FELLAH HOTEL LAUNCHES ITS KIDSí CLUB FOR CHRISTMAS
Newly-opened luxury Marrakech arts and culture hotel launches fun and educational workshops to provide children with a true flavour of Moroccan life
- Kids’ clubs workshops for children between 4-11 and those over 12 years old
- Daily workshops available from 21 December 2013 to 5 January 2014, from 33€ per person
- Hotel also runs dedicated programme for teens (Thinking/Developing/Meeting)
- The Dar al-Ma'mûn is the only cultural centre in North Africa and the Middle East to receive UNESCO-Aschberg recognition
- Workshops have been designed to inspire and educate children about Moroccan life and will be divided into three categories: Countryside, Cooking and Culture
- Workshops open to hotel guests and visitors alike
Located in the ancient village of Tassoultante at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, 14 kilometres South from Marrakech, the recently-opened Fellah Hotel will be launching a dedicated ‘Fellah Kids’ package to run daily during the Christmas school holidays.
The Fellah Hotel is home to Dar al-Ma'mûn, a UNESCO-Aschberg non-profit arts centre dedicated to bringing international contemporary art and culture to Morocco. As such, it offers a unique environment to allow for a kids’ programme that is educational, cultural and fun for kids of all ages. Two different packages will be offered to the children of guests and visitors alike, one for children between the ages of 4-11 and another for those who are 12 years or older. Curious parents are invited too! The first dedicated Christmas workshops will run daily from 21 December through to 5 January 2014.
During each school holiday season, the Fellah Hotel team and the Dar al-Ma’mûn team, will together prepare a fun-filled activity programme designed to inspire and educate children about Moroccan culture and daily life. The programme comprises three different workshops: Countryside, Cooking and Culture. The Dar al-Ma’mûn Residence also has a large library with English, French and Arabic books. During the evenings, children will be invited to sit around a campfire with a Senegalese griot master and listen to tales of ancient Africa.
The Countryside workshop: 10am – 12.30pm daily
The Countryside workshop is the first part of the Kids’ Club programme and is designed to offer children an insight into rural Moroccan life. Children are encouraged to take part in various activities involved in running a working farm, including picking fruit and vegetables or planting seeds, with each given their own little patch to look after. The children will also have the opportunity to pet and look after the various animals on the farm.
Cultural workshop: 2pm-4.30pm daily
During the Cultural workshops, the children will meet the Dar al-Ma’mûn resident artists and will be take through elementary modern artistic practices to create works of art, including collage, drawing, architecture, paintings and comic strips.
Cookery classes: 6pm – 7.30pm daily
In this workshop children will be taken through a journey of different culinary traditions and learn how to cook a variety of simple yet delicious Moroccan dishes and sweets, such as multi-coloured sugar-covered shortbread crescents. The Cooking workshop will also relate to one of the tasks in the Countryside workshop where they will learn to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
The Fellah Hotel also runs a programme created especially for teens, which is called Thinking/Developing/Meeting. The activities are based in cultural, music and sports workshops that include a wide range of activities such as:
- Film analysis and script-writing.
- Discovery of the Dar al-Ma’mûn’s Residence.
- Meeting with artists, initiation into contemporary artistic practices.
- Reading and creative writing workshops.
- Introduction to “D-Jing” with “Runtomorrow Label” artists.
- English boxing and Full Contact with Coach Freddy.
In addition to the Kid’s Club programmes, the hotel also offers other children’s activities including children's yoga, pool games, donkey rides and picnics.
About the Fellah:
Located in the ancient village of Tassoultante at the foot of the Atlas Mountains - 14 kilometres from Marrakech - the Fellah Hotel is based on minimalist designs which reflect Morocco’s true rural heritage as well as its contemporary culture. The Hotel is also home to Dar al-Ma'mûn – the only cultural centre in North Africa and the Middle East to receive the UNESCO-Aschberg label. A non-profit arts centre dedicated to bringing international contemporary art and culture to Morocco, as well as supporting local education and literacy centres, Dar al-Ma’mûn is supported by visitors to the hotel.
The brainchild of former Parisian stockbroker Redha Moali, the Fellah Hotel and its associated centres create an environment steeped in creativity and culture, allowing guests to enjoy and help support a unique project, as well as encounter new and exciting art and artists from across the Middle East and North Africa region.
Encompassing 10 villas (with 69 rooms) – all furnished with mid-century flea-market finds as well as modern pieces commissioned from local craftsmen - the Fellah Hotel is home to Morocco and Europe’s only Wat Po Massage Centre, with therapists trained at Bangkok’s Wat Po temple –considered the home of Thai Arts and Learning. Signature treatments include a range of holistic programmes designed to alleviate and re-energise guests from the ailments typically associated with the daily grind of modern-day working.
Its Fellah Moroccan Wellness Centre, features a yoga centre, a Turkish bath and a hammam, as well as five treatment rooms and Salon Mahler – a communal space that regularly hosts pianist performances, thematic dinners with visiting artists and philanthropists and independent film screenings.
The Fellah Hotel also boasts two restaurants, the Fellahoffering a contemporary twist on traditional Moroccan dishes using local produce – dishes include Zaalouk (Moroccan eggplant salad) with roasted sardines and coriander juice and cold cucumber soup with wild geranium, mixed briouates and Nanâa mint. Whilst Touco’s offers guests the chance to sample traditional berger tagines cooked by local villagers within the Hotel’s grounds.
Within the Fellah Hotel area sits Dar al-Ma'mûn – the only cultural centre in North Africa and the Middle East to receive the UNESCO-Aschberg label, a non-profit arts centre dedicated to bringing international contemporary art and culture to Morocco. Acting as an international residency centre for artists and literary translators, the Centre brings together artists’ studios, a research centre in literary translation (Arabic-French-English) and a multi-lingual library open to all (from hotel guests to local villagers, as well as resident artists), with a focus on social sciences, literature, poetry, aesthetics and art history.
Dar al-Ma'mûn also oversees a number of community-outreach programmes, including a pre-school for 250 local children, tutoring for elementary school students aimed at lowering the dropout rate, which in agricultural villages such as a Tassoultante can be high, and a literacy programme for local women.
The Fellah Hotel offers rooms from €170 per night on a bed & breakfast basis. For reservations, please visit www.fellah-hotel.com or call +212 525 065 000.
(Address: Fellah Hotel, Km 13 route de l’Ourika, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco)
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