OUT/ABOUT: EL FENN HOTEL
Aaahhhhh welcome to ‘El Fenn’. Set in the heart of Marrakech this luxury retreat fully embraces the romantic artisan architecture and age-old crafts of Morocco. In a city littered with lively riads ‘El Fenn’ stands out from the crowd, thoughtfully engaging a traditional home with contemporary furniture and art.
When Vanessa Branson (yes sister of) and her business partner stumbled across this majestic but dilapidated home they knew that it was a gem too bright to keep to themselves. Respectfully restored and renovated, intricate metal and timber detailing is abundant, glorious stone and mosaic tiled floors are scattered with Berber rugs, ceilings are high and considered, and colour is BIG, oh so wonderfully BIG.
It’s been a progressive project that now includes 28 rooms, a massive roof terrace, rose gardens, numerous pools, a family of tortoises… are you getting the picture? Complementing the magnificent textural and visual architecture of this hotel is Branson’s private collection of artwork. Ranging from David Shrigley to Terence Donavan and Bridget Riley this is part gallery, part traveller’s haven.
‘El Fenn’, it’s only fitting for such a bewitching city!