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Nomadic getaway in Marrakech: Hotels and experiences not to be missed in the ochre city

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Less than 4 hours flight from Brussels, Marrakech is THE trendy destination to escape the grey and winter temperatures! This week, Story Tailor takes you to this dynamic city and shares all its good plans with you.

Marrakech, the ochre city

Nestled between the heights of the Atlas Mountains and the mineral desert of Agafay, Marrakech exudes a special energy that will not leave you indifferent. Let the scent of spices guide you through its lively orange-colored streets to its iconic souks, its palaces worthy of a tale from the Thousand and One Nights and its inspiring art centers. This ancient imperial city has everything to seduce travelers!

Discover our selection of unforgettable accommodations and experiences around the ochre city.

Our tested and approved accommodations:

1. The Royal Mansour, Marrakech

53 luxury riads on three levels with a private pool on the roof, that's what awaits you at the Royal Mansour, one of the jewels of Arab-Andalusian architecture. Located just a stone's throw from the Medina, the old city of Marrakech, this little gem has a lot going for it. Indeed, each room is unique and has been tastefully decorated by more than 2000 artisans from all over Morocco. You will be immersed in a traditional and refined Moroccan atmosphere, where every detail counts. Gourmet travelers will appreciate the 4 restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs Yannick Alléno and Massimiliano Alajmo. They offer exceptional Moroccan, French, Asian and Italian cuisine that will take your taste buds on a journey. You can also relax by the pool surrounded by gardens. A true oasis in the heart of the Medina.

The Royal Mansour is also a little paradise on earth for kids. Lila's Garden, a corner dedicated to children, offers many fun activities for your little ones. It will be an opportunity for parents to discover the relaxing world of the spa and enjoy a moment of pure relaxation in this sanctuary of well-being.

The little extra: The Royal Mansour is one of the few hotels in the world and the only one in Morocco to bring together two chefs with three Michelin stars.

2. The Villa des Orangers, Marrakech

Ideally located at the entrance of the Medina, between the Koutoubia Mosque and the Royal Palace, the Villa des Orangers welcomes you in an exceptional setting. It is articulated around several flowered patios and decorated with soothing fountains. During the day, you will find your happiness at the edge of one of the three swimming pools in the heart of the green patios or let yourself be guided by the scents of orange blossoms and rose petals which will lead you to the Nuxe spa. You can also enjoy a good mint tea and tasty Moroccan pastries in the shade of orange trees. The Villa's restaurant will not leave you indifferent either. You will find a responsible gastronomy with fresh, local and seasonal products. You will have the opportunity to taste dishes with the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean combining tradition and modernity. Finally, you will spend the night in one of the comfortable suites with a nomadic feel. During your stay, you will be taken care of by the friendly staff.

The little extra: The Villa des Orangers is part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux label, which includes charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in over 70 countries.

3. Scarabeo Camp, Agafay Desert

Head for the desert of Agafay and its lunar landscapes! Only 1-hour drive from the center of Marrakech, you will enjoy a total disconnection in a place straight out of a movie. The Scarabeo Camp welcomes you in its spacious white tents, comfortable, with a careful decoration, where each object from the four corners of the world will make you travel. At nightfall, the area is illuminated by the light of candles, lanterns and a large campfire, which gives it an incomparable charm. It is also the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a romantic dinner under a starry sky. A unique experience that we also talk about in our article « Restaurants insolites : 12 adresses surprenantes dans le monde entier ». After a warm night, you will be able to admire the first glimmer of the sun emerging timidly from the Atlas while having your breakfast. And for all your special occasions, "Les Roches Noires", a private space away from the camp, is the ideal place to meet and celebrate your events in all privacy in the desert. In short, Scarabeo Camp is an exceptional place to live your most unusual nomadic dreams!

The little extra: The hospitality and the conviviality of the manager, Vincent, a Belgian adventurer who will be happy to share his travel experiences with you, all around the fire.

4. Amanjena, Marrakech

Welcome to Amanjena, a peaceful paradise just 10 minutes from the Medina. Its pink buildings are a nod to the old city of Marrakech. The 32 pavilions with private outdoor space, some with pools, will transport you out of time. The lush gardens and majestic pools reflecting the pavilions will bring you calm and serenity. The marble spa is a great way to relieve the stress of everyday life. The establishment also offers a selection of activities for young and old! The youngest will be able to enjoy a swimming pool and a play area just for them. Placed under the sign of Moroccan elegance, the Amanjena is a safe bet for couples or families.

The little extra: The direct access from the hotel to the Amelkis golf course, one of the most beautiful in the country, will delight the amateurs of this sport.

5. Oberoi, Marrakech

Located between citrus orchards, century-old olive trees and the Atlas Mountains, the Oberoi has everything to seduce you. Its luxurious suites and private villas, decorated with finesse, invite you to live an exceptional experience. You will dine in the different restaurants offering Mediterranean flavors and cooked with fresh products of the domain. Adventures in the desert or absolute relaxation in the wellness center are also on the agenda. For the more athletic, the Oberoi has a fitness room and offers outdoor sports activities such as tennis and petanque. Even the little ones will be delighted at the Kids' Club! Worthy of the greatest Moroccan palaces, the Oberoi Marrakech will charm you and mark you forever.

The little extra: The breathtaking view of the majestic snow-capped Atlas Mountains from your terrace. Unforgettable.

Experiences not to be missed:

1. Adventures in the Agafay Desert

Only 30 kilometers from Marrakech, the desert is easily accessible and offers a multitude of activities. Whether by quad, horseback, camel, foot or electric bicycle, a ride in the Agafay desert is a must! You can also discover these landscapes by night and observe the countless stars from a telescope with an astronomer. Far from the city lights, it is the ideal place to witness this unforgettable show!

2. Hot air balloon flight over the Palmeraie of Marrakech

You will leave early in the morning to discover the mythical landscapes of Marrakech. Then, you will board a hot air balloon to admire the sunrise and fly over the Palmeraie of Marrakech and its 100 000 palm trees. On the spot, breakfast will be served. So, ready to take off?

3. Excursion in the three valleys of the Atlas and discovery of Berber villages

You will discover the three valleys of the Atlas with a local guide who will reveal the secrets of these mystical mountains. Afterwards, you will have tea with the inhabitants of a Berber village and discover their culture and way of life. At the end of the day, you will visit a traditional pottery workshop and have time to enjoy the landscape around you.

4. Day trip to Essaouira

On the Atlantic coast, about 3 hours from Marrakech, is the city of Essaouira. During this day trip, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the jewelers' district, to shop at the market or to taste a fresh fish dish in a restaurant in the harbor of the city nicknamed the "Pearl of the Atlantic".

5. Roadtrip in sidecar in the Moroccan countryside

Are you a motor sports fan? You will have the opportunity to ride the most beautiful roads of the country in a sidecar and to discover the charming Moroccan countryside. You will be able to stop whenever you want to enjoy the arid landscapes and to have lunch in a local restaurant.

6. Lunch at the Kasbah Tamadot

Your adventures through the Atlas Mountains will surely whet your appetite! Kasbah Tamadot is the perfect place to have lunch in an idyllic setting. Here you can fill your stomach while enjoying the magnificent view of the mountains.

All this makes you dream too? Contact us and we will plan together your exceptional stay in Morocco!

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