Barefoot walks on golden sands, blue waters lapping your feet and a wealth of culture; you get the best of everything when you stay at Morocco’s Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay

Located between the resilient Rif Mountains and the glistening Mediterranean Sea, Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay is a spectacle of majestic landscapes and unspoiled beaches. Which is why we feel three nights at this oasis of calm is exactly what you need. Each of the 92 luxury pool villas – you will be staying in one – comes with a lush airy garden and private pool. With some even having direct access to the beach. Unwinding is totally unavoidable. If you can rouse yourself from sweet slumber in the comforts of your bed, do wander to Tingitana for some mouthwatering Morrocan and Mediterranean cuisine or to Saffron for some traditional Thai with a modern twist. Why not spoil yourself and dine barefoot by the sea at Azura Beach Restaurant or at the special tent?

Culture vultures can wander around the historic medina, a UNESCO world heritage site also known as White Dove because of its rows of iconic white-washed houses. Keep your camera at hand for totally Instagram-worthy shots of gracefully aged buildings in shades of purple, green, white and blue. There is also the restored Khalifa Palace and the Archeological Museum begging to be explored.

Between your hours of total relaxation, you can get up to a whole host of things. Take a bike ride through the hills and forests and picnic around Smir Lake, jet ski on the Mediterranean or try to catch a glimpse of the vibrant marine life whether you are a skilled diver or not. Then top it all off with a stress-melting massage at the spa. Work, what?

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