Marrakech’s accessibility is arguably one of its most intriguing selling points. The North African destination lies just three hours away from the UK’s major airports which, considering the culture, history and landmarks Marrakech is home to, feels like the delegates have stepped off the plane on the other side of the world.
British Airways operates three to four daily flights a week, while Royal Air Maroc supplies three to four direct flights a week. Both airlines fly from London Gatwick. Thomson and Easyjet operate two flights a week from Manchester to Marrakech, whilst Thomson operates one flight a week from Birmingham Airport.
Whether it’s culture or luxury the client is after, Marrakech’s hotel offering ticks both boxes, with a host of properties situated deep within the bustling Medina and on the edge of the city looking out towards the towering Atlas Mountains.
The Royal Palm Marrakech – Beachcomber Hotels property, which opened in spring 2014, is the height of the city’s luxury offer. The six-star property features 134 suites shared between six categories of rooms, beginning at Junior and progressing to Prince Villa, which include their own outdoor pool and private hammam. Its 18-hole golf course, 3,500sqm Spa by Clarins and three multi-cuisine restaurants all contribute to the hotel's impressive offering of indulgence and luxury, while the views of the snow-topped mountains make for a stunning backdrop.
Hidden inside the city’s bustling Medina is the Les jardins de la Médina hotel. Although situated in close proximity to Marrakech’s exciting and heaving Main Square, behind its towering walls the hotel is a peaceful and tranquil venue surrounded by the gardens of the Medina’s Kasbah quarter. The property includes 36 rooms and suites that meander around the hotel’s heated pool, as well as a restaurant serving Moroccan cuisine. Before hitting the sights, groups can take advantage of the hotel’s cookery school and have a go at preparing the local delicacies themselves or, for a less hands-on experience, spend a morning in its Well-Being Centre.
Another factor that is putting Marrakech on the map is its diverse portfolio of old and new venues that are dotted throughout the city. Outside the Medina’s walls is Bo-zin, which offers four separate rooms with four differing themes. The main restaurant La Salle encompasses the atmosphere of the buzzing dining venue while the garden, Le Jardin, which is popular for outdoor receptions during Marrakech’s mild evenings, includes a collection of sheltered tents and palm trees arranged around a bar.
The SO Night Lounge is located inside the Sofitel Agadir Royal Bay Resort and is the ideal after-dinner venue. The lounge is made up of four bars, including the chic La Nasse Bar, the poolside Le Healthy Bar and Le Riad, which comes alive at sunset with fire rituals and Moroccan guitar music performed under the stars.
Having a city centre built by its Arabic ancestors and steeped in history, with the Atlas Mountains on its doorstep, means event planners can explore a range of activities to suit a range of interests. Options include exploring the Medina’s market stalls and meeting the locals on foot, quad biking across the desert or even zip-wiring across the giant mountain valleys.
A great option for those seeking an adrenaline rush is Terres D’Amanar, an estate located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and only 30 minutes outside the city. As well as having 26 en-suite lodges, 32 luxury tents and a range of private event spaces, the estate has a catalogue of facilities to deliver teambuilding activities and challenges both on and off site.
Zip-wiring from one cliff point to another with the lights of Marrakech visible on the horizon is Terres D’Amanar’s most popular activity, as well as being an unforgettable way to view the North African landscape.
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