Royal Air Maroc is increasing its service out of New York.
Morocco beach resorts in the works
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approximately 6. 5 hours.
Royal Air Maroc is increasing it service
out of Kennedy to nine flights weekly.
There is also a plethora of airline connections via major European air hubs such as
London, Madrid and Paris, thanks to the
open-skies treaty Morocco concluded with
the European Union in 2005.
“In the past two years, we’ve had 25 new
airlines, including low-cost carriers such as
EasyJet and Ryanair, coming to Morocco,”
Maaninou said. “In 2005 there was one
flight a day from London. Today, there are
Of the six beach resorts in development
under the Azur Plan, five are upscale. The
other, and furthest along in development,
is the family-oriented Mediterrania Saidia,
set to open in 2009 with nine hotels with
8,000 beds, a 12-mile boardwalk, a 700-
berth marina and three golf courses. The
• Port Lixus: Twenty-five miles south
of Tangier, Lixus will have 5,190 new hotel beds, a marina, two golf courses and a
sports and leisure complex.
“This resort is dedicated to relaxation,
spa and wellness,” said Maaninou. “The
region is well known for hunting, so it’s a
more sophisticated product than Saidia.”
• Mazagan: In El Jadida, 25 miles from
Casablanca, Kerzner International — owner of Atlantis in the Bahamas — will spearhead a seaside resort dedicated to gambling
and entertainment, according to Maaninou.
The first hotel will open in 2009.
• Mogador Essaouira: Situated near
Marrakech and the beach town of Essaouira, this upscale resort will be developed
by three European developers, including
Accor. “It will be dedicated to golf, spa and
wellness,” said Maaninou. Mogador Essaouira will feature a spa, nautical center,
two golf courses, 10 hotels with 4,270 beds
and 150 guesthouses with 1,000 beds.
nation beach-desert destination.
“Within these six resorts, begun in 2003,
we will have 130,000 new beds in resorts of
the latest generation coming on line from
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Taghazout, a new Moroccan resort near Agadir, will feature horseback-riding trails.
Developers from Dubai are
investing $5 billion in Rabat
and $2 billion in a mountain
ski resort at Oukaimeden.
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• Taghazout: Los Angeles-based Colony
Capital is heading development of this $2
billion complex near Agadir with a Canary
The first hotel will open in 2009 or
2010, said Maaninou. Incoming four- and
five-star brands are said to include Four
Seasons, Raffles and Fairmont. (Colony
Capital owns the Fairmont and Raffles
brands.) Taghazout, at the southern end of
Morocco’s Atlantic coast, will have 20,000
beds, two golf courses, two spas and horseback-riding trails.
• Plage Blanche: Ground has not yet
been broken at Plage Blanche, which lies
between Agadir and Sidi Ifni. According to
Maaninou, Spanish developer Fadesa has
been awarded a contract to build a combi-
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