Marrakech is a city full of experiences; the hustle and bustle of the souks to the serene hotels that reside there; the bright colours and wonderful smells shining throughout; the unique architecture that surrounds the city. Penny from our marketing team spent a few days visiting this delightful city alongside the Moroccan Tourist Board and here’s what she has said about her time there.
Visiting Marrakech was an experience that I shall never forget and that I want to do again. It didn’t just live up to my expectations but went beyond them. I never realised that the city could provide so much for so many people. No matter what you like to do whilst on holiday, you will be able to do it in Marrakech.
I got to visit two very special hotels whilst in Marrakech; La Mamounia and Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury Resort. Both hotels ooze luxury, have exceptional spa facilities, rooms and suites to die for, bars you will never want to leave yet they are uniquely individual. A great way to enjoy both of these would be to enjoy the luxury of La Mamounia whilst visiting the busy city before heading to the Royal Palm where you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying the sun.
La Mamounia’s décor is more traditionally Moroccan but nevertheless still has many modern touches. It is probably Marrakech’s most famous hotel with many famous names staying there, most notable Winston Churchill on various occasions (he even had his own suite there!) It was also the backdrop for Alfred Hitchcock’s film ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’. Each room and suite comes with a balcony that offers views of the city or the Atlas Mountains. The bar in the hotel is a jazz bar and as a result is decked with photos of famous jazz musicians. This just adds to your experience whilst in Marrakech. The location of the hotel is also great as it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Jamaa el fna Square, Africa’s busiest square that is home to the souks and plenty of street food. The hotel is also close to the famous Majorel Garden and Menara, both a must to visit whilst in Marrakech.
The Royal Palm is a luxury resort provided by Beachcomber and is truly exquisite! There is no other way to describe it. The pools make you want to dive straight in before enjoying the sun sitting around them. Each room and suite have balconies so big you can fit a sofa and dining table on there so you can watch the world go by. The food is truly splendid, making your stay here even better. There is also a terrific golf course to hand! All of this is surrounded by breath-taking views of the Atlas Mountains. Even though it is a little less traditional in style than La Mamounia, there are still plenty of Moroccan touches throughout making you feel like you’re still in the heart of the city. The resort is a little out of the city but there is a free shuttle service.
On our final day, I headed towards the mountains to visit Terres D’Amanar. For those who like camping but with a bit more luxury i.e. ‘glamping’, this is somewhere you should stay for a few nights to get away from the busyness of daily life. You can choose to stay in a lodge or in some special tents that look tiny from the outside but are in fact quite large on the inside. The place promotes itself as The Digital Escape and with various outdoor activities to hand you will not be missing your technology. It has the largest Zip Line in Africa, which is part of a course where there are four zip lines in total. A great choice for thrill seekers and to get some magnificent views! There are also e-bikes, horse riding, archery and trails to go running and walking along to name a few. Terres D’Amanar is great for families as well as for groups or couples to enjoy the great outdoors.
So whether you want to immerse yourself into the busy market and street food stalls, enjoy a good spa, have plenty of delicious food, experience the great outdoors, flop by the pool or even have a good game of golf, Marrakech has it all! There is so much to see and do you are likely to want to come back again – I know I do!
Royal Palm: 3 nights in June from £637
La Mamounia: 3 nights in June from £899
Prices are based on 2 sharing twin room with flights, private transfers and breakfast.
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