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Shrove Tuesday: incredible pancake recipes

22-01-2021
We are glad to share our Moroccan pancake recipe as featured on Tempus Magazine.BY TEMPUS | 10 FEB 2021 | INDULGEPancake Day is just around the corner, so why not try out one of these worldly pancake recipes?Like many of us, you may have been told that money makes the world go round. However upon further research, Tempus can confirm that does in fact appear to be pancakes that perpetuate the rotation of the globe. These small
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We are glad to share our Moroccan pancake recipe as featured on Tempus Magazine.

BY TEMPUS | 10 FEB 2021 | INDULGE

Pancake Day is just around the corner, so why not try out one of these worldly pancake recipes?

Like many of us, you may have been told that money makes the world go round. However upon further research, Tempus can confirm that does in fact appear to be pancakes that perpetuate the rotation of the globe. These small fluffy discs are a culinary touchstone in hundreds of cuisines across the globe, with each culture developing their own distinct styles.

Thus, if you are feeling particularly adventurous this pancake day (16 February) and wish to travel the world from the comfort of your own kitchen, Tempus and The PC Agency have compiled a list of the best pancake recipes from some of our favourite hotels and more from across the globe. 

MOROCCO

The Msemen Pancake from La Sultana Marrakech

Msemen is a flat, square Moroccan pancake with a crisp and flaky outside and a delicious chewy inside. It is traditionally served for breakfast with honey and butter but can also be enjoyed in the evening with Moroccan mint tea or coffee. While it may be a slightly more complicated recipe, La Sultana ensures it will be worth it.

Ingredients 

- 3 1/2 cups white flour, - all purpose or bread

- 1/2 cup fine semolina or durum flour

- 2 tsp sugar

- 2 tsp salt

- 1/4 tsp dry yeast 

- 1 1/2 cups warm water 

For folding the Msemen

- 1 cup vegetable oil

- 1/2 cup fine semolina

- 1/4 cup very soft unsalted butter 

Method

Making the Msemen dough

1. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add the water and combine to make a dough. 

2. Knead the dough by hand (or with a mixer and dough hook) until very smooth, soft and elastic but not sticky. Adjust water or flour as necessary to achieve that texture.

3. Divide the dough into balls the size of small plums. Be sure the top and sides of the balls are smooth. Transfer the balls of dough on an oiled tray, cover loosely with plastic and leave to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

4. While the dough is resting, set up a work area. You'll need a large flat surface for spreading and folding the dough. Set out bowls of vegetable oil, semolina and very soft butter. Set your griddle or large frying pan on the stove, ready to heat up.

Shaping the Msemen

1. Generously oil your work surface and your hands. Dip a ball of dough in the oil and place it in the center of your work space. Using a light touch and quick sweeping motion from the center outward, gently spread the dough into a paper-thin, roughly shaped circle. Oil your hands as often as needed so that they slide easily over the dough.

2. Dot the flattened dough with butter and sprinkle with semolina. Fold the dough into thirds like a letter to form an elongated rectangle. Dot again with butter, sprinkle with semolina, and fold again into thirds to form a square. 

3. Transfer the folded dough to the oiled tray and repeat with the remaining balls of dough. Keep track of the order in which you folded the squares. 

Cooking the Msemen

1. Heat your griddle or frying pan over medium heat until quite hot. Starting with the first Msemen you folded, take a square of dough and place on your oiled work surface. Oil your hands and pat the dough firmly to flatten it to double its original size. 

2. Transfer the flattened square to the hot griddle and cook, turning several times, until cooked through, crispy on the exterior and golden in color. Transfer to a rack.

3. Repeat with the remaining squares, working with them in the order in which they were folded. You can flatten and cook several at a time if your pan or griddle can accommodate them.

4. When each Msemen has cooled for a minute or two, pick it up from opposite ends and gently flex it for a few seconds with a quick back and forth, see-saw motion. This helps separate the laminated layers from each other.

5. Serve the Msemen immediately, or allow to cool completely before freezing.

This recipe comes from La Sultana Marrakech, Morocco.

