“Fully-staffed private villa for 2-8 with peaceful gardens and astonishing poolside views of the Atlas Mountains, just 28km from Marrakech”
The villa provides the perfect balance of privacy and communal space, with stylish and airy rooms set over 2 floors. All the bedrooms (2 doubles and a twin) come with ensuite bathrooms, fresh flowers, organic toiletries, iPod docks and bathrobes, and open onto private terraces. Beds are firm but comfortable, with crisp cotton linen and fluffy pillows.
At the top of a small tiled staircase, the master bedroom features soothing green and cream tones which chime with the expanse of green olive groves stretching out to the horizon through the large window. French doors open onto a roof terrace - the perfect location for a sunny breakfast or a star-spangled dinner. The bathroom has a rainhead shower, a double bathtub and plenty of natural light.
The ground-floor double room is decorated in restful browns and muted reds, with metal-work mirrors and plenty of storage. Photographs of old Morocco adorn the walls and complement the dark-wood furniture. The bathroom has twin marble basins, a shower and a bathtub, and the outdoor terrace’s table for 2 is shaded and private.
The twin room, with its earthy-red colours, filigree lamps and wall murals, is spacious and cool. There’s plenty of wardrobe space, and a separate toilet. The twin basins and walls in the ensuite shower room are finished in striking polished tadelakt, but anyone of above-average height may struggle with the showerhead, which is mounted low on the wall.
After dark we enjoyed curling up in the villa's living room. Its cream sofas and red woven rugs are cosily arranged in front of the large wood-burning fire, its alcoves are decorated with painted motifs, and the shelves are filled with novels, games and films. A TV and DVD player and a further iPod dock are on standby if the weather’s not up to scratch.
A wide range of European and Moroccan flavours are available at Dar Tamazerte. The French-speaking cook and housekeeper come from a local Berber village and provide food and service to a high standard, from simple poolside refreshments to breakfast, lunch and dinner; they can even whip up dinner parties on request. Fresh flowers, linen tablecloths and fine china complement 2- or 3-course meals served alfresco on the shaded terraces, or indoors around the 8-seater dining table.
Breakfast is served when and where you want and is a refreshing array of fruit salad, freshly squeezed juice, yoghurt, local honey and jams, homemade bread and beghir pancakes.
Lunch and dinner (available for an additional cost) are cooked in consultation with guests, and special dietary requirements or fussy children are easily catered for. Many of the ingredients used come from the villa's garden, which has 60 mature olive trees.
Cook Latifa’s specialities include traditional Moroccan cuisine such as bestella - a spectacular pie filled with saffron chicken, fried almonds and orange water. Her lemon chicken tagine with couscous was delicious, as was the fiery chickpea harira soup. She’s also adept at creating tasty French food and her baking skills are superb - her tarte aux pommes and orange cake are not to be missed.
If you tire of the fabulous home-cooking, there's a range of restaurants a short drive away. Towards Marrakech on the Ourika Valley road is the stylish Bo & Zin (25km away), which serves Asian, Moroccan and European cuisine amongst exotic gardens. For lunch try Le Maquis or, if you’re on a day trip to the villages and waterfalls of the Atlas Mountains, the local’s favourite, Imouzzer. Restaurant reservations can be arranged by Dar Tamazerte’s staff.
The villa is a welcoming place for children, with plenty of outdoor space, although very young kids will require supervision. A baby cot can be provided free of charge. There's plenty to keep kids entertained, including the tennis court, boules, games and DVD collection.
Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
A baby cot and highchair are available by arrangement
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is unfenced