One stipulation that came from Mr London Mum was that wherever we went on holiday we had to have some time to just chill out and relax.
He knows me too well, I’m an on the go type person so I like to have full itineraries when I visit somewhere.
But considering he’d been working abroad for 8 weeks straight with only the odd weekend off I figured I could indulge him his wishes, and of course being pregnant and having our three-year old the idea did seem quite appealing.
If you want to read whether Morocco is suitable while pregnant or with a young child, read the post I wrote previously here.
So with his orders in place I checked out a variety of my favourite websites to book accommodation.
Booking.com came up with the best options for Marrakech and through them I booked the hotel Les Deux Tours.
^^ Little London T-Shirt| Polarn O Pyret
The main picture on the booking.com website didn’t exactly grab me, but at the same time the reviews were amazing and the further I looked into the hotel the better it seemed to be.
Their own website is a much better representation of the retreat and the fact that it’s a Mr and Mrs Smith rated hotel let me know I was booking an amazing place for the start of our holiday.
Twenty minutes from the airport, driving past the busy parts of Marrakech the taxi took us out into the Palmeraie area. In all honesty there’s not a huge amount to do or see in the Palmeraie area, but it’s peaceful in comparison to staying in centre of Marrakech, whilst only being a short 10 minute drive away.
As we drove up to the big gates of Les Deux Tours the sun was shining nice and hot, and I just couldn’t wait to get myself book in hand by the pool.
We left our luggage by the guard at the gates at his insistence, and were shown the way to the reception.
No formal check ins at the desk here. We were shown to a seating area outside and brought mint tea and a plate of biscuits while we were checked in. With a toddler, it just made everything so much easier. He was happy and relaxed, so we were happy and relaxed.
^^ T-Shirt| Original Penguin
We were shown to our room where our cases had already been delivered, and actually to call it a room would be an injustice.
Our front door led to a courtyard which the two bedrooms were both off. A double for us and a single for Little London. The large bathroom was equidistant from both rooms and we just felt like we had the space in there to really not feel crammed in with our toddler (even if he did choose to sleep in our bed at night).
^^ This is literally the only picture I have from our room, I just didn’t think to take pictures until we left and I realised I’d taken none! This is from the courtyard.
There are some suites available with their own private pools and I can only imagine how beautiful those suites must be, because ours was gorgeous.
The high vaulted ceilings and the scent of oranges growing on our own orange tree in the courtyard was just so beyond my expectations.
Les Deux Tours was our first glimpse into how Moroccans treat children. I can not tell you just how amazing they all are with children. Nothing is too much trouble, and they go out of their way to make sure children are happy and entertained.
It’s a totally different culture so if you don’t like the idea of your child being lavished in love and possibly kissed, then Morocco isn’t for you. But for us we loved it. And Little London lapped it up.
By the pool he’d play games with the general manager of the hotel which would involve throwing a ball into the pool and waiting for the wind to slowly bring it back to the edge. I’m not talking about a 5 minute game here either, I’m talking about an hours worth of attention at a time.
At the restaurant the musician who was playing traditional Moroccan music just loved it when our son went up to watch him more closely, even singing him his own song using his name. And then he showed us proudly the pictures of his children from home. People connect through children in Morocco and it’s so beautiful to see.
At breakfast the staff would play peek-a-boo with our son at the table from behind doors, keeping him occupied but always at a respectful distance from us eating our breakfast (not that we would have minded at all had they wanted to even sit down with us!).
If he got fidgety before we’d finished breakfast they’d take him off into the gardens in front to feed the peacocks if they were strolling by.
They just genuinely love children.
It just helped us as a couple enjoy our surroundings knowing that our child was happily occupied and safe and it wasn’t just about one of us having to keep an eye on him at all times- trust me the feeling was quite novel!
With swings in the gardens which overlook the home-grown produce and a pen of friendly goats that eat out of your hands, including a new-born baby goat there was never a dull hour for my child between pool playing and jumping on the 4 poster beds that are scattered around the 3 hectare park.
Although the area Les Deux Tours is in, hasn’t got much going on outside its gates (although camel riding can be arranged and you’ll notice many a camel on the drive in), there is a free shuttle bus taking you into the Medina and back again if you want to experience that Medina lifestyle without staying there.
We also looked at the possibility of booking a tour into the Atlas mountains, and Les Deux Tours were very helpful in helping us to create a bespoke trip to suit our needs. But in the end we decided we would come back another time and take advantage of staying in the mountains for a bit before exploring more of Morocco. The driving might have been a little much for Little London and I wasn’t sure if my morning sickness would stay away if we left early to fit everything in.
So we stuck to enjoying the sunshine by the pool.
^^ Bikini| Wolf & Whistle
The food at Les Deux Tours was delicious. The breakfast was well catered for and provided everything and more that we could want. The coffee was great, the mint tea sublime and the fresh squeezed orange juice was just heaven. Dinner at the restaurant was exceptional and even if you don’t stay at Les Deux Tours I’d recommend a meal there.
Being pregnant and with a toddler we didn’t take advantage of the bar room, and I also gave the spa treatments a miss because I really wanted a hammam but know it’s not recommended in pregnancy. But next time we visit I’m booking in for everything!
Because yes, there will be a next time. I felt like we hit gold finding Les Deux Tours. I highly recommend it.