It's only a two-hour
drive from Marrakech, but the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira
remains relatively hush-hush.
Little has changed
since its hippy heyday, when Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley were
THE ULTIMATE HONEYMOON
Hidden behind the wall
of the medina lies one of its most beautiful riads: Heure Bleu
Palais, an oasis of colonial elegance.
Life slows down as soon
as you set foot into the courtyard - a palm-filled menagerie where
you can sip tea and smoke shisha. Days disappear by the rooftop
pool, or while you are exploring the port and visiting the
The cool nights are
also the perfect excuse to stay in to sample the hotel's restaurant
with its sublime seafood (try the lobster if it's in season).
WOW FACTOR: It has to
be the hammam ritual using black soap and eucalyptus to exfoliate,
a purifying wrap with rhassoul (ancient Moroccan clay), followed by
a massage with argan oil.
FLIGHT TIME: 4
GO: Mr & Mrs Smith www.mrandmrssmith.com offers double rooms from
£171, B&B, while British Airways www.ba.com flights start at £167.
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