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Read full article with recipes from around the world : Tempus Magazine


Beach Clean-up on World Wetland Day 2sd of February 2021

20-01-2021
Oualidia’s lagoon is an exceptional site of ecological importance for bird conservation that extends over 12km. Protected by the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, the lagoon is a stopover haven for most water bird species that migrate the east-Atlantic route between Spain and sub-Saharan Africa in Spring and Autumn. Rare bird species including pink flamingos, grey herons, great cormorants, storks and spatulas
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Oualidia’s lagoon is an exceptional site of ecological importance for bird conservation that extends over 12km. Protected by the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, the lagoon is a stopover haven for most water bird species that migrate the east-Atlantic route between Spain and sub-Saharan Africa in Spring and Autumn. Rare bird species including pink flamingos, grey herons, great cormorants, storks and spatulas visit the lagoon during these times.

Overlooking the lagoon lies La Sultana Oualidia, a beguiling Moorish fortress surrounded by orange, olive and palm trees, a hidden gem with 12 individually designed rooms and suites. The team at La Sultana Oualidia feel passionately about protecting the lagoon and in particular safeguarding the life of the birds by banishing plastic pollution. This is why, on 2 February 2021, to honour World Wetland Day the entire team at La Sultana Oualidia will spend a whole day cleaning up the lagoon.

How do we help?

Our excursion “Bird Safari” is specifically designed to raise awareness to our valued guests and staff to show the value of the natural reserve and invite everyone to protect it.

Also, as part of La Sultana Hotels’ Sustainability & Conservation activities, La Sultana Oualidia teams spend time each day clearing the lagoon beach near the hotel, and every Thursday with the help of the local fishermen, bring any litter to the shore. Twice a year, every member of the La Sultana Oualidia team take part in a ‘Lagoon Clean Up Day’ in order to have a more significant impact on reducing the litter in the lagoon. This year, to help raise awareness of the lagoon’s important ecosystem, La Sultana Oualidia will host it’s ‘Lagoon Clean Up Day’ on World Wetland Day, which celebrates the date of the Convention on Wetlands date of inauguration - 2 February 1971. 

How can you participate?

La Sultana Oualidia are pleased to work with the local community to ensure the local lagoon, beaches and town are clean and free of rubbish. The team invite volunteers to partake and will be delighted to provide a bag for them to put any discarded rubbish inside. Once finished, the bag can be returned to La Sultana Oualidia’s concierge who will ensure it is recycled or disposed of appropriately. Volunteers are then invited to enjoy a cup of Moroccan Mint tea as a thank you for helping to keep Oualidia clean. Please email us at WantToHelp@lasultanahotels.com to book your participation. 

Why are wetlands important?

Wetlands are areas of land that are saturated or flooded with water, either permanently or seasonally. Inland wetlands include marshes, ponds, lakes, fens, rivers, floodplains and swamps. Coastal wetlands, like Oualidia include saltwater marshes, estuaries, mangroves, lagoons and even coral reefs. The teem with biodiversity providing homes for many endangered species and people. They are part of our natural infrastructure and provide essential protection against environmental issues such as flooding and drought.

La Sultana Oualidia’s 2021 campaign wishes to highlight the contribution of wetlands to the quantity and quality of freshwater on our planet. Water and wetlands are connected in an inseparable co-existence that is vital to wildlife, our wellbeing and the health of our planet. 

You can read about our actions and initiatives in Conservation & Sustainability 

Event registered with Ramsar for World Wetland Day 2021


Oualidia featured in TF1 daily news

03-01-2021
Watch about Oualidia's lagoon on TF1 news on 3rd January 2021: Oualidia, le nouveau paradis marocain.https://fb.watch/3aN7E0dIyx/https://www.tf1.fr/tf1/jt-we/videos/oualidia-le-nouveau-paradis-marocain-20455971.html 

Watch about Oualidia's lagoon on TF1 news on 3rd January 2021: Oualidia, le nouveau paradis marocain.

https://fb.watch/3aN7E0dIyx/

https://www.tf1.fr/tf1/jt-we/videos/oualidia-le-nouveau-paradis-marocain-20455971.html 



Where's Oualidia? - A guest review July 2020

27-07-2020
We are glad to share a beautiful testimony from repeating guests, with whom we re-opened the property after the Covid-19 pandemic.WHERE’S OUALIDIA?"About 45 minutes into the drive south from Casablanca, the landscape starts to change. Fertile agricultural land gives way to firm red earth and barren rocky soils. Waist-high stone walls of marine limestone punctuate the empty rolling hills. You turn off the new tollway for the old
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We are glad to share a beautiful testimony from repeating guests, with whom we re-opened the property after the Covid-19 pandemic.

WHERE’S OUALIDIA?

"About 45 minutes into the drive south from Casablanca, the landscape starts to change. Fertile agricultural land gives way to firm red earth and barren rocky soils. Waist-high stone walls of marine limestone punctuate the empty rolling hills. You turn off the new tollway for the old coastal road, beginning at the unattractive port town of Jorf Lasfar, to continue heading south. Abruptly, the drab port landscape transforms to rocky cliffs, blocking the Atlantic waves from an extensive wetland system comprised of marshes, channels and sandpits. The road takes you past salt-pans that attract dozens of migratory bird species, and past lush farmland which produces the colourful array of peppers, onions, tomatoes and squash which are sold on the side of the road in simple palm-thatched shacks.

Normally this would be my segue to launch into the praise of one of Morocco’s unsung destinations and lavish you with reasons why you should visit. But today things are of course different. I still want to wow you on Oualidia [Wah-Lid-Iya], but also to describe about my recent experience of travel in Morocco, post-lockdown, in the middle of the pandemic.

For the last several years, my wife and I have made an annual tradition of spending a few nights in Oualidia to commemorate our wedding anniversary. There really is but one place to stay here – La Sultana, a well manicured 12-bedroom boutique hotel set on the edge of the Oualidia lagoon. Twice a day, the ocean floods the lagoon and its channels, up to a depth of nearly 4m at high tide, then emptying out almost completely at low tide. La Sultana with its architecture of local stone, lush gardens, and privileged position at the end of a dusty road surrounded by fields, presides over this natural phenomenon. It is the perfect kind of place, unique in Morocco, to disappear for a few days on a high-comfort but low-key romantic break, cooled by the Atlantic breezes, and salinated by the region’s famous oysters (harvested sustainably near the hotel). Local fishermen pluck fresh lobster, crab, razor clams and mussels from the rocky outcrops of the coast, often grilling it up for you right on the beach or at a couple of humble eateries in town.

There is little else to do here but enjoy a beach picnic, ride horses, relax by the pool or soak in your private jacuzzi (each room has one), or go for a scrub or massage in the hotel’s hammam. In the late afternoon, aperitifs by the bonfire, beachside under the hotel’s Berber tent or out over the lagoon at the hotel’s oyster bar, are where you want to be to enjoy the sunsets of the kind that leave you in wonder at the beauty of this world.

This year though was not going to be like past years.  La Sultana had been shut, as had all hotels in Morocco, since March when the government closed its international borders and issued shelter-in-place orders, making for one of the strictest and longest lockdowns in the world.

All things considered, Morocco did well during its confinement period, with much lower case and death rates than most countries in Europe. As part of a gradual loosening of restrictions, hotels were allowed to re-open at 50% capacity at the beginning of July which was when we’d normally be visiting. The question of whether or not to go this year was a tough one: what would a hotel experience be like with the limitations and regulations in place, and were we risking infection or being irresponsible by leaving home to go away for a weekend?  We thought long and hard, but ultimately my curiosity to “get back out there” and see how hotels are dealing with post-lockdown reopening got the better of me. And let’s face it: after a solid 100 days shut in our apartment with little more outdoor time than taking out the garbage, we had serious cabin fever. Birthdays, baptisms, and weddings had all been cancelled this spring, but virus be damned, this anniversary we were not going to spend at home. Taking confidence in the sanitary measures laid out by the Moroccan Health Ministry, we packed our weekend bags, donned our masks, and drove south.

I would be lying if I said our stay was just like our past three visits. Upon arrival our bags were unloaded from the car and whisked away for disinfecting before they were deposited in our rooms. Our temperatures were taken before we were allowed inside the garden grounds. And at check-in there was no paperwork to sign or credit cards to hand over (we had given this info ahead of time). Staff were as welcoming and as friendly as ever, but each member were required to wear masks at all times.

At 50% occupancy, all six rooms were booked on our arrival night. We only saw one family and one other couple while we were there, and the following night we were completely on our own. This is actually not all that different from the norm at La Sultana, and one of the reasons why we love the place. Even when full, you feel like you have it mostly to yourself.

