This exclusive beachfront spa resort expertly blends exotic Moroccan charm with a relaxation-inspiring Mediterranean vibe, with the guest accommodation, exclusively pool villas, as the absolute highlight.
We adore the Singaporean brand of Banyan Tree and enjoyed our stay at their outposts in Seychelles, Koh Samui, Bangkok, and the Maldives. Tamouda Bay in Africa is their first resort along the Mediterranean, so we could not miss the opportunity of checking it out when in Morocco.
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A world unto its own
The north coast of Morocco is not the first stop for many tourists vacationing in the country, and neither it was for us, but it ended up being a great place to wrap up the journey. We traveled in and around Marrakech, then to Tangier, from there to Chefchauen, and finally to the coast. But even as the geographical distances were ultimately not vast, Banyan Tree could just as well be a world away from the heaving medinas of Marrakech or Tangier, or the colorful pathways of the “blue city.”
Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay is striking. Facing a vast, flat beach, the property combines the Andalusian-Moorish legacy of the region with the Moroccan heritage, resulting in a serene but grand architecture, stylistically anchored in the sense of place.
The palatial reception building is cut through with long corridors and tall arched doorways and laced with hand-cut mosaic tiles and wrought ironwork. While the exteriors are austere, the interiors are sumptuous, elegantly decorated with intricate Moroccan panels, and set in rich bronze and blues.
Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay is an all-villa resort, spread across a 69-acre beachfront site, with buildings surrounded by neat lawns and palm trees.
The guest accommodation is a highlight of the resort — we could write the entire review about the villa we stayed in.
As we entered our villa, we immediately recognized Banyan Tree’s hallmark style that always takes subtle cues from the local traditions. The design channels Moroccan charm and a Mediterranean spirit while infusing the living spaces with contemporary elegance. The décor carries a theme of floral Arabesque, set in neutral tones.
The living room is naturally connected to the spacious master bedroom to the side and the garden with an outdoor swimming pool. Indeed all interior spaces, including the beautiful en-suite bathroom with the spectacular stone round bathtub, open up to the swimming pool, allowing to step into the cool water directly from the rooms.
Things to do
The resort facilities include various restaurants and bars, as well as a cigar parlor and beach club, located in front of the beach, and behind a man-made lake that reflects the brilliant architecture of the resort. The beach is vast and flat and stretches ad infinitum in both directions, though it clearly is publicly accessible, and other resorts and complexes are visible not far away. The resort offers water sports and activities, and the sea is calm in the Tamouda Bay.
A must-try is the fantastic Banyan Tree Spa, with the signature Rainforest Experience as a particular highlight. The experience includes a hydrothermal path leading guests from one watery sensation to another, from pattering rains to mists of varying temperatures.
If chilling by the pool or indulging in the spa is not enough, the concierge can organize sightseeing trips, e.g., to the Blue City, one of the prettiest towns in Morocco.