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' vacation reminisces.
(photo by Ellie Luxmoore)