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Travel Exploration Trip Advisor Winner 2016 – Morocco Private Tours

Monday, November 14th, 2016
Dades, Valley, Morocco

Dades, Valley, Morocco









Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours has been awarded the Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

The Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award is a testament to Travel Exploration’s High Standards and Service provided for Morocco Tours. The Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence honors Moroccan Travel Agents and Tour companies that consistently earn top ratings from Trip Advisor travellers. With a perfect rating of 5.0 Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours has earned a place among the very best.

This achievement is a direct result of Travel Exploration’s consistent great reviews from Morocco travelers who have shared their experiences on Trip Advisor’s website. The Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award is a testament to Travel Exploration’s High Standards and Service provided for couples, family, and small groups tours who have visited Morocco with Travel Exploration. The Trip Advisor award is given annually to exceptional travel agents and Morocco tour operators. TripAdvisor places a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers.

As a potential Morocco Traveler you can read what travelers who have visited Morocco with Travel Exploration Morocco’s Private Tours say on our Testimonials Trip Advisor page.

For More Information About Travel Tips Before You Go to Morocco or To Receive an Itinerary & Quotation, Visit our BOOK A TOUR page. We are an ASTA Certified Agency.

Travel Tips Before You Go: Morocco Private Tour & Boutique Travel Experiences – From Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours:

1. Make sure to Book Direct with Travel Exploration. Request a package that is inclusive of a Private, Mutlilingual Speaking Driver, Boutique Riads and Local Historical Guides. Ask for their hand selected options that have been curated by the owner. Our team of expert, licensed Multi-lingual guides and drivers will set in motion a memorable journey.

2. Research the tour offerings online as taking a Morocco Private Tour requires reserach and some planning on your own. Know what you want and decide whether you want an Imperial Cities or Imperial Cities and Sahara Desert Tour. Don’t miss out on the country wide site seeing options that are provided with the 1001 Arabian Nights 12 Day Tour, the Majestic Moroccco 2 Week Tour or if time is limited the One Week in Morocco Tour.

3. Take advantage of being able to book a Morocco Private Tour through a female owned company. Support a woman owned business. The owner of Travel Exploration, Alecia Cohen, is female, and a former magazine publisher, of Global Rhythm magazine and an executive who established Travel Exploration Morocco Private Tours with her Berber partner to show travelers the best of Morocco. Mrs. Cohen has lectured at the World Bank on Culture & Sustainable Development in Africa and has been featured in various print and television venues, including CNN Financial News, Entrepreneurial Edge, Crain’s, Entrepreneur, and The World.

4. Splurge when traveling to Morocco. Stay at Morocccan Riads, Moroccan Boutique Hotels and a Luxury Desert Camp. Don’t miss out on unique opportunities to take a Food Tasting Tour in Fes or Marrakech, a cooking class with a Daada Chef or cruise across the Sahara Dunes on a Quad. The extra spending you invest in on local activites will ensure a richer travel experience.

5. Ask about Restaurant, Shopping and Spa Recommendations. Travel Exploration has their finger on the pulse of all things Moroccan. They can arrange for local lunches with families in Berber villages, a special dinner where you can dine on the best, Moroccan cuisine with locals, or visit up market restaurants where you have an exclusive invite to a Moroccan wine bar. Shop locally or at upmarket boutiques and enjoy a wide range of Moroccan and Hammam/ Spa experiences. Travel Exploration has Insider Guides to Morocco Travel only available to those who book with them.

Morocco has much to offer with it’s wide range of Travel Experiences for Couples, Indipendent Travelers, Families and those interested in visiting for their Honeymoon.

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10 Experiences on a Tailor Made Morocco Tour

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Moroccan Handicrafts, Shop the Souks

Moroccan Handicrafts, Shop the Souks











Explore Morocco on tailor-made Private Tour. With the ability to fully customize, a Morocco Tour, a tailor-made experience delivers an authentic, private travel opportunity for couples, families and the indepdentent traveler. A tailor-made Private Tour also offers the flexibility to engage with locals, discover exotic foods, visit hertiage UNESCO Heritage sites, camp in the Moroccan Sahara Desert and stay at charming boutique riads and hotels.

10 Experiences A Tailor-Made Morocco Tour Offers:

#1. Visit Fes, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fes is the fourth largest city in Morocco and also known as one of the ancient imperial cities. It is separated into three parts, Fès el Bali (the old, walled city), Fès -Jdid (new Fes, home of the Mellah), and the Ville Nouvelle (the French-created, newest section of Fes. The Medina of Fes el Bali is believed to be the largest contiguous car-free urban area in the world.

#2. Take a Cooking Class with Daada Chef
Cooking Classes are conducted by a dada (traditional Moroccan cook) or a chef from and held at a kitchen in the medina or in a palmeraie garden setting. Classes are a total of 4 hours with an option of an add on of wines tasting accompaniment. At a typical half-day cooking class, travelers can learn to prepare an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and desert.

#3. Journey on a Food Tasting Tour
A Food Tour is a special opportunity to go deep in the heart of the a Moroccan medina and discover local delicacies. Food Tours are offered in both Fes and Marrakech, led by locals and serve as a replacement for lunch or dinner.

