WEDDING VENUES 2017 in Marrakech

Planning a wedding?  Planning an exotic wedding? You should think Marrakesh!

Marrakesh, no better place on earth to indulge in wonderful colours, prints, romantic settings, luxury venues and dreams under a nightblue sky filled with a 1000 stars...

Our top venues to plan your wedding. 

Some are bohemian, some are a 1001 night proof and some are just beyond your wildest dreams.

They all promise you one thing. 

The start of a story together. 

After that, its your job to fill the pages of the book... 

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ok, can we caunt Essaouira in too? 

Essaouira... beach weddings, words carried away by the wind. Sand, wild unspoiled beaches ...

1. Essaouira - Villa Anouk

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

If you are a luxury nomad, with your heart drifting between old romantic souvenirs , Wabi-sabi simplicity with a twist

and refined luxury, settled in an authentic Berber countryside that is screaming out loud 'authentic wedding shoots' then this is absolutely your place to tie the knots!

To give you an idea on how romantic a Villa Anouk wedding can be, look at gorgeous shoot by

Stefanie Kapra Photography



Villa Anouk

      Address: R301, Morocco   contact them through the site.

2. Essaouira (Sidi Kaouki) - La Mouette et le Dromadaire

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

Think Boho - Beach - wild and unspoiled beach. This setting is another hidden gem to have the wedding of your dream if you love bohemian settings and beach life. Patricia and her team have really nailed it when it comes to raw, authentic charm on the beach in Sidi Kaouki.

You will not find the comfort of a hotel, but you find all the rest that matters to you and your loved one!

La mouette et le Dromadaire


Sidi Kaouki 44125, Morocco    tel.00 212 (0)6 7844 9212

3. Essaouira - Dar Caravane

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

If you think weddings are about fantastic food, pools and parties. 

Dar Caravane knows how to throw a Party. Don't even question the know how of Didier and his team. 

I keep referring to Dar Caravane in every top I make, but that's because this place offers such a wide range on possibilities! Be it a day out at the pool, a lunch , an event of a party...

Dar Caravane


Km 1 Route D'Agadir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco


+212 5247-84804

4. Marrakech - Berber Lodge

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

photo credit Berber Lodge

If you are familiar with

the Coco's Caractère Selection

you will know about Ethnic chic. This place has it all when you are this kind of couple. Your wedding could not be more in style breathing authentic Berber charm out of every pore. Totally hip, minimalistic and classy at the same time.  When the


team is involved and brands like

Couleur Locale

are a fan, then you know this is all about becoming one of the new it places. You can set the trend with your wedding :)

Berber Lodge


Douar Oumnes, Tamesloth, Marrakech   

5. Marrakech - Jnane Tamsna

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

photo credit Jnane Tamsna

Jnane Tamsna , you could call it the creation of Meryanne Loum-Martin. This although is partly true as her husband is also involved in the design and the holistic view on the concept of the splendid garden. We however are totally in love with the creativity of Meryanne. Every party, in to the smallest detail is part of her vision on this beautiful place. It's fairytale like and a 100% 1001 night proof wedding venue.

Jnane Tamsna


Douar Abiad, Palmeraie, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

6. Marrakech - Scarabeo Camp

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

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As close to a desert feeling you can get without crossing the High Atlas.  The Agafay desert just outside Marrakech is THE place for some luxurious Glampings and Scarabeo is one of these that manage to keep the balance between authentic desert solitude and refined luxury.  You will have a real nomad wedding under a million stars!

Scarabeo Camp


P2020, Morocco  tel.

+212 662-800823

7. Marrakech - Le Jardin Secret

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

What about places within the Medina? Well..Le Jardin Secret might not come to mind when you think about wedding settings, but this place offers you stunning views on Marrakech and surroundings from the second highest tower in town after the Koutoubia Mosque.  Including a more than perfect garden with an ecological and ancient restored water system. A place with a history and a future.

If you look for 'something else' have a look and go for it. They don't open the venue at night unless for private events and this might just be your wedding!

Le Jardin Secret


184 Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh, Morocco

8. Marrakech - El Fenn

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A little luxery, a lot of attitude and personal style for this gem in the Medina.  This little 'village' is ready to make your marriage one to remember into the smallest detail. I always think everyone knows El Fenn but in reality it's surprising how many people don't and they get completely overwhelmed by the daring beauty of it.

El Fenn


Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

9. Marrakech - Peacock Pavilions

Marrakech top wedding venues 2017-2018 - Coco's choice

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Some places are just so well designed that you don't need to add anything to have your dream location for a wedding. It's not easy to label Peacock. It has its own unique style. A blend that seems to mix and match in one unique way that carries Maryam's personal signature.

