La SultanaOualidia3 night stay from £765 per personAn equally authentic experience awaits you at La Sultana Oualidia - but this time it’s not a bustling medieval medina but a peaceful and quite magical lagoon that will be at the forefront of your thoughts throughout your stay. This 11-room retreat on Morocco’s Atlantic coast only opened in 2007 and is the result of two years’ painstaking work by master craftsmen. Plenty of local stone and timber has been used throughout its Moorish fort-style construction; all the guest rooms quite unique yet distinguished by their tadelakt walls, marble flooring and ceilings made from rows of oleander. Their different colour schemes were inspired by the artwork of Régis Delène-Bartholdi, and whilst all the modern comforts are here, its their terracesoverlooking the lagoon that you’ll appreciate most of all. Ibis and pink flamingos are just some of the birds you’re likely to spot; oysters and lobsters other indigenous creatures more likely to show up on the restaurant menu! The relaxing seaside ambience is endorsed by the swimming pools in the spa and on the beach; seaside walks and seasonal water sports also there to blow away the cobwebs. Prices based on 2 persons sharing and include flights and transfers. Prices shown are for guidance only and are subject to availability.
MoroccoWhy MoroccooVibrant fusion of colour and culture oUntouched beauty oDesert, mountains, valleys and seaoWonderful cultural and adventurous locations oMythical destinationsoFlights from:▪Glasgow and Edinburgh
Palais NamaskarPalmeraie Region, Marrakesh3 night stay from £705 per personThe word Namaskar is a greeting that means ‘The spirit in me respects the spirit in you,’ which encapsulates the spirit of the Palais Namaskar resort, an oasis in the heart of the revered Palmeraie region of Marrakech, where guests are invited to explore new dimensions in hospitality and the decor is a vibrant combination of Eastern-inspired architecture infusing Feng Shui principles with contemporary interior design. Commanding more than 12 picturesque acres of tranquil lakes and gardens, Palais Namaskar nestles between Morocco's Atlas Mountains and Djebilet Hills, with the units, suites, villas and palaces, adorned with regal golden domes, offering a wide selection of accommodation. - See more at: http://azurecollection.com/palais-namaskar.html#sthash.642Jh7AZ.dpufPrices based on 2 persons sharing and include flights and transfers. Prices shown are for guidance only and are subject to availability.
Travel GuideWeatherAs far as the climate goes, it is better to visit the south – or at least the desert routes – outside midsummer, when for most of the day it’s far too hot for casual exploration, especially if you’re dependent on public transport. July and August, the hottest months, can be wonderful on the coast, however, while in the mountains there are no set rules.Spring, which comes late by European standards (around April and May), is perhaps the best overall time, with a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south, though desert nights can get very cold – a major consideration if you’re staying in the cheaper hotels, which rarely have heating. If you’re planning to hike in the mountains, it’s best to keep to the months from April to October unless you have some experience of snow conditions.Weather apart, the Islamic religious calendar and its related festivals will have the most seasonal effect on your travel. The most important factor is Ramadan, the month of daytime fasting; this can be a problem for transport, and especially hiking, though the festive evenings do much to compensate.CurrencyCurrency – Moroccan DirhamAboutMorocco holds an immediate and enduring fascination. Though just an hour’s ride on the ferry from Spain, it seems at once very far from Europe, with a culture – Islamic and deeply traditional – that is almost wholly unfamiliar. Throughout the country, despite the years of French and Spanish colonial rule and the presence of modern and cosmopolitan cities like Rabat and Casablanca, a more distant past constantly makes its presence felt. Fez, perhaps the most beautiful of all Arab cities, maintains a life still rooted in medieval times, when a Moroccan kingdom stretched from Senegal to northern Spain, while in the mountains of the Atlas and the Rif, it’s still possible to draw up tribal maps of the Berber population. As a backdrop to all this, the country’s physical make-up is extraordinary: from the Mediterranean coast, through four mountain ranges, to the empty sand and scrub of the Sahara.From: Rough Guides