Rhea Experiences The Magic of Conferences In Marrakesh
On arrival into Marrakesh, the fourth largest city in Morocco founded in 1062, we were transferred to the Hotel Du Golf which is part of the Palmeraie Resort. Here we enjoyed a lovely three course lunch outside by the pool in the afternoon sun. Feeling stuffed and somewhat sleepy we wandered through the resort past lots of shops and restaurants, to the Palm Spa for some relaxation in the jacuzzi followed by a lovely full body Moroccan massage.
Dinner was served in Le Karmoussa, the hotel’s Moroccan restaurant next to the golf course. A rich three course meal full of tagine and spices was served, accompanied by a Moroccan duo band. The service was brilliant and the food was presented in lovely traditional pots with lots of flavour and they certainly didn’t scrape on the portion sizes!
After filling ourselves with a delicious breakfast the following morning, we got taken around the whole resort.
Hotel De Golf Resort
The huge conference centre, with 5,000sqm of flexible space, is located in between both resorts. It is split into various meeting rooms and across two floors, the largest being the Atlas room which holds 1,500 people in theatre style layout. There are some smaller breakout rooms dotted around the resort away from the conference centre for private meetings. A large tent called the Orion Space, that’s 1,800sqm and only a short walk from the conference centre, was set up for lunch for the conference that was going on and offers a nice break away from the conference centre itself. The walls, ceiling and floor can also change colour to suit the client.
The resort itself has 1,500 rooms split over the two hotels. The Palmeraie Palace is decorated in beautiful Moroccan tiles and is full of indoor fountains, Moroccan musicians and felt more like a riad than a hotel. The rooms were more traditional and looked over the golf course or the pool area. The Hotel Du Golf was really modern with most rooms overlooking the pool. The hotel also has a huge outdoor space, that is great for cocktail receptions, and can hold up to 1,000 people using the outside and ground floor bar area of the hotel reception. The resort felt very nicely spread out and even though they were fully booked for a government conference you didn’t feel it at all.
Lunch that day was served outside at the golf course at the Le Terrassa restaurant, which seats up to 80 people. The space during the day changes into a smart golfers’ lunch space that serves international food choices with amazing views of the Atlas Mountains beyond the golf course.
We then got transferred to the Medina souk, which is the main souk in the centre of Marrakesh. It’s a buzzing, lively place full of spice stalls, handbags, jewellery and lamps. Two hours later and a handbag, three pairs of shoes and a chopping board later (all Christmas presents of course) we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner in the Brazilian burlesque restaurant, Fuego Latino.
This was my favourite venue! You sit around a cross shaped stage in the middle of the room with a big band at the back. Once the food started being served, singers and dancers came out and performed in front of you all night long. They were absolutely incredible and it was a fantastic place to hold a group dinner. The food was incredible! A choice of steak, chicken and fish were brought to the table, all on large skewers. The food kept coming until you turned your place card over to say stop! The whole space can hold up to 350 people with views of the stage from all angles.
On the final day there was just enough time to have another final walk around the Hotel Du Golf after breakfast before our transfer to the airport, which was one of the nicest I’ve been to. It was spotlessly clean, light and airy with amazing walls and roof.