Morroco: Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa

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Only three hours by plane from Brussels lies the Morrocan city of Agadir, the pearl of the Morroco South Bay. The city is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, near the foot of the Atlas Mountains and has been ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world. The benefits of the Atlantic, the exceptional light and constant mild climate are essential to the success of thalassotherapy. Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa fits the bill.

In the heart of a beautiful bay, the Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa was recently refurbished – and it is truly born again as a dedicated wellness destination, celebrating the benefits of the gentle harmony between thalassotherapy and traditional Moroccan beauty rituals.

Designed by Moroccan architect Jamal Laamiri Alaoui and the French designer Didier Rey, the place inspires serenity and promotes relaxation. Favouring shades of black and white and noble materials, they have forged an ambiance of relaxation and serenity, while paying tribute to the modernity that encompasses Moroccan culture.

The restaurants and rooms have been designed so that you can enjoy your stay in Morroco at the pace that suits you. Unobstructed views of the ocean, shaded terraces and a culinary motto “eat well to live well” all contribute to an unforgettable and extraordinary experience in time.

Part of the hotel is dedicated to thalassotherapy and spa treatments. Here the ocean comes into its own with hydrotherapy treatments and a sea water pool. 16 large cabins open out to either the sea or the gardens where you can enjoy a massage – your aching limbs are soothed with oil made from kernels of the local argan tree. Beneath the stars, take to the pool (heated to 32°C) and relax or if you’re feeling energetic swim against the current – perfect for water aerobics and aqua-biking.

There is also a balance and fitness program, which can be adapted according to your needs. A naturopath and a fitness trainer are on hand to show you how to learn the keys to balance and sustainable wellbeing.

The Sofitel Agadir Thalassa Sea & Spa has 125 rooms and 49 suites. The terraces of the suites have a seating area with sofa and a large Moroccan dining area can be converted into an office area if you simply cannot avoid a bit of work. All have sea views with a wide panorama of the bay of Agadir and the remains of its ancient Kasbah.

There is an excellent bar and three restaurants, producing meals with different culinary approaches, including dishes which revisit traditional Moroccan recipes. ‘Le Market’ has a casual international feel where the chefs serve up market-fresh Moroccan dishes. In ‘Le Palais Jardin’ you can savour French cuisine served up with a local twist. And ‘L’Atlantique’ is the spot to admire the bay and enjoy seafood caught that very morning.

The concierge highly recommends a ride along the beach on a horse or a camel, or a round of golf – Agadir is also a golfing destination par excellence, with 4 courses, 99 holes. 2011 was declared ‘Year of Golf in Agadir’ and the city now hosts the famous Hassan II Trophy.

And, of course, take a trip up the hill into the Kasbah for the most amazing views of the town. And when you return to the hotel, head back to one of those cabins and reacquaint yourself with the seductive benefits of the argan oil.

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