Paradis Plage Resort
As soon as you enter the Paradis Plage, you’ll be struck by how different it feels to traditional Moroccan hotels. The hotel champions eco-friendly initiatives to keep track of its carbon footprint and is transparent about its sustainability and environmental efforts. It almost has the vibe of a quieter South African beach resort, but its design is distinctly modern Moroccan. Found near the village of Taghazout, it's fronted by three miles of golden sands and backdropped by a verdant hillside. Desert-style gardens house canopy-shaded tables, and there’s a cool sofa area plus glorious four-poster day beds. The Surf House is a great place to socialise over a drink at any time of day. There is even an outdoor cinema where you can watch a film under the stars.
With expert instructors and Rip Curl equipment, surfing here is serious business. There’s a huge emphasis on sharing the ‘stoke’, having fun, and getting a real buzz out of the sport, whatever your level. Head to the Paradise Yoga Shala where you can practise yoga in a light and bright glass-walled pavilion by the ocean, or book a treatment at the Paradise Eco Spa. There are great packages which include spa treatments, yoga sessions or lessons at the surf school over two or five days, or you can combine all three with the Surf, Yoga & Spa programme.
Dining here isn’t overlooked either – vitamin-rich breakfasts and seasonal, organic produce are heavily featured. Restaurants include the poolside buffet venue, The Ocean; the à la carte restaurant, The 27; and Chiringuito, a beach restaurant with a wide range of grilled fish. For more casual light bites, you can also dine at the outdoor lounge or the popular Surf House bar. The rooms are all elegant, light and airy and each has a bedroom with separate living area, king-size bed, bathroom with walk-in shower, kitchenette, TV and free Wi-Fi. Junior Suites are spacious with views out across the pool and ocean. The Suites offer even more space and have pool, garden or sea views.