No-one likes to postpone the excitement of a wedding. And time has not been kind to current brides to be. Wedding arrangements have had to be cancelled, the joy of getting married postponed. Everything must be re-thought, re-worked, rescheduled. New dreams are waiting to be spun.
Perhaps you are still looking for a unique and ideal destination for that deferred honeymoon? Morocco makes an absolute dream destination, where all conceivable types of honeymoon are within easy reach; adventure, relaxation, a mixture of both, and definitely something luxurious and special. Whatever you opt for it will be an unforgettable experience, a once in a lifetime holiday. We’ve put together a Morocco honeymoon blog to help you plan your special trip.
Morocco can offer all these adventures or that leisure time in all conceivable landscapes, (apart from jungle); the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, mountains, Roman and Phoenician ruins, lakes, rivers, marinas, ports, Imperial cities and the Desert. We’ve Put together some Morocco honeymoon ideas below to help you choose which destination is right for you.
Marrakech, for example, has myriads of spa hotels to choose from, set in beautiful gardens smothered in roses most of the year and redolent with orange blossom in the spring. It is also a buzzing exotic, oriental place where life does not stand still, offering unique gardens and tiled palaces, not to mention the thrill of the soukhs and their amazing Moroccan handicrafts. Among the gardens are le Jardin Majorelle, once owned by Yves St Laurent, a regular visitor to Marrakesh and who now has a museum in his name in the “red city”, the Anima Garden designed and created over 10 years by Andre Heller and the breath-taking le Jardin Secret based on the art of the true Islamic Paradise garden, mesmerising in its beauty and simplicity with the central water channels fed directly from the snows of the High Atlas south of the city.
The soukhs are an adventure in themselves as you wander (and often get lost) in the alleys and lanes, where the little shops entice you with their wares of carpets and rugs, silverware, local clothing and babouches, (the famous Moroccan slippers in leather or suede and prettily decorated), cactus silk scarves and pouffes, leather bags, leather pouffes, jackets and belts, metal lamps from vast to small, pottery bowls, plates, wash-basins and mugs in all shapes, sizes, hues and pattern of decoration, herbs and spices galore, natural remedies, sweetmeats and local food in abundance.
In the north lies the “blue city” of Chefchaouen, where the houses, doors and window frames are all painted blue. Even much of these central streets and the staircases within the medina are painted blue. The centre of the old town is completely closed to traffic due to these stairways all over the town. You will come across little squares and roof top cafes overlooking the Rif mountains to the north. It is truly a place to chill and people watch.
The Atlantic coast sports beach resorts and hotels, simple and luxurious, all the way from Tangiers on the Mediterranean to the deep south. Many of them offer surfing and kite surfing as well as sandy beaches and swimming pools. On many of these beaches, you can enjoy a camel ride or horse riding along the soft sands, or enjoy swimming in the Atlantic waves and brave the pull of the tides. If you venture further south, where the Saharan dunes very gradually lower themselves into the waves, rendering the water an amazingly clear turquoise, there is unparalleled fishing. And in fact, in all of these resorts you can savour the multitude of fish to your heart’s content.
The High Atlas offers the uniqueness of Berber villages with adobe houses, perched on the mountain sides, often barely visible among the surrounding soil and where hospitality is second to none. Trekking for several days and climbing Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, is a true get away from all others to be alone as a newly married couple, (apart from the essential mountain guide of course), with stunning expansive views and plenty of exercise to counteract the wedding cake. They say, that on a clear day, from the summit of Toubkal, you can see the Sahara, some 400 kilometres away.
But the fullest majesty and beauty is provided by the Sahara Desert, stretching for kilometre after kilometre along the Algerian border, protected on one side by a long line of mountains, the Jebel Bani. Here it is possible to lose yourself with your loved one in the silent expanse of the dunes, spending a romantic night in a luxury tent, after a camel ride and sandboarding down the dunes. For the more adventurous and bohemian this is an opportunity to spend several days walking under the vast sky, guided by a local man leading his camels with your gear. The nights are spent under the millions of stars that simply take your breath away in their number, with many constellations clearly visible and the overwhelming conviction that you can simply pluck them out of the sky to adorn your lover’s bed. The Sahara is an unforgettable experience of power, silence, humility and awe, where the universe captures your soul and dwells within it forever.