A dream spot for many and a yearly place to return and de-stress for some lucky ones.  Why not make it the start of your story together?

Peacock Pavilions


km 18 route N9 Marrakech,Douar Ladaam, Morocco

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BRUNCH BY THE POOL The Essaouira top 5

There are plenty of reasons to stay more than a day in Essaouira. There is much more to discover than the Medina, the harbour and the beach boulevard. Ask any one living here and they come up with a liiiist that could fill your month of holiday with ease.
But, how do we, the locals (or pretend to be locals) like to spend a day when we are off?


Marrakech is becoming more and more an international metropolis to be reckoned.

A Metropolis influenced by international trends that local youngsters embrace and enjoy together with expats and tourists.

On the other hand, we are happy to notice new trends that re-enforce and re-define the Moroccan heritage. The skills and the things that we all love about Moroccan culture.

Here are the 5 new hypes we think are here to stay!

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1) bye bye colour overload hello minimalism.

Marrakech,Marrakesh, trending

LRNCE  Ethnic minimalism we love

photo by Laurence

No, don't panic! We're not saying Marrakesh is turning into some cool and all white, Nordic kind of town, but we do notice these last months more and more that fashion found a Moroccan answer to the



Simple, architectural lines combined with ethnic details.

When brands like

Max & Jan

Marrakech have an all white, simple and sleek line in their Summer collection I think we have to consider this trend as a stayer and we love it.

Not everyone wants to wear the colours and Ibiza style but almost every man and women falls head over heals for the comfy loose fit of Moroccan Djellabah's, Caftans and harem pants.

2) The all time favourite Barbershop gets pimped.

Marrakech,Marrakesh, trending

Thr stylish Barber in Guéliz next to Vert Midi.

When we mentioned to an investor 3 years ago the potential we saw in redefining the old art of 'il barbieri' he had a good laugh.  I would like to see his face now, when one stylish Barber/beard shop after the other is opening up.  Totally our style and totally on trend. After all who does not like a well trimmed beard or moustache?

3) Middle East Money and luxury hotel chains.

After the opening of the Mandarin Oriental in 2015 it's waiting for the Hyatt.

But... we have our sources and we know that the Arab world is investing in Marrakech.

Oil money for some brand new lifestyle concept hotels. The top of the Arab world will soon have their own favourite spots in and around Marrakech to reside. 

4) Tagine version 2.0

Marrakech,Marrakesh, trending

This place will be opening in Fall and we have high expectations :) on a new approach on Moroccan cuisine

Marrakech is turning green, Eco, bio. Health stores, vegetarian lunch spots that go beyond taking the meat out of your plate, are becoming a fast growing range of restaurants, Our favourite without any doubt is Vert-Midi. They do not claim to be organic.

But oh, what a treat!

Their juices are to die for and their salad concept is unique in Marrakech.  You select your own ingredients among a list of products...

Very good food, very democratic in price and a real stayer we hope!

BUT...what's the title about! Tagine 2.0!

Well...that's another great concept that's finally making a grand entrance. After some creative takes by Terrace des Epices, Nomad, Kaowa.....on my all time favourite, the Moroccan Salad,  the concept of cooking Moroccan with a twist seems to become mainstream and again! WE LOVE.

5) Bye Sidi Ghanem we love shopping Guéliz.

Marrakech,Marrakesh, trending


Héritage Berbère

recently opened a luxury shopping experience in Sidi Ghanem, we prefer shopping them in the Medina.

When you think shopping, you think souks. Medina. Hustle and bustle.

And yes, we agree. But Marrakech always had alternatives. Call it the way out for the locals. The secrets that we not easily shared with outsiders.

One of these places was Sidi Ghanem. The industrial era where hip designers and local constructors gather side by side with transport firms and tire companies. It was an adventure and you always came back with a new discovery.

Well, many still say oh and waw about Sidi Ghanem but I don't. The last year I love to discover new trendy shops both in Gueliz and yes!! the Medina.

Guéliz is well on its way back to attract young international designers, art galleries and last but not least local creators.

More things that are moving and ready to become a trend in the red city?

Stay tuned!

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Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, Ferme Berbere

La Ferme Berbere

Als de hitte in Marrakech je te veel wordt, dan zijn er gelukkig verfrissende alternatieven. Je kan de ganse dag luilekker bij de pool liggen maar als je een week in de 'red city' bent wil je ook wel wat zien.

