Category Archives: Adventure Activities

New sports activity in Marrakesh – cable park

Cable park? What is it? In Marrakech? Where is there a lake?

Wake boarding in Marrakech

 

All questions that arose in my mind when I learned about the new Cable Park in Marrakech.

A cable park is a place that provides facilities for all kinds of water sports, including wake boarding, knee boarding, wake stating, bi-skiing, tricks and slalom. So not just your plain old water skiing.

Waky Marrakech is south of Marrakech on “Les Jardins de l’Atlas” resort site and they created an artificial lake to make it possible. Amazing in such an arid area of the world.

A project of Palmeraie Development, the lake was specially designed for water skiing and wake boarding by Francis Koot.

They plan to offer night wake boarding sessions – just the thing for the magical nights of Marrakech.

Wake boarding is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing.

Kneeboarding is great for those learning the sport as you are kneeling on the board – not so far to fall into the water!

Wake skating  is similar to wakeboarding without the bindings- a bit like skateboarding.

Bi Skiing refers to traditional skiing. Considered the best way to develop good balance, it is good for beginners to build up good technical foundations for water skiing and from there to master other disciplines such as wakeboarding.

Tricks Trick skiing is one of the 3 disciplines in classic skiing, along with Slalom and Jumping.

Slalom is one of the 3 disciplines in classic skiing, along with Tricks and Jumping.

Prices range from 300 dirhams to 800 dirhams. There is a special offer until May 30th, 2016,

One hour 200dh (including equipment) (down from 300 dh)

Two hours 300 dh (from 400 dh)

Valid every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Waky Marrakech

Les Jardins de l’Atlas – Route de l’Ourika, km 13

Marrakech, Maroc

+212 (0) 525 07 51 20 info@wakymarrakech.com

 

http://wakymarrakech.com

 

Marrakech excursions

A day out in the country around Marrakech

Atlas berber village excursion near Marrakech

Some suggestions from our blog piece for a day’s excursion from Marrakech

  • Walking in the foothills of the countryside around Marrakech
  • A day in a kasbah
  • Berber farm near Marrakech
  • Country club
  • Artists’ retreat

– a nice change from the bustling city of Marrakech.

We will help you arrange your trips/excursions.

Marrakech Kart racing

Karting circuit in Marrakech

NEW TO MARRAKECH

In the same location as the Marrakech Grand Prix, a new karting school opened in Marrakech at the beginning of July 2015.

Apparently many racing car drivers spent their toddler years learning karting. So if you have aspirations of being a Formula 1 racing driver, then pay a visit to this new school.

Marrakech Kart Racing has several well-known instructors who hope to find future talent, no matter their social status in life, that they can develop future racing car drivers worthy to succeed Mehdi Bennani, the only Moroccan to reach the elite on the car racing circuit. Considering that just 10 minutes on the track costs 250 dh, that is an admirable thing to do.

05 24 45 84 08

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

kart racing

Beating the heat in Marrakesh

If you’re in Marrakech and are looking for ways of beating the heat, check out this Guide for 2015 on the place with the pool for you.

IN THE PALMERAIE

Palmeraie Resorts

swimming in Marrakech

From 200 dh

Suitable for: Families wanting a day out near water in a peaceful place where kids can use the mini-club activities.

How much is it and what does it include: Access to the pool only: 200 dh / Access to the pool + lunch (3-course lunch at the grill, the buffet or next to the pool: 320 dh

What’s different: Mini-club for kids aged 4 to 12

 

Palais Mehdi

Palais Mehdi swimming in Marrakech

From 240 dh

Suitable for: Those who appreciate the serenity of the Palmeraie and big pools.

How much is it and what does it include: Lunch and pool from 240 dh / sunbed 200 dh.

What’s different: A pool measuring 400 square meters.

Tigmiza Suites & Pavillons

swimming in Marrakech Palm TigmizaFrom 150 dh

Suitable for: For those who want to pamper themselves amongst surroundings of palm trees and absolute calm.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 150dh / Lunch, open daily from 12:30.

What’s different: Three pools, one of which for children only

Manzil La Tortue

Manzil La Tortue MarrakechFrom 290 dh

Suitable for: For those who like swimming laps thanks to its 400 sq. m. pool, a bonus: abundant greenery with various kinds of fruit trees.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool + 2-course lunch at 290 dh or pool + 3-course lunch at 350 dh

What’s different: Children’s activities: handicrafts, sculpture as well as film-making and entertainment are offered for children: 85 dh per child

Nikki Beach

Nikki Beach MarrakechFrom 300 dh

Suitable for: For those who like a bit of glamour

How much is it and what does it include: Pool 300 dh

What’s different: A great lunch menu

ON THE ROAD TO THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

Oasiria

Oasiria swimming MarrakechFrom 120 dh

Suitable for: Designed for big and small with different size pools. If you love attractions on offer is a wave pool, water slides, artificial river, etc.