Most of your accommodation will be in a traditional riad, decorated with the inimitable Moroccan tiles and lamps, and the famous Marrakesh tadelakt in delicate tones with a light sheen and impermeable, so perfect for the bathroom. These riads are built round a central court-yard with the rooms set all round. The centre often has a pool and flowers and shrubs, and in those used as a hotel they are usually set with little tables and chairs to relax in after the bustle of town. They are mostly hidden away in little alley ways and can be hard to locate, but one you have reached your destination, they are an oasis of calm. You cannot believe that you have just left that wild world of Marrakesh behind. Such riads are to be found in all the major cities of Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Tangiers, but also copied in style as accommodation all over the country. They are the best possible way to spend a honeymoon night.
Moroccan food is becoming increasingly well-known and well-loved all over the world and so a trip to the country itself is an excellent way to taste these culinary pleasures. There is a myriad of different tajines with many local variations everywhere, and it is best to look for local places to eat to discover these differences. In addition to the tajines, there are fish dishes, couscous in several variations and “pastilla”, which are savoury pastries, traditionally made with pigeon, but often in fact with the more easily obtainable chicken. Moroccan salads and the famous “harira” soup all require tasting. It would be possible to take one of the frequently offered cookery classes in many of the main cities and perhaps even by the riad you may pick out from the vast numbers available. Dried fruits and nuts are in abundance in the markets and small shops, as well as vast numbers of cheap fruit and vegetables. Traditional bread is delicious with a swift increase in the amount of wholemeal loaves on offer. Juice stands or little juice shops are worth seeking out and you can select from a wide range of mixtures, or request your own combination.
With all the different variety of activities and locations to stay, that is very variable. Whatever month you opt for, there will be a new experience waiting to be undertaken. For the Berber mountains, May and June are best for an all-round pleasant climate. March – May are the best months for the desert, as it is not too hot to disturb sleep at night and in the day, it is very pleasant. The first blossoms are out; pear, apple, quince, pomegranates and there are Damascene roses filling the Rose Valley with their scent. September to mid-November also offer warm to hot days. The summer months are too hot for most people. Then it is better to head for the coast where it is generally cooler by the ocean but warm enough to surf and kite surf without having to worry about wearing special equipment to keep out the cold.
And additional experiences are a local hammam with a scrub with traditional “black soap which contains argane oil, followed by a delicious massage. If you prefer a more private one, that can easily be arranged. Then you can hunt for fossils, travel to the south for the rock carvings of now mainly sub-Saharan creatures, visit the last areas of the Roman ruins of Volubilis outside Meknes, which is one of Morocco’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Phoenician and Roman ruins in the north at Lixus, outside Larache, visit the wall paintings in Asilah, south of Tangiers, an outdoor art exhibition renewed each summer, Tafrouate, a small southern Berber town surrounded by unique rock formations and the famous painted rocks, sprayed with paint by local firemen at the instigation of the Belgian artist, Jean Vérame, stay in the caves in the mountains with Berber nomads, attend one of the myriad of music festivals such as the Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira in June, the Sacred Music in Fes in June, the Mawazine in Rabat with musicians from across the globe in May, the Nomad festival on the edge of the Sahara in March. Then there is the camel festival in Tan Tan in early December, the date festival in Erfoud in October, the saffron festival in Talouine in November, the marriage festival in Imilchil in the Middle Atlas in late August, the rose festival in Klaat Mgouna at the end of April, the innumerable art galleries and museums and indeed much more.
Distances in Morocco are greater than a map of Africa may lead you to believe, so two weeks is a good length of time to get a taste of this unique unexpected country, where many end their trip overwhelmed by it all. One thing is certain; you will be return one day to discover more of these hidden treasures and carry beautiful memories until that day comes.
And what better way to make all these experiences come alive than to travel in the comfort of one of Desert Majesty’s comfortable 4×4 vehicles, driven and guided by local Berber and nomadic men, who can reveal many secrets and places, you might otherwise miss. Letting them know your interests will help them offer off-the-beaten track and normal itinerary experiences, that will keep the memories of that honeymoon even more clearly alive.
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