Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech is known as one of the world’s great luxury resort brands, and that’s not a reputation you come by nowadays without going the extra mile to look after families and pay attention to the happiness of kids.
Exquisite architecture and landscaping, extraordinary food and opulent to the point of decadent interior design are all great Marrakech’ traditions followed down to the tiniest detail by Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech. But family lies at the heart of everything in Morocco and that’s where the resort excels too. They’ve thoughtfully crafted their More for the Whole Family package to be as close as possible to a personally customised Marrakech holiday. It’s woven through with a lovely balance of unforgettable experiences and the sort of practicalities you’d rather not deal with: think airport transfers, high-speed internet and all the kid’s paraphernalia you need, in your villa, when you arrive. If all that sounds like bliss, it only gets better:
These days luxury resorts are as competitive about kids clubs as everything else: occasionally to the point where you wonder if they’re trying hardest to impress parents. No such confusion at Kids’ Kasbah, it’s all about the kids here, from a dedicated space at the heart of the resort’s organic farm to heaps of activities aimed at encouraging creativity and boosting confidence: it’s tricky to stay shy when there are cute animals to tend, veggies to pick and cooking to be done alongside the resort’s chefs.
You should also ready yourself for kids to teach you a thing or two about art after spending time in the beautifully designed Kasbah: definitely more traditional Moroccan grandeur than your average ‘clubhouse’ – although not to the point of being anything less than friendly and cosy. Hands on workshops are another inventive idea to involve kids in Morocco’s rich artistic heritage and little wannabe designers, artists and artisans have the chance to learn all sorts, from Berber carpet weaving to the basics of intricate Arabic calligraphy.
Kids Kasbah is ideal for kids from age four, and unlimited access to the club’s activities and experiences is all part of the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech’s More for the Whole Family accommodation package.
The resort has 120 pools, which might seem like a hundred or so too many anywhere but Marrakech, where architectural tradition as good as demands: water, water, everywhere.
There are even fabulous pools incorporated into each and every luxury villa which is only natural considering they’re really more like palatial heritage riad than hotel rooms. If you imagine walled courtyards; opulent bathrooms; touches like antique tile patterns and heaps of cushions on lounge-around sofas; shady planting and original art; you get close to the mix of authentic Marrakech design and sheer luxe atMandarin Oriental, Marrakech.
If you can ever bear to leave your villa, you’ve 20 hectare grounds to explore as well. And they’re beautifully landscaped, dense with the scent of over 100,000 roses, and so ridiculously tranquil, you could easily forget you were right in the heart of one of the world’s most vivid cities.
Although any one ofMandarin Oriental, Marrakech’s four restaurants quickly reminds you where you are. Not least of all because heaps of the ingredients are fresh from the resort’s organic farm – sometimes even picked by your kids, if they’ve been helping out at the Kids’ Kasbah.
Marrakech is original to its 11th century foundations. It’s also a city of myriad influences: woven through with ancient traditions so complex and mysterious, they’re protected on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Unsurprisingly kids love the colourful souks and eccentric characters in the Medina. They can’t get enough of late afternoon drama on legendary Jemaa el-Fna Square: the street food alone steals most young hearts. And if you’re travelling with teens, you want to head for Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, then drop by Jardin Majorelle: Saint Laurent’s home, birthplace of the paint colour Majorelle Blue and an international design icon in its own right.
Happily, all these kid-perfect experiences are close neighbours toMandarin Oriental, Marrakech, and a guided family treasure hunt round the Medina is just one of the amazing experiences included in the resort’s More for the Whole Family accommodation package.
Route du Golf Royal, Marrakech – 10 minutes drive south of Marrakech Medina, 20 minutes drive east of Marrakech Menara Airport.
How to get there
Direct UK flights to Marrakech, three hours and 30 minutes, year round.
ChooseMandarin Oriental, Marrakech’s More for the Whole Family accommodation package and it includes two nights in a one bedroom family villa with private pool and garden; an exceptional second night rate; airport transfers; Kids Kasbah activities and experiences; guided treasure hunt in Marrakech Medina, and full-breakfast every morning.
More for the Whole Family package from £708 per night.
Based on a family of four, sharing a one bedroom pool villa.