La Mamounia lobby
La Mamounia bedroom
The Delano Marrakech roof terrace
The Royal Mansour terrace
With orange, fig and pomegranate bulging from delicate garden trees, there are pockets of Marrakech that are peaceful, tranquil and very, very beautiful. But like most Moroccan cities, it consists of an old medina with modern neighbourhoods bordering that. And with that set up comes a torrent of excitement, noise and a lot of heckling. This makes for a cultural bubble of amazing food, smells, sights and new experience that will thrill children. But it can get exhausting, so choosing the right luxury family hotels outside the medina is highly recommended. We are light on places to eat because smoking is still allowed in public but embrace Marrakech for all its wonderment.
Mosaic Palais Aziza and Spa Hotel
A stunning and very luxurious family-friendly hotel in the coveted Palmerie area of Marrakech.
The stunning Mosaic Palais Aziza and Spa Hotel in the exclusive Palmerie area of the city promises to allow parents some romantic time alone while keeping children very well occupied. Between the camel rides, the organised visits to the souk (which you’ll appreciate if you’ve never been before – you can get...Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Hotel & Book »
Villa Barek boasts an authentic Hammam, a pool house and roof terrace with panoramic views across Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.
The large air-conditioned Villa Barek, located just ten miles outside of Marrakech in the surrounding countryside, has large, spacious living areas and extensive grounds. Conveniently positioned for day trips into the city, it also has several nearby golf courses. From the grounds there are excellent views of the...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Villa & Book »
Villa Ayadina is flooded with the scent of Rose trees, Hibiscus, and Olive trees that fill the grounds of this stunning luxury villa.
Villa Ayadina is a magnificent and extremely spacious villa set within enclosed grounds filled with Rose trees, Hibiscus, Olive trees and Palms. With dramatic views across the Atlas Mountains, Villa Ayadina is just 20 minutes from the historic city centre of Marrakech. Comfortably sleeps 16 across 8...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Located in the heart of Marrakech, Villa Majorelle has a fabulous rooftop open-air living room and it's located right next to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens.
Located in the heart of Marrakech, Villa Majorelle is a delightful and spacious villa with a heated pool and a rooftop open-air living room. Its position next to the beautiful Majorelle Gardens makes this villa an excellent choice if you want to be close to the famous sights and make the most of the medina (the old...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Highlights of Villa Hana include its glass atrium, full-time housekeeper and delectable, authentic Moroccan decor.
Villa Hana is a brief 15-minute drive from the bustle of Marrakech's centre, making it a perfect respite from the city's eclectic but, at times, exhausting energy. The house has a spacious atrium with a retractable glass roof, cascading views across to the Atlas Mountains, an infinity-style heated pool, courtyards,...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
Once the country residence of a French Colonel, Villa Damali is as welcoming and luxurious as ever before. Fully-staffed, you'll have every meal catered with care.
What was once the country residence of a French colonel, Villa Damali is, today, a fabulous and very family-friendly villa that comes complete with a tennis court and heated pool. It is fully staffed and has spectacular Atlas mountain views from its roof terrace. Comfortably sleeps 12 across 6 bedrooms. The...Baby-friendly / Pre-Teen friendly / Summer Sun / See this Villa & Book »
The Royal Mansour
A palace-turned-hotel, The Royal Mansour delivers on decadence, stunning authentic Moroccan decor and careful consideration of children.
The Royal Mansour is as luxurious as family-hotels get. The Riads are spread across three floors so there is plenty of room to breath and all are designed with Moroccan opulence in mind (each Riad comes with a butler, for example). Both the French restaurant (La Grande Table Francaise) and the Moroccan restaurant...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
The Delano Marrakech
With its rooftop restaurant, indoor Pearl Spa, and large lavish rooms, The Delano Marrakech is an absolute oasis in the centre of Morocco's Red City.
