displayed so nicely in my home, reminding me of just another simply wonderful trip in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
And now I'm ready for a fancy Arabian Nights-style dinner party....