luxury accommodation for families in Marrakech

All-inclusive villa. Private swimming pool. Friendly and family. Yes, I think I have your attention.

For a visit to Marrakech with children, your accommodation deserves consideration. It is a chaotic city that is often an assault on the senses. You’ll need an oasis of calm to balance this out (well, as quiet as possible when traveling with kids). If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the chaotic Marrakech experience, we recommend staying in a family-friendly riad (like Riad Les Hibiscus) in the heart of the medina.

Disclaimer: TraveLynn Family received 2 free nights of all-inclusive accommodation in a three-bed villa in exchange for this honest review and social media coverage. As always, these are all my own words and opinions.

But sometimes we all need a little luxury, a little treat. Maybe you’ve been to Marrakech before and don’t feel the need to see the sights, or Marrakech is your first entry point for your Morocco vacation after a hectic school term. Or maybe it’s the end of a Morocco road trip, and you need some time to decompress before you get back to reality.

If you fall into the latter camp, we strongly recommend that you treat yourself to an all-inclusive stay at the Mirage d’Atlas Marrakech. You will not be disappointed

Arrival at the Mirage d’Atlas

After a 5:30 am departure to catch our train from Fes to Marrakech, we were eager to arrive at our villa to relax. We had spent the past month traveling in northern Morocco (with a quick hop to Spain) and needed some decompression time before heading back to Essaouira for the following month.

Our taxi from Marrakech train station seemed to be driving for ages. Admittedly, it was only 25 minutes (the Mirage d’Atlas is located in La Palmeraie, alongside many other luxury hotels), but he eventually parked in the driveway.

Entrance to the Atlas Mirage

We were immediately put at ease with a cold, unpompous welcome; this is not a 5 star hotel with airs and graces. After filling out government forms for all family members (I really wish hotels didn’t force you to do this when you arrive after a long trip) we were ushered into the restaurant for a mint tea and fancy appetizers. The boys spotted the pool table immediately and the staff eagerly helped them play.

Our villa

First impression of our three bedroom villa? Wow Wow Wow. I needed help lifting my jaw off the floor. Such a beautiful and expansive place; so big that we just couldn’t take it all in at first.

A large living space includes the dining room, kitchen and living room. And two doors lead to large double bedrooms with sitting areas, large TVs and sumptuous en-suite bathrooms (my bocal dropped again when I noticed the size of the bath).

“And you can look up, ma’am.”

Is there a floor? I climbed the marble stairs to the top floor of another bedroom; the largest of the three, with an even bigger seating area, an even bigger bathroom and also outdoor seating.

And the interior really isn’t the best. The exterior is even more impressive with a covered seating area that partially covers the pool, lush gardens, and a row of inviting loungers. There is also a separate splash pool. It really is a wonderful place for a multi-generational gathering.

And if that’s not enough, there’s a larger, sheltered outdoor seating area with plush white cushions and a fireplace for the cooler months. This is where we enjoyed our lunch and dinner both days.

Things to note with the villa

There is no fencing around the pools, so keep an eye out for the little ones.

Also, the kitchen seemed rather tired and in need of updating, and lacked utensils and electrical appliances (like a kettle). But when your stay is all-inclusive, it really doesn’t matter. Although being English and loving tea, I called for a kettle and one was brought to us.

The main domain of the Atlas Mirage

If you can tear yourself away from your luxury villa, you also have access to the hotel’s main facilities, which include a beautiful heated swimming pool and other gardens dotted with swaying palm trees.

Mirage d'Atlas main swimming pool

To eat

A stay at the Mirage d’Atlas is all inclusive. This means that breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as all drinks (except alcohol) are included. However, check when booking that your booking is indeed all-inclusive.

The food was fantastic! Breakfast was a lovely variety served by the pool each morning, and lunch and dinner were enjoyed in the garden of our villa in the outside seating area. We just called reception after going through the villa menu and then half an hour later trays were painstakingly brought to our villa by waiters. I could really get used to this way of life! Although you can eat at the hotel restaurant if you want a change of scenery.

My meat-loving boys enjoyed the steak, and I, being a vegetarian, enjoyed the veggie starters (which were quite large as a main course) as an alternative to all the veggie tagines over the last few months of traveling across the Morocco. However, I was rather disappointed to see in a luxury hotel that a veggie burger was a normal burger without the patty, rather than a vegetarian alternative to the patty. I didn’t make that mistake the second night.

WIRELESS

While it’s a wonderful place to disconnect, as a family of digital nomads, we need WIFI for online work and study. Each villa has its own private WIFI hub. Brilliant connection.

Things to do near Mirage d’Atlas

La Palmeraie, which is the area where the Mirage d’Atlas is located, is not the best base if you want to fully immerse yourself in Marrakech life. Mirage d’Atlas is a place to disconnect and disconnect as much as possible from the world.

However, a taxi can be called to take you to the medina for 150 DH (around £12) each way.

If this is your first visit to Marrakech and you will not be returning on your Moroccan travels, we strongly urge you to take a taxi to the medina, take a walk, perhaps visit one of the gardens ( Majorelle Garden, Le Jardin Secret) or Bahai Palace, and savor a meal with a view of the Jemaa el-Fnaa brass band. Check out our guide to visiting Marrakech with children for inspiration.

Would we recommend the Atlas Mirage for families?

If your kids love the pool and parents crave luxury, then yes! The villa was a wonderful space to spread out and relax for a few days. However, any longer and your children might want to do other activities.

It’s a perfect place to maybe end or start your trips to Morocco with kids, as it’s the perfect place to decompress.

Getting to Mirage d’Atlas

You can pre-book a taxi through the hotel. It’s 150 DH from the center of Marrakech, although we negotiated our own taxi from Marrakech train station and it was 100 DH.

How to Book Atlas Mirage

Visit the Mirage d’Atlas website to book directly. At the time of this writing, the luxury villa costs EUR 312 per night.


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