Monday, October 28, 2013

High in the Atlas Mountains

After a few days in the Marrakech, we travelled three hours into the heart of Morocco to the Atlas Mountains. 

The drive was amazing- through dusty deserts and small rural towns. I know some people who have complained that this drive was too long, to me however this was part of the experience. With more goats than cars on some stretches of the road, this is truly a ride into the Moroccan outback. 

We arrived at our spa hotel, the Widiane Suites and Spa, set by a lake where the views just blow you away. Tucked away in the mountains, this hotel is ideal for couples looking for a few relaxing days away from the world. Although there are a number of activities in the area, including fantastic trekking opportunities, the hotel lends itself to flop and drop holidays. So make sure to pack a few good books and several bikinis.

With two infinity swimming pools overlooking the mountains, we were spoilt for choice. The pool side bars mean that you are always catered for. 

A boat trip through the canyons was a great way to appreciate and explore the surrounding countryside.  The Widiane offers a variety of activities on site, including a spa (the Thai massage is fantastic), guided hikes, day trips to local villages and the Ouzoud waterfalls, cookery lessons and much more. 

With large en-suite rooms, there is a definite sense of space and luxury. Traditional artisan Moroccan art and furniture decorate the room. The clay walls and tile floors keep the rooms cool even in the summer heat. The rooms are clean and comfortable, I would however recommend upgrading rooms as this really does add to the experience. 

This hotel truly knows how to make the most of its incredible location. Even the restaurant has stunning views of the lake and mountains. With both Moroccan and European food on offer, there is something for everyone. The breakfast is amazing, with an impressive selection of fresh fruit, juices, breads, cheeses and meats. Great value for money!

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