#4. Arabian Night Camping & Camel Trekking in the Sahara Desert
Camping in the Sahara Desert and taking a Moroccan Camel trek is the perfect to travel the south. Nomadic villages can be explored along with Kasbahs that are situated in palm groves, surrounding valleys, mountainous landscapes, gorges and sandy Saharan dunes.

#5. Casablanca’s Art Deco Tour of Architectural Sites
Casablanca is one of the most famous cities visited by first time travelers to Morocco and well known for the Hassan II Mosque. Lesser known are its’ Art Deco Architecture and Sites. Casablanca has long history of engaging architects who once built Anfa’s grandest buildings that have typical Deco features of wrought ironwork, vasilating arches and colored, stained glass in geomteric shapes. Visiting the Art Deco Historic sites of Casablanca is a rewarding and way to discoer the past.

#6. Breadbaking with the Berbers
Meet a local Berber family, partake in a cooking lesson of how to make traditional bread. Berber bread is baked in clay ovens or on volcanic rock and stuffed with a variety of local spices made from fresh, dried and smoked ingredients.

#7. Travel Morocco in a Private 4×4 Land Cruiser
Traveling by luxury, 4×4 Land Cruiser across Morocco will enable you to cover a vast amount terrain in the most enjoyable and relaxing way. This way of traveling is highly recommended to first time travelers to Morocco and also to those who want an intimate, personal experience that is seamless from beginning to end.

Boutique Riads & Hotels in Morocco, Photo of Riad Noir D'Ivoire by Elan Fleisher

Boutique Riads & Hotels in Morocco, Photo of Riad Noir D’Ivoire by Elan Fleisher

#8. Stays at Charming Boutique Riads & Hotels
Riads are restored palace style accommodations with courtyards, lush gardens, and traditional zellij tile work. Morocco is known for having the best, luxury riads that offer an Arabian Nights sensibility. The Best Riads can be found in Morocco’s old medinas. Riads offer a combination of traditional and modern decor with excellent service, luxury traveler amenities and local Moroccan cuisine.

#9. Visit The Roman Ruins of Volubilis
Volubilis also referred to by Moroccans as Walili (Arabic) was the administrative center of the province in Roman Africa called Mauretania Tingitana. The Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the late fourth century AD and later reoccupied in the sixth century, under the Abbasids. Extensive remains survived and create now what is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Morocco.


#10. Shop in Morocco’s Souks for Handmade Crafts
Souks and markets are a major feature in Moroccan life, and among the country’s greatest attractions for Moroccan travelers. Each town has its special souk quarter, large cities like Fes and Marrakech have labyrinths of individual souks (each filling a street or square and devoted tone particular craft), and in the countryside there are hundreds of weekly souks, on a different day in each village of the region.

What Is Included In a Tailor-Made Private Tour
A tailor-made private tour includes luxury transportation in a 4×4, Viano or Minibus, accommodations at Boutique Riads and Hotels, a Multilingual Speaking Driver that is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Berber along with Licensed, expert Historical Guides. Whether you prefer Old cities, Roman ruins and the souks or the Sahara Desert, the High Atlas Mountains and natural wonders, a tailor-made tour will be customied to your personal interests.

For More Information or to Find Out More About Tailor Made Private Tours

Morocco’s Imperial Cities, Seaside Resorts,Sahara Desert,Berber villages, A Taste of Morocco, Magical Kasbahs, Ruins & Waterfalls, Absolute Morocco, The Best of Marrakech, Fes, and Ouarzazate

Discover The Best of Morocco - Travel Exploration
Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

Things to Do in Marrakech, Gueliz: Shop, Art, Eat

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016


Maison Lab, Marrakesh

Maison Lab, Marrakesh

Most visitors to Marrakesh head straight to the medina and its old world souks for excitment. Those who are in the know make a b-line for the French “new town”, known to locals as Guéliz. Guéliz is home to the Yves Saint Laurent Majorlle Gardens, La Mamounia Hotel, where Alfred Hitchcock wrote “The Birds” along with some of Marrakech’s chic addresses for eating out, shopping and gallery hopping. Named as the leading travel destination in North Africa by Trip Advisor and now on many travelers bucketlist, Marrakesh lives up to its name with streetlined cafes on glorious boulevards dotted with palm trees, an outdoor flower market, beautiful parks with dry tolerant plants and some of the world’s most delcious street food. Marrakech also boasts annual cultural events such as the Art Biennalle, the Marrakesh Film Festival and has a host of action packed nightclubs,restuarants and hotels with appeal to both young and older travelers.


