Our logistics coordinator Kathryn Boyd continued her travels, discovering the hidden gems of Marrakech
We were invited by Mags Worldwide, All About Flights and Monarch DMC to spend a weekend at the beautiful Beachcomber Hotel – Royal Palm Marrakech, just outside the city centre of Marrakech to experience the area and what it has to offer for groups and incentives.
Marrakech is easy to get to and still has a host of hidden gems to discover. From the luxurious hotels to the heart of the souks, it’s a city of contrast, with custom activities and experiences for any group.
Dinner on the first night was at the famous Jad Mahal. A great icebreaker, the food was exceptional and the entertainment was free-flowing with belly dancers, burlesque characters and plenty of music. We had the opportunity to sample local Moroccan wine and the night wrapped up with plenty of laughs that bonded our group to this day.
This trip was particularly remarkable as we had the opportunity to choose what we would like to experience while in Marrakech which made it all the more exciting. Some of the group chose to do a cooking course in a riad, learning to make a tagine and of course eating it afterwards! They also learnt how to make the traditional mint tea which was offered to us whenever we arrived at a destination. The majority of the group chose zip-lining at Terre d’Amanar, located up one of the mountains that provided our beautiful views from the hotel. It was approximately a 30 minutes transfer to the location, where we soon learnt that what started out as one zip line turned out to be two bridges and FOUR zip lines! Needless to say our group had a thrilling ride! A lunch full of delicious meat skewers and vegetables cooked in tagines was devoured afterwards which was exactly what was needed to replenish ourselves prior to the afternoon’s activities. We spent the remainder of the day with our feet firmly on the ground, discovering the city’s souks. We had two guides to ensure the group stayed together. I would recommend groups of no more than four people per guide, as this will also allow plenty of time to make stop offs during the tour. We ended our souk experience at a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the area, while sipping on a well-deserved mint tea.
The final morning was spent experiencing what the hotel has to offer, a nice little break from activities that allowed us time to walk around and see it for ourselves. We were treated to a treatment and then came back together for a lunch outside, taking in the last of the December sun before heading back on our British Airways flight to London.
Rustic and culturally breath-taking, Marrakech would be an ideal destination for top executive groups, whether for meetings and/or a team building retreat. Outside of the traditional hotels, there was even accommodation available in the mountains at the Terre d’Amanar, which would work perfectly for an exclusive group of 10 or less. Itineraries can be blended with a couple of nights at a luxury resort hotel just outside the city centre for a tranquil experience with enough in-house resources and a variety of restaurants to keep things fresh.