Our room had “touchless” menus for room service, hotel info and activities, in the form of a Q-code to scan on a smartphone, and hand-sanitizer to take with you. Rooms were left empty for a minimum of 24-hours for a deep clean by the housekeeping team before new guests could check in, but that being said, I realized that at a hotel there are so many potential surfaces to touch that it is practically impossible to ensure every single last one of them is disinfected. The take away from this was to maintain the advice we’ve all been hearing now for months: wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, and avoid touching your face.

Once we settled in to this new reality, the truth is we had a very satisfying, deeply relaxing visit. We made ample use of the infinity pool, went for a boat ride on the lagoon and a beach picnic, and visited the hotel’s organic farm nearby. We enjoyed sleeping in late and having our breakfasts brought to the privacy of our patio to enjoy the scenery while tucking into fresh local fruit, home baked pastries and Moroccan pancakes. We also did a hammam scrub and massage under the stony columns of the hotel’s excellent spa, our first since the start of the pandemic. No request was too much for the staff, and one thing that has remained consistent is La Sultana’s wonderful team who are eager to please. We spent more time than in the past speaking with the staff, sharing stories of the lockdown and how things were in Oualidia (which registered very few actual cases). Most of the team at La Sultana have been there for years, so it was good to know that our dirhams and gratuities were also helping keep not just the hotel but the families that depend on them afloat.

And let’s not leave out the oysters. Heading out by boat, we visited one of the local producers that supplies the hotel, right off the lagoon. The oysters spend the first few years of their lives in the tidal waters, and the last six months or so in salt-water tanks before being sold. Oyster farming requires a zen patience, as they can take around three years to mature. Patience has become my mantra in these days of uncertainty, and I take great comfort in knowing that when the day comes when international travelers are welcome back to Morocco, there’s a wonderful little spot in Oualidia that will be welcoming them and capturing their hearts, as La Sultana has captured ours."

Read the full story and more : https://trufflepig.com/wheres-oualidia/

Photo credit : @Iberian_Nomad


La Sultana Oualidia is "One of the best luxury sports breaks around the world"

19-09-2019
La Sultana Oualidia is "One of the best luxury sports breaks around the world" The Telegraph says in an article written by Francesca Syz.How to get your Olympics hit by going on a sporty holiday instead"Anyone with even a fleeting interest in the Olympics will know that Tokyo 2020 was supposed to begin this Friday. All being well, it will take place this time next year. But in the meantime, we’ll have to get our sporty hit
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La Sultana Oualidia is "One of the best luxury sports breaks around the world" The Telegraph says in an article written by Francesca Syz.

How to get your Olympics hit by going on a sporty holiday instead

"Anyone with even a fleeting interest in the Olympics will know that Tokyo 2020 was supposed to begin this Friday. All being well, it will take place this time next year. But in the meantime, we’ll have to get our sporty hit elsewhere. 

The good news is there are lots of places you can go to channel your inner Usain Bolt this summer and, looking on the bright side, you now have an extra year to brush up on some of those sports that are going to be in the Olympics for the first time, for example, climbing, surfing and skateboarding.

If you’re the next Kelly Slater, La Sultana Oualidia, half way between Marrakech and Casablanca in Morocco, is the one for you. It sits on the edge of the sheltered Oualidia Lagoon (great for beginners). Outside the lagoon is the Atlantic and a stretch of coast considered one of the world’s finest surfing spots for pros. The hotel has teamed up with the excellent Surfland Surfcamp to offer surfing lessons to guests of all levels of experience (from £21pp)."

What sport to you like most when on the wild beaches of Oualidia? Surfing, Hiking, Horseriding, Fat-biking, Swimming, Fishing?


