Our villa is a short drive from the centre of Marrakech just off the road to Fez (N8). The villa is part of the Apple Gardens Resort development, which was designed by one of Morocco's top architects. The development was completed in January 2010 and consists of 51 villas, a 6 hole par 3 golf course, 2 clay tennis courts, a children's play area and a small football pitch.
The centre of Marrakech is a 20 minute drive away, where you can visit the famous sites such as the Djemaa El Fna square, the souks, the Koutoubia mosque and the botanical gardens.
The Atlas mountains are approximately one hour's drive away and can be seen from the villa.
There are many famous golf clubs around Marrakech, including the Royal Golf Club, the Amelkis Golf Club and the Palmerie Golf Club.
Marrakech Menara airport is situated 4 miles from Marrakech and is a 30 minute drive from the villa.
As well as the delights of Marrakech city there are many other things to see and do around the area from family water parks, desert adventures, camel rides or cycling.
Golf: It is the combination of the excellent weather and water from the Atlas Mountains that makes Marrakech such a fantastic location for golf. Despite its proximity to one of the largest deserts in the world, the water table is high and Marrakech is surprisingly verdant, something that can surprise new visitors who often expect a dusty and dirty city.
There are currently 5 golf courses in Marrakech with a further 7 having been granted licences. 3 of the courses have been around for a while. Firstly, the Royal Golf Club was built in the 1920s and was a favourite of the late King Hassan II. The Amelkis Golf Club is the next oldest course you should play when visiting Marrakech. It has 36 holes, both par 72 and around 6,500m and is located directly opposite the Royal Golf Club.
The third well established course is the Palmeraie Golf Club (18 holes, par 72, 6,214m). It is based in the Palmeraie Oasis and, like all other courses here, is stunning and beautifully maintained.
Ski: Marrakech also offers the chance of excellent skiing on the High Atlas mountain range, at the Oukaimeden ski resort, just over 40 miles or an hour's drive from the city. Oukaimeden is usually visited as a day-trip from Marrakech and offers all sorts of services and lots of fun. Oukaïmeden was first opened as a ski resort in 1936 by the Marrakech French Alpine Club. It is located at 10,738 feet above sea level (3,273 meters) and is the highest ski resort in Africa and the best equipped in Morocco, as well as one of the most popular in the continent. The snow season is quite variable and lasts a yearly average of 120 days, from mid-December to mid-March, although snow is quite reliable from January until late March or early April. The Oukaïmeden ski resort has a relatively modest skiing area, of around 300 hectares, but very interesting, including 3 black, 8 red, 4 blue and 3 green trails.