This is as close as we get to the traditional holiday of; arrive, lie by the pool, depart… but of course there is much more to it than that. Yes, the main feature is a good spell by the coast but with so much to see and do, it can be tough to find “pool time”. Also we think it works best if you bolt on a couple of days in Marrakech or the mountains at the beginning or the end or, as in this case, both. A multi-centre Morocco holiday with a difference!
Itinerary - Summary
Start your trip in the old city of Marrakech from where you will be transferred to the coast to finally finish off with a couple of nights in the Atlas Mountains. If you fly back from Marrakech you may consider starting the trip on the coast and finishing in Marrakech. This way you will be closer to the airport and it will work for a more relaxed journey back home
Day 1 - Arrive in Marrakech
Arrive at Marrakech airport where your driver will meet you and take you the 15 minutes into the old Medina and you will find your riad, a traditional merchant house converted into a boutique hotel. There are lots of places to choose from and Riad Chergui is a good choice as it is well located and has a proper swimming pool rather than the “plunge” pool in most riads.Accommodation
Day 2 & 3 - Soak up the Souks
Spend the next 2 days enjoying everything Marrakech has to offer. Take an early morning visit to the Majorelle gardens before it gets too hot and all the busloads of tourists arrive. Spend afternoons visiting the various mosques and historical sites, not forgetting to indulge yourself with a traditional Moroccan exfoliation and massage in a local hammam.
Lastly, and not to be missed is the main square at night where you can wander amongst the snake charmers, storytellers and henna tattooists before sitting atop a rooftop bar with a chilled glass of wine watching the action unfold beneath you.
We also highly recommend to split your time in Marrakech and instead of 3 nights on arrival plan only 2 with a last night indulgance at Maison MK. The stay will be combined with a special Gastro MK – 5 course tasting menu with subtle Moroccan influences in the evening or a pamper spa visit the following morning.Accommodation
Day 4 - Head for the Coast
Your driver will collect you from your riad and take you to the coast. Here our favourite place to stay is Rebali Riads where you have beautiful pools and gardens and miles of beach. You can just have a room but if you are a family it is best to have a villa, even with your own poolAccommodation
Days 5-8 - Pool time?
Essaouira and the surrounding area is our favourite part of Morocco. The town is about 20-30 mins drive away for shopping and restaurants and you can either go by bus or taxi or have a car for a few days. There is also tons to do at Rebali itself: camel trekking, horse-riding, surfing, cooking courses, tennis and an onsite spa. And if you have a minute relax by the pool…
Days 9 & 10 - Into the Atlas
From the coast head back towards Marrakech but this time stay up in the Atlas Mountains. A spectacular place to stay is Kasbah Bab Ourika perched on its own summit overlooking the Ourika valley. A great base for some mountain walks, visits to the markets in the surrounding villages and just soaking up the views. You are also only an hour away from the airport so finishing here makes for a relaxing journey home.Accommodation
Day 11 - Home
From the Atlas it is just an hour or so back to Marrakech airport so hopefully a lazy start before our driver comes to pick you up
Cost for the 10 nights including private transfers in air-conditioned vehicle is from £730 per person B&B (excludes flights) based on 2 sharing a double room. If you wish to treat yourself with the one night stay at Maison MK it will be additional £160 per person. This also make a fabulous family holiday for children of all ages.
You can get flights from as little as £100 per person return and do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.
- Prices start from £730 per person
- Accommodation on B&B basis
- Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver)
- Local taxes
- All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered