After a year of saving for our perfect wedding, like many newly-weds we were a little strapped for holiday time and funds for our big future honeymoon trip to Costa Rica. So after a bit of careful planning and loads of help from our Morocco Specialist, we decided to have a little 5 night mini-moon to Morocco to celebrate, and what a wonderful choice it was!
When I first thought about planning a honeymoon in Morocco my head was filled with dusty back streets, bustling squares, and desolate deserts; I had never considered that this diverse and beautiful country would surprise me so much!
As Gatwick is only 30 minutes from us, we took our half-filled carry on luggage and jumped on a quick 3 hour flight to the African continent! I am from California, and the idea of travelling to a completely different world in 3 hours was absolutely thrilling! By dinner time, we were eating tagine overlooking the Jemma el Fna square watching the city come alive, and listening to the call to prayer, amazing!
The following day we headed up to the Atlas Mountains to explore the high desert and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As soon as you leave the Medina walls the modern world falls away, and the true Morocco shines. Families gather under olive trees in their orchards cooking tagine in the open air with children playing and grandparents napping in the cool shade.
About 1.5 hours away from Marrakesh is the tiny mountain town of Imil, where our honeymoon Kasbah awaited. Our transfer dropped us at the base of the mountain and we were greeted by our personal mule ready to help us carry our luggage up the little hill to the hotel.
We approached a giant wooden gate and stepped out of our brown and dusty desert into a scenic and lush Utopia. The Kasbah gardens were fresh and green, smelling of rosemary, and cherry blossoms, beyond the low walls of the Kasbah were the vibrant terraced gardens and water falls that were the centre of life of the community. Past that was a great expanse of tree dotted foothills that stood before spectacular snow covered mountain peaks that were absolutely awe-inspiring. In short this was the perfect destination for our little mini-moon.
We spent the next few days taking walks into the villages and hiking up the goat paths to get spectacular views of the villages below. Each morning we indulged in delicious homemade breakfast on our private balcony, it is a honeymoon after all!
For lunch the Kasbah had the most wonderful rooftop veranda with excellent food, and even better views, which caught the sun most of the day. In the afternoons we enjoyed reading in the sunshine on our private terrace sipping wine and listening to the goats returning from the hills.
In the evenings we joined the rest of the guests for a wonderful set menu in the cosy dining room, with open wood burning fire, and wonderfully friendly staff. One evening we were even treated by some wonderful Arabic folk songs sung by the chef himself, so friendly and fun!
On one of the days we had a local guide take us a bit deeper into the mountains, where we visited a local village and hiked to a stunning peak overlooking the entire valley. We had a fresh and filling picnic lunch, throwing our apple cores to appreciative baby goats being shepherded by.
After only a few days in this high desert oasis we were reluctant to leave the warm summer days in the gardens, and the crisp mountain nights filled with the sounds of the waterfalls outside our bedroom window.
It was the perfect little Mini-moon and I simply cannot wait to go back!