Archive for June, 2011

New Menu – French Cuisine and Moroccan Flavours

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Since the day it opened in 2007, Le Jasmin, the restaurant of Les Borjs de la Kasbah, has taken pride in the quality of its cuisine.

However, following employment earlier this year of a top consultant chef from France, gourmet visitors to Les Borjs de la Kasbah will now be treated to an even more memorable dining experience thanks to a new menu featuring French cuisine with distinctive Moroccan overtones, as well as a separate selection of classic local dishes.

Smoked Atlas trout

Smoked Atlas trout

In February we invited Olivier Pichot, former head chef at the Trianon, Paris (where he obtained 2 Michelin stars before handing over the reins to a certain Gordon Ramsay), to have a look at every aspect of catering at Les Borjs de la Kasbah and to make recommendations.

Over a three month period the entire restaurant operation was assessed and a programme of additional training implemented including, not least, the techniques required to produce and serve a number of exciting new dishes, both French and Moroccan.

Salad of gambas prawns

Salad of gambas prawns

The main aim behind the review of dining at Les Borjs was not only to raise the bar a little by presenting a number of new, light and refined dishes, including certain French classics, but to imbue them with the unmistakeable influences of Moroccan herbs and spices.

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Royal Visits to Marrakech

Not only is Marrakech a popular destination for growing numbers of tourists from many European as well as other nations, including celebrities from all walks of life, the city also receives more than its fair share of attention from several royal houses.

King Mohammed VI is, of course, a regular visitor to the pink city, one of his favourite locations, indeed he has recently announced that a number of cabinet meetings will in future be held there.

Charles and Camilla in Morocco

Charles and Camilla in Morocco

Furthermore,  a number of other royal personalities have spent time in Marrakech this year, including Britain’s Prince Charles with his wife Camilla, who visited in March, and King Carlos of Spain who was there in May. (more…)

When is the best time to visit Marrakech?

Friday, June 10th, 2011

You have decided on Marrakech but when is the best time to visit the ‘pink city’? Well, as they say, you pay your money and take your choice.

As the charts below indicate, even sun worshippers will find the heat of summer overpowering, driving them to look for shade and water.  In mid winter, by contrast, even though the sky is blue you’ll be glad of a coat in early morning and after dusk.

The most popular months for the majority of tourists are between October and April because this is when temperatures are most agreeable and vegetation at its most colourful best; bougainvillea and oleaders are in flower from December to May and the orange season is at its height in January and February.



Average Temperature

Choosing your date depends a lot on what you’re planning to do. If walking, golfing or just sightseeing, you’ll be glad if the weather is not too hot. On the other hand, if relaxation is your thing then the hottest months will appeal, especially if you have access to a swimming pool and air conditioning (both of which are available at les Borjs de la Kasbah). (more…)

Forthcoming Events in Marrakech, Morocco

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

For lovers of festivals Marrakech sounds like a pretty good place to be in the next few months! A glance at the diary of events reveals a series of important and entertaining dates to look forward to. Here is a short list of the principal events in Marrakech during the summer.

June events in Marrakech

The ‘Mediterranean Delight’ festival of Bellydance is a 5 day event which takes place at the Hotel Ryad Mogador Agdal featuring workshops by teachers from all over the world; there is also a belly dance competition open to allcomers.

July events in Marrakech

The National Festival of Popular Arts (Fête National des Arts Populaires) is a five-day event, one of the biggest in the Marrakech festival calendar, held each year in July. The El-Badi Palace hosts some of the best performances by Berber musicians and seductive belly dancers.

The festival also transforms the central Jemaa el-Fna square into an al-fresco performance venue featuring a wide spectrum of traditional folk arts from all over Morocco. In addition, artists, craftsmen, vendors, musicians, acrobats, snake charmers, fire-eaters and dancers can be found performing in every corner of the city.

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