Morocco is a patchwork of cultures, artfully woven together to create a warm, decadent and utterly unique ambience. Perfectly poised in the northern most arc of Africa and separated from mainland Europe by just a slither of sea, the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is a magnificent mix of African, Arab and Berber cultures that have retained their strong sense of self, even in these modern Westernised times. There is so much to see, do, experience, feel and taste in Morocco that planning a trip can require a lot of research in order to ensure you enjoy all that this dazzling destination has to offer. In this sense, Marrakech is the most rewarding setting in which to meander in Moorish culture.
Just a short flight from the UK, but arriving in Marrakech feels like returning to a forgotten time. Children plan their school days around the local baker, taking dough for the family to the kiln before the morning bell and picking it up, freshly baked, on the way home. Snake charmers perform the soundtrack and the opening act in the souks as the scent of spices dance the air. The ornate mosaics and Arabian patterns suggest you’ve ventured further afield to the Middle East, whilst the rich Berber culture and the arresting Atlas Mountains are authentically African. For a sense of eccentric escapism, it must be Morocco.
Fortunately, our portfolio Morocco comprises Marrakech’s most exclusive luxury hotels and resorts, which incorporate all of the opulence that you’d expect from an Arabian-influenced destination, with all of the superior facilities that set our collection of Moroccan magnificence apart.
Marrakech is a true all-year-round destination, but it is particularly special in spring, specifically in May when the warm African sun is growing stronger and the days stretch out longer to make those show-stopping sunsets all the more sought-after. The temperature at this time of year is ideal for sightseeing, souk shopping and pool-grazing, whilst the atmosphere is typically uplifting and energetic as the locals anticipate Ramadan – a month when Morocco is rich in spirituality, but there is a definite shift in the pace and focus of this multi-layered destination.
May is the ideal time for families to enjoy Marrakech and one of our featured luxury resorts, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has a very unique way for younger travellers to be introduced to Moroccan culture. Upon arrival, children can enjoy a ‘camel check-in’, and will be taken to their room on a camel! Meanwhile, this exceptional resort boasts a range of incredible activities for families, including introductions to Berber culture through art and craft-themed play, whilst the resort’s petting zoo can educate about the way in which donkeys, goats and other working animals play an integral role in the local culture.
For couples, this impeccable destination offers romance, privacy and time to truly treasure. Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech boasts some of the finest accommodation in Morocco, perhaps even in Africa, and for a sense of royalty be sure to stay in one of their signature Mandarin Pool Villas. Styled on a traditional Riad, with chic contemporary styling, this is your personal palace. A private pool, a stunning spa-style bathroom and even a wood-burning oven to keep you warm under the stars – royally romantic.
Marrakech is a stimulating and sensual destination, where every taste, scent and sound is infused with heritage and significance. Sip soothing mint tea in a decadent salon, or dine on expertly flavoured cuisine. If you’re seeking a view to savour, head to the astonishing Atlas Mountains. Many of our luxury resorts can arrange excursions to the foothills of these natural wonders, whilst Kasbah Tamadot is located on a picturesque hilltop within the peaks of the higher mountain range. As one of Sir Richard Branson’s personal retreat, you can only imagine the luxury that awaits.
To book your magical escape to Marrakech, or for further information about any of our luxury Moroccan properties, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 771.