Marrakech’s leading contemporary home design shop located in the heart of Guéliz. Created by acclaimed New York interior designer, Marin Raffone, maisonLAB brims with modern objects and furnishings that reflect Raffone’s appreciation for the places he calls home (New York City and Marrakech). The chic double-height space features objects culled from around the world: bed/bath and other linens, tabletop, kitchen and utility, office, travel and personal items. All items are custom designed using local artisans with a high level of sophistication. Address: 44 Rue Tarik Bnou Ziad, Magasin No. 1 Phone: +212 524 43 39 36

Owned by fashion designer Yann Dobry of Akbar Delights in the medina, Moor features a selection of upscale Moroccan couture. Using the finest artisans and materials, Moor is known for its embroidered silk, cotton and linen tunics. The cool and calm colors throughout the shop create a relaxed shopping experience. Look up or even just on the walls – the décor, a selection of Moroccan home wares sourced from around the Kingdom, is also available!
Address: 7 Rue des Vieux Marrakchis , Guéliz 
Phone: +212-0524-45-82-74

The boutique and workshop of French designer, Lalla is one of our favorite stops along Rue de la Liberte. Colourful leathers
and funky accents are used to create one of a kind functional women’s handbags in a variety of sizes and shapes. Fringed handbags for a day out line the selves alongside a carryall big enough to take to work and even for the weekend. The accessories here are also fabulous with our favorites being the colorful and textured necklaces, the perfect addition to any outfit. Address: 5 Rue de la Liberte, Gueliz 
Phone: +212-661-47-72-28


With two levels of design, fashion and accessories created by Moroccan and international designers, as well as the traditional Moroccan goodies like the green pottery from southern Morocco and a selection of funky babouche, this is the shop for trendy souvenirs and gifts. Like a high-end department store, new designers are exposed with the collectionc hanging regularly, giving this concept store the leading edge on the latest trends. A small gallery is attached and features a changing art exhibit. The location is perfect – across from Majorelle Gardens. 
Address: 33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, Gueliz 
Phone: 212-524-31-41-95

Kechmara, Marrakesh

Kechmara, Marrakesh


For restaurants with dishes diverging from traditional Moroccan cuisine, head to the Ville Nouvelle, where many establishments serve lighter fare. Kechmara offers tasty sandwiches and salads in a sleek white-and-chrome dining room with a rooftop terrace. Live music plays every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and the restaurant often hosts exhibits of art and photography.
Address: 3 De Rue La Libertie
Phone: 212-524-42-25-32

Once you pass the traditionally dressed doormen, this place is all-female and is run like a family kitchen. Set up by the well-known Chab family 20 years ago, this popular restaurant is now successfully managed by Myra Chab as a cooperative. A variety of Moroccan dishes are available, including specialties that require a day’s notice such as the dalaa mbakhra (steamed lamb shoulder) and chaâra medfouna (steamed vermicelli garnished with pigeon). The tagines and couscous here go against the grain in both ingredients and size. Chicken with caramelized pumpkin and lamb with eggplant are just two of the 13 tagine choices, and you’re served a portion that you might actually be able to finish. The desserts are delicious, so leave space for some seffa couscous in butter, sugar, milk, and cinnamon.
Address: Aguedal & Gueliz
Phone Gueliz: + 212-524-434-060

David Bloch Gallery, Marrakesh

David Bloch Gallery, Marrakesh


A leading gallery in Mararkechs new town, Gueliz that features a wide range of contemporary art. This loft-style gallery show cases sculpture, paintings and photography. Some well known artists that have been featured at David Bloch Gallery are world renown photographer, Steven McCurry, Graffiti artist Vincent Abadie Hafez and Mohamed Boustane, painter of technique of Arabic lettering.
Address: Rue des Vieux Marrakechis Phone: +212-524457595

Located in the charming Passage Ghandouri, this Marrakech well known and trendie gallery is named after Henry Matisse. The galllery features works by Mahi Binebine, and henna paintings evoking Berber baraka (blessings) by Farid Belkahia along with the Moroccan artists Nourredine Chater, Mohamed Melehi, Hassan Hajjaj and Hassan El Glaoui. The artists show cased at Matisse Gallery are a combination of young, old and new on the Moroccan art scene.
Address: 61 Rue de Yougoslavie, N° 43 Passage Ghandouri Phone: +212-524448326

This gallery is for photographer lovers and a must visit. Gallerie 127 features the world of up-and-coming photographers that from Morocco and abroad. Owned and curated by Nathalie Locatelli, the gallery is wonderfully positioned on Mohammed V in central Gueliz. The loft-like space features wonderful architectural details and is located in an Art Deco building.
Address: 127, Avenue Mohammed V, 2ème étage Phone: +212-524432667

For more information about Things to do in Marrakech

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Discover The Best of Morocco - Travel Exploration
Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

Morocco Boutique Hotels, The Insiders Travel Guide

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Best Boutique Riads & Hotels, Marrakech

Best Boutique Riads & Hotels, Marrakech







The best place to take it all in on a Morocco holiday is to stay at one of Morocco’s Best Boutique Hotels or styish romantic retreats. Our Insiders Travel Guide offers a snapshot of some of the best places to stay on a Morocco vacation. Boutique Hotels and Riads in Morocco are known for their elaborate courtyard gardens and intimate spaces. Lush with leafy green flora, dry tolerant plants and colorful fauna, Morocco’s boutique hotels are filled abound with rose petals and orange trees perfectly arranged and candy to the eyes. Each boutqiue riad and hotel differs with some having extraordinary Andalusian or Moorish, Spanish Architecture,  hand carved marble fountains, elaborarate decor and traditional Moroccan tilework fit for a King or Queen. Morocco’s boutique hotels offer a wide range of design options for travelers ranging from very traditional to hip, chic modern and ultra contemporary.

