Magical Marrakech has been a popular destination forever, and boy do we at TRVLBEES agree… This place should definitely be high on your family travel bucket list for so many reasons – and to help you out we’ve selected a few of the best boutique hotels with kids in Marrakech ánd some of our favourite things to do while you’re there. Enjoy!
One could easily spend weeks in and around the city of Marrakesh, a former imperial city. However, we have selected a few must do’s that both parents ánd kiddos will enjoy:
Spend time wandering the medina, the old walled part that’s also the city’s cultural heart, and try not to get lost in the labyrinth-style streets. A visit to the Jemaa El-Fnaa market is obligatory, as the square is the main pulse of Marrakech. Snake charmers, music, street food- you’ll be entertained from day to night…
Want to shop? Marrakesh’ souks offer everything you never knew you wanted or needed…Beautifully woven carpets, pottery, and leather goods are just a few of the many things you’ll see (and buy!). Loud, crowded and full of amazing smells and spices, you will be mesmerized for hours. Do take a map or a guide- you would not be the first to hopelessly get lost in those narrow alleyways!
There are many beautiful mosques to admire, but be sure to visit the Koutoubia Mosque. Still the highest mosque in the city, it was built in the 12th century and very much worth a peek- while non-moslims are not allowed to enter, the gardens, base and ruins are beautiful to roam about.
Feel like some peace and quiet? These beautiful gardens will bring you just that, away from the (scorching!) heat of the medina. A huge area with wonderful plants, fountains, covered walkways and a small museum- all painted a striking cobalt blue which has since become known as…Majorelle blue. There’s a memorial for the late Yves Saint Laurent as he and Pierre Bergé bought and thus rescued the gardens from being replaced by a hotel in 1980. Perfect place to let the kid(s) run free!
City trips are all fun and games, but sometimes it’s wise to let the kids decide what to do for a day. And when it includes water, most of them will be eternally grateful! Take them to this park, where they (and you!) can enjoy no less than eight different pools and slides and beautiful gardens. Time to cool off!
Yet another gem-of-a-place to cool off after the hot hustle and bustle of Marrakech. This historic oasis with thousands of date palms as well as olive and fruit trees is a perfect (luxurious) place to unwind. Lots of resorts, golf courses and camel rides ensure fun for your entire family.
Only a two-hour drive from Marrakech, these mountains offer a peek into the indigenous Berber culture- not to mention the incredible views (think snow-peaked mountain tops and lush valleys all at once) and beautiful vegetation. Perfect for hiking at all levels as well, the High-, Middle- and Anti Atlas will satisfy any outdoor lover!
Touring Morocco? Then this is a place that definitely deserves a stopover either going to or coming from Marrakech. Beautifully set in in the heart of the palm groves in Skoura, this charming guesthouse consists of a Maison and, located in the large garden, a Riad with a rooftop terrace that offers a 360 degree view of the surroundings. The food is outstanding, as everything is fresh and locally sourced or straight from the garden.
Too lazy to explore the area? Just grab a book or board game, all at your disposal, and head to the (heated) free-form pool with a submerged beach… Or what about a game of boules? A variety of activities are available upon request. The suites can accommodate up to five persons- perfect for a family!
Located in the above-mentioned Palmeraie, this boutique hotel offers both hotel rooms and villa rentals, as well as five (!) pools and a tennis court. Now how’s that for an oasis of relaxation? Should you feel the need to add some action to your day you can attend a cooking class or take a camel ride. The kids will be kept busy learning Arabic calligraphy or attending a magic class learning magic tricks.
Our favorite? A family tour in the sidecar, while discovering the area and Marrakesh’ medina. Lunch and dinner are excellent; traditional Moroccan cuisine is mixed with modern touches, utilizing organic produce from the gardens- this makes for a wonderful, healthy and surprising experience.
Special kids meals and babysitting can easily be arranged, and there’s a games room for older children.
Large rooms, Garden rooms and Pavilion Suites are best for families.
Text by Contributing Editor, Felicia da Costa