How much is it and what does it include: Whole day 120 dh for kids and 190 dh for adults

What’s different: A special for Marrakchis 1,000 dh

Piscine Jnane Leila

Piscine Jnane Leila swimming in MarrakechFrom 130 dh

Suitable for: For those who love a relaxing atmosphere as a couple or a family

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 130 dh / Pool access + 3-course lunch 250 dh

What’s different: Sunbeds and towel included in the price

Hotel Selman

Hotel Selman MarrakechFrom 490 dh

Suitable for: For those who would like to swim in an 80 meter long pool and be in a very chic place

How much is it and what does it include: Chill-in pass: pool access + 3-course lunch 490 dh / 50% off for children under 12.

What’s different: Gives access to the Kids Club for children aged 4 to 12

Crystal Restaurant Lounge

Crystal swimming in MarrakechFrom 290 dh

Suitable for: Lounge atmosphere during the week, festive weekends, all by the lovely pool.

How much is it and what does it include: Lunch menu Monday to Saturday / Brunch 290 dh per person (Sundays). Sunbed extra 200 dh

Whole day 120 dh for kids and 190 dh for adults

What’s different: Pool parties planned for the entire summer

Jnane Tihihit

Jnane Tihihit Marrakech swimmingFrom 250 dh

Suitable for: For those who seek a rural setting with greenery as far as the eye can see

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + 3-course lunch 250 dh / Children between 3 and 12 years 150 dh

What’s different: Paddling pool for children

Riad Al Mendili Kasbah Private Resort & Spa

Kasbah al mendili swimming in MarrakechFrom 300 dh

Suitable for: For those who would like to be in nature away from the city bustle

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + lunch 300 dh

What’s different: Sun beds and lunch are included in the price

Adama Resort

Adama Resort MarrakechFrom 150 dh

Suitable for: For families or with friends or as a couple, the hotel is suitable for all

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 150 dh

What’s different: The pool is huge, ideal for swimming

Palm Plaza Hotel and Spa

swimming in MarrakechFrom 150 dh

Suitable for: For families considering the various activities

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 150 dh

What’s different: 50% off for children

Eden Andalou Aquapark & Spa

Eden Andalou Aquapark and Spa MarrakechFrom 120 dh

Suitable for: For those who love water parks! For big and small there are 5 pools, a river, a beach, water slides, a park, sunbathing area, etc.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access for half a day 120 dh: for a full day 180 dh

What’s different: Restaurant serving snack to recharge your batteries and activities for entertainment

K-Beach

K-Beach MarrakechFrom 200 dh

Suitable for: For those who want a good time by day all the while by a fabulous pool

How much is it and what does it include: Formula K-Beach (pool access + lunch + sunbed) 350 dh / for a single sunbed 200 dh, VIP sunbed 1,000 dh

pool access + 3-course lunch 250 dh / Children between 3 and 12 years 150 dh

What’s different: Beds immersed in the pool

Jet Atlas

Jet Atlas Marrakech swimmingFrom 250 dh

Suitable for: For those who love nature with a view to the Atlas Mountains and Lake Lalla Takerkoust, ideal to escape a busy city for a day

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access 250 dh (including towel, umbrella and sunbed)

What’s different: Jet-skiing, water skiing, flyboards, banana boards, wake boards

IN MARRAKECH

Pool Lounge

Pool Lounge MarrakechFrom 600 dh

Suitable for: For families, friends or couple, the Pool Lounge is designed for everyone.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + bed + towel + lunch 600 dh weekdays and 700 dh weekends.

What’s different: Pool access from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the restaurant 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hotel Naoura Barrière

Naoura Barrier Hotel swimming in MarrakechFrom 350 dh

Suitable for: For lovers of chic, refined surroundings, ideal for families, days by the pool with friends

How much is it and what does it include: Swimming Days deal: Relaxation with sunbed 350 dh / Pleasure with sunbed and lunch by pool 450 dh / 30 minute massage in the spa with sunbed 550 dh

What’s different: Hotel location

Ultimate Pool Lounge

Ultimate Pool Lounge MarrakechFrom 400 dh

Suitable for: For those who want a peaceful pool with one of the best views of Marrakech.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access weekdays 400 dh / Pool access + lunch weekdays 700 dh / Pool access weekends 500 dh / Pool access + lunch weekends 800 dh

What’s different: Relaxing atmosphere and individual service

Es Saadi Gardens and Resort Palace

Hotel Essaadi swimming pool in MarrakechFrom 800 dh

Suitable for: For those who love places filled with history and the ambience of palaces.