Travelers to Morocco are guaranteed an Arabian Nights sensibility and to be taken back in time during their stay at a boutique hotel. Morocco’s boutique riads and hotels are where elegance is matched with Moroccan hospitality at its best. Morocco is the  land of mint tea, sugary pastries and  tajines, where the glorious Atlas Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for travelers visiting on a honeymoon, family adventure or private travel experience.

Best Boutique Riad Marrakech Terraces

Best Boutique Riad Marrakech Terraces









Our Insiders Guide to Morocco’s Best Boutique Hotels and Riads offers a hand curated selection of places to stay. Our impressive list of Marrakech Riads, Fes Riads, Chefchaouen, Essaouira Riads, High Atlas luxury guest houses and the Great Southern Desert Camps are perfect for a sunset cocktail, a Moroccan meal and down time when vistiing Morocco.

Insiders Guide: Morocco’s Best Riads and Boutique Hotels, Where to Stay:

Where to Stay in Marrakech:
Riad Kniza is one of Marrakech’s most prized Riads and offers a captivating experience for travelers. Owned by a family of Moroccans for over 2 centuries this restored Riad boasts traditional décor with elegant Moroccan fabrics, Moorish architecture, open courtyards, a library, drawing room, a dipping pool and magnificently arranged rooftop terrace. From a warm welcome of mint tea and Moroccan pastries to rose petals and fresh flowers poignantly placed. Well attended by celebrities such as Bill Gates and Garry Kasparov, this un pretentious luxury Riad is the place to stay. Property Amenities: Hammam, Massage, Restaurant, Dipping Pool, Laundry Service, Wifi. We suggest dining on their rooftop terrace at least once.

La Maison Arabe is Marrakech’s first restaurants and original Riads is a leading boutique hotel with the essence of traditional Moroco meets old world Italy. La Maison Arabe has endured the test of time. This traditional boutique riad is ideally situated in the Marrakech medina. It offers a combination of stylish and intimate luxury with hotel amenities. La Maison Arabe has old world architecture and a romantic interior making it one of Morocco’s most sought out places to stay. Each room is uniquely decorated with antiques and ancient artwork, Moroccan carpets and a combination of local and imported fabrics. There is an elegant Piano Bar on site that sets the tone for a late afternoon or early evening aperitif. Property Amenities: Spa, Gym, Swimming Pool, Laundry Service, Wifi, Cooking Class. Try their luxurious massage or cooking class with a Dada Chef.

Riad Idra is an elegant Moroccan, riad located in the Dar El Bacha region of the Marrakech medina. Riad Idra is a luxurious cocoon shielded from the commotion of the ochre city and a well-hidden jewel. A contemporary house full of light and jewel-like decor it offers an outlet to the world of sight and sound for a magical stay.  Property Amenities: Spa/Traditional Hammam, Rooftop terrace Wifi.

Best Boutique Riad Courtyard Garden, Marrakech

Best Boutique Riad Courtyard Garden, Marrakech

Riad Samarkand is a 19th century riad renovated by a Parisian couturier; with terraces, a small garden and oriental decor. This is a secret hideway frequeneted by those who are interested in staying in a peaceful place away from the souks with wide terraces and a laid back vibe. Property Amenities: Dipping pool, sun terrace, Hammam, Laundry, Wifi.

Riad Tzarra is a traditional riad close to the souks, located in a typical neighborhood in the Marrakech medina. Newly restored by the celebrated architect Christophe Simeon, Riad Tzarra offers guests discreet charm in a traditional environment and first class service in the very heart of Marrakech. Property Amenities: Spa / Traditional hammam, Dipping Pool, Wifi and Laundry services.

Best Boutique Riad Villa Rabat

Best Boutique Riad Villa Rabat









Where to Stay in Rabat:

Villa Mandarine is a boutique garden hotel nestled in the heart of an orange grove on three hectares of land. Villa Mandarine perfectly marries comfort and hospitality. The property and garden filled with bouganvilla, succulents and other plantation offers a peaceful hideaway that is close proximity of Rabat’s city center. Property Amenities: Spa, Gym, Swimming Pool, Gardens, Fireplaces, Shaded terraces, Billard Room, Laundry Service, Wifi


Riad Kalaa is a boutique riad dating from the Almoravide dynasty that was built by the Ermir Ben Tachfine on the banks for the Bouregreg river. This well appointed charming Riad in Rabats historic district is just steps away from the ocean. Property Amenities: Dipping pool, Spa, Fireplaces, Shaded terraces, Laundry Service, Wifi

Riad L’Alcazar is a luxury boutique Riad with designer décor and grand elegance. This well appointed Riad is the perfect place to overnight during a visit to Rabat. With wonderful roof terrace and views of the medina charm awaits you. Property Amenities: Hammam, Terraces, Wifi

Best Boutique Hotel Fes, Luxury Amenities

Best Boutique Hotel Fes, Luxury Amenities









Where to Stay in Fes:

