Archive for December, 2011

The Beginners Guide to Marrakech

Monday, December 19th, 2011

To start your Moroccan experience, you must first find a place to stay. There is a huge variety of accommodation in Marrakech and with such a large choice from large luxury hotels down to four to eight roomed riads and modern apartments, finding the right place can be hit and miss.

Our suggestion would be to go for the best of both worlds, i.e. the last word in modern comforts but with plenty of authentic local character added. Les Borjs de la Kasbah is one such, a 5 star luxury boutique hotel in Marrakech, well placed within comfortable walking distance of the centre yet far enough away from its hurly burly to be remarkably peaceful by comparison.

Having found your place to stay you’ll need some suggestions for things to see and do so here’s a short beginner’s guide to visiting Marrakech.

Visit the ancient medina and admire the 13th century walls that surround it. The souk, one of the largest in Morocco, is a tourist’s dream, such is the variety of artefacts and souvenirs you’ll find there. Take an official guide to show you round, with visits to a couple of palaces and museums included.

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Four of the best Golf Courses in Marrakech

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Little more than 3 hours by air from most Western European cities, Marrakech is the perfect location for a winter golf holiday. It’s also nice to escape the hurly-burly of Marrakech for a quiet round during a short break amid beautiful, rural surroundings against the backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas mountains.

The climate is perfect, typically 18-23 degrees from November through March, with minimal interruptions from rain, quite a contrast with the European winter!

Here we take a brief look at four of our favourite Marrakech golf courses from the current total of six – and there are more on the drawing board!

Amelkis Golf Club – situated a stone’s throw from the old Royal Club (currently closed for refurbishment) and dating from 1995, this is a 27 hole course (with a final 9 under construction), renowned for its many, often fearsome bunkers and large picturesque water features.  Although short on shade, the course is punctuated by palm trees and flowering shrubs and bordered, in part, by some extravagantly stylish villas. There is a driving range and practice area and an evocative, kabash-style clubhouse with bar and restaurant terrace overlooking the 18th.

Palmeraie Golf Club – another 27 hole course, designed Robert Trent Jones, this one is situated in the fashionable Palmeraie district 10km north of Marrakech. With its numerous bunkers and lakes, the latter attracting egrets and other water fowl, the 6200 m course is a serious golfing challenge in a scenic location. Run by the former Director of golf at Deauville, the Palmeraie club, with its practice ground and terracing overlooking the 9th and 18th, has an excellent restaurant and lounge bar.

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