Villa Ezzahra

The review:

Villa Ezzahra, Morocco

Starry nights, the scent of orange blossom and a peaceful garden retreat in Marrakech.

Ezzahra is Arabic for ‘orange blossom’. It’s an appropriately floral name for these three beautiful villas, set in a large garden estate in the Palmeraie region of Marrakech.

Whichever villa you choose, you’ll find yourself tucked away in peaceful private manicured gardens, with your own pool and staff on hand. Wake to the sound of birdsong and take a wander around your home away from home to spot Moroccan fabrics, souk-found furniture and hand-picked treasures from around the world.

Style

A personal oasis. Built by an English hotelier as his own little hideaway, a sense of sophistication and understated style shines through at this impressive private estate. It’s perfectly suited to a relaxing family holiday, and the perfect setting for any kind of celebration. Spend your days relaxing on daybeds by the pool where spa therapists are on hand and drinks are on tap.

Things to do

Away from the estate, the city itself is all hustle and bustle. For a nice change of pace, we recommend a visit to Jardin Majorelle – Yves Saint Laurent’s botanical garden – where you can walk among the trees, fountains, pools and pavilions of this Marrakech landmark. Get there in the early morning to avoid the crowds ­– and the full force of the sun. Also worthwhile are excursions up into the Atlas Mountains.

Sleeping

Choose the larger seven-bedroom Villa Ezzahra for an authentic Moroccan feel – rough stone walls, mosaic floors and cedarwood furniture. Pick two-bedroom Villa Alkhozama for a more contemporary setting, surrounded by ancient olive trees. There’s also three-bedroom Villa Azzaytouna nestled among 5,000 metres of orange blossom, bougainvillea and olive tree gardens. Or, you can book all three to sleep up to 26 people, perfect for a big get together, party or three-generational holiday.

Food & Drink

It is unusual to find the comforts of a fully catered villa of this standard in Morocco. The chef and his team serve up a menu of Moroccan and European dishes which can be tailored to your liking. Meal times are up to you, so if late breakfasts or lazy lunches are your thing then this will be heaven. The lantern-lit dinners are also worth a mention, so very pretty and the perfect setting for a celebratory dinner or party.

What Stands Out

All your meals, non-alcoholic drinks, laundry, a chauffeured vehicle and spa treatments are included in the price and an impressive team of wonderfully friendly yet discreet staff are on hand to cater to your every whim – including Maria, the house manager who is great at negotiating the Medina and will happily escort you on a shopping trip – she knows all the best places to go.

The Verdict

Villa Ezzahra is upmarket enough to feel like a spoil, yet homely enough to allow you to kick back and relax. It is an extra special in-the-know place which will have you wanting to return as soon as you possibly can.

With Morocco just a three-hour flight away it’s a tempting proposition at any time of year and with year-round sunshine, there is always an excuse to go.

 

Sarah Ward Hedges

Personal Travel Designer

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