De Ourika route is niet alleen mooi en heel groen, naarmate je verder van Marrakech rijdt, en dus dichter naar de Hoge Atlas, daalt de temperatuur met wel 6 tot 7 graden of meer.  Bovendien is het een route die de laatste jaren heel erg aan populariteit gewonnen heeft.  Niet alleen Ourika is de moeite waard, alhoewel het er heel erg toeristisch geworden is, maar er zijn bovendien nog heel wat andere, minder gekende plekjes in deze streek om te ontdekken.

Hier een dagtrip voor een dagje er op uit.  Alleen, met zijn twee of met de kids.

Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, Anima Garden

Anima Garden

Rond 9 uur vertrek richting



Een beelden park op zo'n 30 km van Marrakech, ontworpen en uitgevoerd door de Oostenrijkse kunstenaar, André Heller. Open sinds april 2016 en nog niet door de grote menigte ontdekt.

2 hectare aan planten en bomen variëteiten gecombineerd met prachtige kunstwerken. Verrassende perspectieven en een schitterende ontdekkingstocht voor jong en oud.

Anima Garden

Open 9 - 18 (tijdens Ramadan 9 - 14.30) inkom 120 MAD volw. kinderen -12 gratis

Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, La Ferme Berbere

La Ferme Berbere

Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, La source

La Source

Rond 12 uur vertrek richting

La Ferme Berbere


The source


De namiddag is er voor lunch en pool!

Zowel The source als la Ferme Berbere situreren zich langs de Ourika route. The Source op10 km en La Ferme Berbere op 8 km van Marrakech.

Jong, hipster proof en trendy is the Source.

Gekend om hun schitterende muzikale evenementen en niet minder om hun Pool House waar het goed vertoeven is met een glas.

Hun zondagse brunch is een aanrader, soft jazzy music, lekker eten en dolce farniente!

Biologisch, kidsproof maar zeker ook een aanrader voor iedereen die van een mooi park houdt en interesse heeft in biologische keuken, dat is La ferme Berbere!

Beide resorts beschikken buiten een pool en een restaurant ook over kamers en een spa.

La ferme heeft daarbij nog een hele ark aan dieren waar kinderen zich kunnen mee uitleven.

La Ferme Berbere 

Open 11 - 18  pool en lunch 180 MAD pool hammam, gommage, massage en lunch 490 MAD

The Source 

Open 10 - 22.30  pool en lunchformule 300 MAD Zondag brunch en pool 350 MAD

Rond 18 uur vertrek richting Marrakech


Je namiddag mag dan perfect geweest zijn, ik wil je toch het leuke stukje langs de weg ter hoogte van km 8 ( tot km 6 in Douar Touggana) niet onthouden. Prachtige ateliertjes met rotan hebbe dingetjes, Metaal bewerking en kaarsen atelier.

Mijn favoriet is zonder meer Dream Bougie ( tegenover het Total tankstation) als het op originele souveniers aankomt. Voor meubels en decoratie vind je een overweldigende keuze en er is vast iets bij wat je hier direct van het atelier wil kopen!

En mocht je in de buurt zijn, laat me zeker wat weten! Ik woon namelijk in Douar Touggana, samen met een hele gang artistieke buitenlanders, waaronder

Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, La famille Marrakech

La Famille

- de eigenaars van

La Famille

,  Het trendy restaurant in de Medina

Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, Karima Maruan

photo credit and Make up Karima Maruan

 - fotografe en visagiste

Karima Maruan

, die voor het merk Max & Jan werkt als ook voor het glossy blad van

La Mamounia

Marrakech, Day out, Ourika, Coco-Morocco, Djeann

photo credit and styling Djeann

 - créatrice voor het merk


Anne Bénédicte Dorbe Vincent, het hot interieur label dat gekend is om zijn recyclage van jeans. Met showroom in sidi Ghanem maar ook te koop bij enkele gerenomeerde zaken in de Souk des Tapis in de Médina.

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MOROCCAN BAGS - Fashion from the souks

moroccan bags, bohemian bags,


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Meisjes, wij houden van een beetje kleur nietwaar?

Maak een statement met één van de prachtige tassen uit de soeks hier. Ik krijg als speurder voor trendy items vaak foto's doorgestuurd van prachtige dingen die helaas niet hier gemaakt worden. Vandaar dat ik een moodboard heb klaargemaakt voor jullie met wat er WEL te vinden is.

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Girls, raise your hand if you're in for some colour!

Make that statement with one of these treasures from the souks. As a product sourcer I often get people sending me pictures on what they want. Often I have to disappoint them while I can see it's no Moroccan patterns or finishing details. show you what you DO can expect here, I made this little moodboard to show and inspire you.

