Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech, Morocco

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011




Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech is on my personal (wish)list of places to stay. It has been since owner Maryam announced on her blog My Marrakech that she was building this guest house. I knew from the start that it was going to be fabulous!




Maryam, who is originally fro the US, is a freelance photographer, travel and lifestyle writer, often reporting on food, shopping, spas, and other fun experiences in Marrakech. Currently she is doing a coffee table book – part memoir and part Moroccan interior design treatise – for a major US publisher. Besides all this, she is trying to save the world as an international human rights and democracy specialist.




Everything you see in Peacock Pavilions has a story to tell; the table that was once the bottom of an Indian cart, masks from West Africa, Moroccan lights designed by hostess Maryam and hand-stenciled floors and ceilings made by artists the world over.




In every room you will discover the attention to detail and the care that comes with treasures selected with inspiration and arranged with love.




But Peacock Pavilions is more than just rooms. The Atlas Pavilion has its very own catwalk high in the air; the Medina Pavilion is equipped with a kitchen that will inspire you to reach culinary heights. Both Pavilions have grand domed salons to make you feel like a pasha in this serene oasis. There is also a pool in the beautiful garden, and hidden away in the olive grove you find an Outdoor Cinema.




For more information and reservations you can visit Peacock Pavilions’ website. During you stay Maryam can provide you with suggestions on fun stuff to do in the city.


  • Paul

    Cost wise, i have seen a lot better value and a lot more “authentic” experiences from other guesthouses in Marrakech. I mean, come on, Plastic chairs in the lounge? !!
    It appears there is nothing authentically Moroccan about Peacock Pavillions.

  • Maryam in Marrakech

    Paul, those chairs are from the Moroccan souks and from the 1960s. They and are a remnant of Morocco’s hippie days and you see them in many guesthouses. I am sorry that you see nothing Moroccan about Peacock Pavilions because there is a great deal there that is. Perhaps if you knew a bit more about Moroccan interior design, you would know that.

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  • Mariella

    I think it’s gorgeous! Surely on my travel wishlist, hope to be able to go to Marrakech veeeeery soon! Great job Maryam!

  • V

    I often like the juxtaposition of traditional elements with the contemporary. But this space has….. no harmony. The blinding white is harsh against the bright reds and pinks. The plastic chairs are discordant because they do not put any ancient architectural detail in contrast. Some of the rooms look like a brand new villa from suburbia, especially if you take away the furnishings. Sorry, I see lots of work put in but this look does not work for me.

    That said, there ARE many beautiful objects and details, it is just the whole that does not give me a sensation of rest and peace.

  • Erin

    The bus scroll on the first image detailing various suburbs is actually where I live! Such a small world!!
    Beautiful house!

    • Zuul

      Salaam! Marrakech is a fascinating city, and there is ptleny to do there. But since no one else has addressed your question about the mountains, here goes: you can see the Atlas mountain range in the distance, but it’s a bit of a drive! If you get outside the city, you should be able to see the mountains from just about anywhere (unless it’s a particularly bad weather day)! If you’re wanting to go actually into the mountains, you could go southeast toward Ouarzazate on the N9, which will take you through the Toubkal National Park you may not want to attempt this in December because there’s likely to be snow since it’s through the mountains, and the roads through there are extremely sharp and narrow and without any real protection from spilling over the cliff face if you go off the road. However, it is a spectacular drive!! You can also head toward the Mgouna mountain where you’ll also run into snow, but the roads aren’t quite as treacherous as going toward Ouarzazate even though you’re still technically going through Toubkal National Park. To go there, head in the direction of Azilal (east by northeast). There is a difference to consider, here, though because while you take the N9 all the way to Ouarzazate through the mountains, going toward Azilal and then finally toward Ait Bouguemmez, you’re not on main (highway) roads necessarily. Either way, you can get into the mountains within a couple of hours, and if you want to stay in a mountain village, I’d head for Imlil which is also in the Toubkal Park due south of Marrakech. It’ll also be treacherous to get to, but it’s spectacular if you’re looking for the mountain views, fresh air, etc!! Have fun!

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  • Jessica

    I think I’m in love with everything! I especially love the detailed ceilings and plain walls.

  • Kelly

    I think PP is absolutely stunning. Maryam is right. I saw those plastic chairs in Morroco a few times when I was there recently.

    To say there’s nothing Morrocan at PP, is to sell Morroco short. Yes Morroco is steeped in mystery with ancient buildings, Zelij tile, and ornate carvings. It is also sleek, sophisticated, bohemian, and quite chic. Morroco is a study in contrasts. That’s what my husband and I loved about it.

    I had the pleasure of very briefly meeting Maryam on my last night in Marrakech when my husband and I were there last month. I interrupted her girls night out birthday celebration to introduce myself. I felt like a moron as I never do that kind of thing. I was a bumbling idiot, and she was warm and gracious. A study in contrasts.

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  • Margaret Owen

    The photos of Peacock Pavilions stole my heart and filled me with inspiration. Its fascinating to me how people are drawn (or not at all) toward particular places- arrangements of color and texture, a spot on the globe, a story, a name. This spot plucked my strings and I cannot wait for my visit in a few weeks.

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  • Nomad Revelations

    What a nice place I didn’t know about. I’m currently updating my knowledge about Marrakech, to write an article about it, and, I just drop by and loved your website. I lived one year in Marrakech and was a great experience. Greetings from China!

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