Villa Marrakech is a superb modern Riad, for up to 8/9 people with a small private plunge pool and a large 25m pool in the 'Residence' grounds. Available for rent on a weekly basis with services of housekeeper/cook.
We rented Villa Marrakesh in May/June this year it was fabulous we loved it. Our Housekeeper Zohra was fantastic, she made us some wonderful salads and tagines...we had so much fun trying to understand each other. Thank you for your great service and genuine descriptions. Sue and Glenn Barnes, May/June 2010 We just wanted to send a quick email to say a BIG thank you for a... read more
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This is a luxury residence built by a young French architect retaining the traditional Marrakech riad concept located in the European sector near the Palmeraie within minutes drive of the Marrakech historic centre, the Medina, restaurants and cafés.
Set in 3 hectares of extensive gardens with mature trees and views to the Atlast Mountains the 'Residence' is private and completely gated. The property is one of about 20 individual Riads around a central area with a large 25m 'Residence' swimming pool and a beautiful bar with outside dining.
It comes with the full services of a housekeeper (apprx 0900-1600 hours) who can cook your meals (including traditional Moroccan), handle all domestic tasks and assist you during your stay. A private driver can also be arranged for the day/week to take you on your outings whether to the local 'souk' in the Medina or to the Atlas mountains.
There are 4 bedrooms, a large open plan living room (58m2) which was built out of traditional materials by expert craftsmen but with the benefits of modern comforts such as air-conditioning throughout.
Bathrooms and wcs: 4 en suite bathrooms
Garden and patio 75m2
There is a lovely large living room (58m2) with modern paintings and furnished with comfort retaining the 'oriental' style - traditional craftsmen were employed using authentic materials like dark wood and tiles to make this a harmonious mix. Dining table to seat 8/9.
Kitchen (12m2) fully equipped (however, if you prefer the househelp to do all your cooking for you this can be arranged on request).
1st Bedroom (separated from the main house by the patio and pool) - 16.5 m2 with fitted wardrobes - it has an en suite shower room and wc of 5.70m2. Large Double bed of 180cm. TV.
2nd Bedroom (separated from the main house by the patio and pool) - 13,5 m2 with fitted wardrobes - it has an ensuite shower room with wc of 5,70m2. Large Double bed of 180cm. TV.
3rd Bedroom - Master bedroom it is 25m2 with ensuite shower room with wc. Double bed that can be split into 2 singles. TV.
4th bedroom - with ensuite shower room and wc. Large double bed. TV.
Bedrooms 3 and 4 have doors leading to the first floor terrace.
Please note, due to the positioning of the bedrooms this house may not be suitable for young children.
Housekeeper/cook - her services are included in the rental - daily from apprx 0900-1600 to prepare breakfast - she can be asked to clean, prepare lunch, cook or to babysit. If more hours are required this is easy to arrange.
TV, Satellite, radio, CD player, DVD player
Wi-Fi Internet Access
Baby cot and extra bed can be provided on request.
Car-Parking within the residence
Please remember Morocco is predominately a French speaking country and take into account that local staff sometimes do not speak English. Often a guide book is handy to maximize your Moroccan experience.
The patio is 75m2 and is completely private - the 2m tall arches provide shade from the sun. The small private pool (2mx4m and 1.2m deep) is beautifully tiled with authentic Moroccan tiles. There are 2 lovely wrought iron 'chaises longues' for sunbathing and table and chairs for breakfasting and dining alfresco.
The grounds of the 'Residence' are completely gated and safe. Apart from the wonderful 20m x 8m shared swimming pool it provides an oasis of well kept lawns and greenery. The 'designer' bar is open to the 'residence' s guests and entertainments and shows with local flavour like Moroccan music and belly dancing are put on to accompany the gourmet dining by the pool.
A golf course is only a few kms away from the 'residence' and a local driver and car can be arranged for your convenience either for the day or for the week to take you to see all the local attractions or to explore the foothills of the Atlas mountains or for a venture into the desert.
'SOMEONE must have rubbed a brass lamp and let a genie out of a bottle. That's the only conclusion I can draw, given the changes to Marrakech since my last visit a decade ago' writes Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer.
The city was difficult to navigate, with few street signs in the maze-like Medina, and it had only a handful of hotels and restaurants suitable for tourists. At night, the non existent sidewalks of Marrakech were rolled up.
The eight gates of the walled city, built in 1070, are now flung open wide. An influx of Northern European snowbirds has slowed the retreat of the moneyed classes from the Medina to the suburbs. Many of the newcomers are architects and designers who have restored old townhouses as restaurants and guesthouses, helping to make Marrakech the coolest, chicest city in the Maghreb.
A European influence
The Europeans brought their sense of style with them so that these days, almost everywhere you turn in Marrakech you see something new ; traditional djellaba robes and babouche slippers in fun, new fabrics; European-inspired gourmet twists on recipes for such old Moroccan standards as tajine, a ubiquitous stew; and a host of trendy new boutique hotels.
Best of all, people have rediscovered the elegant architecture of the hermetic Medina, which blends austere Islamic abstraction with Moorish embellishment, sub-Saharan design and the colourful folk art of the Berber people of the Atlas Mountains.
The genie behind the city's transformation was King Mohammed VI, who took the throne of the democratic monarchy of Morocco in 1999. Two years later, he launched an initiative to ready the country to receive 10 million tourists by 2010.
The program has encouraged foreign investment, especially in hotels, and new airlines, such as budget carrier Atlas Blue, to reach new Moroccan destinations such as Agadir, an Atlantic port in southwestern Morocco.
