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Wake Up Here: Fairmont Taghazout Bay

Wake Up Here: Fairmont Taghazout Bay

September 1st, 2023

Set on the golden shores in one of most idyllic spots of Morocco’s Atlantic coast is Taghazout Bay, a fishing village turned surfing and luxury travel destination.


A mere 30-minute drive away from Agadir and you find yourself in one of Morocco’s most spectacular locations. Nestled along this spectacular coastline with breathtaking sea view vistas and mountain views is Fairmont, Taghazout, the new luxury hotel on the Moroccan coast.


From the stunning beach, to the hotels outstanding amenities with a slice of old Morocco this fantastical oasis is the stuff of luxury wellness reverie, where serenity combined with leisure offers peaceful yet unforgettable moments. If you’re after a chic (but immensely relaxing) and private sanctuary away from the bustle of Agadir, Fairmont Taghazout, bay is the smart option for heat-seeking sophisticates.


The first luxury resort to open in the former fishing village of Taghazout, Fairmont is a mere two years old, and is undoubtedly a big part of the renaissance of the area, accelerated no doubt by the emergence of speedy air links with the UK and Europe.

At Fairmont Taghazout, you don’t have to choose between luxurious wellness and culture - get the best of both worlds and fuse your much needed break with programmes that will nurture your mind and body. Whether you start the day with early morning yoga on the rooftop terrace, catch the surf in the afternoon or sip sundowners against a backdrop of the Atlantic ocean, this is the new luxury hotel on the Moroccan coast to know.

Facing the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Fairmont is sultry, seductive, and almost otherworldly, and provides the perfect escape for luxury seeking travellers whether you’re an aspiring yogi, or a burnt out professional hoping to switch off, or couple after a relaxing romantic break


Fairmont Taghazout offers 146 sundrenched rooms, suites and villas, all facing the sparkling sea. The property’s sienna hued walls blend into the local landscape and the hotel is sprawled across acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, stretching along along the sun-baked coastline. The decor is exquisite, with light coloured furnishing and wide expansive spaces creating a spacious and inviting feel in the lobby and communal areas.

The understated, luxury design extends across the hotel’s rooms, all of which are capacious and flooded with natural light. All rooms have their own private balcony with views that are as breathtaking as you can imagine. Bathrooms are cavernous with vast walk-in showers and large standalone bath. Plump for a room in the buildings closest to the beach, they’re worth it for the sea views and the sight of camels lolloping along the beach. Undoubtedly, this sprawling resort cuts a striking figure in this unassuming enclave, for decades recognized as Morocco’s surfing capital.


Your day at Taghazout begins with breakfast at The Commons where giant pastries and an impressive buffet menu awaits. There is also a live cooking station where the chef can whip you up perfectly poached eggs or indeed a breakfast dish of your liking.

A must try is a local dish called m’semen which is a kind of Moroccan pancake that is served warmed and topped with amlou, a tasty spread made of almond paste, argan oil and locally sourced honey.

Sitting adjacent to the hotel’s main pool is Beef & Reef restaurant, the resort's surf and turf option where the signature beef and reef burger will stun you by virtue of its sheer size. The crab salad is by far the stand out dish here, a delicious wobbly creation of crab encased in mango jelly, passion fruit coulis, nori.

Beef & Reef fully capitalises on its privileged position overlooking the beach so your lunchtime meal will be punctuated by the sight of horses galloping through surf, people playing beach football or intrepid surfers taking on the waves.

Morimoto is the hotel’s main restaurant which comes alive at night time when the beautiful people descend in droves to gorge on the impressive Japanese menu with Moroccan influence.

This outpost is Chef Moromito’s first restaurant in the African continent. Inspired plates include braised black cod with sweet ginger soy and the Crab spring rolls with fig chilli sauce are also divine. Oenophiles will relish the restaurant's impressive wine list with the local rose being a stellar choice to accompany most dishes on the menu.

The latest and most exciting addition to the impressive roster of restaurants at Taghazout Bay is the newly opened Tapa wine bar. Situated on a prime rooftop position with breathtaking views of the Atlantic, Tapa takes fusion cuisine to the next level combining Iberian, Moroccan, Italian Turkish, and Lebanese influence. Diners can indulge in dishes including crispy bruschetta with burrata, red onions and anchovies, the mouthwatering moutabal with pistachio or the unforgettable polpo alla gallega with baby potatoes.


With 1800 m2 sized spa, Fairmont Hotel Spa is a destination in its own right. Created in a unique and authentic style it is the largest within the destination with breathtaking ocean vistas and transportive treatments to rejuvenate guests. You can't visit this spa without experiencing the traditional hammam which is a rigorous affair that involves an invigorating exfoliation followed by a generous basting of oil that will leave you with a baby soft skin.

In addition to the hamman, the facility also has massage rooms, a gym, and for the committed yogis, classes are held in the nearby gardens. Moroccan traditions and products including local oils are at the heart of each spa treatment.


Fairmont Taghazout is a zero plastic use resort which is a true testament to their commitment to sustainability. The honey that is eaten in the resort is locally sourced and bought from local cooperatives. All 146 rooms have automated aircon and lighting is kept soft to minimise energy use. They've also spearheaded a programme called planet 21 whose mission is to keep the local beaches clean.

A stay at Fairmont Taghazout is a real immersion into the soul of Morocco, from its selection of globally-influenced restaurants to authentic, insider experiences in and around Taghazout bay.

Bandi Manzini

Bandi Manzini

Bandi Manzini has worked at some of the leading publications in the UK and she has earned her stripes. With her interests spanning from beauty to travel, she always delivers her content with a slice of melanin magic.

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