The World's Sexiest Holiday Parties

by Abby Ellin

The Place: Marrakesh, Morocco

The Crowd: International globe-trotters embracing their inner Peter O'Toole. French and English expats who've bought houses—among them, Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier. David Beckham and what's-her-name reportedly renewed their vows here.

Celebrate Christmas: Despite the strictures of Islam, the dominant religion here, most Moroccans know how to enjoy a good fête. Le Comptoir Darna, located in the Hivernage district, is exactly what you'd hope for from a fine Moroccan joint: tender meats, piles of couscous, and belly dancers shimmying in your face. Dine either in the outdoor Bedouin restaurant or upstairs in the dimly lit lounge bar. You'll be joined by French, English, and American citizens of the world.

Celebrate New Year's: Le Palais Jad Mahal is a bar, restaurant, and dance space just across from La Mamounia hotel, set in an outrageous folie de grandeur of contemporary Orientalist fantasy. Afterward, head to Théâtro, one of the town's trendiest discos.

Stay in style: Hotel Amanjena, part of the Aman resort collection. Eight of the 32 private pavilions have pools of their own, and if you want to get an early start on your 2008 resolutions, make use of the "timber-floored gym," hire a private tennis coach, hit the golf course, or hike in the Atlas mountains. If you'd rather lie back and be pampered, that's OK, too.

Le Comptoir Darna
Tel: 212 2 443 77 02

Jad Mahal
Tel: 212 2 443 6984

Tel: 212 2 444 8811

Hotel Amanjena
Tel: 800 477 9180
Doubles from $810

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