Here is the link to the full article:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/best-sport-holiday-cycling-swimming-break-summer-olympics/

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/olympics-hit-sporty-holiday-summer-101341520.html


Oualidia, the best Moroccan Beach by ELLE Magazine

19-09-2019
Morocco Beaches: From Lagoons And Wildlife, Through To Safety, Experts Give Their Best AdviceOur Morocco travel experts reveal their favouritesArticle pubished in ELLE written by SUSAN WARD DAVIESOnly three and a half hours’ flight away and with day time temperatures up in the mid 20s most of the winter, and still hitting the 30s all through the autumn, Morocco is our go-to place for a blast of sun, sea and surf just
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Morocco Beaches: From Lagoons And Wildlife, Through To Safety, Experts Give Their Best Advice

Our Morocco travel experts reveal their favourites

Article pubished in ELLE written by SUSAN WARD DAVIES

Only three and a half hours’ flight away and with day time temperatures up in the mid 20s most of the winter, and still hitting the 30s all through the autumn, Morocco is our go-to place for a blast of sun, sea and surf just as it starts getting wet and miserable back home.

But when it comes to beaches in Morocco, you need to choose wisely- there are so many different factors to consider. Are the waves too rough and wild to swim, or too tame to surf? Is it safe for women to sunbathe alone on them without getting hassled? Are the beaches easy or tricky to get to? Is there somewhere really cool to stay nearby? The places we have listed we think tick all the right boxes. We love small, individual, boutique hotels - each with something special about them: food, design, location ... and ideally within sight and sound of the waves. We also like our beaches wild and natural, with as few people on them as possible, unless they are surfers, that is : nothing beats watching a true surfing pro twisting and turning and tunnelling through the pounding breakers.

But don't just take our word for it. We’ve rounded up a panel of Moroccan travel experts from shoot producers, to Moroccan designers, to adventure travel specialists - to give you the insider lowdown on their favourite, off-the-beaten track places along the coast, as well as the very best places to stay and how to get there.

Number 1

BEACH: Oualidia

view of Oualidia beach, Morocco

WHO?

Max Lawrence, former shoot producer and Marketing Director of Hotel Les Deux Tours, Marrakech

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Set between Casablanca and Essaouira, Oualidia has an 11 km long lagoon with a tide that means the sand bars change throughout the day. It’s incredibly beautiful, full of wonderful wildlife including migratory birds such as pink flamingoes. The oysters are amazing and there is a great surf school there to get you out in the water.

HOW TO GET THERE

It’s around three hours drive north west of Marrakech (via Safi).

SWIM OR SURF ?

It's safe for swimming inside and outside of the lagoon and a perfect place to learn to surf, as the waves (and the currents) are not strong here.

SAFE FOR WOMEN?

Yes.

Link to full article: https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/travel/g28981416/morocco-beaches/

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In the Top 10 spa in Marrakech for traditional treatments with a dose of luxury

19-09-2019
The Spa of La Sultana Marrakech is included in the Top 10 Spa of the city for traditional treatments with a dose of luxury.Article by Paula Hardy in The Telegraph TravelSteam cleaned, smothered in mud and scrubbed up: what sounds like naughty playground behaviour is actually a glorious Moroccan hammam. Keeping your skin fresh and dewy this close to the Sahara requires extreme measures, and Berbers have stuck to more or less the same
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The Spa of La Sultana Marrakech is included in the Top 10 Spa of the city for traditional treatments with a dose of luxury.

Article by Paula Hardy in The Telegraph Travel

Steam cleaned, smothered in mud and scrubbed up: what sounds like naughty playground behaviour is actually a glorious Moroccan hammam. Keeping your skin fresh and dewy this close to the Sahara requires extreme measures, and Berbers have stuck to more or less the same beauty regime for centuries – steam cleansing in a hammam, followed by a thorough exfoliation, a mud mask made of dried roses and a coating of emollient argan oil. Sample some of the best traditional treatments at the best spa hotels in Marrakech.

At La Sultana Marrakech, the five riads are all decorated in a different style signifying various historic periods, from pale pink Riad Scheherazade which drips with intricate stucco work and fine zellij tiling typical of the Saadian era, to the jewel-coloured Riad Saadia, clad in carved cedarwood. La Sultana’s staff rank among the finest purveyors of hospitality in the city. Doing this is harder than it looks when there is such an array of facilities to manage, including a pool, solarium with sun beds and service, and a pink-hued spa with bathing pools set amid a colonnaded hammam which conjures visions of Cleopatra at bath time.

