A Winter Short Break to Marrakech
Having been to Marrakech a few years ago and loved it, I decided to go back again for another short break- this time with my boyfriend. The first time I went with my mum and stayed in a beautiful little Riad just off Djamaa El Fna square. A little Haven away from the hustle and bustle, Riad Diana was the perfect place for relaxing in the evening after a busy days shopping.
This time as it was my birthday, my boyfriend decided to spoil me and take me to a lovely 5* resort, quite a way from the centre of Marrakech- the Aqua Fun Club. As we drove through the impressive gates with an array of colourful water slides on our right hand side, we could see that it was going to live up to its name – Aqua Fun! The friendly staff greeted us at reception and immediately wished me happy birthday before directing us to the restaurant for a welcome drink and lunch. The waiters were so friendly and helpful and wasted no time in making us feel at home. My immediate thought was how well kept the grounds were and how clean the resort was. I was impressed by the swimming pools, which looked very inviting, even if it was only 16 degrees! I was soon put off when I was told that none of them were heated! In the summer this would be great but not for a January break. The resort was very quiet and I was told that there were only about 60 guests, but that the resort could sleep 1500. After lunch, we were shown to our room, and what a lovely room it was! A superb big bathroom, a wonderful terrace overlooking the amazing snow capped mountains and one of the many pools, 2 queen sized beds and every girls dream- a walk in wardrobe! I only wished I were staying longer than 3 nights!
We wasted no time in booking a daytrip, we like to make the most of our time! We took a taxi ride to the Djamaa El Fna square. Taxi cost the equivalent of £25 each way. The hotel does run a free daily shuttle in the morning but as it was so quiet they were running on a reduced service so we had no choice. After some haggling in the souk we went to find an excursion office. We chose a daytrip to Essaouira- a beach resort to the North of Marrakech. The trip was a little more expensive than I remembered but still cheaper than a daytrip at home!
Having heard a lot about Essaouira I was keen to see it for myself. The beach is beautiful, the golden sand stretches for miles. Even though it was a cool day, it was lovely and sunny and very pleasant to walk around the endless souks and cobbled streets. The town had a much more laid back feel to it than Marrakech and there was much less hassle from the shop keepers. Being a seaside town, fresh seafood is a speciality, so if this is your thing then you would be spoiled for choice. We found a lovely sunny courtyard to have a drink and some lunch! As the sun grew hotter, it was bliss to sit down with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and watch the world go by. I would thoroughly recommend Essaouira for Beach lovers and bargain hunters alike!
All In all, we had a lovely time in Marrakech. The sun shone the whole weekend and although it wasn’t hot, we did manage to grab a few hours sunbathing. I even chanced the pool, albeit the baby pool as it was the only one which was heated but I refused to go home without having a quick dip. We stayed on an all Inclusive basis, although bed and breakfast is available. The food was lovely with lots of variety- omelettes and pancakes while you wait at breakfast and fresh pizzas at lunchtime along with salad, desserts and drinks. (Not good for the waistline).
We were both sad to leave the Aqua Fun club, having not made the most of the fabulous looking water park. All in all I would say that this resort is perfect for families in the summer, with lots to do and restaurant choices to suit everybody’s tastes! I would love to return!