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Christmas shopping in Marrakech

26th October 2011 Print
Original gift ideas in the souks of Marrakech

With flights from Gatwick on Easyjet from just £62 return (including taxes) why not combine a long weekend in Marrakech with some seriously cheap Christmas shopping – picking up some wonderful unique, hand-made gifts and assisted by a personal shopper.

Daytime temperatures in December are in the early 20s, making it comfortable to search for gifts in the labyrinth-like souks within the World Heritage medina. Bargains can also be found in the cavernous antique warehouses of Gueliz, which are brimming with Moroccan and African art.

Specialist Morocco is currently offering a 3-night ‘Christmas Shopping Marrakech-style’ package, with accommodation in the recently opened Riad Africa* from just £299 pp (two sharing). The price includes private airport transfers, 3-nights’ half-board accommodation (B&B), a full body massage and hammam, plus a personal shopper for a day. Room upgrades to a Grande Suite cost from £329 pp.

The offer is subject to availability and is valid from 1-20 December 2011.

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*Riad Africa is a traditionally-built property which has been carefully restored using the finest local materials and decorated with African artefacts. Its central palm-filled courtyard also boasts one of the largest dipping pools in the Medina (some 16 square metres) plus there is a tropical roof terrace with sun beds for relaxation.

The property also has its own Hammam and massage room with a range of bookable treatments.

Each of the individually-decorated African-themed rooms has air-conditioning, iPod docks and guests have free access to high-speed wireless internet. On arrival, guests are also loaned a local mobile phone free of charge which comes pre-programmed with useful numbers including the riad manager, local taxi companies and popular venues.

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Original gift ideas in the souks of Marrakech