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Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay is a spanking new property located on the northern coast of Morocco between the rugged Rif Mountains and the glistening Mediterranean Sea.
The resort's architecture and décor pays homage to the region's Andalusian-Moorish heritage and there are 92 spacious all-pool villas all overlooking the Mediterranean. The Waterfront Villas have captivating views of the lagoon and are the perfect haven for couples, while the Courtyard Villas are surrounded by beautiful terraces with striking arches. For those desperate to feel sand between their toes, the Beach Villas are for you, with their direct access to the soft sands of the Banyan Tree's private beach.
From traditional Thai dining (a nod to Banyan Tree's Asian heritage) at the Saffron Restaurant to the excellent eastern Mediterranean cuisine at the Tingitana Restaurant, the hotel strives to satisfy every taste buds using organic ingredients and show cooking. If that wasn't enough the Azura Beach Bar is a spectacular seaside grill where you can enjoy barbequed meats and seafood and superb sea views. Elsewhere, the Volubilis bar provides a welcoming space to try artisanal cocktails and Arabic light pastries.
The Banyan Tree's award-winning spa offers a tranquil experience with six deluxe treatment rooms, two royal treatment rooms, a vitality pool and a yoga pavilion. This being Morocco, there is also, of course, a hammam stem room. Further relaxation is available on the beach or by the main pool, which is also great for younger guests. If the pool doesn't tire them out then the Kids' Club - complete with face painting, sand castle building and movie time for ages 4 to 12 years - surely will.
While Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay works perfectly as a shortish haul fly and flop destination, it would be a real shame to miss out on exploring this fascinating corner of Morocco, so we can arrange guided trips to nearby Tangier, the charming towns of Tetouan and Chefchaouen or the Rif Mountains.