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El Fenn

Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hussain,
Bab El Ksour,
Medina,
Marrakech

+212 524 44 1220
[email protected]

 

DISCOVER COLOUR

WITH SOPHIE ROBINSON

NEW DATES RELEASED

24th January – 27th January 2025 

3rd – 6th December 2024 – 2 x EXTRA LARGE ROOMS LEFT

29th November – 2nd December 2024 – SOLD OUT

 

From 3,550 euros / £2,995 / $3,840 (excluding flights & travel insurance) 

 

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Marrakech with Sophie Robinson as your guide
  • Three nights at El Fenn – named on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2024 as well as one of ‘26 exceptional hotels’ for The goop List 2024 
  • Three mini colour masterclasses with Sophie plus trips to experience El Fenn’s ‘insiders’ Marrakech – our favourite places & artisanal makers
  • Meet the creative team behind El Fenn & find out our interior design secrets
  • Visit modern makers, the UNESCO-listed Marrakech medina & shop everything from rugs to ceramics
  • Enjoy a one-of-a-kind tour of a stunning private Marrakech home
  • All meals, pre-dinner cocktails, wine with dinner, airport transfers & transport are included 
  • Enjoy time for yourself to discover more about your passion for interiors & forge new friendships with people who share it

Think artisans, modern makers and everything from vintage furniture to tiles, textiles and lighting

Interiors expert, TV presenter and podcast host Sophie Robinson hosted a sell-out event at El Fenn in 2020. Now she’s back for a three-day ‘Discover Colour’ Retreat. 

In a series of mini-workshops, Sophie will be talking all things colour. We’ll also open our little black book of the city’s best interior addresses. Think artisans, modern makers and everything from vintage furniture to tiles, textiles and lighting. 

Plus, you’ll get a chance to meet the creative team behind El Fenn to find out how we put our look together and we’ll be sharing some of the city’s secret spots that we love the most.  

We aim to take you behind the scenes of Marrakech’s dynamic interiors scene and give you access to places and spaces that most visitors never see.

The best bit? You’ll learn, get inspired and make friendships for life as you take time out for yourself to tap into your passion for interiors. 

‘El Fenn is a dream for colour lovers,’ says Sophie. ‘But beyond its walls, there’s a city packed with creatives doing fascinating things. I always leave Marrakech feeling supercharged and I want to share that. And the thing I love most is that we’ll discover all that together.’

YOUR RETREAT ITINERARY

 

Day 1

Check in, have lunch and soak up some sun before meeting Sophie for lunch on the rooftop. After a tour of El Fenn with our creative director Yann Dobry, you’ll sit down with Sophie for the first of her mini colour masterclasses. Then it’s time to plunge straight into the medina with a trip to meet one of our favourite local carpet dealers who’ll talk you through the fascinating history of Moroccan rugs. Later, you’ll gather for sunset cocktails and a candlelit dinner on the El Fenn rooftop where you’ll get to know each other over some great food – and wine. 

 

Day 2

After breakfast, you’ll sit down with Sophie for your second mini masterclass before heading off to the beautiful Beldi Country Club for a look around their artisanal shopping ‘village’. Lunch will be followed by a trip to Sidi Ghanem, a former industrial area that is now buzzing with large ateliers where Marrakech’s most exciting modern makers work. Think rugs, lighting, pottery and art that interpret Morocco’s heritage through a modern lens. Sunset cocktails at El Fenn will be followed by dinner at Riad Rosemary – the latest creative creation of renowned Belgian ceramicist Laurence Leenaert who founded cult lifestyle brand LRNCE in 2013.

 

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast on the terrace before your third workshop with Sophie. You can then choose to either tour the Bab Khemis flea market with Yann who’ll share his favourite vintage addresses with you or go on a guided tour of the medina. Lunch at El Fenn will be followed by a tour of one of Marrakech’s most stunning private homes. We won’t reveal whose it is yet. Let’s just say she’s fashion royalty. Sunset cocktails on the El Fenn rooftop will be followed by dinner at L’Hotel – Jasper Conran’s seriously stylish riad where he’s ingeniously given Moroccan design an English country twist. 

 

Day 4

Soak up the blue skies over breakfast before a final word from Sophie. What have you loved the most? What’s got you inspired? And how will you take what you’ve learned back home? Then it’s time to head off for your flight. Or stay on for another couple of nights at El Fenn.

BOOKING

Booking is now open via email.

Click on the button below to email your name and preferred room size to request a place. We’ll contact you for payment via email or phone.

