Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay
A few months ago I had been selected as one of three European bloggers to be the guest of the recently opened five-star hotel Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay in southern Morocco. I’ve always dreamed of going to Morocco so I was truly happy about this wonderful opportunity. This amazing trip finally became true last week, in the beginning of November. After 3,5 hours flight from Paris to Agadir airport, we were picked up by the hotels private taxi. A drive of 40 kilometers awaited us, we passed by the vibrant port city Agadir along the coast road where palm trees were perfectly lined up one by one. I didn’t mind the ride, glued to the car window I curiously watched the traffic we were passing by, the buildings, the people on the roads and the dark blue water of the Atlantic Ocean. Very old cars were used, but don’t be surprised if you would see donkeys and horses sharing the same roads as them. Just before arriving to our hotel we also passed by the coastal village Aourir, also known as Banana Village. This is were you have organic banana farms and you’ll see plenty of roadside stalls filled with hanging banana bunches when passing by the village. After 45 minutes we arrived to Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay. [pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]the traditional Moroccan Mint Tea, very refreshing and delicious treat[/pullquote]We were warmly welcomed with a cup of the traditional Moroccan Mint Tea, very refreshing and delicious treat that we ended up having several times a day. Our Twin Bedroom was just perfect, all basic necessities, spacious bathroom well equipped with body and skincare products all containing argan oil, the gold of Morocco which I will write more about later. Further on a terrace facing the swimmingpools all surrounded by palmtrees. and the 18-hole golf course could be seen from our terrace as well as the sea.
What would a holiday be without some treatments for the body and mind? Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay has an excellent Spa. As their guests we were offered their signature massage of 50 minutes, a deep tissue or a relaxed version. I went for the deep tissue as I had been surfing the day before and needed to stretch out the muscles. The Moroccan hammam treatment we took the same day as we arrived, also 50 minutes, not only is this a wonderful treatment but also its a MUST! Especially if you want to prepare your body to get the most of the Moroccan sun and leave with a beautiful golden and long lasting tan.[pullquote width=”300″ float=”right”]the Moroccan hammam treatment, prepare your body to get the most of the Moroccan sun[/pullquote]
The first phase, the traditional savon noir (black soap) was applied on face, neck and body, then we spent 10 minutes in the steam room. This, in order to unclogging the skin’s pores. After the soap was rinsed of with warm water the skin was exfoliated with help of a Moroccan exfoliating glove. It felt great seeing all the dead skin getting peeled away. After another rinse with warm water, rhassoul clay was powdered all over the body, to mineralize the skin. When we had taken the last shower pure organic argan oil was applied, a wondrous treat and the skin felt like silk. To finish this luxurious treatment we were served a hot glass of Moroccan Mint Tea with a bowl filled with roasted nuts and dried fruits.
I used the hotel lounge almost every evening, a very quiet area also with wifi (which was all over the hotel) where I could work undisturbed. Even though when I’m on holiday I’ve got the very bad habit of checking my work mail. As I recieve in general 100 mails a day I prefer to go through my inbox and reply to the most urgent ones in order not to drown in mails when I return to work. And the lounge was perfect for this :-)
The breakfast area was very light with high ceiling. The buffet had everything you could ask for in regards to a continental breakfast and also some Moroccan traditional dishes and products could be found. The Moroccan pancakes (msemmen), fresh cheese, black salted olived and their own “Nutella”, Amlou, which is VERY ADDICTIVE and much more tastier than Nutella! Argan oil, honey and ground toasted almonds. I had my dose every morning ;-)
Why staying at Hyatt Place Taghazou Bay? This modern lifestyle hotel located on a hill top, more than 70 meters above the sea with a stunning view over the Atlantic Ocean, is a perfect place to recharge yourself with energy or just to relax. Easy access to the beach and the closest city Agadir. Great service, that you can expect from any five-star hotel, with VERY comfortable beds and rooms with all basic necessities and a well-working wifi. Also to mention, Taghazout Bay is an eco-friendly village, a part fr Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay, the only hotel in the area for the moment, you could see constructions almost everywhere. You can read more about the future and the plans of the Bay here.
I also got to bring a blogger with me, so I had my friend Anna along this trip, on her blog you can read more about this journey. Emelie, blogger fr UK and Bastien fr France where the two other selected bloggers and on their blogs you will read more about this adventure.
Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay offers free shuttle services between the hotel and the beach 3 kms away and also to the city Agadir 20 kms away. The timetable is displayed near the reception. You can also take a taxi to Agadir and that would cost 300 dirham one way ( approx. 30 €). Taghazout where you’ll find the village and most of the surfers is only 4 kms away fr the hotel, private taxi 150 dirham (approx 15€) and a normal taxi to return to the hotel from Taghazout 100 dirham (approx 10€). Make sure to ask and agree on the price before jumping into the taxi, like in any other city ;-)
Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay – Km 17, Route d’Essaouira, Agadir, Morocco
Please note: The trip (flight, accomodation, transfer) and all meals taken at the hotel, the massage and the surfing session courtesy of Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay. The hammam treatment I paid myself. All content, photos and opinions expressed here are my own.
One of the swimming pools with a view over the sea, and palmtrees in each and every corner…
Our Twin Bed room with a terrace
Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay – a golf hotel in the eco-friendly village of Taghazout Bay
The lunch we had on our arrival at the hotel, fresh fish. The only local alternative I found on the menu. I hope they will put tajine on the menu as that is one of the typical Moroccan dishes you expect to enjoy while in Morocco…
Enjoying fresh fruit juices near the pool, life couldn’t be better ;-)
The colorful pillows…
Did I mention the sunsetview from the hotel? Just amazing…From here you could also see the village Taghazout
Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay
Magical sunset seen from the hotel
The evening when the sky was on fire….
A part of the breakfast buffet – different types of bread, viennoiseries, mini financiers..
Skip the French crêpes and try the typical Moroccan pancakes, msemen! These square-shaped pancakes are not only delicious but perfect to have topped with amlou and a cup of aromatic Moroccan Mint Tea.
The obligatory Moroccan Mint Tea on the breakfast table, refreshing start of the day!
Fresh mint leaves
Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay
We had our breakfast inside on our last day, in order to try out all places of the hotel ;-)
What I had for breakfast, fresh baked bread with olives, fresh cheese, a bowl with melon and pomegrenate seeds, a plate with Moroccan pancake and a small bowl with amlou ;-)
Accompagnied with…the Moroccan Mint Tea ;-)
One day we were invited for a barbecue lunch…had delicious grilled fish!
Super comfortable beds, I slept like a princess!
The bathroom, well-equipped, also with skin- and body products all containg argan oil.
The sunrise view seen from our terrace and the Atlantic Sea
The stunning view from our terrace