When the biggest decision you have to make is whether you start your day with a spa treatment, surf lesson in the Atlantic or a class in the seaside yoga shala, you know you’ve found paradise. But in this case, you’ve found Paradis Plage — translation, Paradise Beach. If you’re looking for a place that’s a bit exotic, with sun, sand and all the amenities, without the sameness offered by plug-and-play chain resorts, this may be the place for you. Located in Imi Ouaddar, Paradis Plage is about 40 minutes by car north of Agadir (bustling population of some 615,000). The resort includes several on-site restaurants, a pool and small gym, and features outdoor beachside movie nights.
Given the hotel’s relative isolation, a trip to nearby Tagazhout can offer a welcome change for those with itchy feet. About 10 minutes by car, or a 20-minute ride on the (infrequent) local bus, it’s a popular destination with the surf set that conjures up images of the Morocco of yesteryear. There, you’ll find some small local restaurants (a great place for couscous) and shops that should meet most needs.