Riad Fes is a Relais & Chateaux Property and the premiere luxury boutique hotel with class and authenticity in the heart of the historic medina in Fes. This charming, now sprawling Riad has been restored with impeccability and combines traditional Spanish Moorish architecture with Modern touches. The decor has been designed with inspiration of a serene atmosphere reminiscent of Arabian Nights by the owner who is an architect. A stay at Riad Fes will allow you to travel back in time and enjoy the splendor of the lifestyle of Fassi nobility. The garden offers moments of freshness under the shade of orange, lemon and bay trees. Property Amenities: Swimming Pool, Terraces & Panoramic Garden, Traditional Hammam/ Spa, Gourmet Restaurant, Wine bar, Wifi and Laundry services.

Palais Amani is a fourteen bedroomed opulent Riad in Fes that offers refined dining with magnficent views. This Art Deco influence riad with a melange of traditional and contemporary decor has a wonderful Moroccan salon, a library, rooftop bar, extensive terraces, a traditional hammam and spa and all of this close to the Golden triangle in the ancient medina in Fez.  Property Amenities: Moroccan Salons, Terraces, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Traditional Moroccan Hammam, Garden, Wifi and Laundry services.

Best Boutique Riads Moorish Architecture

Best Boutique Riads Moorish Architecture

Dar Roumana, House of the Pomegranate, is one of the leading traditional boutique riads  in the Fes. Framed by lush olive groves and the ancient ruins of the medina walls, Dar Roumana offers a richness and comfort typical of a traditional Fassi guesthouse. Relax with a book and a glass of Moroccan mint tea on the spacious sun-drenched roof terrace with a spectacular view of the entire medina and Atlas Mountains. After dinner prepared by their Cordon Bleu chef, retire to the library for a fire-side game of chess or choose a movie from our video and DVD collection. Each of Dar Roumana’s suites contains the work of local artisans: original mosaic tile floors, intricate carved plaster, rich cedar ceilings and doors, and hand-crafted furnishings. Property Amenities: Terraces & Panoramic Garden, Gourmet Moroccan and International cuisine, Laundry Services, Wifi

Karawan Riad is a sophisticated, luxury, boutique hotel of seven, chic suites that are set within a glorious 17th century home. Harmony is key at this magnificent courtyard property where the combination of texture, motif and artifacts create unique hand curated interiors. All seven suites have king sized beds, exquisite bed linens and writing desks. Trickling fountains are surrounded by flora and fauna for cozy dinners that of local Fassi cuisine offered up by Chef Outhmane’s and Chef Mahmoud. This boutique riad has the amenities of a hotel and design that sings the name of Archiectural Digest. Property Amenities: Rooftop Terrace, Restaurant, Wifi
Best Boutique Hotel in Skoura

Best Boutique Hotel in Skoura

Where to Stay in Skoura:
Les Jardins Des Skoura is unassuming converted farmhouse nestled in the Skoura palmeraie, not far from the High Atlas Mountains. Blissfully off the beaten track, Les Jardins Des Skoura is an oasis of stylish accommodation. It is set in huge gardens crammed with sunflowers, vines, and apricot, olive, and pomegranate trees.  The Berber Chef offers a wonderful dining experience with farm to table cuisine using the organic incredienets made with olive oil produced on the Skoura palmerie. A must when consdiering a stay in Morocco’s Great South. Property Amenities: Swimming pool, Panoramic garden views of Skoura Palmeraie, Wifi

L’Ma Lodge is a boutique, chic guest house in the heart of the Skoura palmeraie owned by Vanessa and Xavier. It is named after from the Arabic word for water. A true Oasis in this verdant, green region, L’Ma Lodge is a hidden jewel perfect for honeymooners and those searching for an intimate stay in Skoura. Created from a traditionally built adobe house, complete with kasbahs, the main lodge is surrounded by an outdoor garden and glorious palms along with fruit trees and flowering plants. Meals combine Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine with local Berber speciality dishes.  Property Amenities: Heated swimming pool, Restaurant, Fireplace, Wifi

Best Boutique Riad, Chefchaouen

Best Boutique Riad, Chefchaouen

Ryad Lina is an upmarket, elegant Riad centrally located in the blue washed city of  Chefchaouen. It features several layers of rooftop terraces that offer magnficent views. There is an onsite spa, indoor private heated pool, hammam and Jacuzzi hot tub. Decorated in Chaouen and Riff decor this boutique hotel of suites is spacious and the perfect spot for an intimate and luxury stay.   Property Amenities: Private Swimming Pool (Heated) Spa/ Hammam, Roof top Terrace, Traditional Moroccan cuisine, Lounge, Laundry Service, Wifi

Dar Eschaouen is situated in front of the medina near the River “Ras El Ma” this is one of the funkiest hotels in Chefchaouen. A blend of traditional Moroccan architecture and modern comforts Dar Eschaouen offers rooms and suites that are decorated in a Arabo-Hispanic flavor. Fully decked in bright colors, colors fabrics and furnished with paintings the local touches of Moroccan culture come alive.  Property Amenities: Swimming Pool, Spa, Roof top Terrace, Restaurant, Lounge, Laundry Service, Wifi

