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Marrakech delight

When you’re planning your getaway and one of you prefers lazing by the pool and the other prefers the sights and sounds of a bustling city – where do you go? We deal with this a lot when we plan itineraries for our clients and often combine cities that can dazzle your senses with the peace of a hotel with exquisite pool and spa. And, Marrakech ticks those boxes.

Explore the narrow and winding souks and delight in the performers at Djemâa el Fna Square from musicians to snake charmers. Marvel at the Mosques, tombs and palaces of the city’s Islamic cultural heritage which are set against the backdrop of the Atlas Mountains. Once you’ve explored the hustle and bustle of the ‘Red City’ seek peaceful relaxation in exclusive Riads – these traditional Moroccan houses were once the stately homes of wealthy merchants and courtiers. Or escape to exclusive resorts by the sea.

If this has given you food for thought, we’ve gathered together a few Moroccan hotel gems with some help from our friends at Azure Collection.

La Villa des Orangers

Originally a 1930s house, this Relais & Châteaux hideaway has been completely updated to a modern spec with boutique style accommodation. However, the charm and ambience of the original home is retained. The fragrance from the orange trees create a glorious and relaxing setting as you laze by one of the three pools. Even with its 27 guest rooms, you’ll feel like you have total privacy. Options to dine wherever you like, whether in the shaded courtyards or by the rooftop pool, help to make you feel really pampered.  

Four Seasons Resort, Marrakech

With its rose-coloured walls, escape within a 40-acre oasis of Moorish gardens of courtyards and fountains. Luxurious and contemporary it’s perfectly positioned to explore Marrakech giving you the best of both worlds from tranquillity to the hub of the Red City. Mature olive and palm trees set against the snow-capped Atlas Mountains create a real hideaway because of the low-rise, Moroccan inspired, accommodation. During the day, relax by the swimming pools with full-service cabanas and totally unwind. And, to really rejuvenate and feel totally cleansed, experience the healing heat of a hammam – a traditional Moroccan cleansing ritual – in the hotel’s spa. For the evening, your taste buds will be given a treat with the choice of Moroccan and Italian a la carte dishes.  

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech

Nestled in fragrant gardens of scented jasmine and roses and olive groves, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is a five-star luxury resort only minutes from the city centre and the famous Medina. It offers the perfect city escape as the luxurious 50 acre resort offers spacious, private villas and suites, a world-class spa and superb cuisine with chef Meryem Cherkaoui at the helm.

Swords Travel lounge

Get in touch to discuss your trip to Marrakech and the latest hot deals to take advantage of. You can then pop by to our Swords Travel lounge and relax with a glass of bubbles as we chat through ideas for your tailor made itinerary.

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