MARCH / APRIL 2019 PROMOTION
Marrakech is so near, only 3 hours from London but so far in many ways. Being my first visit to this fascinating city I approached it with a little caution as the smells, colours and noise are sometimes overwhelming when visiting the Souks and Squares, which are teeming with people selling their colourful wares. Our hotel recommended we hire a guide for half a day to show us the ropes and assist with navigation and I think this is a good idea for a first time visitor. There really was nothing to be worried about as the Moroccans approach bartering and selling with good humour and grace. We visited the specialist Herboriste Avicenne in Rhaba Kedima Square. This lively Square is full of beautifully bright spice shops and great restaurants. The Terrass des Epices is a good place to people watch and take in the scene whilst sampling some famous Moroccan Tea.
Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, we opted for the peace and tranquillity that is the Four Seasons Marrakech.
Feel immersed in authentic Moroccan culture, while enjoying a complete resort experience in the heart of the Red City. Four Seasons Resort Marrakech welcomes you to a 16-hectare (40-acre) gated community designed as a lush garden Sanctuary. Relax in wide-open, sun-filled spaces, framing fountain courtyards and swimming pools, one for couples and one for families, Four Seasons makes the exotic Red City feel approachable and accessible, with warm, friendly service and a constant sense of comfort.
In intimate, low-rise buildings, the Resort features just 139 accommodations, including 27 spacious suites – among the largest in Marrakech. All open to a private balcony or terrace with views of the gardens, the pools, the historic Menara Gardens next door, or the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.ng. Most of the specialty suites are secluded in sun-filled pavilions spread throughout the gardens – all with their own private gardens and plunge pools.
Further afield from Marrakech you have the desert and mountains to explore. Only a short drive brings you to The Atlas Mountains where Four Seasons can arrange a guide to take you walking in the Canyons and foothills of the mountains, a visit to a local Berber village finishing with a lavish lunch at Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot. The Agafay Desert is 45 minutes away and adventure lovers will enjoy the Quad safari through the desert to lunch at a luxury camp, against the back drop of the dunes. All the ingredients for an unforgettable time in the wide open spaces of Morocco.
A must on any visit to Marrakech is a stay or just dinner at the fabulous Royal Mansour, home to La Grand Table Marocaine. Visually, this is probably one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever had the privilege to eat in. From day one three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno has called upon his chefs to make La Grand Table a standard bearer for Morocco’s culinary reputation. The respect for tradition and their understanding of Morocco’s fertile terroir and its wonderful produce make this one of the country’s top gastronomic destinations.
The Royal Mansour is designed and built as a small Medina; a peaceful walled city where you can wander through many alleyways and discover tree filled squares. There are 53 Riads, each one decorated in its own unique style over three floors. Master craftsmen have recreated interiors to reflect the design and heritage that is Morocco, culminating in a fabulous private roof terrace and pool with views of the distant Atlas Mountains. If you visit Morocco and choose to stay in one of the Royal Mansour riads you will enjoy one of the most beautiful experiences of your life.
Four Seasons Offer for all Guests booked through PCTVIP Travel Consultancy
Royal Mansour Offer for all Guests booked through PCTVIP Travel Consultancy