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Reviews of Holidays and Hotels in Morocco - Chasing The Sun

The Guardian, 25 Nov 2000

Chasing the sun

Sarah Barrell finds six sun spots within easy flying distance

Winter is the ideal time to visit Morroco: gone is the blood-boiling "chergui" wind that blows in off the desert during summer months; instead temperatures in the lowland and coastal areas average a bone-warming 20C. After the sun goes down, the temperature drops to around 9C.

Marrakesh is truly magical during the winter. Ramadan allowing (something approaching a public holiday-style shutdown lasts one month from November 27), Christmas shopping in the medina, backed by the snow-dusted Atlas Mountains, is an unforgettable experience.

Stay within the hallowed walls of La Mamounia hotel, in Marrakesh, famed as much for being Winston Churchill's favourite bolthole as for its 17 acres of orange-scented gardens and art-deco luxury. For departures on December 2, The Best of Morocco offers seven nights in a Park View twin room, overlooking the gardens, from £ per person, based on room and breakfast accommodation, return flights and transfers.

A new and long-awaited addition to the hotel A-list in Marrakesh is the Amanjena , built to resemble a traditional Moroccan Palace. Located 7km outside the city, it comes complete with steaming hamman, library, guestrooms with open fires and plush suede furnishings, so it's likely you'll never make it beyond the palace gates. The Best of Morocco offers one week at the Amanjena, departing between now and December 12, priced at £pp, based on two sharing room-only accommodation, and including return flights and transfers.