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And if you get inspired....drop us a line :) using our new pop up frame to make it easyyyyyyy.

bye for now, running late for one of my last FIFM competing films


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In a land of a 1001 nights, flying carpets and magic lamps, Ali Baba and his thieves, it is not surprising that somewhere in the Medina another secret pops up now and again ...

Le Jardin Secret - The Secret Garden

In een land van 1001 nachten, vliegende tapijten en toverlampen, Ali Baba en zijn rovers, mag het niet verwonderlijk zijn dat er ergens in de medina weer een nieuw geheim opduikt...

Le Jardin Secret - De Geheime Tuin

Ik ben een fan van oude gebouwen, oude sites, oude sinds mijn middelbare school toen ik elke zomer archeologische opgravingen bezocht en meer actief mee op kamp ging.

I'm a fan of old buildings, ancient sites, ancient techniques ... since my high school when I visited each summer archaeological sites and more actively went to camp.

Om dan, in mijn achtertuin in Marrakech dit staaltje vakmanschap te mogen bezoeken deed me echt wat. Voor één keer werd er vanaf het prille begin minutieus gefilmd, wat uiteindelijk resulteerde in een geweldig eerbetoon aan de mensen en hun inzet tijdens dit fenomenale project.

Discovering in my backyard in Marrakech, this piece of craftsmanship got me hooked. 

For once there was meticulously filmed from the beginning, which resulted in a great tribute to the people and their dedication during this phenomenal project.

De film was voor mij de rode draad die cruciaal was om het geheel te begrijpen en met nog meer respect te benaderen.

To me, the film was the thread that was crucial to fully understand the project and to approach it with even more respect.

Over het architecturale erfgoed van een stad kan maar een keer beslist worden, en dat is op het moment dat de keuze moet genomen worden tussen bewaren of afbreken. De keuze voor 'Le Jardin Secret'  was een moedige beslissing die ongetwijfeld veel geld en veel tijd gekost heeft maar die voor een ongelooflijke meerwaarde in de Medina heeft gezorgd.

Trots op mijn geadopteerde stad, trots op Marokko!

The architectural history of the city can be preserved only once, and that's when one has to make the choice must between preservation or destruction.

The choice of "Le Jardin Secret" was a tough decision which has undoubtetly costed a lot of money and a lot of time.  The added value in the Medina can not be measured in money.

Proud of my adopted city, proud of Morocco!

Until we meet over a glass of mint tea

X Marlene

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Going to a farm, being with animals, it brings out the kid in me! 

And that was what happened last Sunday when I was surrounded by pigs, cows, chickens, goats, doves, donkeys, horses, ducks....amongst 2 ha of pomegranates and olive trees. I felt like when I was living at the countryside in Flanders. Only, this time it was at an altitude of 1300m outside Marrakesh with in front the majestic High Atlas peaks of around 4000m. Swimming pool, a gorgeous lunch with homegrown vegetables everything biological. 
I can assure don't have to have kids to enjoy all of this. But when you do have, they feel in heaven. Especially with all the workshops going on. From mud building to henna painting and donkey rides.
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I'm a little upset as I write this article because I just saw the trailer of one of these sensation seeking
programs on Belgian TV about Marrakech.
'Als je een hond wil slaan vind je altijd wel een stok' is an expression in Dutch. If you want to beat a dog you will always find something to do so.
Morocco is a different but beautiful country, and YES, people sometimes ask crazy prices and make up stories that you want to believe, but there is no one who forces you to buy nor pay nor close the deal for anything!
And if you DO end up buying, paying, regretting things, than look and go within yourself and ask yourself why you closed the deal at all!
We Belgian expats are making a short film and introduction to Marrakech the way we see it...soon in
Jackisback in Roeselare.
If you want to see another view on Marrakech and Morocco go here

So let me distract myself and you with some Belgian beauty to get in balance again :)!
Riad Safa, in the Moukef area. Now in Dutch hands and and ran as a guesthouse.
When I entered the house I felt the Belgian vibe, don't ask me why, but it is as if the mainly Flemish
architecture is based on this contemporary mix of raw and natural wood combined with subtle tones of white, black and earth colours. Mix all this with a 'no concession' attitude of the new owners and you have a place where style, comfort and relaxation are among the top priorities. I could also mention the Hammam and the massage zone at the roof. The Jacuzzi with the view over the Atlas mountains. The fantastic fish tagine and more that can be prepared for you for dinner....but GO AND DISCOVER yourself and do not let ONE be it maybe convincing tv program scare you off. WE are here to help you with whatever problem that might come your way!
Come and enjoy Morocco and Marrakech as it is. A wonderful inspiring place where you will get to know yourself a little more...
Want to buy this riad? it's on the Market at MogadorHomeResort
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pictures taken june 2015 credits:coco-morocco 


One month ago, I was travelling between Marrakech and Taroudant. Passing Asni with a quick visit at Kasbah Tamadot where the setting of the Kasbah was simply impressive. The next day while passing Asni we suddenly got sight at the Barrage Ouirgane in the most wonderful blue colour, water ever revealed to me. I was hypnotised and the only thing I could think of was to be in a hotel with a view like this.....

