One of our favourite collaborations is back with its second collection and we are bookmarking this hotel in the Agafay Desert, near downtown Marrakech.
Art, fashion and food, it’s all covered in your Monday’s must-read hotlist from Citizen Femme.
CATCH THIS “Three Minutes” at Hotel Excelsior Venice
If the floating city isn’t enough to entice you to a getaway, we say book your trip to Hotel Excelsior Venice to catch exhibition “Three Minutes” by world-renowned celebrity photographer, Riccardo Ghilardi. Three minutes refers to the amount of time portrait photographers typically have with a celebrity in the midst of a film festival such as Venice, and at award ceremonies like the Oscars. The exhibition showcases portraits that have been captured by Ghilardi over the years at the festival. The hotel has been host to the great and the glam of cinematic royalty – from Sophia Loren to Al Pacino and Elizabeth Taylor to George Clooney. Running until October 23, this free exhibition adds to the already glamorous beach property that allows guests to unwind in waterfront cabana, then refresh at the iconic Blue Bar.
STAY HERE Caravan Agafay, Marrakech
Possibly Morocco’s coolest hotel, Habitas, has now opened. The sustainable hospitality brand known for its chic, millennial-geared hotels in trending locations, has landed in the Moroccan desert, only 45 minutes from downtown Marrakech. The new eco-conscious retreat is an immersive glamping site nestled in the rocky dunes of the Agafay Desert. It features 20 traditional canvas tents spread across a sprawling 5-hectares, a gourmet restaurant that uses only locally-sourced ingredients, two refreshing swimming pools, a horse and camel stable, an outdoor cinema, a wellness centre, and embraces nomadic Bedouin culture and traditions around communal living, inspired by Burning Man’s imagination and spiritually connected experience. Meanwhile, the activities offered are adventurous and relaxing: think camel trekking, horseback riding, yoga, star and moon-gazing over the dramatic vistas, as well as visits to local Amazigh communities provided by Habitas RISE to raise awareness amongst guests.
TRY THIS Caci Facial at Lisa Franklin Clinic Privé Chelsea, London
Given that our bodies work out, our face also needs to exercise its muscles. Try the CACI facial, described as an MOT for your face thanks to lymphatic drainage, peeling, cleansing and toning. The CACI facial is available worldwide and in London, has its flagship in Lisa Franklin’s Private Atelier in a loft overlooking Knightsbridge. It involves a micro current facial toning device that transmits tiny electrical signals to the muscles to lift and tone them. If the sound of micro current has you throwing out all sorts of questions, fear not, we’ve done the research. Micro current was actually first used in the 1980s as a treatment to stimulate muscles in people with conditions such as Bell’s Palsy. Once the face-lifting side effects were made apparent, it didn’t take long for the beauty industry to catch on. The micro currents are combined with LED light therapy to help regenerate collagen and repair tissue. Pre-event, pre-wedding, pre-party, or just your weekly face workout, this is your facial with a side-serving of technical wizardry. Let’s call it pampering with a healthy dose of performance.
BUY THIS Frame x Ritz Paris
FRAME returns with a second collection collaborating with Ritz Paris.The highly coveted first offering paired Parisian elegance and impeccable reputation, with luxury everyday outfitting. FRAME X Ritz Paris, Drop Two, marries American classics with French sophistication for a forty four piece, limited edition capsule collection, celebrating the legendary hoteliers famed crest and script, adorning the collection’s varsity style outerwear, hotel stay essentials, classic tees and unisex cashmere sweaters. This time the collection extends to the whole family, with coordinating childrenswear to out-chic the grown- ups. Plus, a puffer jacket fit for the most elegant of pooches, and accessories featuring cool caps and cashmere beanies, along with high top sneakers for a head-to-toe look.
EAT HERE Koyn
Famed restaurateur Samyukta Nair (of Michelin starred Jamavar, Bombay Bustle and MiMi Mei Fair), has Indian and Chinese under her belt. Now she takes on Japanese with her newest opening in London’s Grosvenor Square. Koyn, inspired by the duality of Mount Fuji and the balance of modernity with tradition, sets itself over a two-storey space divided into two distinct areas. Midori, a green room on the ground floor represents life on the peak with a horticultural haven channelling Japanese zen gardens, delivering dishes from in-house sushi masters. Below, at Magma, you’ll find a subterranean space featuring black oak ceilings, focussed around a charcoal-fuelled timber of an open robata grill with burnt orange stools – a nod to the heat of the volcano.