A last minute break for my birthday in February....the weather was amazing every day, between 23 and 26ish...perfect for sunbathing! :) The hotel and holiday on the whole was fab! It's a fair distance out of Marakech, when the rep says "it's not walking distance", she means it's not walking distance...unless you enjoy 2+ hour walks I guess that is!! :) The shuttle is frequent enough though, and a taxi isn't too pricey. There's a big wholesale type supermarket 10 minutes walk away which is pretty handy. I'm a vegetarian and the food was amazing, always plenty of choice.....and the banana fritters for desert...heaven! Food is available pretty much all day....just about an hour before diner they close the afternoon buffet, but if you fill up on pancakes you can easily last through! The only downsides really were that the pool was off limits due to the time of year.....unless you have the heart of a lion....as boy was it cold! But there is an indoor pool if you really fancy a dip. And then the entertainment!? The staff are all so lovely, and for volleyball etc in the afternoon fab...but as evening enetertainment goes....not good! We are quite a young and lively couple and did struggle as the hotel was complettely dead come 11pm! We did take a trip into Marakech and managed to find a nightclub for my birthday, but let's just say....you can tell nightlife isn't Marakech's strong point being a secular country I did expect this to be fair, a good enough evening....but not for those out to party hard. I had to see a doctor during my visit to have a splinter removed from my leg, again the staff were amazing, they drove me to my room in a buggy, arranged the doctor and then collected my perscription for me and delivered it to my room :) I was very concerned about the etiquette in terms of clothing as a female when out in public, initially I spent alot of time covered up, but it's really not THAT strict, everywhere except in the Medina people seem reasonably accepting, although it would be complettely disrepectful to strut around in teeny tiny outfits, a t-shirt etc is passable especially in the new town. In the Medina people can be quite pushy and it is pretty chaotic, but you just have to be firm.....do not let the locals push you into a situation that you feel uncomforatble in and just say NO!! All in all in was a fabulous winter break, great value for money and totally romantic!!
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