Magical Morocco: Family-Friendly Luxury in Africa’s Capital of Culture @essaadiresort

Moroccan dance lessons, henna art, gourmet dining and hot air balloon rides over the African Sky with Es Saadi Marrakech Resort
With Marrakech hailed as Africa’s first Capital of Culture for 2020*, at a mere three-hour flight from London lies a magical world full of culture and beauty – the perfect place for families to explore.  A virtual oasis set in acres of flowering gardens, Es Saadi Marrakech Resort is located in Marrakech’s’ ‘Golden Triangle’; close enough to the airport to be convenient but secluded enough to make families feel they’ve been transported to another world. From discovering Moroccan art in the onsite gallery to feasting on delicious Moroccan cuisine at the gourmet La Cour des Lions restaurant, families can discover the culture of Marrakech together at Es Saadi.
When little ones aren’t making a splash in Es Saadi Marrakech Resort’s lagoon-style swimming pool – one of the largest in Morocco – the art gallery in the Es Saadi Palace, home to over 400 works of art by both emerging and renowned Moroccan talent, provides a wealth of inspiration for creative families. Guests can embark on child-friendly curated art tours and learn the history behind the different works of art both in the gallery and situated around the resort itself, before children are invited back to the Es Saadi Kids Club to paint, draw and craft their own masterpieces. They can then learn how to create floral art after a day of gardening in the 20 acres of lush greenery and tropical gardens, try their hand at jewellery making inspired by the golden grandeur of the palace, or take on a henna art workshop.
Eco-conscious travellers can rest assured, as all fresh produce is grown in the resort’s family-owned organic farm, Le Bled, located in the Ourika Valley. For traditional Moroccan cuisine, families can dine in the beautiful La Cour des Lions restaurant located on the top floor of the Es Saadi Palace with panoramic views of the bustling city, where chef Fatéma Hal creates unique flavour combinations using subtle spices and fruity tangines.
Outside of this five-star hotel, the Es Saadi concierge can organise family-friendly trips to the mystical open square of Djemma el Fna – a must visit destination sure to delight families filled with acrobats, magicians, traditional food and arts & crafts stools. They can also take a tour to the magical souks and markets of Marrakech to indulge in some retail therapy, or head to the beautiful botanical grounds of Jardin Majorelle. For the ultimate adventure experience, Es Saadi can even organise a spectacularly peaceful hot air balloon ride over the African sky, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience with panoramic views for the whole family to enjoy.
Back at the resort, lavish Suites, Ksars and Villas provide the perfect exotic hideaways for families boasting both luxury and comfort with traditional Moroccan architecture and personal butlers, as well as direct access to the 3,000sqm lagoon-style swimming pool. Whilst parents are occupied, the newly refurbished Es Saadi Kids Club provides a vibrant place of education as well as entertainment, aiming to immerse children into the wonders of Moroccan culture with the belief that authentic activities shape young, inquisitive minds. Tiny travellers can try anything from Arabic language and Arabic writing lessons, to traditional Moroccan music and dance lessons, all guided by a team of experienced professionals.
One Bedroom Villas at Es Saadi Marrakech Resort’s Palace start at £800 in low season, and £1,500 in high season.
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