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Springtime at the Four Seasons

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Posted on 02nd Jun 2015

We spent three nights at the Four Seasons Marrakech over half term and were enchanted by the beautiful gardens, first class service and amazing food, all complimented by a healthy dose of Moroccan sunshine.

We arrived on bank holiday Monday, tired and weary after our 3am wake-up call and were immediately shown to our Pavilion Suite, despite it being only 1030am. Dexter, our 6 year-old, was welcomed with a pile of sweets, treats, streamers and balloons and Ninja turtle and West Ham football decorations thanks to a quick pre-departure email to Concierge about his favourite things. The Pavilion Suite is ideal for families, with a large double bedroom, bathroom with deep bathtub and separate rain shower, plenty of storage space and a separate living room with comfy sofa bed. Dexter’s favourite feature though was the private plunge pool, which he dived straight into before we had chance to unpack.

Resisting sleep, we decided to have lunch at the Azzera Grill by the Pool, as recommended by our friend Mochine at Concierge. Mochine and his colleagues couldn’t be more helpful throughout our stay, appearing from nowhere with a golf buggy when we got lost on the way back to our room one evening and delighting Dexter with their stories and jokes.  Kids are treated like kings and queens at the Four Seasons and although we didn’t make use of the kids club, we saw lots of happy faces regularly parading around the resort taking part in treasure hunts and games with the lovely kids’ club staff. For lunch, we enjoyed a Caesar salad, burger and spaghetti Bolognese from the kids menu before a lazy afternoon by the family pool (there is a quiet pool and separate family pool, the latter of which is larger and filled with families having fun), enjoying the complimentary chilled fruit which would be offered intermittently throughout the afternoon.

One of the things we loved most about the Four Seasons, apart from the friendliness of the staff and the amazing food, was the gardens. They’re extensive and, during our visit in late spring, the aromas from the roses, violets, jasmine, hollyhocks and blossoming fruit trees were lovely to wake up to. Each plant is labelled with its Latin and common name so kids can learn about the different flora and in the kids club there’s an allotment which is used by the kitchens to create their wonderful aromatic, spicy dishes.

That evening, we dined at Solano restaurant in the hotel which was offering a Moroccan buffet. The main courses were actually served a la carte, with a sumptuous buffet for the first course and dessert. We could easily have just eaten the buffet, with its array of Moroccan salads, meats, cous cous and rice dishes but we restrained ourselves to leave room for the subsequent courses of pigeon pastilla, tagine and selection of delicious pastries. We retired to bed full and happy, pretty much asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow.

The next morning we woke early, in anticipation of breakfast. We weren’t disappointed. Served at the Solano restaurant, breakfast was an extensive buffet with a tempting array of sweet pastries, breads, salads, meat, eggs, bacon and much more. The fresh orange juice was to die for and we were well looked after with regular top ups of juice and strong coffee. After breakfast we set off for a morning of haggling in the souks. Concierge arranged a taxi for us which arrived within minutes and the 10-minute journey was just £3.50. We spent a wonderful morning searching for bargains followed by lunch overlooking the medina’s main square, Jemaa el Fna, before returning to the hotel for a much-needed dip in the pool. That evening we chose to dine out and Concierge were happy to recommend local restaurants and book transport for us.

We spent another blissful two days enjoying the local sights, relaxing by the pool and sampling the freshly grown produce before, all too soon, it was time to move on. We will always remember our Four Seasons experience for providing us with the opportunity to truly relax in an idyllic but very child-friendly setting.

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