13 May 2013 by

Partying In Marrakesh! We Attend The ASMALLWORLD Relaunch With Poppy Delevingne, Olivia Wilde and Henry Holland

This weekend we headed to Marrakech to celebrate the re-launch of ASMALLWORLD and oh what a weekend it was. From dancing with Poppy Delevingne to shopping in the souk with Diana Agron it was a fabulous weekend of decadent fun and frolics – we kind of wish we never had to come home.

For those of you not aux fait with ASMALLWORLD it’s an uber exclusive social network set up for those with a passion for travel. Run by invitation only this private online members club allows people to come together to share travel advice, join in with some amazing events and meet with like minded people all over the world.

Staying in the Taj Palace (where actual Sex In The City 2 was filmed, FYI) we - and 120 other guests - were treated by the most spectacular weekend hosted by ASW CEO Sabine Heller and Chairman Patrick Liotard-Yogt. Here’s what went on…

Day 1

After a late evening to the hotel it was a quick change and off to dinner in the Medina. Held at the amazing La Salama restaurant we arrived to find the party in full swing. Belly dancers paraded around the room as guest tucked into an amazing two course dinner which included a traditional Morrocan Lamb tagine. Mary Charteris and her husband Robbie Furze seemed to get into the spirit of the evening as he was spotted wearing one of the waiters fez’ (guests were later reprimanded for trying to take them home with them, eek!).

After dinner, snake charmers kept guests entertained on the second floor, whilst Dinos Chapman was totally fearless even kissing his amphibian friend (!) Henry Holland admitted that (like us) he was absolutely terrified of the slithering animals.  Later, after party goers were treated to AMAZING Diane Von Frustenberg clutch bags, there were drinks on the terrace – a perfect way to end the evening.

Day 2

The day started with a trip to the Souk hosted by online shopping site L-ATITUDE. Then it was straight back to the hotel for a barbecue. Olivia Wilde was spotted enjoying the hotels giant pool, whilst Jessica and Janina Joffe hung out on the side lines looking uber cool. It was an animal themed day with camels, horses and even a falcon showing up to keep everyone entertained.

In the late afternoon we stopped off quickly at the DVF suite were guests were allowed to loan clothes for the evening. Then it was on to the main event. A beautiful dinner held at The Beldi Country Club, guests were welcome by traditional Morrocan drummers before heading into the rose garden for cocktails.

After a three course feast guests took straight to the dance floor with Josphine De La Baume playing classics by Jennifer Lopez and Destiny’s Child. Most guests took their shoes off so that they could really get into it. Whilst Sabine looked absolutely amazing in a red DVF gown, Poppy Delevingne spent the whole evening with her fiancé James Cook, the pair danced the night away with Amanda Ferry.

If only we could have stayed forever…


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Eva Sitarz (Tue May 14 10:56:50 BST 2013): Grazia UK