morocco part 2 – atlas mountains




I recently got back from a short break to Morocco and the destination this time was the Atlas Mountains.  My sister and I stayed in the secluded Widiane Suites & Spa hotel and it was one of the most magnificent locations I have stayed in so far on my travels.  We arrived at Marrakech airport and although the drive was three and a half hours long, when we arrived we were bathed in, not  sunshine (unfortunately) but a warm welcome, some Moroccan treats and the realisation that we were staying in a truly remote and beautiful place that overlooked vast mountains and plains. The Widiane Suites & Spa experience is a unique one in the sense that it is a hybrid of Moroccan and Thai cultures and offers both traditional Moroccan spa treatments and Thai massages as well as tasty Moroccan food (and of course classic mint tea).  The Thai massage was by far the best massage I have ever had! The activities included a boat trip, trekking in the mountains, which we never got to partake in because of the rain – probably a good idea seeing as we didn’t pack the most appropriate footwear and clothes for an expedition in the mountains!  We even had a Moroccan cooking class, which has given me some ideas about how to cook, mix and compliment spices.  The level of service by staff was absolutely outstanding and can see exactly why this hotel is considered a five star haven of luxury for nature lovers.

Travelling back to Marrakech on the last day felt familiar, surreal and warmer! As we made our way through the souks to see what bargaining we could do, we visited our friends who made us Moroccan tea and we made a  promise to them – that we’d be back again soon!  

  1. Sounds great! That water in the pic looks very inviting. Can you share some of what you learned in the cooking class?

    • The lake was absolutely amazing! Such a vivid turquoise colour- absolutely beautiful and rare to see. The cooking class we had was for chicken tagine so we were introduced to spices such as saffron, cumin and a special five-mix spice (which i’m not sure are sorry). I think the key is to marinate it for a long time and cook it slowly to keep on the flavours in :-). Thanks for your interest!

      • Thanks – it’ll be my luck to find that the magic is in the special mix 🙂

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