I was a little aprehensive about going to Marrakech, I need not have been concerned the hotel is fantastic. The warm greeting we had on arrival at this stunning hotel set the scene for a wonderful holiday.
The Hotel is managed very well, it is spotlessly clean. The management team are seen at all times of the day and night supervising the staff.
I really enjoyed the food and I am quite q fussy eater we particularly enjoyed the Morroccan speciallity restaurant the tagines were exquisite. The food was always hot and there were different themed nights in the main restaurant.
The entertainment team are great they work so hard to keep us entertained, the evening shows were some of the best i have seen in an all inclusive. The manager and his deputy also take part here in a show dedicated to Frank Sinatra and the rat pack era very enjoyable.
Sunbathing is a treat around the huge lagoon pool, the large mattress beds are soon reserved but there are always plenty of sun loungers and parasols to go around, just ask one of the pool attendants and they rush around to find you everything you need.
Beware of the sun it is very strong i took factor 15 and 20 and still burned, but i am fair skinned. We were there in May and had temperatures of 45 degrees for 4 days we also had two days of rain lasting until mid afternoon, this gave us the ideal opportunity to go into town.
There is a free shuttle bus into Marrakech, there are also Taxis outside the main enterance (haggle for the price), there is a day and night rate, the driver will not ask for money up front he will arrange where to pick you up and the time. Our driver couldn't park where he was to pick us up so he parked up and came to get us.
If you want to see the Yves St Laurent Gardens I would suggest you go in by Taxi we went on the arranged trip and felt we didn't have enough time there. It is a little piece of paradise within the madness of Marracech. There is a lovely little cafe in there I would love to go back and sit in there again.
The Souks are amazing but watch out for the motor scooters they appear out of nowhere at breakneck speeds through the little alleys. We went to the Berber Pharmacy and bought lovely spices and oils, it is well worth a visit they have creams amd potions for every condition you can imagine. Out the back door of there is the workshop where they dye all the beautiful scarves and wraps in natural dyes, it's a wonderful sight as they all blow in the breeze on a miriad of lines.
We went into the old souk and saw the sheep, goat and camel heads hanging outside the butchers, and witnessed the old ladies feeling the intestines which were also hanging up outside,apparently this tells the lady how well the animal was before slaughtered. It's a different world can you imagine doing that in your local supermarket ?
Marrakech at night is a must, the square becomes a bustling mass of life and colours. The restaurants are all set up and all you can see as you arrive are a miriad of lights and smoke. It is amazing there are stalls piled high with bright oranges waiting to be squeezed for you. The spice stalls dazzle with all the different varieties on show. The henna ladies try to entice you to have your hand, face foot anything at all painted. The holy men rant, the chicken man dances. It is just wonderful and then it is time to go back and the luxury of the hotel awaits you.
The rep will tell you that the airport is terrible on the way back ans that it will take hours for you to get through, we were through in 15 mins we must have hit a good day.
I would not hesitate to go back to this hotel and have recommended it to my friends, one of them as booked to go in 2011.
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