Marrakech is a city bursting with life and, after a day taking on the hustle and bustle of the city, The Delano Marrakech is an oasis that will offer you some much needed calm after the cultural storm of the local medina. It nods to traditional Marrakech with its endless velvet and marble interiors, but it has modern...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
The recent renovations to La Mamounia must have been costly but they were definitely worth it. This is a sensational hotel.
La Mamounia reopened several years back after a huge refurbishment but it has, for over a century, always been revered for its gilded, gold and beautifully ornate floors, gigantic Moroccan lanterns that swing seductively from ceilings and bedrooms, so utterly luxurious, you’ll want to unpack...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
42 rue Tarik Ibn Ziad, Gueliz
An extremely popular pizzeria in Marrakech, Cantazaro often swells with hungry diners so do try and book ahead. Perfect for those wanting a break from local cuisine, the stone-baked pizzas and steaks will satisfy even the pickiest of little eaters.
Al Fassia Gueliz
55, Boulevard Zerktouni
Marrakech is a city heavy on set menus but Al Fassia is one of the few (and very good) exceptions that allows you to order a la carte – always much better if you have little ones in tow who don’t need endless courses. Try and book a table that has banquette seating and lots of cushions for something less formal than the tables adorned with white linens and wooden seats. Located in one the city’s largest neighbourhoods around the Medina – Gueliz – it is centrally located so easily accessible. It is, however, closed on Tuesdays.
La Pause Morocco
Douar Lmik Laroussiène, Commune Agafy
Located just thirty minutes outside of Marrakech, La Pause is a beautiful Berber camp set in the desert offering wonderful authentic food and it welcomes children with open arms. La Pause is surrounded by nomadic tents so, if you really fall in love, you can spend the night. The children will adore camping in the Moroccan mountains, though pick your time of year wisely and the temperatures can drop at night, especially in the mountains.
La Pause Marrakech
Beldi Country Club
Even though the management ask children not to be too noisy, they do welcome them, and there are always a number of kids at this country club with its stunning surroundings. It is a really peaceful place to spend a day, and located just a ten minute drive outside the city. Relax beneath the olive trees, enjoy the excellent food and wine and watch the children splash the day away – there are two small swimming pools just for children.
Oasiria water park
Perfect for keeping kids cool in the Moroccan heat, Oasiria is a water park filed with slides, pools and restaurants serving kiddie favourites such as pizza and crepes. You can’t bring your own food in if you spend the day there but if you have babies and toddlers, anything they may need is allowed.
Day trip to L'Oliveraie hotel
Located about an hour and a half outside of the city, L’Oliveraie is located in the pretty village of Marigha. It is a hotel and restaurant but makes for a wonderful place to spend a day even if you aren’t staying there. Set with four hectares of olive trees, children are very welcome, the hotel’s restaurant offers a wonderful lunch and it makes for a wonderful respite from the mayhem of the city, should you need one.
Terres d'Amanar activity park
Terres d’Amanar is ideal for high energy children. An activity park complete with obstacle courses, zip wires, and seemingly endless climbing sets, this is about a 40 minute drive from Marrakech. Set in a forest within the mountains, it also boasts a large swimming pool, a very large playground, trampolines, archery, horse riding and a restaurant serving Moroccan cuisine.
Dial 15 for an ambulance and 19 for the police. There are two main hospitals in Marrakech that are good: Inb Tofail on Rue Abdelouahab Derraq, (+212 4444 8011) and Polyclinique du Sud, 2 Rue Yougoslavie, Gueliz, (+212 4444 7999). Some doctors speak English but make sure you have adequate health insurance when travelling. Locals drink the tap water without trouble but not everyone can digest it so it’s safer, especially in the case of children, to drink bottled water. Just make sure the lids are sealed as sellers have been known to refill used bottles with tap water to save money.
When to go
The summer months mean wonderful festivals in Marrakech but also guarantee searing hot temperatures. April to June and September to November are highly recommended for their warm temperatures, endless sunshine and lack of tourists. Winter is mild but, at night, temperatures can drop drastically and the Atlas Mountains get a good splattering of snow. If you travel then and fancy some skiing it can be found at Oukaimeden just outside Marrakech.
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