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Diane and Nick Garsten

Advertiser since: 2013
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Speaks: english, german, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Diane and Nick Garsten

Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Palmeraie Villa Rental Photos and Description

Thoughtfully designed 3-bedroom villa with lovely garden and pool.

Spacious, charming and private 3-bedroom villa with lovely garden and large pool. Tastefully designed by renowned architect Charles Boccara, the villa has a beautiful exterior courtyard and dining area.

The villa is situated in a secure development (Les Jardins de Touhina) with 24-hour security, only 25 minutes from the centre of Marrakech. The development has 37 villas with Clubhouse and Spa and mature communal gardens and walkways. Unusual for Marrakech, the villa offers complete privacy and is not overlooked.

The villa has 3 spacious ensuite bedrooms (two large and one slightly smaller), living and dining room and well-equipped kitchen, with hob, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, Nespresso coffee machine and other appliances. All rooms have air conditioning. There is also satellite TV and free internet access.

The garden has a medium-sized lawn area, mature plants and fruit trees. There is a large pool.

The villa is staffed with a maid (Touria) and a daily cleaning service is part of the package. Touria is also an excellent chef and produces wonderful Moroccan food. If you would like meals prepared for you notice the day before is preferred, although we do keep a store of ingredients for last minute requests. A 2 course lunch costs Pd. Stlg. 11 and 3 course dinner Pd. Stlg. 15 per person. Meals for children under 12 are half price. Touria will prepare breakfast at no charge on the first day of your stay. Thereafter you can either have Touria purchase and prepare breakfast at a cost of Pd. Stlg. 4 per person or you can prepare your own. A well stocked honesty bar is operated for beverages, which are very reasonably priced.

We can organise taxis to/from Marrakech. The cost of a taxi from the airport is MAD 250 (EUR 23). The cost of a taxi into town is approximately EUR 20 each way. We will provide you with a local mobile phone with useful numbers (i.e. taxi, local doctor, villa staff, etc). The number can be made available for your family upon confirmation of your booking.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Diane and Nick Garsten (Property Manager)
Advertiser since: 2013
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2015

About Diane and Nick Garsten

Married with two children ages 10 and 12. We lived in Marrakech for 3 years and this villa used to be our family home. We moved to Spain in 2012. I (Nick) still spend 6 months per year in Morocco and own a luxury desert camp in the Sahara desert, called Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp.

Diane and Nick Garsten purchased this villa in 2008

Why Diane and Nick Garsten chose Palmeraie

We purchased this property because it was just right - well proportioned, generous garden, private, practical and full of beautiful design and architectural detail. The garden is now mature and the place is everything we thought it would be - private, relaxing, tranquil and feels like a real home.

What makes this villa unique

The planning of the domaine was perfect - the developer did not maximise on building as many places as possible. The domaine is unique for its spaciousness and garden feel whilst the villa itself is full of detail. The private courtyards are a delight.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Les Jardins de Touhina is a perfect place to spend vacations in Marrakech.

Close but enough far to the hot and noisy center, you will appreciate to relax in the pool when the sun hits hard.

The luxuriant vegetation which compose the garden and the architecture of the villa immerse you under the morrocan exoticsm.

If you choose to trust Touria for the preparation of your meals, you will appreciate the real taste and knowledge of morrocan cook.

All services included will make you feel like evertything in this villa is made to facilitate your trip. Don't hesitate to refers to the Club house's Staff to organize excursions or massages which are very appreciable.

To resume, a good choice if you want to mary good weather, relaxation and wellness.
Aug 2014
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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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based on 4 traveler reviews

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Charming, private, 3 bedroomed luxury villa with pool & high speed internet
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Everything about this villa was fantastic! I was especially thankful for touria the villa maid and cook, as with having kids it was nice not to go out every night and have somebody to cook instead. She was amazing, very lovely lady and the kids especially liked her around. The food she cooked was some serious chef work and we were always impressed.

Having the drinks and essentials upon arrival and the whole time through was also very useful. Restaurants were only 25 minutes away from the villa and was easy to get to with the cab service available which was also a very reasonable price. Diane the owner left a list of number of restaurants to advise us on which we only wished we had checked out sooner.