Hot, new nightclubs, catering to the beautiful international set, have arrived, such as Le Comptoir Darna, an ersatz Garden of Eden.
The Koutoubia mosque, a Marrakechi landmark, surrounded by sunstruck rose gardens and distinguished by a 230ft, pink sandstone tower, the prototype of landmark minarets in Seville, Spain, and in Rabat, Morocco's capital.
The Place Jamaa el-Fna, the heart of the medina and the liveliest, most frenetc UNESCO World Heritage Site I've ever seen.
Incomparably seductive souks, Berber carpets, spices, silver, Berber jewellery.
Ben Youssef Medersa, one of the Muslim world's great educational centres.
The recently restored, domed Qubba, a medieval water station, and the Museum of Marrakech, which puts contemporary art in the frame of a late 19th century Moroccan palace.
South of the Place Jemaa el-Fna, there are palaces, gardens, and museums, such as Dar Si Said, dedicated to the arts and folk crafts of Morocco.
On twisting alleyways nearby is Dar Tiskiwin, an elegant townhouse, open to the public as a museum and full of Moroccan and sub-Saharan wonders collected by Bert Flint, a Dutch expatriate.
The Place Jamaa el-Fna Marrakech is always a little bit of everything: djellabas and babouches, bright colours, energy, heat. Once you've wandered around the stalls, gorged on all the mouthwatering food and watched everything on the square it's time to retreat to one of the many cafes and watch the goings-on from a distance.
In terms of views, though not of food, the best are the rooftop cafes. From here you can see the entire square of Jemaa el-Fna: the smoky and brightly lit food stalls are the centre, but circles of locals form all around the square watching storytellers and actors, and around the edges are the juice stalls selling fresh orange juice.
On the northern side are the souks - full of anything you could possibly want to buy, and lots of things you definitely don't! There are tourists aplenty in Jemaa el-Fna and it's tempting to dismiss it all as a commercial show, but the stories are all in Arabic and Berber and plenty of locals come here regularly as well. The monkeys, snake charmers and fortune tellers seem purely for the benefit of tourists though and you might find one evening here is enough - although most vistors come back night after night.
Where To Eat
Dar Moha, 81 Dar el Bacha, 38-64-00, set in a garden around a pool, and Dar Zellij, 1 Kaasour Sidi Ben Slimane, 38-26-27, in a fastidiously renovated 17th century mansion with carved cedar ceilings and hand-cut zellij tile, specialise in fine, traditional Moroccan fare. Multi-course dinners run €25-€30, and both restaurants have wine lists.
Casa Lalla, Rue Riad Zitoune Lakdime, 16 Derb Jamaa, 42-97-57, offers a set-price menu created by Michelin-starred British chef Richard Neat. There is one sitting at 8 pm., and only 14 people are served each night, so the required reservations are hard to come by. The price per person is about €25, and diners may bring in their own wine.
Le Pavillon, 47 Derb Zaouia, 38-70-40, and Le Foundouk, 55 El Moukef Souk Hal Fassi Kat Bennahid, 37-81-90, serve French food and wine. Both are in the heart of the medina. Dinner about €25.
Bo-Zin, Route de l'Ourika, 38-80-12, is a 15-minute drive south of town, with a beautiful cactus garden for alfresco dining. The cuisine is chiefly Thai and there is a full bar. The price for a three-course dinner is €25-€35, not including drinks.
Tobsil - excellent Moroccan food one of the best in town.
Café Poste - near Post Office - modern European restaurant. Colonial atmosphere - nice for a change when you have eaten too much Tagine!
La Trattoria - expensive Italian restaurant - best seats around the pool.
Café de France - Mint tea whilst watching sunset over Place Jemaa El Fna.
Jardin de Koutoubia (Hotel) Good lunch menu - seating around the beautiful pool
Nearby Leisure Activities:-
Park Aqua - large water park about 20 minutes drive
Tennis - The Royal Tennis Club about 10 minutes from the villa
Golf - numerous courses - Palmeraie, Amelkis, Royal Golf Club
Massages and Hammams
Lalla Takerkoust - beautiful lake - apprx 45 minutes
Oukaimedan/Ourika Valley - mountain range and waterfalls - apprx 1 hour
Essaouira - beautiful fishing port with beaches - apprx 3 hours
Horse and Camel rides in the Palmeraie - apprx 15 mins drive
Trips to the Sahara and overnight in Tents
Marrakech International Airpot is Menara - approximately 15 minutes from the centre of Marrakech.
Easyjet from Bristol, London Gatwick, London Stansted and Manchester.
For more information about Morocco please refer to www.visitmorocco.com
Supermarket (large French style) about 5 kms away.
Golf only 3 kms
We rented Villa Marrakesh in May/June this year it was fabulous we loved it. Our Housekeeper Zohra was fantastic, she made us some wonderful salads and tagines...we had so much fun trying to understand each other. Thank you for your great service and genuine descriptions. Sue and Glenn Barnes, May/June 2010 We just wanted to send a quick email to say a BIG thank you for a really fantastic holiday. The property was absolutely gorgeous and Zohra was wonderful .... is there any way you can pass on our thanks, best wishes and a big kiss from Amye (our 2 year old) to her? The sun didn't stop shining and the pool was a huge hit! Thanks again for your pre trip help - it was very much appreciated! Emma Barnes, July 2008 I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic holiday we had in Marrakech! The house was like something out of a film set and I've put on half a stone in weight no thanks to Zohra's breakfasts! .... It really was a perfect birthday..... we will certainly be checking out your website for future holidays and can't thank you enough for all the time and attention you gave to help make it such a memorable stay. Debbie Jeffery, October 2007
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