Away from the busy concrete walls of the bigger Moroccan towns and renowned tourist destinations, a few kilometres north of the little fishing village of Taghazout, lays a little gem of a resort with plenty to offer adults and children alike.
An eco resort built from materials sourced from a 30 kilometers radius, it offers a well furnished hotel which manages to retain the moroccan character whilst providing all the home comforts in spacious and well maintained Suites, Bungalows and Villas. The staff, although not always fluent in english, couldn't be nicer or more helpful, from the girl whom cleans the rooms to the always smiling guy whom sets up the loungers on the beach.
The food choice is fairly big. Start off the day with fresh pastries, cooked and chilled dishes, salads and fruits from the buffet or pop outside to the omelet and pancake station for a customised option (do not forget to try a Msemen, the moroccan pancake, they are quite delicious!).
Lunch can be eaten in The Lounge located by the pool and overlooking the Atlantic ocean. With an international menu, it offers plenty of choice from light salads and paninis, to more filling options such as burgers and pastas. The Chiringuito Restaurant is located by the Surf House and offers a more laid back option with seafood and burgers to have on the go. Dinner can be enjoyed in both the above restaurants and, at certain times, in The Ocean Restaurant (which normally holds the breakfast buffets). The 27 Restaurant, located indoors but with outside poolside table options, offers A La Carte choices more suitable to be enjoyed with a nice bottle of wine. All restaurants offer the kids menu, with burgers, fish, chicken and meat options to satisfy your little ones tastes. Special dietary requirements are catered for with ease.
As far as activities, it is really hard to be lazy with all that is on offer. Yoga is practised three times a day in a glass walled pavilion overlooking the sea, the beach break offers a fantastic opportunity for beginners to try out surfing in a gentle and safe environment whilst point breaks for the more experienced can be found within a short drive; the beach offers runners a 5Km stretch of glorious golden sand; the outside gym, although basic, has plenty to get your heart rate up and give you a good workout and the camel and horse rides, offered on the beach by the locals at an additional cost, not only offer a little exercise but also a great photo opportunity.
To relax after a long day, the Zen area has been designed to offer adults a quiet area where hammocks, day beds and a jacuzzi will ease your mind and allow for a restful and peaceful break.
The Spa is located on the basement and has been beautifully designed to give guests space to relax, unwind, get pampered and reenergise. Treatments from beauty to massages are offered at an additional cost, but they do get very busy, so remember to book ahead!
The kids club offers parent the opportunity to leave their children in safe hands whilst they have some grown up time and gives the children the chance to make new friends and have a little fun out of the sun. Opened in the morning and afternoons (but closed for lunch), it offers various games and activities to keep your little ones happy and occupied.
The open air cinema behind the Surf House screens movies 6 nights a week after dinner, check out the board in receptions for what's on when.
In my opinion, they have managed to create a balance between offering international comforts and retaining the Moroccan character, providing a relaxed, friendly, casual and safe haven on a piece of coast otherwise rugged and with very few facilities available. Reasonably priced, easily accessible with short direct flights from London, it is the perfect destination for singletons, couples and families alike.
Good to know: Morocco is a strict Muslim country, so travel to the area must be undertaken with some thoughts. For a start, there is no alcohol served outside tourist resorts, so should you wish to go out for a meal, bear this in mind. Girls, please cover up when leaving the resorts; bikinis, tiny shorts and see-through tops are frowned upon and will most likely attract unwanted attention. Health and safety tips to bear in minds are: Do not drink tap water; Put on sunscreen at least 10 minutes before exposure to the sun so your skin has time to soak it in (burning is easily achieved as the ocean breeze will fool you into thinking it is cooler than it actually is); Do not travel with unnecessary valuables and safely store the ones you do travel with in the resort safe; this includes passports, travel money, keys and any electrical devices whilst not in use; Refrain from public displays of affection. Last but not least, if you travel during Ramadan, be aware that Morocco strictly adheres to the fasting rule and, although tolerant of tourists, please be considerate and try to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking during sunlight hours in public places.
For further guidelines on travelling to Morocco, please visit the foreign office page here.
Best time to travel: Morocco offers warm and sunny days throughout the year, but to enjoy a comfortable beach holiday, spring and summer are the favored seasons, when air temperature reaches around 26ºC and water temperature reach 20ºC. For avid surfers, hit the coast in autumn and winter when the swell is sizeable and consistent.
To discover this little corner of the earth, have a look at the gallery below, then get in touch, school holidays and summer are popular times to travel so you need to think ahead!
Or check out what accommodation options are available here.