Over all everything was well planned and organised and the villa was gorgeous. My favourite were the framed photos that decorated the house beautifully. Honestly would recommend this villa to anybody going to Marrakesh, only wish we could have stayed longer. Possibly one of our best villa holidays! Everything was thoughtfully planned out and nothing was missed.

Once again thank you for allowing us to stay at your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

The villa is immaculately clean and very comfortable and extremely well stocked. My husband and I stayed for one week and we couldn't have asked for anything more. The area is very very quiet, we sat in the garden by the pool most days and read our books. There was very little noise. So peaceful. Touria, the housekeeper, came in every morning and cooked us lovely breakfasts. She also cooked a couple of evening meals which were delicious. In the evenings we went into Marrakech via the recommended driver. One phone call and the driver was there on time. Touria usually rang for us as our French is very limited.

The villa, is very large and would easily suit a party of 6. The gardens are immaculate and the pool area is very relaxing. Lots of shade if you need to get out of the Moroccan heat.

I would highly recommend this property if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

The only slight negative is the 30minute drive into Marrakech, but to be honest, watching the sights and locals from the car is quite fascinating.

I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again when we next holiday in Marrakech.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Luxurious oasis

  • 5 of 5

This villa is extremely spacious and comfortable and we really enjoyed our stay here. It is in a very peaceful location which is a real haven from the frenetic pace of the Medina. It offers the best of both worlds as it only 20 minutes by taxi to the centre of Marrakech.

The added bonus (and what made it a real holiday for me!) was Touria's great cooking. A large breakfast was prepared every morning and she would then prepare lunch and/or dinner as we required. We could easily have stayed another week!

Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Stylish, peaceful luxury.

  • 5 of 5

We spent New Year here with extended family - 3 adults and 3 children (4-8 years). The villa is beautiful with ample space for 6 people.

Designed by a highly regarded Moroccan architect, Charles Boccara, the villa is stunning - two peaceful courtyards with fountains and dining areas, lovely private gardens including a cacti garden leading off the master bathroom through French windows. Throughout there are Moroccan design touches such as rugs, wedding blankets and floor cushions and features such as traditional tadelakt plasterwork and vaulted ceilings.

There is a large well equipped kitchen, perfect for self catering, although if you don't want to cook the villa has a maid who you can arrange with in advance to cook meals - she is a great cook and made some delicious meals for us - her breakfasts were also stunning.

The two main bedrooms are large and flooded with light during the day with views onto the garden. A third bedroom is the other side of the rear courtyard - older children would love this as it is separate to the main villa. All bedrooms have good ensuite bathroom facilities - two have showers and one has a large bath.

There's an open fire for chilly winter evenings.

The villa is great for children - safe garden, British TV channels, a private swimming pool with vaulted buildings either end - in the summer one would give ideal shelter for children playing in the shallow part of the pool and the other is a bar area - great for pool parties! In the winter months you will need wetsuits as it is chilly.

The villa isn't overlooked - its very private and part of the Jardins de Touhina complex. There is another large shared pool at the complex's Clubhouse and a spa - the hammam is highly recommended - but its a shame there isn't a restaurant or a shop for food supplies (the nearest supermarket is accessible by car/taxi). The complex was very quiet when we were there.

The villa's location is remote - its about 20 minutes outside of Marrakech by car or minibus and would be hard to find first time in a hire car (we used the private taxi company for an airport pick up). The complex have a minibus service into town several times a day - you do have to pay for the return journey but we found it really useful for coming back early evening from Jemma El Fna square after a bit of shopping and a meal and saves you phoning for a taxi or waiting ages to flag one down.

A perfect location for get-away-from-it-all luxury in the sun.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Kosy Bar
Nearest Ferry
580 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Royal Golf
Nearest Train
17 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Ouarzazate to Marrakech
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Le Tanjia
Nearest Ski
75 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
130 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Situated 25 minutes from the centre of Marrakech, this villa is ideal for those who want privacy, tranquillity and loads of space, and at the same time want to enjoy visiting the souks and street life of Marrakech.

