The great English garden designer, Russell Page, credited Islamic architects with establishing the idea of a garden as, “a place of rest… for listening to the song of birds and the plashing of water, and for enjoying the scents of jasmine and rose and orange.” When the staff at Marrakech’s La Mamounia light the hotel’s 1,200 red-and-white lanterns, his point becomes apparent. The crowds and camels of the city’s vast open-air market, the Jemaa el-Fnaa, begin to feel distant and it is possible to rediscover a sense of repose, increasingly rare when email follows you to even the most distant lands. As night descends on the courtyards and gardens of La Mamounia, return to a time when evenings provided a chance to rest and reflect on the day.
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