Casa Perleta is a traditional Chaouen guesthouse tucked in a small corner not far from the Bab Souk entrance of the Medina. While the rooms are small they are comfortable and decorated with local textiles, paintings and furniture. There is a small roof top terrace that makes for a great place for reading a book. Property Amenities: Rooftop Terrace, Laundry service, Wifi

Dar Meziana is a charming B&B style riad is an example of the age-old traditional places to stay in the Chefchaouen. While a bit dated, Dar Meziana is an authentic Moroccan guesthouse filled with Chaouen furniture, paintings and a most artful décor. One could even refer to it as “this old house” with its wood interior and breakfast bar which serves up traditional tea and some of the best pastries in the town. Property Amenities: Rooftop Terrace, Wifi

Best Boutique Hotel, Essaouira

Best Boutique Hotel, Essaouira

Where to Stay in Essaouira:
L’Heure Bleue Palais is a luxury boutique hotel that is built into the medina walls of the coastal town of Essaouira. An oasis of calm in laid-back Essaouira it serves as the ideal place to stay for those interested in luxury hotels. Dripping with heavy carvings, fabrics, lamps and wooden-shuttered windows, rooms are cavernous, and luxurious. Owned, by Andre Azult, the Jewish Secretary of the King, L’Heure Bleue is also ordtained with the hand carved Star of David which is configured richly across the entrance salon.  Property Amenities: Spa Services, Traditional Hammam, Swimming Pool , Cinema Room, Rooftop Terrace, Bar, Gourmet Restaurant, Laundry Services, Wifi

Villa De L’O is a former almond storage depot is one of Essaouira’s most charming luxury boutique hotels. Hidden behind the medina walls and just across from the Portugese ramparts, this 18th century elegantly furnished traditional boutique riad offers colonial style elegance. Villa De L’O is decorated with Moroccan and European antiques. It has a wonderful French salon, caged birds that chirp, elaborate bathing areas in each room with sweeping views of the Atlantic from the roof terrace. Tea service on arrival with pastries is a must along with sunset cocktails with a sea view. The roof overlooks ramparts, souks and the Essaouira beach. Property Amenities: Rooftop Terrace, Restaurant, Laundry Services, Wifi

Where to Stay in the Sahara Desert:
Best Luxury Desert Camp, Sahara Glamping

Best Luxury Desert Camp, Sahara Glamping


Travel Exploration offers a Private Sahara Desert Luxury Camp that is well siutated southeast of the village of Merzouga in the heart of the Erg Chebbi Dunes. Located just one-hour drive from the city of Erfoud, this Luxury Desert camp is in the heart of the impressive sand dunes, away from the areas visited by tourists. The luxury tented camp consists of large bedroom tents and a big restaurant tent. The bedroom tents offer hotel room comfort and can comfortably accommodate a queen size bed, a spacious double bed, or three wide single beds. En suite facilities are comprised of a private washing area within each luxury tent. The restaurant tent has five tables, and offers traditional meals prepared by our chef, and served by candlelight with local Moroccan wines.

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Discover The Best of Morocco - Travel Exploration
Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel.  We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 or + 1 (212) 618882681 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

Luxury Honeymoon in Morocco, The Top 5 Reasons to Choose Morocco Travel For Your Dream Honeymoon Destination

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Honeymoon Morocco, Oualidia Coastal View

Honeymoon Morocco, Oualidia Coastal View










A Honeymoon is the most special and trips of a life time that requires love, luxury and planning. At Morocco Travel we can guide help you create a customized Luxury Honeymoon in Morocco that will leave you with a lifelong memory. A Luxury Honeymoon in Morocco will allow you to relax completely while exploring ancient Roman Ruins, visit Imperial Cities, take a Romantic Trek in the Sahara Desert’s Sand Dunes and then be whisked off to a quiet and tranquil Moroccan Hotel that boasts lush green gardens, marble fountains and exotic trees and flowers. A private Morocco Honeymoon is a luxury worth including in your wedding budget and planning. Morocco as a Luxury Honeymoon Destination will be the dream vacation of a lifetime.



Morocco is a cold country with a hot sun and boasts 300+ days of sunshine each year. This guarantees a Luxury Morocco Honeymoon with perfect weather. Morocco is one of the most fascinating and romantic destinations in the world. Just 7 ½ hours from New York City, Morocco offers honeymooners and newlyweds the advantage of a reasonable Morocco Travel journey and a quick arrival to your destination city within Morocco.

The Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Morocco For a Luxury Honeymoon are:

1. Morocco guarantees great weather, beautiful sunrises and starlit sunsets

2. Morocco has some of the world best cuisine and Moroccan dining can be done at some of the most elegant restaurants that include live entertainment

3. Morocco is only 7 ½ hours from New York City and offers Morocco Luxury first class flight accommodations

4. Morocco has some of the worlds’ finest Moroccan Hotels

5. Morocco is a place you can easily get lost allowing for a Morocco Honeymoon Dream Vacation and experience.











As a Luxury Honeymoon destination Morocco offers a wide variety of activities for adventurous newlyweds who want to truly have a Morocco Travel experience and for those who prefer to relax on a Morocco Honeymoon.

