This terracotta-hued villa, a 20-minute drive from Marrakech, is a dream hideaway, set in its own walled garden overlooking the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.
On entering the villa's wooden gates, you'll find palatial grounds with a garden in full bloom: roses, palm and olive trees flanking a quirkily-shaped lap pool. Fronting the pool is the main house, a Moorish palace with three sun terraces and several entryways painted in saffron shades.
Inside, the walls are hand-finished in Tadelakt, traditional plasterwork made of limestone while the floors are adorned with Moroccan tilework and Berber rugs. The sitting room, featuring a high-ceilinged atrium, is straight out of the set of the 1998 film Hideous Kinky, with ottoman poufs, deep-cushioned sofas, traditional vases and brass pendant lights.
This luxury home in Marrakech features four huge bedrooms, all lavishly furnished with dark wood poster beds, Moroccan ceramics and trinkets. Most rooms have postcard-perfect views of the Atlas Mountains.
Downstairs, cook up a feast in the kitchen and entertain friends in the dining room, which sits eight. There's also the option to dine outdoors on the veranda, overlooking the landscaped gardens. After lunch, head to the clay court for a game of tennis or drive to nearby Marrakech to visit the bustling souks. For a more relaxing affair, take a day trip to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains and stop at La Roseraie for lunch before taking mint tea in a Berber village. Of course, our local concierge is on hand to arrange all of this for you.
Everything was excellent. The whole place was beautifully maintained and an added bonus in the beautiful gardens were the peacocks and guinea fowl.
Think of Marrakech and you are probably conjuring up images of snake charmers, dancers, musicians and storytellers. And you'd be right. Cultured, energetic Marrakech is one of the few places in the world to have embraced modern-day living without losing touch with its exotic, medieval heritage.