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Newsletter 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of Naturally Morocco’s Newsletter, which brings you an update on our tailor-made holidays.

Naturally Morocco continues to seek out the best offers from its extensive portfolio, and good value accommodation and trips are still available for the rest of 2012 and 2013.

With Ryanair withdrawing all of its flights to Morocco, flight capacity and availability can be a challenge in peak periods and last minute bargains are limited, so we advise strongly that you book well in advance. Flights are now available through to September 2013 (Easter 2013 flight prices are already increasing significantly).

 

SPECIAL OFFERS in ESSAOUIRA and MARRAKECH

We continue to be able to offer a number of special deals on accommodation in the High Atlas and Essaouira; two of our most popular destinations. Two examples are highlighted below, whilst the full list can be found on the special offers pages.

 Villa de L'o Essaouira  Jardins de la Medina

Villa de L'O Essaouira

Villa de L’O is a stylish and elegant riad with a distinct colonial influence, exceptional comfort and fantastic views of the Atlantic from the roof terrace. The riad is near the main square, the restaurants and souk and is also convenient for the beach.

20% off, now from £84 per room

Jardins de la Medina, Marrakech

A former Prince's riad in the Kasbah district of the Medina, Les Jardins de la Medina has a pleasingly intimate atmosphere although it has 36 bedrooms. It has a renowned restaurant, spa, a cookery school and infinity pool (heated in winter) all within the exceptional 200-year old gardens.

4 nights for price of 3; 7 nights for 5

 

MARRAKECH MARATHON PACKAGE JANUARY 2013

 Marrakech MarathonFor those people looking for an interesting place to test their stamina, the annual Marrakech marathon and half marathon will take place on the 27th January 2013. The races are flat and fast in and around the city of Marrakech and the orange groves, palms and farmland of the Marrakech Palmeraie, all set against a backdrop of the snow-covered Atlas Mountains.

Naturally Morocco offers a basic package that includes race entry, 3 nights’ accommodation, pre-race dinner and half-day city tour of Marrakech for £180 excluding flights.

 

FEATURED ITINERARY - The High Atlas Loop

From £600 pp for 7 nights (excl flights, based on 2 people sharing)

High Atlas Loop

Since it was featured in the Guardian’s 2012 list of 50 best driving holidays, this self-drive itinerary has been further improved to focus on the breath-taking scenery of the Atlas mountains. This is a driving tour for those that enjoy mountain roads as it includes both the Tiz-n-Test and Tizi-n-Tichka passes - the highest in Morocco and not for the faint-hearted. The loop also includes time in Marrakech, the Souss valley and Taroudant, Todra Gorge and Ait Benhaddou, a fortified town used as a backdrop in numerous films.  [more..]

 

FEATURED ITINERARY - A Kingdom of Kasbahs

From £450 per person for 7 nights (excl flights, based on 2 people sharing)

Kasbah Ellouze

Three hours and a world away from Marrakech are the famous kasbahs (feudal family castles) of the Southern High Atlas and the Skoura Oasis. The hundred or so kasbahs in this area date mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries, and provide an interesting insight into the lives of the powerful families that controlled the trade routes to and from the Sahara. Your journey takes you south from Marrakech over the spectacular Tiz-n-Tichka (High Atlas pass) with its views of dramatic mountain and desert landscapes to the Dades Valley on the northern edge of the Sahara. [more..]

 

ADDITIONS TO OUR ACCOMMODATION PORTFOLIO

Cannelle Suite, Riad Jona

Riad Jona

Marrakech Medina

Palais Oumensour

Palais Oumensour

Taroudant

Riad Perle d'Eau

Riad Perle d'Eau

Essaouira

Zagora Suite Riad Dar Haven

Riad Dar Haven

Tamraght, Agadir

A rare example of both quality and value, Riad Jona is a really stunning 7-bedroomed riad situated in the centre of the  Marrakech Medina, a few minutes south of the famous Jemaa El Fnaa square. A well-maintained and surprisingly spacious riad set in the heart of Taroudant. It is tastefully decorated in muted, restful tones and has a charming garden with abundant flowering plants, mature trees, fountains and pool. Ideally located on the ramparts overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and very near to the souks and the old Jewish Mellah district, the luxurious Perle d'Eau has some outstanding design features which showcase Moroccan craftsmanship. Conveniently situated 15km north of Agadir, this riad offers easy access to popular surfing beaches and nearby villages. The entire riad is finished to a very high standard with traditional hand-made Moroccan materials.

 

Phone or e-mail us now to create or develop your travel plans. We are available to talk every weekday and Saturdays. Our detailed knowledge of the people, places and accommodation allowus to fine-tune your holiday, providing a complete bespoke service at competitive prices.

Flights to Morocco

BA takes over BMI

Following their takeover of BMI, British Airways have announced that they will continue operating the routes to Marrakech from Gatwick and Agadir from Heathrow.

Ryanair changes

Ryanair has stopped all flights from the UK to Morocco, and has significantly reduced its other routes from Europe to Morocco, due to a disagreement with the Moroccan Government’s airports authority over handling charges.  As a consequence their are now no direct flights to Fez from the UK.

Easyjet Changes

Easyjet are introducing a new service from Stansted from 15th February 2013. Flights will depart on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Direct flights from UK to Morocco

As direct flights to Fez ceased in October, flights from the UK are now direct to Marrakech, Agadir and Casablanca.

 

Staff

Moha Abira has taken on the extended role of Manager for Moroccan Affairs, providing customers and our UK team expert on the spot Moroccan assistance with any and all problems in Morocco.

 

Green Key awardsGreen Key Awards

Naturally Morocco is pleased that the Guesthouse in Taroudant has been awarded a Green Key as has the nearby Dar Zitoune. In addition we also offer the following properties that hold the Green Key, namely Riad Al Massarah (Marrakech) and Kasbah du Toubkal (Imlil).

Green Key is a non-governmental, non-profit, independent programme, recognised and supported by the World Tourism Organization and UNEP. The organisation awards eco-labels to establishments that are run in an ecologically sound and responsible manner.

 

ATOL changes

The UK Government is currently rolling out the “Flight Plus” ATOL scheme, which affects what types of holidays are covered by an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL), i.e. those holidays have a financial guarantee in the event of an ATOL holder’s failure.

Flight packages sold by Naturally Morocco continue to be covered by ATOL; however, most payments direct to flight companies are still not covered by ATOL [read more ].

 

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