Morocco is colourful, unique and exotic, and while the souks of Marrakech are bustling, a villa just outside of the city provides the perfect respite. It may come as a surprise that Morocco proves to be an ideal location in which to relax and recharge the batteries.
Visiting in early October meant that the temperature was perfect; the heat is dry so despite the fact that it was over 30 degrees, it was very pleasant to sit out in the sun throughout the day.
Having our own pool to dip into when in need of a cool down was a real treat, while the convenience of having a pool house and staff on hand providing refreshments when needed, meant that movement was kept to a minimum and it was merely impossible not to relax.
Villa Mauresque is an elegant property that sits amid beautiful, large lawned gardens and provides an oasis of calm for up to 8 guests.
Upon arrival at the villa we were greeted by the house manager Mustapha, who gave us a tour of the house and gardens, while the cooks prepared traditional Moroccan mint tea for us to enjoy out on the terrace.
Each of the en-suite bedrooms is light and spacious and there is no need to worry about fighting for the best room! Throughout the villa, it’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into every little detail, with high quality furnishings, luxury bathroom amenities and fluffy white robes with matching slippers in each bedroom.
Inclusive cook service is an added indulgence at Villa Mauresque, whereby the service is discreet and all of the home-cooked meals are flavoursome and fresh; we had fun guessing where the table had been laid for us to dine each evening between the whitewashed courtyard, the comfortable sitting room and the garden terrace.
My favourite spot - if I were forced to pick one - would be the rooftop terrace; the perfect place to practice yoga and watch the sunrise, or enjoy an aperitif whilst taking in the serene panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains.
Some will be happy with the views alone, but for those looking to venture outside of the villa the Atlas Mountain Range is within easy driving distance for a day trip.
If you do plan on leaving the villa (which I must advise, is absolutely not necessary), then a visit to Le Jardin Majorelle is recommended. Although firmly planted on the radar of many tourists, this is for a good reason, as these beautifully preserved gardens took French painter Jacques Majorelle forty years to create. Later purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, the pair fell in love with it on their first visit to Marrakech in 1966. It’s now a tranquil paradise that provides a sheer contrast to the rest of the city.
If you are planning a trip, we are fortunate to have a range of luxury villas in Morocco that are all perfectly suited for a relaxing retreat.
Here are a few more suggestions:
Set in the perfectly tranquil Palmerie oasis, Villa Azzaytouna is fully catered for up to 6, meaning guests can completely relax on holiday. This house and neighbouring property Alkhozama share a wonderful hammam steam room and treatment room, and for added indulgence unlimited spa treatments are included in the price of your holiday.
If you're enjoying the pool so much that you don't make it to the treatment room, not to worry - have a poolside massage instead!
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The fabulous heatable pool at Dar Tamazerte is likely to be the focal point on your villa holiday, surrounded by palm trees and flowers, with accompanying curtained pergolas to relax upon.
Spa treatments are available on request, while the view from the rooftop terrace may take your breath away.
Dar Tamazerte is currently available with a 30% discount when travelling between 17th January and 27th February 2019. Ask a travel expert for details.
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Cobalt Blue is a magnificent country house with space for up to 14 . Guests can truly relax at this property, making use of the hammam, sauna and heatable private pool.
For those looking to be a little more active there is a yoga room and a tennis court, alternatively for an added element of relaxation, spa treatments are available on request.