How much is it and what does it include: Pool access + 3-course lunch 800 dh / Pool access + lunch + 60-minute massage 1500dh

What’s different: Luxuriant vegetation around the lagoon-like pool

 

Source: https://www.madein-marrakech.com/fr/guide-piscine.html

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

balloon ride Morocco Marrakech

This week we stumbled upon a lovely short film, watchable online, on CNN Go – the travel arm of CNN.

In the film, writer and hotelier Maryam Montague takes us on a hot air balloon ride over Morocco’s Red City and Chef Moha Fedal takes us on a scooter ride to his favourite market – Mellah Market. This is the old Jewish market which sells the freshest fish – sea bass, crab and so on – vegetables, fruit and meat. You can smell the spices as the chef walks you through the souks – wonderful! Keep watching as towards the end the chef shows how he cooks his amazing sea bass tagine in a beautiful flower-filled garden.

It’s a lively and interesting short film – around seven minutes – which shows the city from the perspective of those who love it. Tune in while it’s available, here:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2014/07/09/spc-cnngo-marrakech-morocco-b.cnn.html

Getting lost in Marrakesh

Get lost! in Marrakesh

Covered market, Marrakech

To get lost in a foreign city is a fear that many of us have, but putting away the map can be just the thing for adventure. The souks of Marrakech are – we promise – a great place to get lost in.

So, what to expect?

Well, cast adrift in the maze of the medina, carts will trundle past you, laden with oranges and timber. You’ll see hawkers selling piles of eggs, fruit of all colours and fresh herbs. You’ll spot ancient weavers working at looms. The smell of delicious freshly baked ‘khoubz’ (bread) will waft over you.

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You’ll pass brightly coloured apothecaries, where inside, hundreds of glass jars containing everything from pickled birds and crystals to ras el hanout and saffron will be for sale. You’ll be invited in for tea. You’ll have offers of guidance and you’ll certainly pass plenty of shady cafes to cool off in with a Casablanca beer or some mint tea.

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See, doesn’t sound too bad does it? Chances are, after getting lost in the souks, you will return with a dozen travel tales, a handful of souvenirs and a camera full of photos.

This recent article on the Huffington Post website, inspired us to write this blog post, they agree that getting lost isn’t so bad!

http://tinyurl.com/ov3fac3 

 

Polo in Morocco

polo_playing_in_Morocco

Polo is a sport famously played by kings and noblemen. Dating back to a time when royal guards and elite troops practised it as a form of cavalry training, it is still popular with wealthy Moroccans today.

Marrakech is home to North Africa’s first polo resort, Jnan Amar Marrakech (www.jnanamar.com). There, in the southern corner of this large retreat, is a smartly designed equestrian complex. The stable can hold up to 104 horses, and there is a Riding Academy where you can learn to play polo with professional trainers in the outdoor practice field.

On the 19th of April this year there will be a high-profile event at Jnan Amar Marrakech in aid of the Eve Branson Foundation – a Moroccan charity serving disadvantaged communities in the High Atlas. Several VIPs will be in attendance.

You can apply for an invitation here: http://evebransonfoundation.org.uk/assets/2014_Morocco_Save_The_Date_V8-1.jpg

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Berber Rafting, activity near Marrakesh

berber rafting, activities, near Marrakech
A great way to get active and see Morocco’s countryside is to get out and about on the country’s rivers. One of the best ways to do this is by booking a trip with Dutch-owned company Berber Rafting. A white water rafting and adventure company, most tours involve taking guests to the mountains, trekking on Mt “Jebel Toubkal” (4167 m), Africa’s second highest peak after Mt Kilimanjaro and rafting on the thundering Ahansal River. This is also an unusual way to get up close to traditional Berber villages which might otherwise be hard to access.
Their website is a wealth of information on rafting in Morocco and as well as listing plenty of inspirational itineraries also has some tips on what to do is someone in your party goes ‘man overboard’ and what to pack. The rafting season tends to start just as soon as the snow melts.
www.berberraftingadventures.com

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