HELEN VISITS MAZAGAN, MOROCCO
Posted on 31st Jul 2013
Helen reports back from her spring time visit to Mazagan Beach Resort, near El Jadida in Morocco.
“Approached by a long driveway winding through the gardens, the Mazagan is a large resort set in acres of grounds. The grand Moroccan style entrance has an impressive grand entrance courtyard with intricately carved marble walls and immaculately trimmed hedges, this leads to the huge open plan lobby with reception, lounge, bar, shops and new Fauchon patisserie and bakery. There is even a separate check in desk for children with steps! This area is the focal point for guests to meet for afternoon tea or for drinks pre or post dinner. Leading off the lobby are the Market Place restaurant, Morjana Moroccan restaurant, Sel de Mer fish and seafood restaurant and for those who like a flutter, the Casino. Downstairs is the Mediterranean themed Olives restaurant.
Hotel rooms are located over 4 floors in Riad style buildings set around the central pool area. Views are either towards the pool, partial ocean or full ocean view. The rooms are quite traditional in style and not overly Moroccan which I found a little disappointing in a country so rich with stylish interior decor, but they are spacious and well appointed with many connecting options available for families. The rooms have French style balconies which is a little unusual for a hotel with lovely sea views.
Activities abound at this hotel and there is no excuse for boredom. For children, the crèche, kids and teens clubs will keep all ages amused with a multitude of activities, plus an outdoor playground, bouncy castle, kids pool with small slide and mini karting ( some activities carry a charge). Adults can join a range of complimentary group classes including archery, football, circuit training, cardio training, Tae Bo, Pilates, stretching and body conditioning. Down at the beach you can horse ride, quad bike or go surfing, windsurfing, fishing or jet skiing. Golfers will enjoy the 18 hole Gary Player golf course and academy. The Club house is also the ideal place for a spot of lunch or a drink facing the ocean.
The large spa offers a wide range of Moroccan and international treatments for body and face in a tranquil setting overlooking the Ocean. Prices are very reasonable for a 5 star hotel and for superb value, there is usually a monthly ‘special offer’ treatment too, so I definitely recommend some pampering time for tired mums and dads. I enjoyed a 30 minutes mini massage with traditional Moroccan Oil scented with orange flowers. This was an excellent massage, so relaxing that it certainly felt much longer than 30 minutes. After your treatment you can take is easy in the relaxation area overlooking the ocean and sip at some Moroccan mint tea.
The beach is a spectacular long stretch of sand with plenty of space for everyone and miles of sand for sandcastle building. This stretch of the coastline is quite windy and of course being the Atlantic there are waves, so the sea is ideal for watersports. Most families choose to sunbathe and swim at the main pool as this is a better option for small children.
The Casino is impressively large and whether you choose to join in or just observe, it’s worth a visit if only to gasp at the gains and losses made in a split second on the blackjack tables.
English is spoken at the hotel and you will find staff who are fluent. Some however are quite limited in their knowledge so if you know a little French, then it’s certainly beneficial and a good chance to practice anyway.”« Back to blog home