Swiss timeshare specialists Hapimag pioneered the concept of timeshare in the sixties. Now, they have 57 international resorts and residences, and one of the most tempting places to escape to this winter has to be the Hapimag Palmeraie residence in Marrakech.
Blue sky seekers will love the resort, where winter temperatures often beat Britain’s summertime mercury readings. The two-storey residences are built in modern Moorish style and here, the atmosphere is all about relaxation. In the gardens the palm trees are reflected in the resort’s turquoise blue pool and peace and wellbeing are the focus. To make the most of Marrakech’s all day sun, breakfast is served on the terrace and although the nights are chilly, days are warm, even in January, usually hovering around the mid-20Cs mark.
The resort’s traditional hammam offers some amazing traditionally Moroccan massage treatments, but if you manage to tear yourself away from the pool and spa you’ll get even better views of the surrounding Atlas Mountains from one of the four exclusive golf courses close by – all are open to guests as part of Hapimag’s exclusive golf package.
La Palmeraie is one of Marrakech’s most exclusive districts – it’s where you’ll find the newest boutique hotels and it has a completely different, more spacious feel than the tightly-knit medina. You get to soak up the space and tranquillity yet if you do crave the magic of the famous Medina Jemaa el Fna with its storytellers, jugglers, late night food stalls and snake charmers, Marrakech’s legendary square is a short drive away.
The Hapimag Golf Package
Golf has a tradition in Morocco. The former King Hassan II had already built golf courses before his son King Mohammed VI took over the throne and golf is one of the fastest-developing sports projects in the country. You can still play under the shady trees on one of these courses such as the Royal Golf de Marrakech, just like the King’s family did in the past. The golf courses in Marrakech impress with wonderful greens and spectacular views of the Atlas mountain range.
Hapimag is offering an exclusive golf package for its guests and their friends, with access to the four nearby courses for a set fee. The Golf Clubs are:
Club de la Palmeraie Golf (18 holes, par 72)
A golf oasis amidst a garden of palm trees, the Club de la Palmeraie golf course was designed by R. Trent Jones Senior. Surrounded by lush palm groves and seven artificial lakes, it blends in wonderfully with the landscape; the bunkers are reminiscent of the white sand of the Atlantic beaches.
Royal Golf de Marrakech (18 holes, par 72)
King Hassan II’s favourite course is a treasure. The course was built in the 1920s and features a large number of impressive, decades-old trees. Very green and very tranquil, this is a wonderful place for a relaxed round of golf.
Golf d’Amelkis (18 holes, par 72)
The Amelkis golf course is one of the latest by Cabell B. Robinson, an American course designer. The fairways are situated between the desert and old olive trees, and there is always a view of the Atlas mountain range on the horizon. Water obstacles and exotic rough complete the fairytale course.
Al Maadan Golf (18 holes, par 72)
The Al Maadan golf course is a fantastic new and exciting golf course with a spacious design concept and a wonderful view of the Atlas mountain range. The geometric water obstacles and bunkers are designed in such a way that several target lines can be played in the direction of the greens. The golf course and the clubhouse feature a wonderful combination of modern and local architecture.
The golf package includes a traditional Moroccan reception, one green fee on each of the four courses, all of which are between 15-25 minutes from Hapimag Residence, and includes all transfers to and from the courses.
Guests will be treated to a guided half-day tour in Marrakech, a traditional Hammam treatment in the spa, a sauna, half hour massage, golf cocktail in the Awkat Bar and a Moroccan souvenir gift.
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