48 HRS. in Marrakech Part II: STAY

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague hotel lobby decor Erika Brechtel

If you missed Part I of my quick 48-hour jaunt to Marrakech, it all began with a beni ourain rug I bought a few years back from Maryam Montague. At the time she and her architect husband were building a boutique hotel, and although I’d seen it featured through the years in Elle Decor and PORTER, I had no idea that really the entire place is built around a single purpose: to help those in need.

Through her humanitarian work travels, Maryam fell in love with Marrakech and knew she wanted to one day settle her family there. With initial intentions of starting an olive grove farm and employ needy families from neighboring villages, she and her husband were instead required by local law to build an income-producing place of business along with it. An oasis was sprung.

STAY: PEACOCK PAVILIONS

Just three pavilions with five rooms, surrounded by views of the Atlas Mountains, and nestled between olive trees, rose gardens and bougainvillea bushes, this gated private estate is a pocket of exotic luxury. Upon arriving you instantly feel exclusive yet warmly welcomed by Maryam’s international staff which includes workers they’ve employed as part of a needy families program. Every detail of your itinerary has already been thought of for you from transportation to meals to activities; every detail of the hotel’s architecture has been crafted by local artisans with Maryam’s husband Chris Redecke, and decorated by Maryam herself. Authentic, hyper-local, and since a percentage of profits goes back to support several of the couple’s charitable programs, Peacock Pavilions is the definition of a true give-back boutique hotel. Stay here, attend one of the ongoing retreats held here, and feel extra well and good.

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague pool striped umbrella Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague living room decor Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague mixed textiles pillows Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague hanging lanterns Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague patchwork kilim chair Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague dining table hanging baskets Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague bedroom black gold mural Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague outdoor night dining Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague pool night lanterns Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague pool Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague local villagers needy families employees Erika Brechtel

One of the employees from the neighboring village in the needy families program

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague breakfast garden kiwi yogurt homemade bread Erika Brechtel

Breakfast on the patio included homemade bread and fresh ingredients from the hotel’s own garden

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague Atlas Pavilion exterior Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague hotel lobby lanterns Erika Brechtel

SHOP: THE SOUK BY M. MONTAGUE

In the main pavilion (above), you can pick up global, one-of-a-kind finds that Maryam has brought together in her souk — proceeds of which also help fund her charitable programs for local women and children, such as fitness, arts and health activities for girls held on the property every Sunday (Project SOAR), as well as fitness classes for moms and English classes for girls held off-property at the Project SOAR recreation and learning center in the neighboring village. (More on my experience volunteering for this cause in Part III!)

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague souk pink kilim pillows rugs Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague souk for charity pink kilim pillows Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague souk tasseled pouches Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague souk artisan crafted items Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague souk global handmade Erika Brechtel

Morocco Marrakech Peacock Pavilions Maryam Montague souk accessories Erika Brechtel

And yes, you can shop from afar (and do good while you’re at it!) here: http://www.mmontague.com/shop

I will definitely be back, and in fact, we’re putting together a week-long branding workshop to be held here at this beautiful location. Email us at xoxo@erikabrechtel.com if you’d like to be kept in the loop about the details!

A million thank you’s to Maryam, Chris and the Peacock Pavilions staff for their truly amazing hospitality! They treated me like family from the moment I stepped through the doors, and made it feel like home.

xoxo-EB

Photos by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).