Some of the Morocco Honeymoon Adventure Experiences are:

–  Camel Trekking Tour in the Sahara Desert of Merzouga across the Erg Chebbi Dunes

– Horseback riding tour by the seaside town of Essaouira

– Hiking Mount Djbel Toukbal in Imlil, the Moroccan Kilamanjaro equivalent

– Exploring by foot across Morocco’s Draa Valley, the Dades Valley and onto Berber Villages in the High Atlas Mountains











Some of the Morocco Honeymoon Romantic & Relaxation Experiences & Moroccan Hotspots are:

– Romantic Morocco Hotels: Enjoy your stay in a Romantic Morocco Hotel such as Amanjana, La Mammonia, Le Maison Arabe, Riad Kasbah Tamadot, Le Jardin De La Koutoubia or Riad Farnatchi. These Morocco Hotels will provide you with the spirit of Moroccan hospitality, luxurious and contemporary amenities, the finest Moroccan cuisine.

– The blue and whitewashed quiet city of Chefchaouen, Morocco where you can get lost in the old Moroccan medina and dine on some of the best goat cheese in the world.

– Shop the Souks of Morocco in a quiet town such as Taradount where you can shop for hand woven carpets, silver jewelry, and pottery in this peaceful Berber city tat is often referred to the sister-city of Marrakesh.

– Explore a Marrakesh Spa and spend the day having a rose water, almond or orange water massage.











For a full customized Luxury Morocco Honeymoon Tour consider spending 2 weeks in the Maghreb and visiting popular cities like Casablanca, Marrakesh, Essaouira, Chefchaouen, Fes, Fez, Meknes, Volubilis, Rabat and the Sahara Desert. A Luxury Morocco Honeymoon at one of the beautiful beaches in Essaouira, Agadir or Moulay Bousslam is also an opportunity to enjoy the seaside for relaxation or for water sports. A Morocco Travel Luxury Honeymoon is a romantic one to consider as Morocco will captivate with its variety of Mountain, Desert, City and Village scenery that make it the perfect Honeymoon destination.

As a Morocco Travel Agency, Travel Exploration can help you plan a Luxury Morocco Honeymoon. Come Travel to Morocco With Us!












For more information about a Luxury Honeymoon to Morocco

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Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Google on call Travel Exploration at 1 (800) 787-8806 1800-787-8806  and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.

Morocco Travel at its Best: The Top 10 Riads and Hotels in Marrakech

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

You have dreamed of traveling to Morocco, of exploring the colorful souks of Marrakech and sampling the Moroccan cuisine, but where to stay during your trip?  Below are listen 10 of Marrakech’s most luxrious and breath-takingly gorgeous hotels and riads.  Whether you are looking for the ultimate in sophistication, a private getaway for you and your lover, or the perfect starting place for an out-door Moroccan adventure, these hotels have something to offer everyone…

La Mason Arabe


La Mason Arabe, a hotel located in medina of Marrakech, is the picture of elegance and indulgence. The hotel itself, a restored Moroccan riad, is built around two flower-filled patios and has 9 rooms and 8 suites, two restaurants, an impeccably blue swimming pool, luxury spa, and a cooking school. Using Moroccan materials and techniques handed down over the centuries gifted Moroccan craftsmen returned the old riad back to its original and spectacular form.


The rooms in La Mason Arabe, many with fireplaces and private terraces, each have a unique layout and embody the exotic and colorful styles of Moroccan décor. With brightly colored bedspreads and pillows with intricate beading set against the stark white of the walls and the deep earthen ceilings make for an aesthetic view while the bathrooms, no two alike, are designed using Moroccan marble and granite.

Riad Kniza


This small luxury hotel dating back to the 18th century is located at the heart of the medina in Marrakech and has been completely restored by world-renowned antique dealer Haj Mohamed. The Riad Kniza has eleven tastefully decorated rooms built around three courtyards with a view of the Moroccan sky. Each room has a satellite TV, air conditioning, and free WiFi connections.


The restaurant at Riad Kniza, with only nine tables either in the restaurant or under the night sky on the roof terrace, offers a romantic and intimate atmosphere for diners who wish to taste the freshest of Moroccan cuisine.


The hotel is conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Jema L’Fna Square where visitors can explore the colorful souks, sample the sweet mint tea, and delight in the story tellers and snake charmers Jema L’Fna Square has to offer.



Amanjena, meaning “peaceful paradise”, offers 32 spacious private pavilions, eight with private pools, and all with multi-faceted high domes, and wood-burning sunken fires to set the mood. Each terrace has a private pillared gazebo with cushions making it the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the Moroccan night. Surrounded by the lush greens of the olive grove and fruit trees, the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, and the buzzing activity of the medina of Marrakech the Amanjena offers the utmost in luxury and indulgence.


Amanjena offers something for everyone, from fine Moroccan and international cuisine at their dinner restaurant, two clay tennis courts with an arched central pavilion for refreshments, a timber-floor gym for recreation, and a hammam for those looking for some rest and relaxation.

