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Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay

November 5, 2015
Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay

Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay

Last month I was lucky enough to travel to Morocco with work, alongside some amazing travel bloggers and competition winners from the UK and France. With a weekend of sun, tagines and souk visits ahead of us, we flew out to Agadir and travelled onto Taghazout Bay, a small town on the south-western coast of Morocco.

Within easy reach of Marrakech and a drive along the coast from the resort of Essaouira the area attracts surfers and sun seekers alike, and was the perfect spot to unwind. The weather was incredible whilst we were there, and I genuinely couldn’t believe we were only a 3.5 hour flight away from the grey and miserable London we’d left behind. I can’t stress enough what a novelty it was to drag my shorts and sandals out from the depths of my wardrobe and forget about thick winter tights for a few days. For anyone desperate for a bit of winter sun (as I so often am at this time of year) Morocco is absolutely the place to visit, with temperatures often in the mid 20s into November.

Our hotel for the weekend, the Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay, was beautiful and genuinely one of the most instagrammable places I’ve ever been. Every area was beautifully decorated, from the palms and pillows by the pool to the details in the bedroom or unexpected touches in the lobby areas. Needless to say I took an alarming amount of photos in the time we were there, and I won’t mention how long it took to reduce them down for this post.

The hotel has free wifi (priorities), a gym, sauna, restaurant, free breakfast for all guests and an outdoor cafe and cocktail bar. Each evening we sat out by the pool watching the most incredible sunsets whilst sipping on pina coladas and enjoyed working our way through the menu – the meat tagine was amazing and nice to tick off the list. It may not surprise you to hear we never made it to the gym but it seemed a good size and well equipped, although you could make like our more active travel companions and head off into the mountains for a hike in the sunshine instead.

From a warm welcome and Moroccan tea on arrival to arranging poolside BBQs and tips on the local area, every single member of staff went out of their way to accommodate and make the trip special. I got the sense that everyone was genuinely happy to be there and happy to help – which doesn’t come across in every hotel you visit – and I had some lovely conversations with members of the team who told me how much they loved working in such a beautiful place.

Looking at these photos on a cold and rainy December evening I literally cannot wait to go back and explore more of Morocco next year. I’ve always wanted to visit Marrakech so would love to combine a city break there followed by a few days relaxing by the sea here in Taghazout Bay. I couldn’t fit all of my many (many) photos into this post so will post again with an update on the excursions the hotel can arrange in the area, including a trip to the local souk in Agadir and an amazing trip through the mountains on quad bikes!

You can see reviews from some of the other guests here:
The lovely Solli from Solli’s Lifestyle gives her take on the trip here
Anna Cossack took some beautiful pictures for her blog here
See how Emilie from Lovaine.co.uk took advantage of the great surfing in the area here

Emma x

We stayed at the Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay on a comp basis so another massive thank you to the team for having us and making our stay so special. All opinions expressed are an honest review of the hotel and entirely my own.

London Style

Women Fashion Power

February 15, 2015

In the spirit of LFW and all things fashion related, I thought it might be time to post a few pictures from the opening night of the Women Fashion Power exhibition at the Design Museum. Yes, that’s right ladies, the opening night which took place back in October…

My laziness is certainly not a reflection of how much I enjoyed this event. The exhibition is both inspiring and utterly fascinating for someone like myself with an interest in how women use the way that they dress to define their position in the world, and I urge anyone with a love of fashion to head down to London Bridge and take a look before it finishes on the 26th April.

Featuring outfits and personal style philosophies from the likes of Lady Gaga, Diane von Furstenburg, Charlotte Olympia Dellal and Anne Hidalgo, the exhibition hosts the most wide-ranging presentation of modern fashion ever to be shown in the UK.

You can find out more at https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/women-fashion-power.

London

Late London: Sonic City

September 6, 2014

You’ll usually find me tucked away in a cocktail bar come Friday evening, or at least sat in front of a film whilst tucking into a Dominos. One particular Friday a few weeks ago however, we decided to try something a bit different. As a Sound Engineer I think it’s fair to say that Oliver is somewhat obsessed with sound, in the way that it could be said that I obsess over the changing of the seasons just so that I’m able to give my new winter coat an outing. So fairly obsessed.

For this reason I’m often being invited to various sound related seminars and gigs – most recently an hour long talk about echoes and reverberation (yes, echoes) which was actually a lot more interesting than it sounds. It’s important to me to be able to share the things we’re interested in, and I love having the opportunity to learn new things I’d otherwise never have discovered.  So when Oliver invited me along to Late London: Sonic City, an event taking place at The Museum of London Docklands, I thought hey, let’s give it a go. I’ve secretly always wanted to visit one of the ‘late night’ museum exhibitions anyway, so managed to kill two birds with one stone.

The exhibition was slightly bizarre and difficult for a non-sound person to relate to. I can’t pretend I didn’t have to stifle a (childish) giggle when listening to some of the acts during moments I was supposed to be quiet and reflective, and the artwork I created during the Art of Listening was questionable to say the least. Other than the fact that I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, overall I had a great evening and really enjoyed sharing in something that my boyfriend loves. It proved to both of us that Friday nights don’t have to equal a food induced coma or a bar tab you’re going to regret the next day.

We did, of course, stop at the bar next door on the way home to ‘discuss the exhibition’.

Have you ever been to one of the London Late exhibitions? I’m on the lookout for recommendations!

Emma x