Nov. 23 - 30, 2018

Marrakech Christmas shopping for art & design lovers

Marlène Pauly, professional sourcer at COCO-Morocco, and Marrakech resident, takes you on a tour to rethink Christmas styling.

Sourcing the souks and way beyond!

The alternative addresses in and beyond Marrakech.
Art galeries, musea, parks and gardens

We will visit unknow cooperatives with high-quality products as well as the most trendy boutiques spread in the medina, the former French part and the industrial quarter.
We offer insider visits to unknown parts of town and educational projects.

SAVE THE DATES: November 23- 30, 2018


  • everyone who is in for a discovery of handmade unique pieces.

  • art lovers.

  • architecture and city enthousiastics.

  • everyone who wants to shine with authentic Christmas gifts this year.

Join us into the heart of a city where past and future have connected into a new and hip design culture with strong bounds with the past. Marlène Pauly invites you to discover the inspiring design scene. Accompanied and assisted by some of the most renowned names in Moroccan design as well as small local talented designers.

Marlène Pauly

My 10+ years of experience and my daily life here running the souks gives me an excellent starting position to accompany you everywhere while sourcing and shopping.

  • Soak in all the knowledge, get the insights, make your choices!

  • Get fair prices without hidden fees and a full list of addresses on the places to shop.

  • Get in contact with cooperatives and become a member of our do good community.

  • Enjoy pink rooftops and experience the impact of colours in a world where design is all about local materials and tradition.


The venue:
Is in a top location to discover everything the medina has to offer.  Offering you breathtaking sunsets with a view on Marrakech.  We will also have time for relaxing and have included a private Spa and wellness that will be well deserved after long days of sourcing and shopping in and around Marrakech.

Our retreats are all about you:

  • learning how to source for quality ,

  • discovering the art scene,

  • visiting concept stores and backstreet addresses,

  • having one on ones with the designers

  • discovering the many art, culture and must visit places in Marrakech,

  • enjoying the best and most trendy restaurants in town and

  • shopping and dealing at all the hidden gems that are known by local stylists, trend hunters and the luxury shops worldwide.

What you will experience:

- haggling and negotiating prices to a win-win..
- bespoke styling advise and assistance during your shopping!.
- wonderful walks through the ancient medina of Marrakech.
- designer meetings.
- local countryside adventures that offer you an alternative look on Morocco.
- networking.
- a visit to all areas in Marrakech and time for beautiful photos, selfies and social media of course!
- direct contacts with producers and workshops all around Marrakech.



  • what to shop and where,

  • carpets, ceramics, lighting, to define a good quality/price,

  • a new area around Marrakech, every day,

  • Workshop/manufacturers/souks/flea market


  • Enjoy the spirit of old Marrakech.

  • Visit of the old Medina with the Souk des Tapis (the carpet Souk), Place Jemaa El Fna...

  • Learn the art of negotiating while shopping.

  • Visit Jardin Majorelle and the YSL Museum.

  • Visit of the most authentic part, the flee market and the many arts and artefacts stores.


  • Visit the Industrial area with trendy design and collector's items.

  • The insider stores in the Souks.

  • The magical Souk des Ferroniers with lamps in all forms and sizes.

  • All the new design stores for homeware and linens.

  • You do not feel unsafe, overwhelmed nor forced into buying while walking the medina with me.

  • Combining orders to get the best deals.

  • Combining shipments if possible to lower the costs.


  • Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning, on the patio or the rooftop depending on the weather.

  • Have private Spa and Relax moments. (one is already included)

  • learn more about Moroccan food culture while lunching in and out.

  • Enjoy the sunset magic from the hottest bohemian rooftops in town, or just with a glass of wine on our own magical rooftop.

  • Private dinners and me time in our own riad.

  • Relax and sunshine around our pool.

When :

  • November 23 - 30 2018

Lenght :

  • 8 days / 7 nights

Group size :

  • up to 8 people

Host :

  • Marlène Pauly, Marrakech resident and professional sourcer for design and lifestyle at COCO-Morocco

Cost :

  • 2800 € for a shared room with single beds and private bathroom (must be booked together)

  • 3800 € for a private room with private bathroom

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Daily Program:

Friday, November 23: 

  • Welcome and settling in.

  • Get to know each other.

  • discover all the beautiful corners, terraces and lazy hangouts in the hotel.

  • the retreat starts with a relaxed dinner at our hotel.

November 24 - 29: 

  • 8.00 - 9.00 Breakfast

  • 09.30 - 1.00 Workshop decorating / creating / learning

  • 1.00 pm Lunch somewhere at a location.

  • 2.00 - 6.00 pm visit of a certain area. One day we will be out a full day in the new town and the industrial area).visit of the different parts of the Medina (Shopping, Culture...)

  • 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm free time/ spa and hammam moments...

  • 8.00 pm Dinner in our hotel or elsewhere


Friday, November 30: 

  • Lazy gourmet breakfast

  • The retreat ends after Breakfast. (11.30)

7 nights in an authentic riad( beautifully restored house) in the heart of the Medina (English and French spoken)
7 Moroccan breakfasts. These are filled with fresh breads, fruits, eggs, yoghurt, honey and mint tea.
7 lunches.
7 dinners all prepared with local ingredients and an excellent way to learn all the different flavours from one of the most diverse cuisines in the world. Enjoy tagines, couscous, pastilla, briouattes.....Olives, preserved lemons, mythical spices and so much more to enjoy.
Transfers from the airport on day 1. (If you arrive on another day, please contact your hotel to make arrangements)
A Spa treatment including hammam and massage.
A Moroccan cooking class.

Not inclusive:
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Your personal travel insurance
Any shopping
Any other private visit you want to add to your trip


When :

  • November 23 - 30 2018

Lenght :

  • 8 days / 7 nights

Group size :

  • up to 8 people

Host :

  • Marlène Pauly, Marrakech resident and professional sourcer for design and lifestyle at COCO-Morocco

Cost :

  • 2800 € for a shared room with single beds and private bathroom (must be booked together)

  • 3800 € for a private room with private bathroom

No better way to spend an afternoon after a session of learning a new skill