Little did I know...

Until I arrived at this wonderful spot tucked away in the lower hills of the High Atlas mountains Yesterday....There it was, my dream under construction. Sleek cubistic architecture where traditional Moroccan techniques, design and materials are being brought together in a totally contemporary mix. Impressing me most was the vision from the designer. Inside and outside reinforce each other with amazing views throughout the hotel, the infinity pool and the panoramic suites. The terrace is definitely the most amazing place I have been on for a long time. It feels like floating somewhere in the sky between the hills with backdrops of the High Atlas and the Barrage Ouirgane in the valley.
But there is much more to it!
13 villa's built in the same contemporary style, designed to harmonise with both the hotel and surrounding nature.
Private plots that can use the facilities of the hotel.
The last 3 villa's, two 2-rooms and a very exclusive 3 room will now come on the market and we are lucky enough to be able to offer them to you! 10 villa's are already purchased by an international public that saw the  potential already from the very beginning. They will undoubtedly see there investment increase when the hotel will open for public early 2016.
These last three villas are on the market as of £329,000 with 148m2 on ground level, 1360m2 plot Full ownership, full property management available a.o. !
More info HERE

Why we believe in this concept:
Everything starts with a vision. This vision is about sustainability and durable entrepreneurship.
We at Coco-Morocco love projects like this because creating a win-win situation is what it is all about when starting a project in a protected area.
Preserving the balance between environment and the impact it has to do well for the locals is an ongoing process, one that the developers are willing to take, to continue with and to expand.


We were asked to be partners in the sell of this beautiful authentic Riad in the Kasbah of Marrakech.
Arabic, Andalusian and Jewish details mingle in what can be considered as one of the few authentic houses in this style so well preserved....
The Italian owners were in love with the story of the place, the mix of history that it carries within.
The location is TOP with the terrace overlooking the old (UNESCO HERITAGE) walls of the El Badi Palace and in a quiet alley with only a 10 minutes walk to Place Jemaa El Fna and easy access for cars.

My +++
- I love the 8 spacious rooms where even the smaller ones feel like huge compared to the average Medina riad.
- there are 2 patio's , a lush garden patio with pool and a covered patio that centers the winter rooms.
- two of the suites have their own private terrace.
- the building has a douria (a house within) with a separate entrance and this puts huge potential to the use of the building! Think service entrance, deliveries, cooking classes, restaurant...The area is in need of good restaurants. the Kasbah is starting to boom with quality guesthouses but the restaurant scene is poor yet!
My ---
- Personally I think some new added style elements are ready to take away. It are no structural works but a facelift rather then make-over.
- the covered patio takes, due to the way it is build more light then necessary. something I would reconsider.
But having that said I think this place is worth a serious thought when you are thinking Medina Real Estate in Marrakech!
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You know I like riads with a personal stylish touch. Enthusiastic owners who go all the way in turning their Medina homes into an expression of beauty, good taste, lush innergardens and keeping up with the client's personal needs.
It was on one of my private tours, with a small group of clients, I discovered Dar BineBine. Located in the enjoyable Doukkala area of Marrakesh, Derb Jdid, Binebine offers all of this and more.
A beautiful courtyard
Passion for art
Creative little shop with creations of local artists inspired by the owner
Superb Breakfast with lots of fruit and Moroccan specialities
Great rooms beautiful decorated and the perfect mattress!

If I could give a tip for improvement (there always is)...
There is much more potential in the rooftop terrace guys! Make it a project :)


Do you love Safari style as a fashion project? Does the film 'Out of Africa" make you almost want to grasp your straw hat?

But does the thought of eco-resort and sleeping in some kind of wilderness makes you opt for: 'lets try that next year' ...

I have some good news for you, and it is called



At about 30 kilometres Southwest of Marrakech, in a beautiful desolate area surrounded by nature and not that far from

Toubkal National Park

in what once was called the « Désert Marrakchi », (the Marrakech desert). It is a place for me-time, meditation and joy. When I want to escape Marrakech for a day, that is the direction we take!

It's an area still unspoiled with no 'well known' tourist attractions but that is all you want . peace, serenity and comfort....and a million stars at night!

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