Marrakech the magic

From pulsating dance clubs and swanky rooftop bars to clubby hotel lounges and elaborate Vegas-like venues, there’s no shortage of places to rock the Kasbah in Marrakech. Bonus benefit: The ancient city’s blend of Arab, Berber, European, and African cultures adds a shot of the exotic to any night out. Get the party started at the nightly celebration—drum circles, live music, buskers, and sizzling kebab stalls—in buzzing Djemaa el Fna square. “Marrakech intrigues you, coaxes you in, and encapsulates every sense—the smells, colours, people, culture, the heat,” A market town since it was founded in the 11th century, Marrakech has long been an alluring crossroads for traders and travellers. In recent years, however, Morocco’s famed Red City has evolved from a chic bohemian retreat for knowing tastemakers to a global destination catering to well-heeled visitors with a cosmopolitan sense of luxury. Thanks to adventuresome locals and stylish expats from Europe, South America, and the U.S., the city’s shops have become increasingly sophisticated, while often embodying a distinctively local sense of glamour. Posh hotels, from boutique properties in the medina to sprawling resorts on the city’s outskirts, have proliferated, while esteemed chefs have opened celebrated restaurants, often at those same hotels.