Marrakech is a well-known haven for incredible luxury boutique hotels. I was determined to find a kid-friendly version of one while planning our family trip to Morocco in October.
Boutique Souk, a popular upscale concierge and trip planning service, introduced us to the Beldi Country Club. We are grateful for this recommendation —the Beldi is a gem for families who want an intimate hotel experience with a strong sense of place.
Although the Beldi has just 27 rooms, the property is set on acres of spectacular gardens. To say there is room for kids to roam is an understatement as the Beldi has more nooks and crannies than children can possibly explore in a single vacation. The bigger issue is getting lost!
Like most of the hotels featured in the Ciao Bambino portfolio, the Beldi is not a family-focused hotel with kids running amok everywhere. That doesn’t mean this hotel is not kid-friendly …
Quite the opposite. The atmosphere is casual, not stuffy or formal, and the service follows suit. Families are present, and so are couples and small groups enjoying the stunning setting. The point is that everyone feels at home here.
Design with a Sense of Place
The Beldi is a true design-oriented hotel; the owners have worked hard to create a sense of place. Wonderful local art and textiles are displayed throughout the property, including the guest rooms.
Pottery Lessons for Kids
The Beldi captured my Ciao Bambino heart when I learned about their pottery program for kids. There is a working pottery studio on the property where extraordinary pieces are commissioned and sold.
Children can participate in pottery school held every afternoon. Devon spent a few hours there and rolled up his sleeves with local artisans. What a treat! This is the exact kind of experiential activity for kids that engages them in a destination.
Even people staying at other hotels in Marrakech opt to spend the day at the Beldi’s decadent spa. It’s an exotic place to be and feel pampered.
For my visit, a traditional hamman treatment and scrub was in order post our unbelievable journey to the desert with Kensington Tours. I have no doubt that you could spend a blissful day in this spa and have it be a “parents-only” vacation highlight.
There are two swimming pools on the property. Both look fabulous, however, unfortunate weather during our stay prevented us from giving either one a test drive. Two restaurants are available, as well as kids’ menus.
The Beldi is located just 10 minutes outside of the Marrakech Medina and is a welcome escape from any sense of urban chaos.
The Beldi provided complimentary accommodations for our overnight. They did not request that we express any point of view. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy and the Beldi Country Club.
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