Morocco Boutique & Luxury Hotels
A luxury holiday in Morocco is only three hours away from London, and an opportunity to visit this vibrant African country. Now Morocco is great for a short break holiday, to explore Marrakech, relax at one of the many luxury and boutique hotels that are emerging as Morocco becomes a major destination for the savvy traveller.
For a longer break then Morocco offers great opportunity to travel across the country to Agadir, the premier beach resort Morocco has to offer. Of course Marrakech
offers something unique. The bustling Medina with the unique sights, sounds and smells is a must visit - perhaps it can be a bit intimidating at times but worth exploring, it is very easy to get lost so plan your route as best you can. Guides can be hired to ensure you get the very best of your time. There are some great, high quality Riads ( a traditional Moroccan house, or in some instances a palace, built around a courtyard or a garden – The Arabic word for garden is “ryad” we are told – the benefit of a Riad is the privacy provided for families, and the privacy afforded to Islamic women.
Today may Riads offer great, affordable hotels – some are very luxurious and offer a real contrast to the central Medina in Morocco, but we prefer the option to pop in for a day or two, but to escape the madness of down-town Morocco and relax in one of the many fine hotels, many of which offer fantastic spa facilities which compare favourably with the prices in the UK or laze around the pool. Morocco is a year round destination so suitable to visit at any-time and although winter months may not yield a sun tan for you, the weather should be decent enough to enjoy the pool. Some hotels offer private pools for that added seclusion.
Why not create a twin or multi centre holiday by combining one or more of the other fascinating destinations to Marrakech – check out the snow capped Atlas Mountains have North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal, the Sahara Desert and Dades Valley – a beautiful gorge in the Atlas Mountains.
As with other Muslim Countries please remember that Ramadan is observed for one month every year. Please respect the local customs of fasting during daylight hours. Expect a slower pace of life and for some shops, restaurants, facilities and attractions to be closed.
El Jadida is a port city in Morocco, which was formerly known as Mazagan and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, on the basis of its status as an "outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures" and as an "early example of the realisation of the Renaissance ideals integrated with Portuguese construction technology", so why not take a visit and stay at our recommended hotel Mazagan Beach Resort.
One of the up and coming destinations for us Boutixuryites (that’s not a real word, it’s just our made up word for people like us who love to travel, explore new destinations and stay in great hotels ! I doubt it will ever make the Oxford English Dictionary but we like it) is Taoudant – about 30 minutes South from Marrakech, and dating back to the 11th Century. Known as the “Grandmother of Marrakech” due to its resemblance to Marrakech, although smaller and less frantic. Almost all of the city is contained within the city walls. If you fancy staying in Taroudant we recommend La Gaelle d’Or Hotel.
Fes (Fez) and Casablanca conclude our highlights of Morocco. The French influenced Casablanca means that Casablanca has a more European feel that an African one, and Fes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 8th Century. Golf is developing quickly in Morocco and many of the luxury hotels have excellent golf courses. Call us for our latest information and recommendations of where to stay.
Spa facilities are numerous and we can highly recommend a number of hotels in Morocco where you can treat yourself to some excellent spa therapies to leave you relaxed and refreshed
Top 10 things to do in Morocco:
1. A must to visit is the bustling Medina of Marrakech with the unique sights, sounds and smells.
2. Check out the snow capped Atlas Mountains have North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal,
3. Dades Valley – a beautiful gorge in the Atlas Mountains.
4. El Jadida is a port city in Morocco, which was formerly known as Mazagan and was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
5. Taoudant – about 30 minutes South from Marrakech, and dating back to the 11th Century. Known as the “Grandmother of Marrakech”.
6. Visit Fes (Fez) it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 8th Century.
7. At the mouth of the Souss and Massa Wadis which is located near Agadir where you could see the pink flamingoes in their natural habitat.
8. Visit Dakhla Bay where you could see the last colony of monk seals in the world.
9. South of Sidi Ifni where you can enjoy a 50 Kilometre long stretch of brilliant white sandy beach.
10. Take a trip to Dar Batha in Fez, this glorious palace and rooms are dedicated to the traditions and arts of Morocco this provides a unique look into the real culture and knowledge of the destination.
Events Calendar, Dates to remember:
March / April – Hassan II Golf Trophy in Rabat.
June – Timitar festival the best traditional and contemporary music in Agadir.
July /August – Ramadan is expected to run for a month
December – Marrakech international film festival.