“It was so easy to get out and about and we enjoyed a whole array of excursions from golf to mountain trekking. These were all organized by either Mohammed the house manager or Tim Buxton our concierge manager who were both incredibly helpful”
Morocco combines contrast, colour and mystery. It has a timeless quality that no longer exists in Europe, and a sense of its past with all its glory still lives on. On arrival you are plunged into a culture and a lifestyle utterly unlike anything that you have ever experienced before, a mystery tour of a land of endless surprises, enchantment and enduring fascination. Challenging terrain, dramatic scenery, deserted mountain trails, deep mountain lakes, fertile valleys, and ancient Berber villages lost in the landscape.
Whether it be golf, lunch by the pool, tennis, shopping or dinner in the Medina. The choice of activities is almost endless.
Trips into Marrakech
Whether you want to go sight seeing, sample one of the city’s fantastic restaurants or shopping is totally up to you.
The souk is a wonderful experience and you will not be hassled as much as in the old days. Normal rule of thumb is start at 40% of the souk stall owners price and settle for about 50%.
Marrakech enjoys several championship golf courses, all situated on the outskirts of Marrakech looking towards the Atlas Mountains and about a 35-minute drive away. Dar Zitouna is a perfect venue for a golfing holiday.
The Royal Golf de Marrakech (18 hole – 6200 m – par 72) is the oldest course and enjoyed by Winston Churchill.
The Palmeraie Golf Club (18 holes -6214 – par 72) a wonderful course created by Robert Trent Jones.
Golf d’Amelkis (18 holes – 6115m – par 72) and is home to the Moroccan Open. Enjoy a great lunch afterwards at Amanjena Hotel.
Al Maaden – 18-hole championship course that extends over 72 hectares, with a Par of 72 and a total length of 6 569 meters (7 184 yards). The course is designed by the famous architect Kyle PHILIPS who has managed to associate the spirit of the Moroccan oasis with an amazing Scottish touch.
Walking or Trekking in the Atlas Mountains
Morocco has spectacular Mountain ranges, The High, Middle and Low Atlas, Jebel Sarhro and the Rif Mountains. Dar Zitouna lies along the Ourika Valley, the gateway into the High Atlas Mountains, whose foothills start just seven kilometres away. Whether visitors want a short walk along village or mountain paths, a day’s walk and picnic beside a mountain lake, or a two-day trek with over-night bivouac stay. It can all be arranged. Camel, horse and donkey trekking is also very popular. Please talk to Tim Buxton our concierge manager.
For the motor enthusiasts Morocco has some stunning opportunities for quad and four-by-four driving. Whether precarious mountain tracks are your preference, or a 4×4 across the desert dunes, there are thousands of routes that can give enthusiasts a memorable challenge. Hire a 4×4 privately or ask Tim Buxton to organise a vehicle with a Guide.
Within a short drive from Dar Zitouna, there are several deep mountain lakes, yielding black bass, barbell, perch and trout. Some record-breaking carp have been recorded in the lake of Bin el Ouidane in the Middle Atlas Mountains.
There are several beaches about 2 ½ hours drive away, which make a fabulous day trip. Our favourite is Ouilidia. This world heritage site is famous for its lagoon and Oyster farms. You can take a boat from the beach to the Oyster beds where you will see herons, cormorants, oystercatchers and if you are lucky Flamingos. Follow this with a private fish barbeque cooked for you on the beach. The fish is as fresh as you will find anywhere and you can choose from oysters, prawns, crab, lobster, sole and sardines.