- Stay in the best luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout
- Soar over Morocco in a hot-air balloon
- Take a guided tasting tour through Marrakech
- Spend a night under the stars in the Agafay desert
- Visit an argan plantation in Essaouira
The ultimate Moroccan adventure
Medinas, glamping and culinary tours…
From dizzying adventures in Marrakech to windswept beaches in Essaouira, this trip is an unforgettable Moroccan holiday.
Anything mentioned in this glamorous getaway can be tweaked to make this your ideal North African holiday. A hammam session here, a camel ride there: just say the word, and our Smith24 team, who are on hand round-the-clock, will make your wishes come true…
This nine-night trip is £1,969 (approximately US$2,536) a person, based on two guests sharing.
To kick off your trip, contact the Smith24 team on:
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK,
+1 800 464 2040 from the US.
When to go
The holy month of Ramadan starts anytime from late April to late May, and Marrakech is unbearably hot for most of July and August – when Eid al-Adha usually falls – but spring and autumn are wonderfully balmy and the most popular times to visit. Almond blossoms adorn the Atlas Mountains in the spring; it’s pleasantly cooler in the autumn and usually not too hot in the summer, thanks to higher altitudes and mountain breezes. The north-westerly winds in Essaouira can be fierce, especially from March to September, but this only makes the region even more alluring to windsurfers.
You’ll need to make your way to Marrakech Menara airport, the arrival point of the trip. Fly direct from London in around four hours; you can also hop on direct flights from Paris and a handful of other European cities. Inland travel is by luxury, air-conditioned car with a private, English-fluent driver.
- Pack a light shawl to cover up in the Medina and shield yourself from the brisk ocean breeze in Essaouira.
- Bring a tote to transport goodies picked up in the souks.
- Don a modern take on TE Lawrence’s best desert wear for your Agafay adventure.
Day 1-3 Marrakech
Ochre-and-rose-hued Marrakech hums with activity. Indulge in a hammam, barter for treasures in the souks and get a little bit lost in the hurly-burly of the Medina, then head back to your serene hideaway at Dar Seven.
Boutique stay Dar Seven is a classic riad in the middle of the Medina, enclosed within the ancient city walls. You’ll find a serene open-air courtyard, rooftop dining under a striped awning and cushion-strewn beds in this understated and modern hideaway. Moroccan-style breakfasts are included.
Smith Extra A stylish cotton scarf
Day 1 Your English-speaking driver will pick you up in a private car at Marrakech Menara airport and drop you off at stylish riad stay Dar Seven.
Ask our Smith24 team to arrange in-room beauty treatments or guided tours of the souk for the remainder of your day, or simply lounge about in the breezy courtyards.
Day 2 After breakfast – expect to find pancakes, breads and French-inspired pastries – you’ll be taken for a private, morning hot-air balloon ride to get a bird’s eye view over Marrakech and its surrounds.
Day 3 Your three-and-a-half hour culinary walking tour will commence at 6pm. A local insider will guide you around the most popular food stalls in the market and around the olive and nut stalls in the souk. You’ll try local specialties such as beef and lamb tanjia stews and harira soup with sweet chebakia cookies.
Day 4-5 Atlas Mountains
Just south of Marrakech, the Atlas are popular with trekkers, who seek out the winding road south to Taroudant, the Berber villages of Imlil, Asni and Aremd, and North Africa’s highest peak, the Djebel Toubkal. But even if you’re visiting at a more leisurely pace, you’ll still be treated to panoramic views of the range and surrounding area from your vantage point at boutique stay Kasbah du Toubkal.
Sitting at the foot of the Djebel Toubkal, clifftop stay Kasbah du Toubkal is dotted with terraces that look out over the dramatic Atlas mountain range and its trio of valleys. Inside, this North African citadel’s rooms are candlelit and pillow-strewn. Moroccan-style breakfasts of fruit, bread, jams and juice are included.
Smith Extra A pair of Berber slippers
Day 4 A chauffeured four-wheel drive will be your daring steed for the 90-minute drive into the Atlas Mountains and your stay at Kasbah du Toubkal. When you arrive, bask in the sweeping mountain views, then settle in for a fixed-menu dinner (€20 a guest) of simple Moroccan fare.
Day 5 You’ll have the day to spend as you wish, so consider asking our Smith24 team to arrange a guided mountain trek for you. Mule-trekking can also be arranged (starting at €15 for a half day). Unwind post-trek in the hotel’s Berber-style hammam.
Day 6 Agafay Desert
Spend the night camping in luxury under the stars in Agafay desert, just an hour's journey from your stay in the Atlas Mountains.
In the early afternoon, a four-wheel drive will transport you from the Atlas Mountains to the stone desert of Agafay (a journey of one hour) for your luxury camping experience. Your otherworldly overnight stay includes a camel ride through the desert, a Berber-style dinner and breakfast the next morning; our Smith24 team can arrange additional activities on request, including private yoga classes, soothing massages and a guided introduction to astronomy.
Day 7-9 Essaouira
Hugging Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, Essaouira has a chaotic and colourful Medina next to a 18th-century military harbour and other eye-catching spots which popped up in Game of Thrones. The star of the show is the vast stretch of white-sand beach that runs along the approach to the city. You’ll stroll by whitewashed riads with blue shutters, walk under Moorish archways and sip mint tea in the shady courtyard of get-away-from-it-all boutique stay Le Jardin des Douars.
Boutique hotel Le Jardin des Douars is hidden in a lush hillside garden of palms and bougainvilleas just off Essaouira’s windswept shores. This peaceful palace mixes chic French style with the warm hues of the Maghreb, and has jade-green pools and a spa with a traditional hammam.
Smith Extra A 30-minute hammam session and black-soap exfoliation for each guest
Day 7 A private chauffeured car will transfer you from your desert camp to oceanside Essaouira – a drive of around four hours. Once you settle into your stay, indulge in your Smith Extra 30-minute hammam session to unwind from the journey, or have our Smith24 team arrange surfing or stand-up paddleboard lessons.
Day 8 You’ll be driven across the argan-tree forest to an oasis; from there you’ll start your private guided day tour with a walk to the Val d’Argan vineyards, where a wine-tasting session awaits. Next you’ll take a leisurely trek to a local dairy cooperative, for lunch and to sample made-on-site goat cheese, before your final stop at an argan-oil cooperative.
Day 9 After your leisurely Moroccan-style breakfast, a private chauffeured car will transfer you back to Marrakech airport for your return journey.
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Terms and conditions
If this has you dreaming of spiced souks and desert-view stays, contact our 24-hour Smith24 Team to enquire.
Our team can tweak the trip to suit your idea of a dream North African getaway, and will happily organise your flights, make hammam bookings, and plan the most memorable outings for you and your fellow Smith.
To kick off your trip, contact the Smith24 team around the clock on:
+44 (0)330 100 3180 from the UK,
+1 800 464 2040 from the US.
*The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
Not included in your package
- International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance.
- Any items which are not mentioned as ‘included’ in the itinerary.
- Any increase in government taxes.
- The price for this itinerary applies for each guest.
- All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel.
- All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.