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A Hole Lot In One Mazagan Beach And Golf Resort, Morocco
November 8, 2018
From the team that brought you the world-famous Atlantis Resorts and Residences, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco was never going to be anything less than spectacular. With 250 hectares, 12 restaurants plus a cafe and in-room dining and countless activities, this is one resort you won’t have to struggle with for entertainment.
The hotel is a short 1-hour drive from Casablanca and they have staff at the airport who can cater for your every need including supplying a limousine to whisk you away to this oasis. Driving through the scenic gardens to reach the lobby, you will come across 3 layers of security just to make sure your mind is at ease from any safety concerns. Once you enter the lobby, you can’t help but be taken aback by the grandeur of the building: you might not be royalty but you will feel like you’ve walked into the King’s palace.
Be prepared for a short amount of walking, as they have 462 rooms and 30 high-spec Moroccan-styled suites, so some accommodation might be slightly further away from the lobby than others. Most rooms have sumptuous views of the majestic Atlantic Ocean and even if not, it will be a picturesque view of their garden and swimming pools. King-sized bed, separate bathroom, and shower and super fast free WiFi is a given these days at 5-starred hotels and is duly provided.
The dining facilities here are so extensive, you could conceivably write a book about them. A great starting point is Olives restaurant which serves Mediterranean as well as Asian and Middle Eastern buffet food. It’s ideal for families who struggle to find a compromise on where is the best place to dine with a wide variety of options. I never thought my guest has a sweet tooth until I saw him return to our table with 5 different types of desserts.
Traditional Moroccan cuisine is delivered in fine style at Morjana with elegant tagines such as braised chicken with candied lemons and olives and some very special dishes that need to be preordered 24 hours in advance such as 1/2 lamb baked in wood. My favourite restaurant in the complex was Sel de Mer, which is their fine dining seafood restaurant. The nautical theme stretches from the decor right onto the menu and is a destination restaurant of choice even for the local Casablancans. The wave-like ceiling along with the shellfish-themed lighting and blue decor is surprisingly sophisticated instead of gimmicky. The menu is a seafood lover’s paradise with the likes of oysters from Oualidia, the oyster capital of Morocco and classics like Atlantic sole meunière and John Dory a la plancha.
There is no shortage of activities at this palatial resort; we started off at the expertly designed golf course by the renowned golfer, Gary Player. Whilst we are no experts at the game, they have coaches that cater for all levels of expertise. We had a gentle afternoon of golfing initiation which included hitting balls onto the driving range and putting practise.
For those looking for action that is a little less sedate, you can visit the Mazagan Equestrian Club, Le Cavalier and pick your horse to ride along the stunning coastline. No experience is required as they provide a guide to accompany you for the ride along the beach. They are also quads and camels for those who are not hippophiles.
It isn’t all just about adventure and action at Mazagan, they have a spacious spa which contains 19 treatment rooms, a traditional 100m2 hammam with marble interiors and both hot and cold saunas. They clearly know their target audience with treatments like The 19th hole massage and 4 hands massage. Let’s not forget, they also have a popular casino as well as live music performed in the evenings, so in theory, there is little reason to even leave the resort.
However, they also run guided tours to nearby cities and one of the best option is a visit to the historic El Jadida. It is a port city that has surprisingly “un-Moorish” architecture that surrounds the old city due to a lengthy period of control by the Portuguese back in the 16th century. The Portuguese cistern is one of the symbols of this famous area and a must visit venue for Instagram lovers.
With winter fast approaching, if you are looking for some winter sunshine, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is one-holiday destination you should be considering.
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