We'd like a luxury vacation for our honeymoon to Morocco that is set someplace relaxing, quiet and scenic, but in close proximity to town, where we can venture around for an open air market and local cuisine. Any ideas? We can spend around $500 US per night at a hotel, and would like to stay for at least 7 days. Any and all advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
there are a lot of places that you may visit during your honey moon at Morocco . you can start your trip by an amazing journey of 3 days at the glorious Marrakech where you can add nocturne life to momuments & historical places, staying of course in one of the numberous riads (small hotels of less than 30 rooms) , that have great local decoration, service but most of all, located in the heart of the all city of Marrakech & nearby the famous place Commissariat de Jamaâ El Fna. Around the city, you can enjoy many adventures that lasts for a day o two as "Terres d'amanar", passing by the "lala takerkoust" dam or going south for a fresh fish meal along the tempting beach of Essaouira. Essaouira, the spiritual city where you can feel a great combinaison of both enfluences : europpean (portuguese old forth) and african (gnawa,a music that african slaves used to play) . you can get tempted to by a journey of 2 nights at Bine el Ouidane lake, situated in the heart of mountains and forests located in the "Moyen Atlas" mountains .
this is only a proposition that infcludes marrakesh & neraby places as this city is a must see but you may visit many other places .
Bine El Ouidane : Widiane Hotel & Spa, the one with the view on lake, local trips & great Thai treatments.
Lalla takerkoust: Restaurant: Relais Du Lac
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Morocco and luxury don't necessarily go together in my mind, but there are certainly absolutely glorious Riads to stay in that will feel like an Oasis after the craziness of Moroccan cities.
(our pics of the hotel/area are here)
For towns, I'd avoid Marrakech other than a quick visit and stay in Fez (the old town, specifically)
If you want to get a little less touristy, you could head to Oualidia (Moroccan royalty does surfing lessons there!). It's a nice beach town with a lagoon with mostly locals.
For your budget, you can enjoy some pretty over-the-top luxury (yay!). I'd recommend checking out Dars and Riads (both have courtyards, Riads tend to be larger/more luxurious) versus hotels. You can stay in places that have craftsmanship that is hundreds of years old.
When you nail down which towns you want, post another question for hotel recs and I could probably help on that front.
We did a pretty massive rollup blog post of our Morocco travels with lots of pretty pictures. Might be fun reading for you as you narrow things down:
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Essaouira is about 3 hours outside of Marrakech and it is an absolutely gorgeous fortress town on the beach. Amazing food, beautiful views, great art and music scene...