Iceland Is the World’s Most Welcoming Country for Tourists

The northern lights over a glacier in Iceland

Now this looks like a welcoming kind of place.

A new report from the World Economic Forum has revealed the friendliest countries when it comes to accepting tourists, with Iceland topping the charts.

The WEF looked at how open countries were to ‘foreign visitors’ as part of their Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2012 and put together a list of the best and worst performers. Iceland was followed by New Zealand and Morocco, whilst others in the top 10 out of 140 included Austria and Portugal. Continue reading Iceland Is the World’s Most Welcoming Country for Tourists

Top 10 things to do in Marrakech

Marrakech mosaics

Carmen and her husband outside some of the fantastic mosaics

A vibrant and exciting destination, Marrakech offers the perfect mix of culture, stunning scenery and fascinating architecture.

Travel blogger Carmen Allan-Patale provides a round-up of her top 10 things to see and do in this unique Moroccan city. Continue reading Top 10 things to do in Marrakech

Hotel of the week: Diwane Hotel and Spa

Diwane hotel and spa

Diwane Hotel and Spa, Marrakech

The Diwane Hotel and Spa, situated in the bustling city of Marrakech, is just a ten minute drive from the renowned Jaam El Fenaa square and many other exciting attractions.

An inviting property, this charming hotel offers a perfect base for exploring the sights. Continue reading Hotel of the week: Diwane Hotel and Spa

Hotel of the Week: Kenzi Club Agdal Medina, Marrakech

Kenzi Club Agdal Medina Marrakech

Sick of the 9-5? Escape to the Kenzi Club in Marrakech for this view.

For those of you craving more than just a bit of winter sun, a city break to Marrakech might be pretty tempting after seeing the Hotel of the Week.

The Kenzi Club Agdal Medina has atmospheric views of the Atlas Mountains and is set within a ten hectare complex that includes two swimming pools and two tennis courts. Continue reading Hotel of the Week: Kenzi Club Agdal Medina, Marrakech

Morocco: The best budget holiday ever

Marrakech, Morocco

The bustling markets of Marrakech

In the past few years it has become an increasingly popular city break for us Brits, a holiday to Morocco represents affordable luxury, filled with exotic sights, sounds, smells and of course culture.

On the North African coast within a kissing distance of Andalucía in Spain, the country is wonderfully diverse, with beautiful Mediterranean beaches, labyrinthine souks, desert dunes and biblical cities virtually untouched by modernity.

Continue reading Morocco: The best budget holiday ever