Marrakech Magic

Julie Morris on 25 June 2011

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I have always wanted to visit Morocco, so when I was given the opportunity to visit Marrakech I jumped at the chance.

We travelled with Easyjet from Manchester to Marrakesh and stayed at Club Meds 4 Trident property La Palmeraie - an ideal property just outside the city. It also had complimentary shuttle transport into the centre of all the hustle and bustle. The hotel is also all inclusive.

The hotel is a low rise complex with large rooms with Moroccan decor, nice and cool due to the tiled floors. Most of the rooms interconnect so ideal for families. The food choice and quality is excellent in both the main buffet and Moroccan speciality restaurant.

The all inclusive covers all meals, drinks and facilities, including a tennis club and flying trapeze! Plenty to keep the kids entertained when they are not at the excellent kids club. There is regular entertainment for those who wish to take part.

In the grounds of La Plameraie there is a quiet adults section called La Riad much more exclusive for those who wish to relax. The hotel also has an excellent spa; I can recommend the Oriental full body massage. It was excellent!

Guests staying at La Palmeraie also have the use of the sister property Club Med La Medina, which is situated right on D Jemaa el Fna Square, right in the heart of the action! Guests are permitted to use the all inclusive concept at this hotel too. So, if you fancy a drink in between shopping relax in the rooftop bar and watch the world go by.

We travelled through the labyrinth of souks on a horse and carriage, where you can see the handbags and ornate lanterns being made, you can also visit a tannery if your nose is up to the challenge. The square and souks at night are mesmerising lots of hustle and bustle, loads of people!

There is a fair amount of development taking place in Marrakech, five star hotels and shopping malls, it is soon to be a very upmarket city to visit. We experienced some excellent nightclubs including Pasha and Jad Mahal, the drinks can be expensive but worth one visit, I wasn't expecting Marrakech to be like this one bit. The nightclubs are excellent.

I will certainly visit again in the near future, as only a short hop to get some very different culture. Marrakech is a great destination.

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