In preparation for travel, I always do some rather extensive research to find the finest hotel options, and I seek out in particular those hotels that ignite my imagination while capturing the essence of a place. In anticipation of our trip to Morocco, I had been envisioning the interiors Bill Willis did for the Gettys, Rothschilds, Agnellis, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge, and so I was quite pleased to see a hint of Willis in esteemed designer Jacques Garcia’s recent transformation of La Mamounia.
In his own unique take on Moroccan opulence, Garcia has extensively overhauled what what was essentially an Art Deco space, bringing back more traditional Moroccan elements such as painted wood, Gebs, Zelliges and Marble in the most glorious mix of colors and patterns.
Our spectacularly palatial suite of rooms were the most perfectly luxurious retreat after a day of exploration, and the two balconies provided us with beautiful views of the park, the city of Marrakech, and the Atlas mountains beyond. One truly had the sensation of being a guest in one of the aforementioned style icons’ private homes.
Taking a few moments before heading out to dinner, I’m pictured at top basking in the magnificence of life at La Mamounia.
I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci white linen jacket, dusty rose linen and silk kaftan style sweater, python belt with silver buckle, Tom Ford beige, ivory, and brown silk pocket square, sand colored suede loafers, vintage Rolex watch, and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.