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A day in the Agafay desert

After having visited the main highlights of Marrakech, shopped in the souks and enjoyed dinner on a rooftop overlooking the Marrakech medina, it’s time to head out of the city and experience another side of Marrakech. Slip in to your finest bohemian chic attire. Grab your camera. And of course trendiest sunglasses and a basket bag from the local spice market. It’s time for an adventure.

Perfect for travelers who may not have time to travel to the Sahara Desert (we recommend at least four days to head this far south), but still want to see the diverse landscapes surrounding Marrakech, we recommend a day trip to the Agafay Desert. With cooler temperatures, our favourite Scarabeo Camp is welcoming guests for lodging and day visitors. Tucked in a remote region just 45 minutes from Marrakech and with views of the Agafay stone desert in the forefront and the Atlas Mountains in the background, this is one of the most romantic and relaxing spots for a break from Marrakech. On our recent trip out, we opted for a late-afternoon camel trek where, perched above on camels that slowly meandered their way to the camp as guided by a local, we enjoyed the silence and views of the odd palm tree, rolling foothills and the Atlas Mountains soaring above. Arriving at the camp we were treated to aperitifs as the skies turned magical shades of orange and pinks as the sun set over the stone desert. As the sky filled with stars and the moon lit up the area, we were guided to our dinner spot with clear views that provided an ideal opportunity for stargazing. With no electricity, the silence can be deafening and the darkness punctured by moon while the candles galore provided complimentary lighting. Here we tucked in to some of the most delicious Moroccan cuisine starting with an array of cooked Moroccan salads, followed by a tajine. It was the perfect menu for a night in the desert just minutes from magical Marrakech.

In the winter months, we recommend a daytime visit to the camp where the sun casts magical shadows over the rolling foothills of the Atlas Mountains and late lunch is served with a view. Opt for a quad-biking experience through the area, exploring the little Berber villages, little oases, and enjoying the snow-capped Atlas Mountains in the background. Or for travellers with a bucket list that includes riding a camel through the desert, choose a one-hour camel trek to the camp.


Explore la Sultana Oualidia

At the edge of a lagoon by the Atlantic Ocean, off the beaten tracks in Morocco and in a site of great ecological importance listed as “Natural Reserve”, La Sultana Oualidia attract, captivate, energize and sooth in equal measure.
 
As the perfect way to explore the remote lands between the lagoon and the ocean, La Sultana Oualidia offers guests an ultimate Gourmet escape combining a visit of the Oyster beds and a private lunch.

A traditional fishing boat will take you to the other side of the lagoon, a short walking distance from a secluded cove on the Atlantic Ocean where a gourmet lunch will be served.

After lunch, step back on board to discover Oualidia’s oyster beds and learn about oyster farming on the lagoon which dates from the 1950s.

La Sultana Oualidia is a peaceful retreat of 12 rooms offering luxury facilities and unparalleled one-to-one service and experiences.

Our promise is to share a rich array of meaningful experiences in an exceptional natural landscape for individual and family adventures.

The Gourmet escape includes

  • Lunch in a private cove on the Atlantic Ocean
  • Traditional fishing boat ride
  • Visit of Oualidia’s oyster beds






Romantic Getaway Honeymoon Retreat in Seminyak, Bali


USD 450 (per couple) For the lovers, Victoria Villas provides a romantic escape featuring a candlelit dinner with an acoustic music performance, and a lavish spa treatment at Bodyworks complete with a floral bath, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, and more surprises! True love's bliss.

Itinerary

  • day 1: sparkling wine welcome & romantic room set up
  • day 2: lunch at La Laguna restaurant, Bodyworks Spa treatment & in-villa candle light dinner with acoustic music performance
Package requires a minimum 3-night stay, and can be added to the villa booking of your choice.

Includes

  • honeymoon flower arrangements upon arrival
  • a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival
  • one time lunch at La Laguna restaurant
  • one time couple's massage at Bodyworks Spa with flower bath (x 2 people)
  • one time candle light dinner for two with acoustic music performance
  • personal assistant


Spiritual Journey Retreat in Seminyak, Bali


USD 690 (max 4 guests)Spiritual Journey is the ultimate package of self-exploration and peaceful bliss. Guests on this journey will experience a private healing session with the Bali Oracle, a private tarot reading and empowering “discover your purpose” session with Minerva, a group Yoga session at Desa Seni - Wellness Village, and a magical journey to Ubud to experience the spirit of Bali.A truly enlightening experience.

Itinerary

  • day 1: Healing Elixir welcome drink, Desa Seni Yoga session & Organic whole foods dinner.
  • day 2: Life healing session with the Bali Oracle & tarot reading and “discover your purpose” session with Minerva.
  • day 3: Journey to Ubud.
Package requires a minimum 3-night stay, and can be added to the villa booking of your choice.

Inclusions

Conscious Kombucha upon arrival
  • one time in-villa dining experience
  • one time healing session with the Bali Oracle
  • one time tarot reading and “discover your purpose" session with Minerva
  • one time spiritual journey to Ubud
  • personal assistant

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    Waves of Happiness in Oualidia

    Surf Therapy

    At the edge of a lagoon by the Atlantic Ocean, off the beaten tracks in Morocco and in a site of great ecological importance listed as “Natural Reserve”, La Sultana Oualidia attract, captivate, energize and sooth in equal measure.
     
    La Sultana Oualidia is a peaceful luxury resort of 12 rooms offering the intimacy of a smaller hotel with luxury facilities and unparalleled one-to-one service and experiences.

    Protected by the lands, the lagoon of Oualidia is an ideal surfing spot allowing the ocean swell to come in through a narrow opening. At high tides, the current comes into the lagoon and breaks into one nice wave at a time, pushing the waves to the shore. Listed in « The World’s Best Hotel for Surfing Holidays » by The Telegraph that covers renowned places as far away as Australia, La Sultana Oualidia is an exceptional place to learn the take off in safe and easy conditions, ideal for beginners and children (from 6 years old).
     
    On the other side of the lagoon, experienced surfers will be appealed by the strong conditions of the Atlantic Ocean, especially at the famous spot “Les Tomates” located near the tomatoe farm (15 km south). For surf experts, there is even a 'tube' wave near the fishing port town of Safi (50 km south), recognized by many as one of the best waves in Africa.
     
    Surfing provides many health benefits including cardiovascular fitness, shoulder and back strength and leg and core strength. Besides health benefits, surfing is also a great way to relieve stress and tension. Since the early 90s, a surf school is based all year in Oualidia and hotel guests are picked up from the hotel jetty.
     
    Their promise is to share a rich array of meaningful experiences in an exceptional natural landscape for individual and family adventures. Be ready to make the most of the great weather conditions to practice Surfing in the lagoon.
     
    Professional surfing lesson includes:
    • Transfers from and to the hotel from the jetty
    • Full equipment: wetsuit & surf board
    • Surf instructor with boat assistance