Vanessa's insider tips to Marrakech:
Best museum - Museum of Contemporary African Art.
The best cocktail bar and restaurant really are on the El Fenn terrace or in La Marmounia gardens.
Commercial gallery - Hadia Temli’s Synia - 28 Rue Tarik Ibn Zaid
Good selection of Shops in the streets around the Marjorelle gardens….can’t remember all their names!
The El fenn store is bloody brilliant too…not that I’m biased of course.
One of our favourite spots in the city is El Fenn's beautiful 13-m roof terrace pool with its panoramic views of the Marrakech and great rooftop bar. If you're not staying at El Fenn you can enjoy the rooftop with a day pass. The hotel has x3 pools and an amazing spa, a hamman is the must-have treatment when in Marrakech.
What to read on your travels, Vanessa's memoir One Hundred Summers.
Brimming with unforgettable characters and jaw-dropping personal experience, Vanessa Branson's memoir is both quirky and heartwarming. Written with great compassion, Branson's joie de vivre is infectious. This is a book where fact is certainly far more colourful than fiction. ― Freya North
Vanessa is the founder of two beautiful hotels El Fenn and Eilean Shona on Scotland's wild west coast. She is also an arts patron, ecological activist and writer.