For those looking to stray from a traditional Brit-style Christmas, swap turkey for tagine and head out to Morocco for a memorable festive foray. Just a short, direct flight away from London and with temperatures hitting highs of 20, Morocco is an easy escape from the dull skies and December chill in Blighty.

Got some last minute Christmas shopping to tick off? No problem - spend an afternoon getting wonderfully lost in the labyrinthine souks of Marrakech and finding all manner of treasures that will make perfect gifts for your loved ones, from delicate beaded Babouche slippers, to elaborate glass lanterns. Spend evenings (over)indulging in a delicious feast of bubbling tagines and crispy pastillas, perhaps enjoyed on a roof terrace under an inky black sky.

For the 'big day' itself, why not travel out to the beautiful Atlas Mountains just two hours' drive from the bustle of Marrakech. Settle into the luxurious Kasbah Tamadot, or charming Kasbah Bab Ourika for a few nights and enjoy the peacefulness and solitude of these remote mountain hideouts. Temperatures drop as you climb higher into the mountains, but we can think of few better ways to ease a post-christmas-feast slump than hudding en famille around a crackling fire with a warm glass of mint tea (or something a little stronger). There's no sacrificing the traditional Boxing Day family walk either, as the mountains offer some beautiful trekking routes through pine and juniper groves, under a crisp, cloudless sky.

For those really looking to get away from it all, perhaps a remote private desert camp is the answer? The luxurious Dar Ahlam offers a private camp experience set within the rolling dunes of the South Moroccan desert under clear, starry skies. After a few days of indulgence at Dar Ahlam, be whisked into the heart of the desert where your camp will be waiting. Whether travelling as a couple, family or groups of friends, you will have exclusive use the camp to eat, drink and be merry!

And finally, the very best hotels and exclusive desert camps book up very quickly for Christmas in Morocco so it pays to book well in advance... which is where we come in.

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Where to go

Sunset over market in Marrakesh

Morocco

Morocco is an immediate and exciting immersion in another world, where Arab and Berber blood, history and culture are inextricably bound.

Where to stay

 Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot

Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson during preparations for one of his famous ballooning expeditions in the late 1990’s, and opened as a luxury boutique hotel in 2005.

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Kasbah Bab Ourika

Bab Ourika sits like an eagle's eyrie at the apex of the Ourika Valley, with spectacular views of the mountains, river valley and nearby Berber villages.

Dar Ahlam

Dar Ahlam

This traditional Kasbah, on the edge of the desert in southern Morocco, has been authentically and artistically restored and still manages to feel like a private home.

Amanjena

Amanjena

Part of the exclusive Aman Group of hotels, the Amanjena is situated three miles from Marrakech on the edge of the Palmeraie - an extensive oasis of palms and olive trees.

Angsana Riads Collection

Angsana Riads Collection

The Angsana Riads collection is comprised of six riads - Bab Firdaus, Blanc, Lydines, Si Said, Tiwaline and Dar Zaouia, the latest addition to the Angsana family – each as exceptional as the next.

Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury Marrakech

Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury Marrakech

Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury Marrakech is one of the new luxury resorts springing up within striking distance of Marrakech. While we still recommend first-timers stay in the medina, of all of the out-of-towners, the Royal Palm has possibly the most going for it.

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