Although only a stones throw from Europe, Morocco couldn't feel more different
From soaring mountains and lively cities, to picturesque beaches and expansive desert, Morocco is a country of contrasts. With its fascinating history, hospitable people and unique blend of traditional values and modern resorts, you’re bound to be enchanted by this exotic country.
At Azure, our range of luxury hotels in Morocco have been handpicked for their fantastic locations and high quality service.
Cities and sites
With its two distinct parts – the traditional Medina and the trendy Ville Nouvelle – Marrakech offers the best of both worlds. In the centre, you’ll find the open area known as the Jemaa el-Fnaa, where locals and tourists alike gather in the evenings to watch a range of entertainment, including musicians, acrobats and dancers. Wander through the winding souks in the north, which have a huge variety of goods on offer, and be sure to taste the city’s famous tanjia stew. Don’t miss the chance to visit the stunning Koutoubia Minaret with its classic Moroccan architecture, as well as the Saadian Tombs and the ancient El Badi Palace.
Further north is Fez, a medieval city overflowing with ancient monuments and architectural wonders. Some of the city’s most prominent landmarks include the Kairaouine Mosque and the Medersa Bou Inania. Take the time to explore the souks that weave through Fez el Bali, before treating yourself to an authentic hammam experience or a sumptuous spa session.
Two more European-style cities are Rabat, the capital, and Casablanca, the country’s biggest city. Both exude a distinctly modern air and won’t disappoint with their dining and shopping scenes, not to mention the range of 5 star Moroccan hotels on offer. Each city has its own impressive architecture and monuments, including the Hassan Mosque and Tower and ruins of Chellah in Rabat, as well as the awe-inspiring Mosquee Hassan II in Casablanca.
Beaches and mountains
The High Atlas mountain range harbours some glorious scenery, whether you choose to explore them by mule, mountain bike or on foot. The village of Oukaimeden is home to some fascinating prehistoric rock carvings and, during the winter season, offers exhilarating skiing opportunities. Challenge yourself to climb Toubkal, the highest peak of the High Atlas, rising a dizzying 4,167 metres. The dramatic and remote Rif Mountains in the far north form a natural boundary between Africa and Europe, while volcanic lakes and canyons can be found across the forested Middle Atlas mountain range.
With both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, Morocco offers some fabulous beaches. Popular spots include the pristine Saidia beach and Legzira Plage, with its towering limestone arches, as well as Agadir in the south, which is home to a sweeping beach dotted with seafront cafés. Head to Essaouira for fabulous windsurfing or to Taghazout for the best of Morocco’s surfing.
For a different side of nature, visit the lush palm gorge of Paradise Valley from where you can hike up to the breathtaking Immouzer des Ida Outanane waterfalls.
If you’re tempted by our luxury holidays in Morocco, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our experienced advisors are on hand to provide you with more information about our tailor-made packages and can help you create the perfect itinerary.
where to stay
AmanjenaFrom...A cooling respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Marrakesh, Amanjena offers attentive service in understated, uncrowded yet impressive surroundings. Designed by the US architect Ed Tuttle, the Amanjena complex is inspired by ancient Moorish palaces and features striking rose-colours columns, perfectly symmetrical arches, beautifully-carved fountains and a shaded courtyard where you can relax while listening to music and enjoying some mint tea.
Mandarin Oriental, MarrakechFrom...Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, is a five star resort set in 20 hectares of fragrant gardens and olive groves. If you’re looking for a relaxing oasis with close proximity to the city centre, this luxury hotel could be the ideal choice.
La Villa des Orangers, MarrakechFrom...
The 5 star La Villa des Orangers is located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina between the Royal Palace and the Jemaa El Fna Square. The hotel offers a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoys splendid views of the Atlas Mountains. With warm hospitality and attentive service, guests at La Villa des Orangers, Marrakech, are guaranteed to have a relaxing and memorable holiday.
La Sultana, MarrakechFrom...
If you’re searching for a luxury hotel in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina, La Sultana, Marrakech, could be the ideal choice. This 5 star hotel reflects the architectural styles and rich culture of Morocco, with many original features dating back hundreds of years. Although modern facilities have been added, La Sultana retains the charm and elegance of a bygone era.
Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas MountainsFrom...
Owned by Sir Richard Branson, the magical Kasbah Tamadot, Atlas Mountains, offers the perfect peaceful retreat. With tranquil gardens and a stunning mountainous backdrop, it’s the ideal place to get back to nature and explore Morocco's spectacular scenery.
Four Seasons Resort, MarrakechFrom...Located near the ancient ramparts of the Menara Gardens, Four Seasons Resort, Marrakech, offers tranquil Moorish gardens, shimmering swimming pools and a serene on-site spa. Jasmine and roses perfume the air and exotic experiences await guests to this top-class resort
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