Whether it’s your bachelor party, or you need to retreat with pals for quality man-time, Morocco has the ideal ingredients for success—sun, sea, and superstar resorts with an abundance of activities mean you and the boys have paradise at your footsteps. We checked into the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort for a bachelor weekend to remember.
How the boys will sleep
The Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort offers a wide variety of luxury rooms and suites to suit your needs and budgets, but thankfully SGDs stretch pretty far in Morocco, so you could go all out and check yourselves into a Royal Suite. These come with a large bedroom, living area and two terraces with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities include private check-in, complimentary in-room breakfast and a golf package. The Esquire boys checked into a more modest Ocean View Room, which was very spacious nonetheless. Plus, with so much to do on site, it was really only used to shower and sleep in. Whatever you’re after, size is definitely on the generous side in any Moroccan resort, especially this one.
How the boys will dine
Most visitors tend to eat at the resort. Risking it out in the open isn’t what you want to do on a bachelor vacation anyway. Mazagan also boasts a plethora of top restaurants, 13 to be exact, showcasing a variety of cuisines. The best is Morjana La Table Marocaine, which is an authentic Moroccan restaurant serving classics such as tajines, pastillas, couscous, kebabs and pastries. During the day we liked Olives Buffet Restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving buffet quantities of antipasti, salads, pastas, pizzas and more. A must for hungry lads. Finally, should one of you meet a lovely lady, woo her over at La Cave, a gorgeous French bistro with candlelight and fine Moroccan wine.
How the boys will celebrate
It doesn’t matter how old you all are or how relaxed you all want to be on this trip, when the guys get together, a party is inevitable. In Morocco, the best clubs are all on resort grounds. Mazagan’s in house club is the very swanky Alias Nightclub. It hosts international DJs, who spin a mix of musical styles amidst special effects projects. For those who prefer to celebrate sitting down, the Atrium Bar in the heart of the resort has live music daily as well as aperitifs and after-dinner cocktails and cognacs. Meanwhile, out on the beach, you can rave under the sunset at the Buddha-Bar Beach (the only one in Africa).
How the boys will play outdoors
The main attraction is, of course, the massive 18-hole golf course—the longest golf course in Morocco. It is a links golf course designed by Gary Player, a South African golfer considered one of the best in the history of this sport. His major victories were won at links golf courses. However, even if you’re not much of a Tiger Woods there are plenty of other options to keep you and the guys occupied. There’s quad-biking in the forest where you’ll zoom through trees and sandy hills, a surf centre on the beach, rock climbing walls and even giant trampolines with harnesses so you never get too carried away. Perhaps the boys fancy riding through the landscape? Well, you can either choose between horse riding at the Mazagan Equestrian Club, or camel riding—these camels can gallop like horses. In addition, there are excursions to the El Jadida centre which has a bustling medina (Old Town) area, where you can pick up souvenirs.
How the boys will play indoors
The World Travel Awards actually awarded Mazagan as the ‘World’s Leading Beach & Casino Resort’, so if you enjoy a bit of poker, you’re in for a treat. We weren’t too big on gambling, so we opted to have a bit of downtime after outdoor sports. The Moroccan Hammam was a great way to unwind, similar to the Turkish Hammam experience we had in Istanbul. We also loved the yoga classes held in the spa area (pair it with a massage and you’ll be more Zen than ever). You can explore varying levels of the practice from Power Yoga, which develops athleticism and heavy exertion breathing control, right over to Yoga Nidra, which is almost a state of suspended animation where participants hover between wakefulness and sleep. This is a great way to cool down after gallivanting outdoors in the sun for hours. Having said that it’s worth noting that the temperature in this region of Morocco is famous for consistency (unlike Marrakesh which hits ridiculous highs, even by Singaporean standards), so expect things to float around the holiday-perfect 25-degree mark most of the year. Get any more comfy and you might want to extend this trip, lads.
Mazagan is in El Jadida. The region is served by Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, which is an hour away. Complimentary shuttle and private VIP transfers are available.