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JAMES VISITS MAZAGAN, MOROCCO

Filed Under: Luxury Family Hotel Review

Posted on 31st Jul 2013

James stayed at Mazagan Beach Resort in Morocco, and tells us about his experience:

“I would rate the Mazagan Beach Resort highly amongst our portfolio of properties. As far as the variety of facilities goes, it would come out on top. Golf, spa, water-sports, tennis, gym, casino, nightclub… the Mazagan seems to have it all.

My concern was that all this activity would detract from it being a family friendly hotel but the facilities for children are of a high standard. Importantly, childcare is free of charge and this includes the crèche, kids club and teens club. Babysitting is also available until 5am at a reasonable rate. The baby club is spacious and has a sleeping area which is separate from the play room. The kids club has a varied program of activities with a bouncy castle and kids pool with waterslide located just outside. I would have been happy spending more time in the teen club which is equipped with large screens for movies and videogames and a ping pong table. Older children are also encouraged to take part in beach soccer, volleyball and horseriding.

The hotel does appeal to a wide variety of clientele and is certainly popular with business travellers over the low season. However, families will find that they are in the majority over the summer and the hotel is well equipped to meet their requirements. As far as weather goes, my experience in early March was pleasant – 18 degrees with a light breeze – although do not expect hot weather until late May or early June. Due to its coastal location, the mercury very rarely goes above the 30 degree mark.

With this being a large and newly built resort, I thought that it may come across as a little superficial and impersonal. However, this is not the case. The architecture is superb and stunningly symmetrical. The rooms are set amongst riads with the pool view rooms being closer to the reception and restaurants. I stayed in a full ocean view room which is a little further away but certainly more private and with a beautiful view over the Atlantic. The beach is semi-private and a straight 7km stretch so perfect for jogging and quad biking.

The interconnecting rooms are spacious (at least 42 m sq.) and authentically decorated without going over the top. One thing of note is that they do not have balconies. The furnishing of the suites is a little plusher than the rooms – perhaps not to everyone’s taste but certainly luxurious. I had the pleasure of seeing the Royal Suite where the Saudi prince stayed for two months (while also booking out the rest of the hotel!).

What is fantastic is that all facilities are within a reasonable walking distance. The casino is set back from the hotel lobby and the nightclub entrance is outside of the hotel so it is easy to avoid these areas if you are not keen. Even the golf clubhouse is easy to walk to from the hotel, where you can find a bar and pro-shop. The course itself is wonderfully designed (by Gary Player) and has 18 holes. Guests can also make use of the nearby course at the Pullman Resort.

The spa is high quality with a comprehensive range of treatments available across 19 private rooms. There is also a beauty salon, hammam and well-equipped gym here.

There are seven restaurants on site. Of the two buffet restaurants, Market Place and Olives, I would say that Olives is superior. The other restaurants are a la carte and more luxurious, offering both Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine. There are also quick eats available by the pool, at the casino and in the golf club house.

Overall, it is essential that the Mazagan has a wide range of facilities, given its isolated location. However, the resort does organise day trips to nearby points of interest such as El Jadida which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Unfortunately I did not have time to explore outside the hotel although this did not detract from my experience, as the resort is most impressive.”

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