Whereas Marrakech’s myriad charms are plain, the buzzy opening of Fairmont Taghazout Bay has marked the arrival of Morocco’s subsequent large vacation spot for in-the-know vacationers. The resort debuted final July within the tranquil hamlet of Taghazout, a onetime fishing village some 10 miles north of Agadir on the nation’s windswept Atlantic shoreline.
With 146 ethereal rooms, suites, and villas all dealing with the ocean, the property—which presides over 45 picturesque acres of pristine beachfront studded with stately olive timber and backed by the Atlas Mountains’ argan-green foothills—exudes a quiet grandeur befitting its prime perch in Morocco’s laid-back browsing capital.
Like many idyllic coastal villages, Taghazout grew to become a bohemian enclave within the Nineteen Sixties; in recent times, surfers and sun-seekers from throughout the globe have descended upon its sleepy shores. Take one stroll alongside its golden seashores—the place camels generally saunter previous as surfers emerge from the crashing breaks and don djellabas (hooded woolen cloaks) to protect towards the gusts—and it’s apparent why the nation’s tourism authority is alleged to be eager on Taghazout’s evolution into Morocco’s first true seaside resort, a world away from Agadir’s city sprawl and package-tour vibe.
Choices abound for whiling away the hours on property. Sit back on a chaise beside the palm-lined infinity pool overlooking the seaside, a crisp Moroccan rosé in hand, or make like an area and take to the waves for a browsing lesson from the resort’s surf membership.
Wellness buffs will wish to beeline to the show-stopping spa, lined with floor-to-ceiling home windows framing panoramic vistas of the shimmering Atlantic. Measuring 15,000 sq. ft and billed as the biggest on the African continent, it melds world-class therapies with age-old artisanal traditions, cocooning visitors in eight remedy rooms and three invigorating hammams (together with a pair’s hammam) outfitted with hand-glazed zellige tile and shiny tadelakt plaster. A standard Berber hammam with soothing beldi cleaning soap (constructed from olives), adopted by an indulgent aromatherapy therapeutic massage and topped off with a bracing dip within the magnesium pool, make for an particularly revitalizing afternoon.
At nightfall, when the solar falls under the horizon in a blazing pink-and-purple panoply, the resort’s notable F&B scene springs to life. Final month noticed the disclosing of Morimoto Taghazout Bay, the the long-awaited Moroccan outpost of world-renowned Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto. The celebrated model’s first restaurant in Africa, it affords an suave array of sushi and sashimi, in addition to different impressed dishes like beef tataki with lemon-soy French dressing and lobster sushi rice risotto. Friends can take within the expansive ocean views from Morimoto’s terrace, or seize a sunken sales space artfully surrounded by a water function and dine underneath the celebrities. In the meantime, Beef and Reef, the resort’s stylish surf-and-turf eatery, affords one thing to fulfill nearly each foodie: hearty ribeyes, a lobster-topped burger, and crispy pizzas fired in a wood-burning oven, complemented by a strong wine record full with Moroccan vintages.
After dinner, evening owls congregate at Nola, a classy riff on the spirited speakeasies the place Louisiana’s storied jazz custom was born. The horny, amber-lit area, sumptuously furnished with banquettes and membership chairs upholstered in coral and navy leathers, affords a world-class whiskey assortment, positive Cuban cigars, and a spirited soundtrack. In the meantime, craft-cocktail aficionados will delight within the creative mixology at Junipers, the place the drink record takes its cues from the encircling backyard.
The resort’s endlessly charming concierge workforce affords visitors a protracted record of immersive cultural experiences. At Toudarte, a pioneering agricultural cooperative an achingly scenic hour’s drive away, some 100 ladies from six rural villages earn an earnings by producing premium-quality argan oil—a sought-after export, as argan timber are endemic to southwestern Morocco—at its pretty, salmon-hued campus excessive within the hills. Intrepid athletes can strive sandboarding down the almost-otherworldly dunes of the Moroccan Sahara, whereas oenophiles can revel within the nation’s fledgling wine scene with a tasting within the lush vineyards of the Domaine du Val d’Argan close to Essaouira. And for a memorable sojourn by way of the Atlas Mountains, hit the “honey highway”: after a hike among the many waterfalls and a dip within the palm-fringed, crystalline rock swimming pools of the aptly named Paradise Valley, you’ll wind by way of almond groves and terraced fruit orchards en path to the villages of Imouzzer, Argana and Izourki, famend for his or her thyme and lavender honeys.
Again in Taghazout, these eager to hit the hyperlinks can head straight to the Taghazout Golf Club, a 27-hole surprise designed by Kyle Phillips, situated immediately subsequent to the resort; don’t be stunned if the sweeping ocean vistas distract you out of your Par 3. A day sojourn into city can also be a should: Discount with pleasant distributors providing up piles of colourful handwoven rugs and jewel-toned ceramics, peruse the surf outlets for memento t-shirts, then hunker down on the sun-splashed veranda at World of Waves, a favourite native gathering spot, and tuck right into a tasty tagine whereas taking in the very best seaside panoramas on the town.
No matter you do, ebook your journey quickly: with different hoteliers like Hilton and Marriott setting their sights on Taghazout’s unspoiled sands, its singular attract gained’t keep a secret for lengthy.