For more information, browse the Spa menu https://www.lasultanahotels.com/pdfs/La-Sultana-Hotels-Brochure-Spa-2.pdf

LA SULTANA HOTELS - True gems
Discover a gem in the city in Marrakech or a gem by the ocean in Oualidia
TEL. +212 5 24 38 80 08 - reservation@lasultanahotels.com
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After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco BY VOGUE USA

04-02-2019
We are thrilled to share another VOGUE article about Oualidia written by LANE NIESET "On the two-hour drive from the Casablanca airport, the landscape doesn’t change much. Not that I’m complaining. There’s something otherworldly about Morocco’s sea of caramel-colored sand dunes. The driver takes a quick right turn and starts off-roading, weaving around rocks on a narrow dirt path. When he suddenly stops, I blink my jetlagged
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We are thrilled to share another VOGUE article about Oualidia written by LANE NIESET

"On the two-hour drive from the Casablanca airport, the landscape doesn’t change much. Not that I’m complaining. There’s something otherworldly about Morocco’s sea of caramel-colored sand dunes. The driver takes a quick right turn and starts off-roading, weaving around rocks on a narrow dirt path. When he suddenly stops, I blink my jetlagged eyes. A Moorish, stone-covered fort—the village’s only luxury hotel, palace-style La Sultana Oualidia—stands guard in front of a lagoon, the sea roaring with foam-topped waves in the distance.

I’d heard whispers about Oualidia but had yet to meet anyone who had actually visited the village. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a saltwater lagoon on the other, Oualidia is a paradise of pink flamingos and oyster farms—the place locals gather for straight-from-the-sea shellfish (making it known as Morocco's oyster capital) and a glass of crisp, Moroccan white wine. In the 1940s, King Mohammed V built his summer palace along the water, decreeing Morocco’s first royal beach. The palace is now empty, but guards still protect the royal ruins, which blend in amongst the villas that dot the rust-red cliffs.

“For Moroccans, Oualidia is the high-end seaside destination that used to be home to the royal family, and since then, many wealthy families have followed,” explains La Sultana Oualidia’s head concierge, Nabil. Just as Saint-Tropez draws jetsetters each summer, chic Marrakshis and Casablancais still mimic the royals in August, descending on the under-the-radar surf town that’s quickly becoming the Montauk of Morocco. It’s one of the country’s best-kept surf secrets (the current king’s kids even come here to surf)—and since temperatures never dip below 64 degrees, you can hit the waves year-round.

It’s early November and there’s a slight chill in the air as we step on the motorboat and whisk across the lagoon to Surfland, a Quiksilver-sponsored surf camp started in the 1990s, where many of Morocco’s pros train, and where masters like Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones come to surf. “The site remains preserved from the masses of surfers, compared to spots in the south like Imsouane or Taghazout, where it's overcrowded,” says Surfland’s founder, Laurent Miramon. “The advantage of Oualidia is the bay, which is like a natural wave garden; whatever the size of the swell, you are guaranteed surf every day.”

We zip up our wetsuits and jump back on the boat, heading to a beginner-friendly spot in the center of the lagoon. Glancing at the waves crashing against the portal of pale rocks opening to the sea in the distance, I take a second to shake off my nerves before the instructor gently glides my board through the clear-as-glass water, shouting an encouraging “Allez!” Go!

Waves roll slowly, offering beginners plenty of opportunities to practice rising to their feet and riding to shore, while more advanced surfers cross over into the Atlantic, vying for a place at famous surf spot “Les Tomates,” named after the neighboring tomato farm. In spring and fall, birdwatchers flock to the lagoon and its salt marshes (a natural reserve) on boat safaris to see over 400 species, from white egrets to pink flamingoes that make the migration on the east-Atlantic route.

Red-and-green-painted fishing boats bob on the water as we cruise around the crescent-shaped lagoon to another one of its claims-to-fame: oysters. Modest, whitewashed buildings outfitted with Tiffany blue-colored shutters line the shore, housing restaurants and oyster farms. Seven farms drive the region’s oyster production, one of the most famous being Maison de l’Ostréa, which produces 200 tons of shellfish per year.

