INSTEAD OF MARRAKECH……TRY OUALIDIA
Avoid dizzying Marrakech and opt for cool Oualidia. This pretty, lesser-known coastal town is spread around the southern shores of an inland lagoon and flanked by a kabash that was built in 1634 by Sultan El Oualid. It has the tranquillity of Essaouira and the hassle-free ambience of Chefchaouen, but appeals to adventurers as well as beach lovers.
WHAT TO DO IN OUALIDIA?…..
People watch and build sandcastles on the beach, or get a taste of authentic Morocco at the Saturday market. Children will love quad-biking in the dunes, fishing or canoeing in the lagoon, or a visit to Safi (65km south), one of Morocco’s largest pottery centres. Surfland offers courses in the lagoon which provides ideal conditions for children from seven years of age.
Fresh oysters (Oualidia’s speciality), lobster, crab or sole at one of three or four main food stops: L’Ostrea, or the restaurants at L’Hippocampe Hotel or La Sultana.
ACCOMMODATION IN OUALIDIA…..
The family-run L’Hippocampe Hotel, next to the old Summer Palace, is a recommendation. Rooms are simply furnished, but the larger suites leading out on to the verandah and beach are great for family groups. Kids will love the enchanted, overgrown English-style garden which is full of geraniums and nasturtiums.
If unabashed luxury is your preference, then look no further than La Sultana. La Sultana Oualidia, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is a perfect nature & ocean gateway to relax and rest. It is located along the Oualidia lagoon famous for its oyster farms and flocks of pink flamingos.
From the Moorish fort, set in landscaped surroundings, you will be charmed by the view of the grass-roofed cabanas, the turquoise swimming pool, the lagoon and the boundless ocean.
The hotel reveals herself only to the selected few who travel the world searching for exceptional places, who pause to savour the moment and fix it in eternity.
Pleasures for all the senses: Private beach – Outdoor ionized pool (40m long) – five sea water Jacuzzi’s around the swimming pool – Spa – Gym – Lounge Bar – Library – Billiards – Cooking courses – airport transfer service – Fully equipped private meeting rooms on demand – Library to chill out with books – Laundry and Concierge services – parking.
HOW TO GET TO OUALIDIA….
Royal Air Maroc fly from London Heathrow, several times a week, but other carriers operate to the city from elsewhere in Europe and the Middle East.
It’s a two and a half hour drive from Casablanca to Oualidia, so it’s easily reached even with toddlers in tow.
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