We recently got back from our first ‘proper holiday’ to Marrakesh, Morocco, Africa. I keep emphasising Africa because it feels so amazing that the girls are one year old and have already been to AFRICA! We went with Thomson and stayed in an all inclusive resort. It was a fantastic price and came in at about £800 ish for all four of us for a week!
Due to the price, I’ll be honest, we weren’t expecting much of the hotel which was Aqua Mirage Club, Marrakesh. It was a 3 star hotel but was rated really highly on tripadvisor. The place itself was excellent, it was a really large hotel with lots of great facilities including three swimming pools and a water park which were all free of charge for guests. As with any cheap hotel, absolutely everything else cost money including Wi-Fi, safes, photographs etc. However, you can have a good time and enjoy yourself without using any of this stuff. Due to our financial situation we went with practically no spending money and still had a fabulous time! The hotel has a shuttle bus service to the city centre and this is free twice a day and otherwise costs 20 Dirham per person which is less than £2.
Our trip to the old city of Marrakesh was certainly the highlight of the trip. We absolutely love exploring new places and this was no exception. Predominantly we had gone for a chilling by the pool holiday but we wanted to make the most of exploring the vastly different culture as well. The old city was incredible, filled with markets of everything you could think of, most of it is handmade there on the streets and is the most intricate design and craftsmanship. We hired a guide which cost the equivalent of £8 and it helped because he had such a wealth of knowledge as he showed us round and we got a lot of demonstrations. However, we could tell he had deals with all the people there and got reports after each place we went in to of how much we spent (which was nothing) and he got less and less interested in us as the tour went on! In the main square there were lots of snake charmers and monkeys, something which I don’t really agree with morally as I saw how they were treated and it wasn’t very nice. However, they basically just shove the monkey on your arm and demand 100 dirham from you!
Whilst in the old city, we wore the babies in baby carriers. Of course, this was harder than it was in their younger days, they are now over 20lbs not to mention the 35+ degree heat!
Travelling with twins once again was a challenge. It was supposed to be a ‘relaxing holiday’ and I can say with great conviction that it was not. We did not get to relax for more than five minutes and the heat made it very difficult to get the girls to nap in their buggy meaning once a day we spent two hours in our air conditioned room whilst they slept. Although, this was usually in the hottest part of the day and at times it was 38 degrees so it was probably the sensible parent thing to do, keeping them out of the sun! Morocco is an incredible country and there are lots of things to do there which would be really interesting and exciting such as camel riding, quad biking in the dessert and mountain trekking. Sadly, due partly to our lack of spending money but mostly to the presence of the twins we were unable to do any of this. We definitely want to go back and visit when the twins are teenagers and we can make the most of all the country has to offer! Furthermore, a relaxing, all-inclusive holiday is something we are not planning on doing again in the near future! We would like to bring grandparents with us in the future or go without the girls so that we could really relax more! That being said, the girls really did take everything in their stride. They absolutely loved being centre of attention and the locals adored them, they were so friendly and loving towards them and the girls lapped it up! I must admit, we definitely enjoyed not having to cook or clean up afterwards. We still love travelling and exploring the world with the girls – we will continue to do so as long as we are able! I think next time will take a little more planning though especially if we want to do a city break again! But at least for a while, we will be staying in the UK as it was hard work!!!
The one dampner on the occasion was the fact the the girls and I picked up some kind of food poisoning or stomach bug. We all had diarrhoea which for the girls has lasted for well over two weeks. Mine surfaced on the day we were set to go home, which made the plane journey VERY tough! I read on trip advisor a few people were experiencing the same thing which doesn’t bode well!
In all it was a great trip but not the relaxing holiday we’d planned!
Let me know if you have any questions about travelling with babies, My next post will be tips for flying with babies and what we packed in our carry on.
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