Set on the rock, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and an endless beach where dozens of Majorelle blue fishing boats doze off, the village of Taghazout combines traditional houses and “healthy” restaurants, fish stalls, and surf shops.
Designed by Moroccan architect Abdessamad Achrai, the establishment is set in the heart of eighteen hectares of gardens set on a seven-kilometer-long beach, the lines of which seem to blend into the mountain. Beyond the swimming pools, the palm trees playing with the wind, from the reception to the rooms, from bars to restaurants, the whole is airy, sensitively combining earth and wood, glass and water. We are in Morocco, in contact with fabrics adorned with blue, orange, and red, elegant vases and pottery, chosen, pampered, and noble Berber materials. The outlook is sober, contemporary. There are nearly 150 rooms such as suites, suites with terraces such as large apartments, and villas with private pools that open onto the ocean. The light is magic there, from the sparkling white of the early morning to the blood-red of endless sunsets.
A few riders trot on the beach, kids think they are M'bappé or Messi, laughter is carried by the breeze to the restaurant chosen this evening. A daring choice, since rather than instantly immersing yourself in the flavors of Moroccan gastronomy, it is towards a Japanese restaurant that our taste buds lead us. First of all, there is the music, pop at will, then the smile, in which, undoubtedly only Moroccan women, manage to instill sensuality and sweetness ... And there are the dishes, finally. A skillful interpretation of Japanese culinary culture, mixed with local products, both from the ocean and from the land. The chef is called Null Null. It bears its name badly because its food is good, very good. From oyster tempura to lobster sashimi, from precisely spiced shabu shabu to famous sake, the evening is a little marvel, joyful, tasty, lively.
The restaurants and bars of the Fairmont Taghazout Bay have sprung up here and there, at a rate of six very different establishments. On the menus, nomadic cuisine at “Commons” and seafood inspired by surfing at “The Beef and Reef”. At the “Nola” bar which gives itself the air of “Speakeasy”, the cocktails are explosive and the cigars tasty. And on the large terrace of "Iris", the scents of refined teas go hand in hand with the flavors of Moroccan pastries.
You could succumb to the temptation of lazing around by the large swimming pools or on the beach, enjoying a spa treatment, or indulge in the pleasure of a course on one of the neighboring golf courses ... but it is difficult to resist attractions of the region: fishing parties, surfing sessions in Imesouane, (one of the best spots in Morocco), the discovery of the oases of the Paradise Valley at the foot of the Atlas, tasting of Essaouira wines, walks on the along the immense cliffs of the Dades gorges or a night out in the clubs of Agadir ...
Far from the popular destinations of Marrakech and Tangier, Taghazout offers you another Morocco thanks to the Fairmont Taghazout Bay, a refined address in a country where time seems to have stood still.