The property is located in a small, secure development 10km outside Marrakech. The area goes by the name of Al Ouidane but is not marked on any map; Palmeraie being the closest area to the villa is about 10 minutes away. The setting is rural with olive trees, citrus fruits and other products being grown in the vicinity. The 'domaine' has 37 properties, each with its own private garden. There is also a Clubhouse and Spa. Designed by the renowned architect Charles Boccara, the domaine also features charming public gardens which are lovely for an evening stroll. The snow-capped High Atlas Mountains are clearly visible from the development, the views being most spectacular in winter.

The villa is a perfect base to explore Marrakech and its surroundings. In Marrakech, the souks are, in my opinion, the biggest attraction, being full of life and colour and providing an endless supply of fabulous Moroccan merchandise. However, away from the vast array of goods, craftsmen still ply their trade, especially in metalwork and woodwork. A visit to the square at Jemaa el Fna, a UNESCO heritage site, is also a must, especially in the evening when it comes to life with an array of snake charmers, magicians, acrobats and storytellers, as well as the open-air food stalls. The souks and the Jemaa are approximately a 25 minute drive from the villa.

The new town, Gueliz, is close to the souks. It has, of course, a completely different atmosphere. There are some excellent boutiques in Gueliz, especially for buying shoes, bags and general leatherwear.

Like most major cities, Marrakech is full of restaurants, offering an array of cuisine. The food stalls in the Jemaa are fun and good value. My favourite restaurant in the medina is Le Tanjia which cooks heavenly slow-cooked lamb (méchoui), Le Foundouk, near the Museum of Marrakech, is also excellent and is beautifully decorated. In Gueliz, Le Loft and Le Chat Qui Rit offer good quality French cuisine in a lively setting. The Moroccan restaurants tend to offer huge feasts, my favourites being Al Fassia and Dar Zellij. In the villa we have listed a huge array of restaurants, which we can book on your behalf. All the restaurants are approximately 25 minutes from the villa.

The most popular day trips from Marrakech are to the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, in particular the Ouirgane Valley and Imlil. Both these places are scenically stunning, especially in the winter. It is not just the beauty of the mountains - the valleys are verdantly green and in spring full of almond blossom.

Marrakech is also known as the nightspot of the Arab world! It's a real surprise to many and, whilst we cannot claim to be experts in this field we understand the night life is fun and varied. Kosy Bar in the medina and Le Comptoir in the Hivernage district (with it´s bar and belly dancers) are good places to start the evening's festivities.

There is now a great choice of golf courses in Marrakech. Royal Golf and Amelkis are 15 minutes from the villa, whilst a further six courses are only 25 minutes away. We can organise golf tee-off times for you.

For children, the villa is a wonderful place to stay and run around and enjoy the pool. However, there are also other activities for the whole family including two water parks (which are comparatively empty) and an excellent zip wire park at Terres d'Amanar which is situated 45 minutes from Marrakech.

And, of course, for those more culturally enlightened, the Bahia and El Badi palaces, the Museum of Marrakech and the Majorelle Gardens, to name just a few attractions, will keep you interested.

So, the villa is well located for all the activities you may want to do. It is also a great place to relax and to escape - because whilst Marrakech is dynamic and fun, you do need some relaxation time!


Rates & Availability

From £170 Per night

Palmeraie Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Feb 1 2014 - Jun 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Rent is £170 per night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available provided notice is given the day before, although we will always keep a stock of items for last minute requests. Breakfast costs £4 per person, 2 course lunch £11 per person and 3 course dinner £15 per person. Meals are half price for children under 12. Drinks are available based on honesty bar system.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Palmeraie Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 240 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathrooms are large. The Master bathroom has a separate toilet room, bath tub and shower. The other two have walk-in showers. High vaulted ceilings. All bathrooms have tadelakt walls and beautiful zelijj tilework on the walls. All bathrooms are bright and have good sized mirrors and decent lighting
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Three large ensuite bedrooms each with a king-sized bed. Bedrooms are bright and airy, all with French doors opening onto the garden or courtyard. All have high vaulted ceilings and beautiful zeillij tile work on the floors. All bedrooms have air conditioning.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis

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