Marrakesh in northern Morocco is fast becoming a hotspot for sunseekers from across the world, which is not surprising, as the city offers sights and activities for all to enjoy. Marrakesh is filled with evocative sights and smells, from a wander through the Souk to sample foods and buy souvenirs, to the street performers and tattooists of the Djemaa El-Fna. There is a superb museum of Islamic art, while the Mosque of Koutoubia has a stunning 12th century Minaret that has to be seen to be believed. Marrakesh is also an ideal start off point for exploring the Sahara desert, with Berber Tours, 4x4 excursions being easy to organize. And in a town-side resort, there are the usual attractions like tennis, water sports and golf. But it is the city itself which beguiles, as well as the scorching summer sun, and the ever friendly people.
The tourist boom has resulted in many new hotels opening up in town, but not all of them are five star. One truly exceptional hotel to consider, however, is the Riad Noir d'Ivoire, with its on-site Hammam (a steam room and massage service) as well as refreshing pools. Situated in a resort just outside the town, the Bled Al Fassia hotel is a cheaper, but still wonderful choice, with a large pool, excellent food and helpful staff. For others, an apartment in a coastal resort might be ideal. Visitors can choose from traditionally furnished apartment properties across the city, but convenient locations near the centre would be preferable in the intense heat.
Marrakesh retains a lot of the magic of the Sahara and northern Africa, while still offering everything a tourist now requires. It has resort locations on the coast, which provide tours and bus services to access the city centre, as well as central apartment and hotel accommodation, to make visiting the area simple. There are also speciality options - such as the Ecolodges at Quaryati, which provide a rural setting (and plenty of creature comforts). But however you stay, Marrakesh is welcoming and a tan is guaranteed.