THE LAKES & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Travel: 45 mins
BUGGY WONDERLAND +212 (0) 661901254
Ask for Rafik Loutfit to take you on a quad bike through the lakes
WOUILADA ADVENTURES EXTREME
Ask for Denis Royer firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE LALLE TAKERKOUST
A large lake with several public and private beaches surrounding it and a range of water sports
LE FLOUKA RESTAURANT +212 (0) 664 492660
According to the season, different dishes are offered in this incredible setting. If it gets too hot, head for one of the pools or take a few steps into the lake.
HORSE RIDING +212 (0) 524 368610/0661 222272
Atlas Cheval offers good half day and full day treks into the surrounding hills.
KASBAH TAMADOT +212 (0) 524368200
Sir Richard Brandson Moroccan retreat lies in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and it’s great place to eat lunch and admire the view after a mornings mountain biking, mule trekking or quad biking.
Until not that long ago only wealthy Moroccans had a bathroom, everyone else went to hamman, which is all about deep cleansing and relaxing, but there is much more to it……. you must experience it for yourself.
PALMERIE SPA +212 (0)524 368797 EXT 299/8797
Head to the Palmerie for a traditional Hamman or modern massage. As for Islak she is very thorough. Bring a swimsuit as they also have an indoor pool and spa facilities. Eat in the joining hotel by the pool. Call the hotel manage if you want to arrange using the pool (Ziat Abdelafid – 212 (0) 660113221)
Travel 25 mins
SPA PALAIS RHOUL +212 (0) 524 329494 open 9am-9pm
One of the most opulent spa’s in Marrakech in a wonderful setting. This experience comes with a real old-school masseur who bends you over double, over his feet to work your back. Take your swimsuit as the outdoor swimming pools are spectacular. Great food
BELDI COUNTRY CLUB +212 (0) 524 383 950
This is one of our favourite places in Marrakech. A well established country club/spa build with rustic mudbrick to resemble a Berber village, set in great gardens boasting large pools, a rose garden, restaurants and great spa.
Travel 10 minutes
OASIRIA + 212 (0)524 380438
Literally just down the road, North Africa’ largest water park with wave pool, lagoons, water slides and a beach. We head for the pool area with Cabana’s which has a restaurant serving good food to your table under the olive trees. Sun chairs and cabana’s are inexspensive and it makesa good base. The pool is heated.
Travel 10 mins
BOWLING + 212 (0) 524 368797/ 301010
This air-conditioned six lane bowling alley in the Palmerie is a good place to go and avoid the afternoon heat. Must call first to confirm opening times as they vary. Surrounded by good restaurants, ask in the main hotel.
AMERICAN BUGGY ADVENTURES + 212 (0) 524 024080 M: + 212 (0) 660108501
Also in the Palmerie, ask for Kenza Hilali and ask for a good deal on either a quad bike ride through the dessert or on a dune buggy.
If the Quads and the Buggies are too fast and your looking for something more relaxing why not take a camel ride through the Palmerie, ask your driver.
HORSE RIDING + 212 (0) 524 301 010
Excellent well kept stables in the Palmerie with good instructors.
25 mins travel
JEMAA EL FNA
The main square is the hub of Marrakech life and it leads north onto many alleys that will take you through the Souk. This warren can sometimes be very overwhelming for first time visitors, but getting lost and wandering off the main drags and admiring the treasure’s and trinkets soon becomes and absolute pleasure. Word of advice “Bargin Hard”, you should pay a quater of the price that they first quote you.
The food stalls in the the square are an authentic experience,. Highly animated eateries were you can expect anything from steaming tajine or sheeps head in spicy soup. For the less adventurous, stick to the kebab with salad and chips. Great atmosphere.
Travel 15 mins
MARJORELLE GARDEN & MUSEUM
Created in 1930s by Jacques Marjorelle, the gardens were restored by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge who also own the villa next door. It is a beautiful space, full of light and colour and it is a great place to have breakfast or lunch.
Travel 20 mins
CHILDREN IN MARRAKECH
Moroccans dote on children and it is not unusual for someone to walk up to you and ask if they could kiss your child or give them sweets. Children love Marrakech although they maybe overwhelmed at first. Its a bit like moving through an exotic fairytale of snake charmers, acrobats and donkey carts when you first go to the square. There really is a lot for children to do and here are some of the things that we take our children to:
Children's Indoor Play Area
AlMazar Mall has great up to date boutiques, coffee shops, ice cream parlours and a host of places to eat. On the top floor is a great indoor play area for kids with trampolines and little cars, games and soft play. The Carrefour Hypermarket is the basement and its all brand new.
Oasiria Water Park + 212 (0) 524 380438
Best day out for all the family, kids of all ages simply love this place, make sure that you go on all the rides and eat by the swimming pool area where the kids can run around. Book your private cabana around the heated pool.
Travel 10 mins
Bowling + 212 (0) 524 368797/ 301010
Bowl at the Palmerie and on the way take the kids on a camel ride through the palm trees. After bowling take them for a meal in one of the restaurants on the resort. (Get a resort map from the hotel reception)
POTTERY + 212 (0) 524 383950
At the Beldi Country club the kids can learn how to mould and shape a wide choice of objects which is then placed in a kiln, set and painted. Whilst you relax by the pool and the kids are having a great time. They can also play tennis here on a sunken court surrounded by mudbrick walls.
TENNIS + 212 (0)524 329494
Spa Palais Rhoul is one of the most fantastic places to visit in Marrakech. Whilst you are being pampered in the spa your little ones can play tennis on the clay courts.
OLIVERI + 212 (0)524 448913
Simply the best ice cream in Marrakech
CATANZARO + 212 (0) 524433731
Excellent pizza and pasta for all the family
KATSURA + 212 (0)524422532
Laid back restaurant serving sushi and Asian dishes, no reservation needed. Also a separate non smoking section.
JEMAA EL FNA
Kids will love choosing their dinner from the food stalls, especially after some snake charming and story telling in the square.