There’s more to Oualidia than oysters, Nabil is quick to remind us as we hike across a sandy dune where a photoshoot-worthy picnic sits tucked beneath honey-colored cliffs. Rattan-topped stools and a white-tableclothed table greet us under a tent supported solely by sticks, a beachfront version of a Bedouin camp. La Sultana Oualidia’s culinary team, meanwhile, is prepping a seaside barbecue worthy of a royal reception. First to arrive: platters of freshly shucked oysters, sourced from the neighboring farms we just visited. Next, the cook presents spider crabs the size of coconuts, so large they are nearly double the width of his palm. A light, floral white wine from Val d’Argan, near the port town of Essaouira where camels plow the organic vines, pairs perfectly with the briny oysters, leaving us with a nice midday buzz.

While Essaouira’s UNESCO-listed medina (whose 18th-century ramparts form the backdrop of Astapor, the Red City in Game of Thrones) and beach resorts may be a more common pairing with Marrakech, Oualidia’s noticeable lack of hotels is part of the village’s charm. Besides La Sultana Oualidia, the family-run L’Hippocampe (now managed by the owner’s son) offers 23 contemporary rooms that feel like a laid-back beach bungalow (think beautifully tiled terraces overlooking the lagoon). On Saturdays, visitors make the trek by donkey carriage to the weekly souk, or market. Others head off in search of another treasure—traditional pottery—hand-crafted in the fishing port town of Safi, the “land of potters,” located an hour’s drive from Oualidia (and a popular surf spot for its wave dubbed “The Garden”—Morocco’s most powerful tube wave—which many consider to be the best in Africa).

Once you wrap up a day on the waves, soothe your muscles in the Sultana’s cathedral-inspired spa composed entirely of stone. Morocco is the land of argan oil (you can buy some of the purest right from the pharmacy, or herboriste), which works wonders for everything from your hair to your skin, especially when applied in massage form after a full-body scrub in a hammam, Morocco’s answer to the Turkish bath. After taking part in this traditional ritual, I strolled down a lantern-lined path to the sand as the sun started to set over the lagoon. Just when I thought there couldn’t be a scene more picturesque, I stumbled upon my dinner “table” that evening: hand-weaved carpets sprawled across the sand under a Berber tent, where wicker baskets held another Moroccan tradition, tajine."

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Why Marrakech is a Can't-Miss Hot Spots For December

27-11-2018
Marrakech, Morocco There are many benefits of visiting Marrakech in December. It's the off-season, so that means a drop in hotel and airfare prices, fewer crowds, and cooler weather. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, visitors can get a glimpse of the annual Marrakech International Film Festival that's held in the city every year. Stay at the luxury five-star La Sultana Marrakech and spend Christmas or New
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Marrakech, Morocco

There are many benefits of visiting Marrakech in December.

It's the off-season, so that means a drop in hotel and airfare prices, fewer crowds, and cooler weather. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 8, visitors can get a glimpse of the annual Marrakech International Film Festival that's held in the city every year.

Stay at the luxury five-star La Sultana Marrakech and spend Christmas or New Year's Eve gathering for dinner in a traditional berber tent. La Sultana offers guests an exclusive package that takes them to the fairly new Yves Saint Laurent museum and Majorelle gardens, two sites not to be missed this December.

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Inspiring Magical Experiences at La Sultana

23-11-2018
INSPIRING MAGICAL EXPERIENCES   Celebrate in style with La Sultana festive-fairy program, enjoying a palette of luxurious and bespoke experiences.  Discover all the exciting events, from a tailor-made family Christmas evening to the celebration of New Year’s Eve in a festive atmosphere with music and joie de vivre. From the 1st of December, let's share the joy of spending Christmas with your loved ones in the Oriental
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INSPIRING MAGICAL EXPERIENCES  

Celebrate in style with La Sultana festive-fairy program, enjoying a palette of luxurious and bespoke experiences. 

Discover all the exciting events, from a tailor-made family Christmas evening to the celebration of New Year’s Eve in a festive atmosphere with music and joie de vivre.

From the 1st of December, let's share the joy of spending Christmas with your loved ones in the Oriental fairy of The Three Kings settling from the Desert to the lush patios of La Sultana. A selection of the best Christmas decorations will be available for sale at the boutique corner.

On December 24th, start your evening with a Moroccan story-telling session and tailor your Christmas with a Surprise menu elaborated with the Chef and order your traditional Yule Log cake.

Something is missing? Order your decorated Christmas tree in room!

Program available for download: www.lasultanahotels.com/pdfs/Programme-Noel-Nouvel-An-2018.pdf

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