Villa Ezzahra, Marrakech


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.

Choose the larger Villa Ezzahra for an authentic Moroccan feel – rough stone walls, mosaic floors and cedar wood furniture. Pick Villa Alkhozama (‘lavender’ in Arabic) for a more contemporary setting, surrounded by ancient olive trees. There’s Villa Azzaytouna (‘olive’), nestled among 5,000 metres of orange blossom, bougainvillea and olive tree gardens. Or, you can book all three.

All your meals, non-alcoholic drinks, laundry, a vehicle and spa treatments are included in the price and an impressive team of wonderfully friendly yet discreet staff are 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 while your villa chef whips up an evening meal of Moroccan and International cuisine at its best.

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.

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Villa Ezzahra is around half an hour’s drive from Menara Airport, and 15 minutes from Marrakech’s Medina.

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