Places are limited to 16 people and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

ABOUT SOPHIE

 

Sophie Robinson is known as the ‘Queen of Colour’ and has worked in interior design for over 20 years across broadcast, print and digital media. She has a hit podcast ‘The Great Indoors’, she’s got 230,000 followers on Instagram and has designed collections for Harlequin and DFS. Sophie presented BBC2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge from 2014 to 2017 and is now a regular guest judge on BBC 1’s Interior Design Masters. What it all comes down to though is this: banning the beige and inspiring everyone to find the unique colour personality that brings true joy to your home.

I have a long-term love affair with Marrakech, it’s a place I visit time and time again for inspiration. El Fenn is my ultimate design destination, they do colour like no other and celebrate everything that’s great about contemporary Moroccan design.

ABOUT EL FENN

El Fenn opened in 2004 and has captured the imagination of a generation of travellers ever since with its trademark design: one part bohemian, another luxury, always a celebration of Moroccan craftsmanship. This unique feeling of home-away-from-home meets cool has seen it namechecked everywhere from Vogue to Architectural Digest. We’ve also been included on Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List four times and The goop List 2024. 

ACCOMMODATION

All our rooms feature our signature blend of traditional Moroccan artisanal decoration meets a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture and art from the El Fenn private collection. Colour-soaked and playful, each one is unique. You’ll also have access to our three swimming pools and gorgeous spa if you want to book some extra treatments. 

 

Room categories include:

MEDIUM ROOMS – each of these more spacious rooms has a king size bed, small seating area, open fire and either an oversized bathtub or a walk-in shower.

Price for a medium room, single occupancy. 3,550 euros / £2,995 / $3,840

 

LARGE ROOMS – larger rooms with a substantial indoor or outdoor seating area plus an open wood fire. Each has an oversized bathtub with a separate shower. 

Price for a large room, single occupancy. 3,965 euros / £3,350 / $4,295

 

EXTRA LARGE ROOMS – the ultimate in El Fenn style. These huge rooms are sumptuously styled with a large lounge area, open fireplace and a separate large bathroom.

Price for an extra large room, single occupancy. 4,285 euros / £3,700 / $4,750

ACCOMODATION

All our rooms feature our signature blend of traditional Moroccan artisanal decoration meets a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture and art from the El Fenn private collection. Colour-soaked and playful, each one is unique. You’ll also have access to our three swimming pools and gorgeous spa if you want to book some extra treatments. 

 

Room categories include:

MEDIUM ROOMS – each of these more spacious rooms has a king size bed, small seating area, open fire and either an oversized bathtub or a walk-in shower.

Price for a medium room, single occupancy. 3,550 euros / £2,995 / $3,840

 

LARGE ROOMS – larger rooms with a substantial indoor or outdoor seating area plus an open wood fire. Each has an oversized bathtub with a separate shower. 

Price for a large room, single occupancy. 3,965 euros / £3,350 / $4,295

 

EXTRA LARGE ROOMS – the ultimate in El Fenn style. These huge rooms are sumptuously styled with a large lounge area, open fireplace and a separate large bathroom.

Price for an extra large room, single occupancy. 4,285 euros / £3,700 / $4,750

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

The programme on day one of the retreat with Sophie starts at with lunch so either take an early flight or arrive at El Fenn the day before.

  • All your meals at El Fenn plus restaurants we’ve picked for their great food – and interior style
  • Pre-dinner cocktails and wine with dinner. 
  • Sophie’s mini masterclasses 
  • Your trips outside El Fenn
  • Airport transfers & transport 
  • Your flights
  • Any extra alcohol or spa treatments

Absolutely! If you want to arrive the day before the retreat starts – or stay on for a night or two afterwards to explore Marrakech a bit more then we’ll be offering retreat attendees a 15% discount on our best rates.

Gorgeous. The average temperature in November is 23C so think blue skies and sunshine by day. There is an outside chance of rain though so bear that in mind. It’s also wise to layer up because the nights at this time of year are cooler and even during the day you’ll be moving between the heat of the sun to cooler inside spaces. 

Bring comfortable clothes to wear in the day because you’ll be doing some walking. And then for evening it’s all about a bit of glitz and glamour. Bring a warm layer to add over your outfit because you might walk to the restaurant or sit on a roof terrace. 

Not much. The interior design retreat is pretty action packed because there’s so much we want to show you. Each day though, we’ve factored in 1.5-2 hours of downtime so that you can rest, have a hammam or just relax. 

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