When you think of the North African country of Morocco, booming cities like Marrakesh and Fes probably come to mind—along with sights and smells of souks overflowing with treasures—but there’s one often overlooked coastal village that’s ideal for a romantic getaway for two, and that’s Oualidia.
This lagoon-shaped habitat is nestled in between El Jadida and Safi and offers plenty of charm and beauty for newlyweds seeking a unique escape, given its protected natural habitat and Mediterranean weather. It’s also commonly referred to as Morocco’s “oyster capital,” so you can expect to feast on shellfish 24/7 while visiting.
How to get there:
Oualidia is about two and a half hours from Marrakech and two hours from Casablanca by car, so driving to the town from either the international Marrakech Menara Airport or the Casablanca Airport is the easiest way to go. (And the scenic drive will definitely provide lots of ample opportunities for Instagramming your travels.)
Where to stay:
La Sultana Oualidia. As one of the small luxury hotels of the world (with only 12 rooms and suites available for guests), checking into this boutique gem is somewhat like living an Arabian dream—complete with flocks of pink flamingos everywhere. Not only is it stunning and isolated off the beaten path, but they offer everything lovebirds could want or need: Intimate terraces with outdoor Jacuzzis, sweeping views of the sea, an abundance of adventure and wellness activities like beach hikes, paddle boarding, surfing, bird watching safaris, and fat biking, and a tranquil setting at the edge of the Atlantic. They also provide several honeymoon and romance package options, which consist of welcome glasses of champagne, drawn bubble baths with rose petals, and spa treatments and a “Royal Hammam” just for you and bae.
Where to eat:
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, look no further than La Sultana’s Berber Tent that’s perched in the sand pop-up style with exotic tapestries and ottomans fit for luxe beachside picnic. You’ll savor specialties like sea-perch in a salt crust, lobster, bouillabaisse, grilled meats and vegetarian dishes soured from the onsite garden for an unforgettable meal. Other nearby options for casual fare include the relaxed L'Initiale Hotel-Restaurant—which also has very affordable prices—and Ostréa II for seafood platters and oysters served a myriad of delicious ways.