Chilly fall days and I’m pining for more Beach Therapy in Morocco, near the small area of Agadir. The fabulous Fairmont Taghazout Bay is plopped right on the ocean cliff, providing miles of beach walking, a surfer’s paradise, and divine dining. What’s not to love?
The Fairmont is a unique resort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, where memories are created. A luxury five-star wellness resort nestled on the cliff above the Atlantic, Agadir is often overshadowed by Morocco’s Imperial cities; I would love to return for a few days at this beautiful resort.
The warm climate tempered by the ocean makes Taghazout Bay the idyllic spot to unwind and enjoy exquisite relaxing days. The resort offers 146 rooms, suites and villas all overlooking the ocean. A large selection of Deluxe and Fairmont Gold rooms and Suites in addition to four signature villas of two, three, four and five bedrooms are available for guests. Also noted on the Condé Nast Hot List 2022, the bright and breezy property is an absolute delight.
Forty-five sun baked beach acres to explore, miles of sandy beach to stroll at dawn and again at sunset. The low-rise buildings on the cliff are constructed of local stone and wood which blends flawlessly with the desert-like atmosphere, perched on one of Morocco’s most pristine coastlines. Long treasured by the yoga and surfer set, it is the place to stay along the coast. Rumors of a new Royal Mansour property financed by the Royal family denotes Dirhams are moving to the beach!
Gleaming floor-to-ceiling windows bring the intensely blue sunshine into rooms and public spaces highlighting contemporary Moroccan handcrafts and furniture. All doors seem to open onto comfortable, shaded terraces, or sunken gardens, scented by the herbs and flowers that eventually make their way into your cocktail. Wake and fall asleep to the soothing sound and scent of the sea. Royal Moroccan Blue is a dominant theme in the locally sourced glassware, metal work and fabric. I loved the serene colors of my spacious suite, an important design maxim: don’t compete with nature, the Fairmont sits amid one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast.
This is not Marrakech; the style reflects the cultural tribal style of the Agadir region. The designers were inspired by the dwellings of the semi-nomadic Imazighe people – known as the Berbers – rather than the riad style of architecture in the bustling city markets. A strong sense of place exudes from suites, villas and public spaces.
A beach walk will yield ponies, surfers and spirited football matches by locals, some playing barefoot! Don’t be surprised if you see a sauntering camel on the beach or a pack of pups on a day long beach outing, chasing birds at the edge of the rolling surf.
Two granite-lined pools – one for families, the other adults-only complete with swim-up bar and four-poster day beds discreetly veiled by purple-tinged elephant grass and fragrant lavender. Gnarled Olive trees line the paths, at night, the lights are magical, subtle garden lighting for romance and star gazing.
A spa spread over two levels offers traditional Moroccan beauty rituals, several massage rooms, a yoga studio, hammam and salt-water pools. Don’t ever say no to a Moroccan hammam, I am addicted to the soothing scrubs!
A boardwalk runs from an iconic surf break at Devils Point along the length of the beach, and a carefully curated program of locally immersive activities ranges from surf and yoga workshops to visits to Argan oil co-operatives, hiking in the Anti-Atlas’ hidden valleys and sunset fishing trips.
Dress for Dinner at Morimoto, his first Africa outpost, another reason to escape to the Fairmont! Morimoto is a Japanese restaurant designed in a stylish upbeat space offering world class international experiences with immersive dining and fresh ingredients in a dramatic sophisticated setting. Outside dining with music and sexy lighting with views over the garden, so yummy, I dined twice!
Highly Recommend a few days at this exquisite environment if you are roaming on a Camel Caravan through Morocco!