The Beautiful Colors of Morocco
Perched between the Atlantic and the vastness of the Sahara Desert, on the cusp of Europe and forming Africa's northwest corner, Morocco offers a mixture of culture, color, and natural beauty that makes it one of the world's most fascinating places to visit.

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Retreat from the Sensory Overload of Marrakech

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French-owned Club Med has two properties in Marrakech. One is very near the old medina mere moments from the souk and the other is in the palatial Palmeraie area farther from historic Marrakech.

I am not usually an all-inclusive traveler. It's not my preferred style of travel. However, Club Med Palmeraie won me over first because of its location. After spending all day in the sensory overload that is historic Marrakech, with its bustling souk, medina and kasbahs; the walled compound that is Club Med so far away and sheltered by so many palm trees felt like an oasis in the desert. It is a calming place with no overly bright colors, no jarring music, no stall owners begging you to buy. Unless, you want these things!

In true Club Med fashion there is trapeze, horseback riding, golf and dance parties should the traveler want them. Among many other things. At the buffet meals, one can even find excellent non-Moroccan food once sick of the local specialities (if that ever happens).

I didn't yet I still was able to enjoy Club Med for the oasis that it is. With a trapeze lesson just for good measure!

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by Kirsten Alana
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