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Making a Grand Entrance – La Mamounia

Grand entrance at La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

Grand entrance at La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

One is not likely to forget one’s first steps through the spectacular entrance at La Mamounia. Fabulous doormen in pristine exotic dress await there to assist in every way possible—it’s grand theater really, and choreographed to perfection. Of course, the impeccable service extends throughout the hotel making it quite difficult, as we mentioned in our previous post, to find a compelling reason to leave the confines of the hotel’s beautifully tiled walls.

La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

La Mamounia - photo Gabriel Everett

My obsession with the work of the legendary Bill Willis, however, did provide exactly that compelling reason to venture off the grounds. As many of you may know, Willis was an American designer who settled in Marrakech in the 1960’s—his take on Moroccan design and a revival of its decorative arts won him some quite notable clients, including Paul and Talitha Getty, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge to name just a few.

Bill Willis interior at Dar-Yaccout

Bill Willis interior at Dar-Yaccout

I made a point to see as many in tact Bill Willis interiors as I could. One example was the restaurant Dar Yaccout, which was originally a palace and later converted to a restaurant. Sadly now, it is but a ghost of its former Bill Willis splendor—only a die-hard Bill Willis fan might appreciate the current space. Alas.

On my way from La Mamounia to make a pilgrimage to the Bill Willis Dar Yaccout, I’m sporting a Tom Ford lilac rose silk wool linen melange twill Snowdon suit, a Yves Saint Laurent white cotton voile tunic with silk banding, Tom Ford brown suede tasseled loafers, brown and lavender silk polka dot pocket square, “Cyrille” sunglasses, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.


  1. Tabitha says:

    I took the exact same photograph on the steps, isn’t a wonderful hotel?
    I loved being greeted with a platter of dates and glass of milk and honey, but the best part was the airport car with the hot towels – heavenly!

  2. Alejandro says:


    Did you get a copy of Marian McEvoy’s bok on Bill Willis? Supposed to be quite good. It’s been published in French only though….

    Great shots as always.

    All best,


  3. La Comtesse Lola says:

    Handsome as always, and in a world that seems increasingly more black and white, you always bring some colour!


  4. Leo says:

    If ‘Crocketts Theme’ had words in it, I’d be singing it right now. Looking as hip as ever.

    Hope you had a fab birthday James, sorry we couldn’t be there for the occasion!! Hear from you soon I hope..


  5. jon k says:

    hot hot hot

  6. James Andrew says:

    Dear Tabitha,

    I would love to see your photos!

    This was just the must magnificent way to explore Marrakech via La Mamounia.

    Stay tuned for much more as I share many different aspects of this magical place.



  7. James Andrew says:

    Dear Alejandro,

    I sure did get a copy of this Bill Willis book-it is in both French and English.

    It is the most sublime celebration of Willis and and his work.

    I will be sharing in a future post.

    Cheers and Many Thanks


  8. James Andrew says:

    Darling Leo,

    “Crockett’s Theme” is such a sublime piece of music!

    I think this could be the sound track for an upcoming WIJW video.

    Lovely to hear from you,



  9. wendy woo says:

    Darling every entrance you make is grand!!! Googling Bill Willis now!

  10. Thank you, all of your posts here are about excellence, in the subject, to the presentation. All superbly done. Bravo!

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