48 hours in Morocco
Along the Moroccan coast, 90km from Casablanca airport and only a three-hour flight from Heathrow, you’ll find the beautiful five-star Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort. Perfect for families, couples or groups of friends, this blissful yet activity-filled resort has something to offer every sun seeker, adrenaline junkie and culture vulture.
We take the only flight out of Heathrow at 6:30pm, which means arriving at the resort around 1am. It’s straight to bed for us in order to wake up fully pampered for a day of full-on activities (and moorish food) to feed the soul.
IT’S ALL GO
Waking in our ocean-view room, a sense of relaxation instantly washes over us. Breakfast is a vast buffet affair imbued with a sense of culture and tradition, as our Moroccan mint tea is theatrically served table-side.
First up is a tour of the resort to learn just how expansive it really is. The mammoth pool in the centre of the somewhat capacious hotel is surrounded by 500 generously sized rooms. Although the resort can accommodate 1,000+ guests at any one time, the sheer size of its 250-hectare plot guarantees a private and peaceful stay.
We make our way through the gardens, it’s but the shortest of strolls to our first activity: horse riding on the beach. Friendly instructors calm our first-time nerves before leading us down onto the beach for the experience of a lifetime. Looking across the expanse of the 7km beach makes us feel as if we’re a world away from our troubles and stress. Our slow trot across the sand, occasionally wandering into the ebbing Atlantic Ocean, blows away the cobwebs, and instils a sense of gratitude within us.
We take things up a level with a steady canter back towards the resort and feel the adrenaline pumping through our bodies and clearing our heads of all worries.
We settle into a sun-kissed sofa at the Buddha-Bar Beach restaurant for sushi, miso salmon and a selection of cocktails. With the ocean breeze in our hair and sipping the signature beverages, it feels as though we’ve been away for days, not hours.
After a calming trot back to the resort, we head to the Mazagan’s world-class spa, which offers a raft of luxurious beauty treatments including a traditional Moroccan Hammam. It seems fitting after the morning’s activities, we get the chance to rid our backs of knots with a 60-minute relaxing argan oil massage. The blissful treatment rooms face out towards the sea, with the gentle whooshing of the waves and salty air enhancing the whole experience.
Feeling suitably chilled, we decide to test our accuracy at the archery centre with 20 minutes of target practice – loser buys the drinks at supper.
The day concludes with live music, traditional food in the Morjana restaurant with a crisp glass or two of Moroccan wine. It’s the perfect way to close our first 24 hours of relaxation.
REV, REST AND RELAX
The following day continues with a laid-back breakfast, before we head off for an exhilarating hour on the quad bikes on the beach, and off the beaten track into the forest.
For a lunch that’s a feast for both the eyes and the belly, we sit down to dine at George Steakhouse and Bar, where we treat ourselves to the biggest sharing steak on the menu, the Tomahawk XXL – 1.3kg of prime beef rib-eye cooked to perfection in the restaurant’s charcoal oven.
Full to the brim, we take to the pool to absorb as much vitamin D as possible, before heading back to our room to scrub up for our final meal.
Still stuffed from our indulgent lunch, we go for lighter options at dinner at the La Cave French Bistro, opting for the delicious Iberico ham and fresh fish of the day.
That night we head to bed, feeling relaxed, pampered and well-fed before our flight home in the morning. We feel utterly rejuvenated by our truly relaxing two days in Morocco, which felt like it could have been two weeks.
TRAVEL INFO – Royal Air Maroc flies to Casablanca daily from just £240pp return. A Pool View King room at the resort starts at £140 per night with transfers and breakfast. Visit mazaganbeachresort.com