Africa + Indian Ocean Morocco Cultural sightseeing, LUXURY RIADS, desert camps, mountain hiking, ANCIENT MEDINAS Exotic, hot and yet only a short flight from Europe, Morocco is a country with something for everyone, whether it’s exploring the medieval medinas (old cities) of Marrakech and Fez with our personal shopper extraordinaire, or hiking just below the dramatic snow-capped peaks of the mountains in the high Atlas, stopping en route to visit the welcoming Berber population. Some of the best memories come from camping out in the rolling sands of the Sahara amongst the desert nomads or exploring the laid-back fishing villages on the Atlantic coast. Morocco offers great variety in terms of places to stay, from the luxurious retreats that dot the countryside to the beautifully restored riads in the imperial cities. The country now has a well-established tourist infrastructure, but to see a different side you need a specialist. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. A Short Luxury Holiday to Marrakech Pat White tells us of a stay in a magical oasis in the heart of Marrakech. "Our guide knocked on a studded wooden door...we enter into a traditional courtyard with lemon trees and lanterns, and the scent of rose filled the air". Find out more Warming to Morocco’s landscape: perfect for all One of our clients, Virginia Thyne enjoyed a thrilling three days of total bliss on a luxury Morocco holiday. Peaceful, relaxing and all with a breathtaking backdrop. Find out more A Desert Adventure in Morocco Octavia has visited Morocco many times, but this was her first adventure into the Sahara desert. She fell in love with the wide starry skies, bright orange sand dunes and dramatic sunsets awaited her. Find out more A STYLISH HOLIDAY IN MOROCCO The longest standing member of cazenove+loyd, Mike Collyer, made his first visit to the continent of Africa to explore the Medina and trek through the Atlas Mountains. Find out more Cycling and Cuisine in Morocco Rolando Stein, shares the rush of excitement and sense of freedom he felt pedaling along the souk's narrow streets followed by a 110km cycle through the beautiful Ourika Valley. Find out more Flavours of Marrakech A very special client, Christopher Townsend, experienced all that Marrakech has to offer. From the noise and energy that exudes from the Medina to the haven of peace and beauty inside their luxury Riad. Find out more Learning the Art of Photography in Morocco Kerry Christiani, travelled on our unique, inspired journey with professional photographer Chris Coe. Morocco is the perfect place to improve your photography skills and spend time with a small group of like-minded photographers. Find out more Show All Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. La Sultana Oualidia The sleepy beach town of Oualidia welcomes overworked, sun-starved travellers wishing to escape the tourist hubbub of Marrakech and unwind whilst basking in the reflection of the African sun into the glistening Atlantic Ocean. On the southern side of a 6 mile long lagoon, Oualidia is located a few minutes by boat from a great sweep of sandy beach, overlooked by a ruined royal summer palace and a 17th century kasbah. Find out more Ezzahra Estate The Ezzahra Estate is hidden in the exclusive Palmeraie area of Marrakech. It’s a stylish, private estate with 3 luxury villas situated across 20,000 square metres of landscaped gardens filled with lavender, orange blossom, bougainvillea and olive trees. This estate is truly a sanctuary only a 15 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of… Find out more KASBAH TAMADOT, ATLAS MOUNTAINS In the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and surrounded by Cyprus trees lies a magical Moroccan secret. As with any of Sir Richard Branson’s properties, the impact of Kasbah Tamadot is immediate and impressive. It is also the ideal place to take over for a celebration which we have had the pleasure of organising for a number of clients over the years with great success. As a result we have great faith that Tamadot will deliver a fantastic experience for you whether you are travelling as a family, a couple or indeed as a larger group of friends. Find out more VILLA DES ORANGERS, MARRAKECH Located on the edge of the Medina, Villa des Orangers is in the perfect location for those keen to explore and get under the skin of Marrakech and its ancient Medina. It was the first boutique hotel in Marrakech and is still one of our absolute favourites. It falls under the Relais & Chateaux umbrella so guests can expect fantastic service, food and accommodation and a peaceful haven from the hustle of the busy Medina. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Trekking In The Atlas Mountains The Atlas Mountains is a sensational mountain range and is every trekker's paradise. Not too high altitude so no need to acclimatise, and everywhere you go you will experience the warm hospitality of the Berber communities in the villages and small towns. Find out more Visiting the Sleepy Town of Essaouira Essaouira is probably the best-known coastal town in Morocco. It is notoriously windy and a magnet for kite surfers and wind surfers. The influences of Berber, Portuguese and even Carthiginian cultures pervade a very atmospheric whitewashed medina and bustling harbour. A lovely place to relax on holiday for a few days. Find out more WANDERING THE MEDINA OF MARRAKECH In Marrakech there is an incredible variety of places to stay and we know the best Riads and their owners. For those who want a more tranquil stay, there are lovely small, luxury hotels with lush gardens in the Palmeraie a short drive from the city. You can still find corners of the Medina which are charming and atmospheric. Find out more Your Very Own Personal Shopper Personal shoppers in Marrakech can access the big manufacturers in the industrial areas and can open doors if you are looking for something very specific. And because they are paid in advance and pride themselves on their commercial savviness, they have a clear view on both price and quality. Find out more Photographic Walking Tours A photographic walking tour of Marrakech typically starts with an early morning exploring the Medina as it wakes up. For around four or five hours you will walk around with a professional photographer, receiving technical advice but also cultural advice and recommendations. This can be great for amateurs or accomplished photographers. Find out more La Pause day in desert An easy drive from the city lies a beautiful and isolated oasis. La Pause is perfect for a desert adventure. With a huge array of activities from art and cooking classes, a trek from the camp or a thrilling quad bike experience, there is something here for everyone. Find out more Exploring Fez Fez is a treasure trove of colour and culture. Be guided around the inner medina, watch artisans in their workshop or spend time exploring ancient palaces. And when you have had enough stay in one of our chosen exotic riads with scented gardens of jasmine and relaxing hammans. Find out more Show All Location We know Morocco better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Morocco Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Best visited in March to June when you will experience increasingly warm and sunny days. Come August many of the Riads close as the heat is so oppressive with temperatures reaching over 45 degrees plus. As a mainly desert and mountain country it can get very warm in the day and very cold at night. September and October are also great months to visit after the extreme heat of July and August has subsided. Meet the Team Africa + Indian Ocean Henrietta Claire Millie Cara We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.