Hyatt Place — Taghazout Bay, Morocco
After the successful launch of the Park Hyatt in Zanzibar, the Chicago-based Hyatt hotel group continues to expand into the vast African market with its latest located in Taghazout Bay, a sustainable resort sandwiched between the gentle foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the rolling surf of the Atlantic. The hotel is a winning combination of breezy local charm and relaxed, effortless interiors courtesy of Moroccan firm Karim Chakor, who integrated local elements into the property’s design - delicate reed basket weaves ensconce guests in the hotel’s bar, while rooms are adorned with intricate patterned mosaic prints that reference the region’s Islamic heritage. The spa, in particular, takes pride of place, with dark marble and granite stunningly illuminated by hanging brass Moroccan lamps that create a gentle intimacy for enjoying its authentic hammam or a session in one of the six treatment rooms. Travellers of a more active persuasion will find plenty to occupy them in an 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect Kyle Philips, as well as a surf camp taking advantage of the region’s un-crowded waves and crisp sea breeze.