Family Morocco

We’ve seen a lovely trend emerging of late – clients of Original Travel who went to Morocco as couples on one of our classic Big Short Breaks a decade or so ago are now revisiting this magical country with their mini-explorers in tow.

The obvious starting point for a luxury family holiday to Morocco should be Marrakech, a city so downright exotic that it already knocks the socks off grown-ups so imagine the impact on a wide-eyed little one. All the stuff that appeals to the parents - the souqs, the acrobats and soothsayers in Djemaa el-Fna square - will go down a storm with the children, but we can also up the ante further still with specially designed cooking classes and camel rides.

The Atlas Mountains, the classic combo with Marrakech, are another family-friendly destination where families can trek in the foothills with the children hitching a lift on a mule when their feet start to tire. A visit to a local Berber village can also be included for a fascinating insight into another way of life.

The family can then head to Essouira for some coastal shenanigans. The beach can be quite wild and windswept but that will presumably only remind the children of home, and other activities on offer - particularly for teens - include surfing and kite surfing, and quad biking adventures.

That combination would make for a pretty perfect family holiday, but there's more. To ensure complete sensory overload you could take the children to the edges of the vast Sahara Desert, where you and they can stay in a traditional Berber encampment surrounded by dunes and enjoy camel rides and desert walks. We think this might just trump their friends' half term holiday reminisces.

(photo by Ellie Luxmoore)

Perfect for families

Family activity

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Where to go

Sunset over market in Marrakesh


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

Where to stay

Main building, Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech

Fairmont Royal Palm 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 Fairmont Royal Palm has possibly the most going for it.

Rebali Riads

Rebali Riads

A boutique hotel that comprises of just six riad style villas, Rebali Riads has the best of both worlds, and its location in Sidi Kaouk to the south of Essaouira is fantastic.

The Selman

The Selman

We normally advise first timers to Marrakech to stay in the magical maelstrom of the medina, but for repeat visitors wanting a bit of peace and calm, or those travelling with children, then there are places outside the city walls that are well worth consideration. One such hotel is the recently opened and fairly magnificent Selman, located on the road leading to the Atlas Mountains just 10 minutes from the city walls.

La Sultana Marrakech

La Sultana Marrakech

La Sultana, opened back in 1998, was the result of a long partnership with the historical monuments organisation and the vision of an excellent interior designer, and remains one of the best places to stay in Marrakech.

Kasbah du Toubkal

Kasbah du Toubkal

Perched on a rocky outcrop at the foot of Jebel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak, the former fortress of Kasbah du Toubkal is the most atmospheric place to stay in the High Atlas Mountains.

Dar Zemora

Dar Zemora

Dar Zemora is a boutique country house-style hotel set in the leafy surroundings of the Palmeraie, just outside Marrakech.

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