A short early spring break in Morocco doesn’t have to mean Marrakesh as Georgina Blaskey fount out on a four-day family trip to Taghazout on Morocco’s south coast.
We love Marrakesh, but we’re trying out Taghazout
Morocco is a perennially popular short break escape, especially for May or October half term when guaranteed sunshine is less than a four hour flight away.
We’ve long been fans of Marrakesh, but last May, I took my family – including my 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son – to Fairmont Taghazout Bay for a four-night break to explore the coastline and see another side of this North African treasure. This was before the September 2023 earthquake that devastated parts of the country, but I’m happy to report that Taghazout and its closest airport, Agadir, were unaffected and the Fairmont is still open.
A little bit of the Taghazout backstory
We can thank Australians for bringing Taghazout to our attention. Back in the 1960s, a group of Aussie surfers veered off the ‘hippie trail’ and put spots known as Anchor Point, Camel Point, Killers and Draculas on the map.
Over the following decades, a community of global yogi surfers slowly infiltrated the small fishing village and as a result, October 2022 saw the inaugural Taghazout Surf Expo – an event for Surf, Innovation and Business.
Now the Moroccan tourism authority is keen to champion Taghazout as the country’s first ecoresort: a more authentic, sustainable holiday than the package options available in Agadir.
The first Taghazout resort, Fairmont now sets the standard
Fairmont was the first luxury resort to arrive at Taghazout Bay, in summer 2021, and the example it has set for others is flawless.
Sitting in 45 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the beachfront property is made up of multiple buildings of local stone and wood, most just three or four storeys high, so the view from the lobby down to the Atlantic is unbroken.
There is no doubt that Fairmont’s scene-stealer is ever-present Atlantic
Glistening blue with an endless horizon, it commands your attention and delivers in return, right up to an unbeatably placed sunset as a nightly finale. Even communal spaces and rooms celebrate the ocean, with floor-to-ceiling windows drawing you towards it, and shady terraces capitalising on its views.
Naturally our interconnected rooms were also decorated in a soothing, coastal colour palette. And the same restful shades even spilled over into the restaurants.
Restaurants to delight choosy children and tasteful teens, day and night
At The Commons you can enjoy an extensive buffet breakfast or order from a menu. For poolside lunch or dinner, Beef And Reef has a range of steak cuts, from tomahawk to T-bone, as well as fresh fish and seafood.
There’s also a ‘Champions’ children’s menu available in every restaurant, although my teenagers are firmly eating from the main menu these days. In love with anything Asian, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, Morimoto, was their favourite for its Japanese menu woven through with multicultural influences and a little deliberate drama.
Spend days being as active or idle as you please
Days at Fairmont Taghazout Bay are calm and relaxed, with the wind as a constant companion. Ranging from gentle breezes to strong gusts, it varies with the seasons, so check the conditions before you go.
When we were there in May, the wind was very strong, but the tides and currents didn’t play ball, so surfing opportunities were limited. Sadly, we weren’t able to indulge our inner dudes and take a board out: an experience Fairmont offers from the promenade just in front.