Kasbah Le Mirage

The Kasbah Le Mirage is a hotel like no other. Located 4km from Marrakech facing the Palmeraie and the snow-capped Atlas Mountains the Kasbah Le Mirage sits at the heart of traditional mud-walled houses on the banks of the River Tensift. The last few meters to the hotel are traveled on foot on a dusty trail that leads guests to the vast reception hall on an ocre patio and luscious indoor gardens. Luxurious and unsurpassed hotel service, spa treatments, and fine dining is combined with outdoor activities such as quad-biking, archery, and horse riding to make the Kasbah a unique and fabulous experience.

La Sultana, Marrakech


La Sultana Marrakech is located in the heart of the “golden triangle”, at the entrance of the city walls, next to the royal palaces, and right next to the famous Jema El Fna Square. La Sultana is a member of Small Luxury Hotels and Great Hotels of the World and lives up to its reputation with its 28 sophisticatedly decorated rooms and marble-filled bathrooms. Panoramic terraces complete with a misted solarium, bar, gazebo, and open air massage room only add to the elegance and indulgence of this 5 star hotel. With its flowered patios and blossoming orange trees La Sultana makes for the perfect romantic getaway.


Sofitel Marrakech Imperial Spa


The drive up to the Sofitel is elegant enough, a palm tree lined driveway surrounding a magnificent fountain leads visitors up to the magnificent arched entrance. The 346 rooms and suites, each tastefully decorated in Moroccan décor, offer guests the ultimate luxury and comfort and a view of the Atlas Mountains, pool, or gardens. The spa at Sofitel offers guests the traditional black soap scrubs, body wraps, ghassoul clay, and Berber facial treatments. Those wishing to experience the Marrakech night life will be please to know that Sofitel boasts three bars and is in close proximity to a night club. With Sofitel’s luxury spa waiting for you upon your return don’t hesitate to dance the night away.

Jnane Salmia

Jnane Salmia is a luxurious privately owned villa located in Palmerie, a short drive from the center of Marrakech. The villa is perfect for a family, group of friends, or the rooms can be rented out individually. The main house is comprised of five stunning bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and balconies overlooking the luscious gardens. The second house contains two bedrooms each with a bathroom, and sitting room with a common sitting room joining the two. Each house has its own private swimming pool allowing guests to soak up the Moroccan sun in the cool clear water.

Meals are created for the guests exclusively by the resident chef whose cooking is a fusion of European and Moroccan cuisines. Visitors dine on exquisite meals in the luscious gardens of olive trees, rosemary, lavender, and jasmine that surround their villas. For the ultimate private escape visit Jnane Salmia, Marrakech.

Dar Les Cigognes

This luxury boutique hotel, located in the medina in Marrakech, was created from two riads which are connected by a bridge over a small alleyway. With just 11 rooms Dar Les Cigognes guarantees its visitors superb personal service in their Moroccan chic rooms complete with canopied beds and lavish bathrooms.

Meals, snacks, and drink are provided for guests when and where they please, either in one of the many bhous, out in the courtyards, or under the Moroccan sky on the roof terrace. Local and fresh ingredients are used to make the finest in Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine that is sure to excite and satisfy any taste bud.

Ksar Char-Bagh

Ksar Char-Bagh is located just 6km from the medina in Marrakech and is situated in the heart of a palmgrove.  With only 12 Harim suites and one apartment, each extravagantly decorated Ksar Char-Bagh offers superb and personalized service.  The Harims, which means small apartment within a palace, are sensually decorated with low-lighting Moroccan lamps, intricately embroidered pillows, and deep marble baths.  The hotel itself was inspired by 14th century Moorish architecture and running water, symbolising the rivers of paradise, run both inside and out.  With a magnificent palm tree lined pool surrounded by luxurious lounge chairs, guests are invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Moroccan sun.

Terre Resort and Spa

This luxury resort and spa is based on the traditional Moroccan riad-style architecture but has added its own twist by using an 8-sided octogone shape for its buildings rather than the traditional 4-sided.  This octogone theme is incorporated throughout the resort, from its 18 private 8-sided villas to its octogone hammam and 8-hand massage.

The Terre spa incorporates a holistic and non-invasive approach to its rejuvinizing and restorative facials and massage therapies.  The hammam itself is a peaceful oasis that allows guests a break from their chaotic routines and a chance to relax and cleanse with the traditional Moroccan steam bath.

The ten hotels listed above are among Marrakech‘s most luxurious and elegent hotels.  Each one steeped in the rich Moroccan history and culture they provide their guests with the perfect place to begin and end their Moroccan adventures.


Travel Exploration specializes in Morocco Travel. We provide Tours and travel opportunities to Morocco for the independent traveler and tailor-made tours for families and groups with a distinctly unique flavor. From Morocco’s Seven Imperial Cities, to the Magical Sahara Travel Exploration offers a captivating experience that will inspire you. At Travel Exploration we guarantee that you will discover the best of Morocco! Google on call Travel Exploration at (917)703-2078 and let’s book a tour to Morocco for you today.