(Closed) Booked a honeymoon in Morocco – now need opinions.

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m so jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I had some advice, but I’ve never been.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely book one of the excursions that goes to the desert.  If you’re staying at a resort, they should either have something run through the resort, or be able to point you in the right direction with a local travel agent.  A night in the desert was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’d say go to Marrakesh and see the markets. Tripadvisor should help you pick a good hotel. Fes is also supposed to be a great point to do things from but I guess it depends where you’re flying in to.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You will probably find the beach in Morocco disappointing.  Take guided excursions to Marrakech and Fes. The cities are very safe, but if you look like a tourist, you will be a target for pickpockets and swindlers, and its always best to travel in groups anyway. Once you get the lay of the souks with a tourguide, you can always do a day on your own afterwards.  The tourguides also tend to have deals worked out with merchants – so they will end up taking you to reputable shops for rugs, copper, tea sets, silver, etc. Barter for EVERYTHING!

Definitely take a trip out to the desert and ride a camel 🙂

Take a trip to Gibraltar, its a ferry ride. I think it was 30 bucks?  Totally worth it – you get to hang out with monkeys! 

You can also take the ferry to Spain in less than an hour and spend a day or 2 in Malaga –  there are some beautiful beaches there!

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I suggets visiting Fes where you can visit the royal palace and Merenid tombs.

Merzouga is a good place to start off a desert trip from.

The dades Valley is stunning and has some beautiful outdoor sights and the berber villages. You can stay in converted Kasbahs here (turned into hotels).

In Marrakech check out Djemma El Fna (central square) and of course the souqs. I also enjoyed visiting the Saadian tombs. Also try and grab some looks at the wonderful hidden courtyards that are hidden throughout the town (a lot of small botique hotels have them but the private ones are spectacular as well).

Essaouria is a good seaside town.

I second @ticatica:  trip advisor is the best way to find great hotels.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@pigment80:  Here are a few pictures to REALLY help you picture the trip:    🙂

 

Marrakech:

 

Fes

 

Driving through the desert between cities

 

Gibraltar

 

From our hotel in Malaga:

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@pigment80:  When I went to Morocco I was a student on a super-studenty budget.  I think we stayed in places that ranged from $4-20 a night!  I don’t remember the tour company we used, but it was a 3-day/2-night tour that went through the Atlas mountains, where we stayed the first night, and then visited the Dodras gorge, took a casbah tour, went through Ourzatate (sp?), and then had a sunset camel ride into the desert.  The whole thing was $100.  It was insane.  This was in 2005 and it remains one of my favorite trips of all time!  Try http://www.cameltrekking.com/ for some ideas to start.  It looks like they run a similar tour to what we did.

In addition to Marrakech, I really liked Fes.  Casablanca doesn’t really have much, and it’s just a big city.  Fes has the most amazing medina and is definitely worth hiring a private guide for a tour, and make sure you see the tannery while you’re there.  It’s worth braving the smell to go to the leather shop overlooking the tannery.  I also bought some souvenirs from the souks in Fes that were approx. 1/10th of the price of the same item in Marrakech, so that might be something to keep in mind. 

I loved Morocco and would definitely go back! The food was great, the people were so friendly and nice (I speak French though, so that probably helped), and the country was beautiful.  I some very interesting and incredibly generous people while I was there, which made for an unforgettable trip!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m so glad to see responses to this post!! I am also looking into Marrackech as a honeymoon desitnation and tried to post about it a few weeks back with no response 🙁

I just bought the book HG2: Marrakech (Hedonist’s Guide To Marrakech) and it is a great resource. We haven’t booked anything yet, as we are still quite a long way off from the honeymoon (May/June 2013) and the flights aren’t booking yet. Please do let me know what you end up doing in Marrakech!

I love the camel ride idea into the dessert, and we are looking into renting a Riad rather than a hotel, to give us the more cultural experience. We are also looking into the Abercrombie and Kent tours… has anyone done that before??

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@pigment80:  Exactly!! The book does have a lot of cultural references like sweet little gardens, and squares off the beaten track, and hammam bath houses that they recommend in the book. Anyone can google the best things to do in Marrakech, like seeing the Djemma El Fna, but this book offers something different.

Also, check out Les Bains de Marrakech for a romantic spa day… we totally plan on getting pampered here while we’re in Marrakech. The prices are rediculously low for the service you get, and apparently they are the best in Marrakech! And, I’ve been looking into places to get wedding henna done as a little escape for myself and nod to our wedding.

I keep telling my Mr. to imagine Aladdin and how romantic an experience we can make this. Think a mosaic bathtub filled with rose petals and a bottle of champagne. Or sipping mint tea in the dessert under a soft canopied nomad tent. Ahhhh! Getting so excited just thinking about it!!

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