Tales of an ancient land
Morocco is a land woven from a thousand stories, with a culture built on a rich oral narrative tradition. For almost a millennium, hakawati (storytellers) have drawn crowds of eager listeners to Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech’s main square, to hear ancient tales and share in the wisdom of their fables.
The modern age has seen the practice fall into decline, and there are few true storytellers left, but Amanjena offers a rare opportunity to witness a master of the craft in full flow. Hajj Ahmed Ezzarghani has collected and shared his gripping tales for over 50 years. Guests are invited to discover the heart of Moroccan culture through an unforgettable performance from a storyteller at the peak of his powers.
Spending time in a caidal tent conjures an atmosphere of desert adventure with a frisson of decadence – reminiscent of the days when Moroccan royals would pause their desert journeys to be entertained by snake charmers, fire jugglers, and belly dancers, immersed in the opulent comfort of scattered pillows and ornate rugs.
Autumn on the Aegean
After months of sunshine, the Aegean Sea remains balmy and warm well into autumn, making this time of year perfect for watersports and aquatic adventure. It’s a time of clear skies, soft sunlight and leisurely evenings alfresco, with music drifting on the air along with the scent of pine.
The Aegean is one of the world’s greatest destinations for summer sailing, and guests of Amanruya have all of its delights at their disposal. Introduced this year, the resort hosts half- and full-day boat trips launching from Torba Marina, five minutes from the resort. Explore spectacular bays, visit historic harbours, and drop anchor beside peaceful paradise islands, pausing en route for a swim and a chef-prepared picnic.
Back at the resort, Thursday and Sunday evenings celebrate the joy of alfresco dining, with pop-up barbecues featuring the best of Bodrum’s meat, fish and seafood, grilled to perfection and served with an array of Turkish mezze and salads. Jazz tunes fill the air, sommelier-selected local wines fill the glasses, and the golden tones of sunset fill the sky. Alternatively, experience a taste of Japan, with fresh sushi, tempura and caviar dishes served daily at the Restaurant.