Unique Morocco Experience
Morocco | May 28 - Jun 5, 2022

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Mark C.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

This was our first trip to Morocco and we felt we needed the guidance of area experts. When we travel, we like to understand the community in which we are traveling and to experience the culture of the people…all while avoiding tourist traps. From the first communications, we could tell that Sharon would be a great travel partner for us: she is responsive, courteous, and full of helpful ideas. Those traits carried through out our planning and travel process; we never felt like we were on our... read more

This was our first trip to Morocco and we felt we needed the guidance of area experts. When we travel, we like to understand the community in which we are traveling and to experience the culture of the people…all while avoiding tourist traps. From the first communications, we could tell that Sharon would be a great travel partner for us: she is responsive, courteous, and full of helpful ideas. Those traits carried through out our planning and travel process; we never felt like we were on our own. The driver who was assigned to us helped us for our entire nine day trip; he was personable, very thoughtful, and kept our safety top of mind. When we settled in each destination, we found the accommodations selected by Sharon and her team to be quite lovely and very culturally authentic. The guides arranged at each site were all friendly, knowledgeable, and adept at speaking multiple languages. Our first trip to Morocco was most certainly made possible because of Morocco Immersion and it left us confident that we will return to this colorful and vibrant country.

Hotel Reviews
Riad Nesma Suites & SPA
Medina, Marrakech

The hotel was lovely and wonderful situated in Marrakech, near the main market. The rooms were clean and the staff was kind. The only note is there was some trouble accommodating food allergies with the complementary breakfast.

Authenticity & Character
Some aspects felt a bit sales focused (like the spa)
Location
Very close to the market
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais des Dunes Luxury Camp
Merzouga

This was our least favorite location of our trip — so many we are holding it to the standards set by the other locations. We understand that we are in the middle of the desert, so accommodations are limited, but this site was just not for us. It was very hot — and there is no ventilation in the tents — windows to open or ways to get air flow. The site says you can sleep under the stars — but they offered no way to do that. When we arrived, there was a group of 14-16 young adults who had, shall we say, a different energy level than us and stayed up all night — aided by a site provided drum circle. The food was ok and there was no accommodation possible for food allergies.

Tips for future travelers

Make sure you bring beverages with you as the options are limited, not cold, and very expensive. Also, depending on the length of your stay, figure out how not to bring all your luggage as there are a lot of bugs and sand gets in everything.

Authenticity & Character
This felt very touristy
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Chez Ichou
Dades Gorge

This hotel is very lovely — a bit of a drive to get to, but worth the trip. Though on the major road, it is very quiet and feels hidden with the back of the property set in to the countryside. The food was delicious and the staff was so incredibly kind. There is a beautiful pool on the roof as well — though we didn’t have time to enjoy that, we did use the roof for star gazing. We would most certainly recommend this property.

Authenticity & Character
Location
There is nothing much around!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kasbah Azul
Agdz

We loved this property most of all. The setting was spectacular— there are private flower and vegetable gardens to your, a family donkey who has quite the personality, and a quiet/calm setting that felt so welcoming. The pool and patio are lovely and perfect for unwinding and outdoor dining. The staff was too kind and accommodating— one of the only spots that truly understood a gluten food allergy. The guest rooms were spacious, the common areas allows for guest interactions. Our room even had a walk out patio as we were on the first floor. You can also easily walk to town (~1 mile) where there is a market and local vendors to enjoy. Unfortunately we only had one night here, but we would definitely visit again.

Tips for future travelers

This is a must visit.

Authenticity & Character
The food especially was amazing and authentic
Location
Staff
The team is so kind!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Palais des Remparts
Essaouira

Our opinion is a bit swayed as we visited during the major music festival in June 2022), but this property upon arrival left a lot to be desired. The team seemed disorganized and could not figure out our room — we wait for nearly an hour only to discover there was no room available. They were able to accommodate us with a room to use temporarily and then while we were out they moved our belongings. Spending only one night, we also needed to leave early the next day, before breakfast would be prepared, and they were not able to accommodate an early start (by 30 minutes). Eventually they agreed to prepare a bagged option — no consideration for food allergies — but this seemed like a big lift. We have traveled to plenty of international properties were some help is offered proactively to travelers leaving early, but such service seemed beyond this hotel. We mention this because this property was definitely the largest property we visited and they seemed the least guest focused.

Tips for future travelers

Essaouria is an energetic city — be prepared for noise throughout the evening.

Authenticity & Character
It felt a bit commercialized
Location
Definitely in the middle of the market!
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms were very big.
Palais Oumensour
Taroudant

A beautiful property that surprises you the moment you step through the plain and nearly camouflaged front door. The team was incredibly inviting and helpful. There is a beautiful pool in the center of the property with a restaurant and tables around the perimeter. Dinner is offered — it is a bit pricey but very delicious and worth the price. There is an exercise room — you have to ask for access at the front desk. The guest room was spacious and the bathroom was huge. We were very pleased with this property.

Tips for future travelers

Dinner is expensive and a fixed menu; if that is not your preference, suggest finding an option outside of the property.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very central to market and other points of interest.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Sharon Louthian