|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
Villa Alexandra is one of Marrakesh's most tranquil and comfortable country houses - cool classic architecture and beautiful interiors - set in a secluded five acre walled garden full of palm, olive, citrus fruit trees and roses. This serene location and the cool pure air from the mountains mixed with the scent of the orange trees make it a wonderful place to relax. Completely private, the villa includes a 20 metre swimming pool with shady pergola and bar for lunch, clay tennis court and spacious terraces throughout. The villa has 6 permanent staff and they are included in the cost of your stay as are all meals and soft drinks. They will look after you during your holiday and pick you up and deliver you back to the airport. Our Moroccan cook is superb at traditional and European food and many of her ingredients come from the garden. The house is 13km south of Marrakech on the road to Ourika and 20mns from the airport and a selection of golf courses.
My father spent 10 years living full time at Villa Alexandra and we still have the same wonderful staff that he trained and that looked after him so well. Most of them speak English and their attention to detail and pride in their jobs is what makes Villa Alexandra such a special place to stay. The garden is an oasis of palms, olives (our own olive oil) and of course all our own oranges and lemons. We have now found a excellent tennis pro to teach or play on the newly re-surfaced clay court and our pool being 22metres long is very special. Its such a wonderful contrast - the serenity and birdsong of the 5 acre gardens and then the wild, heady atmosphere of downtown Marrakech! Everyone says it is magical and as most of our guests come back 4 or 5 times, it must be true!
Alexandra Dupree purchased this villa in 1999
Villa Alexandra was built in 1930 by a French Colonel as his country residence, I think that's probably why it has a more Mediterranean feel to it, far lighter than a traditional Moroccan house. When we first walked through the gates into the magical garden, we knew it was the house for us even though it had been uninhabited for many years - the kitchen was in the Pool House where about 8 tagine ovens had apparently catered for up to 50 guests at a time! We virtually rebuilt it, putting in all modern necessities but retaining the original internal and external structure. There is always a gentle breeze from the mountains, very little humidity and our wonderfully lush garden provides a haven for all species of birds. Its hard to believe we are only 15mns from Marrakech!
Villa Alexandra is positioned on the south side of Marrakech, on the road to the Ourika Valley and Atlas Mountains, so if we are going on a trip to the valleys, mountains or desert, we don't have to drive through town which is a huge bonus! The same applies to getting to the airport, the souks and Gueliz (the main shopping and restaurant area). Having 6 discreet permanent staff means that you can completely relax, never have to worry about food shopping or cooking (unless you want to!) and just know that they have your comfort and enjoyment as a top priority. The clay tennis court plays extremely well and our extra long swimming pool (20metres) has also got a deep end so even in the hottest of summers, it stays refreshingly cool. It really does feel like your own private hotel! Very few private villas have their own tennis courts but we are keen players and Hamid keeps our newly re-surfaced clay court in top condition year round.
Just to say we had fabulous stay at your villa once again. It really is a special place and Latif and his staff are absoloutely fabulous. The food was outstanding and they really looked after us. We had gorgeous weather and all said, it was one of our best holidays ever! Likely to return! Thanks so much once again
This was our 4th stay at Villa Alexandra and I cannot imagine not planning to return over and over again.
Firstly, the villa is beautifully decorated with fascinating art and crafts from Morocco and India. The bedrooms are large, comfortable and very well maintained all with adjoining bathrooms that would put many 5 star European hotels to shame. The grounds are filled with olive and date trees and birdsong and thanks to the swimming pool, tennis court and pingpong leaving the property to sightsee is a wrench. An additional incentive to stay put are the delicious meals provided by Fouzia who patiently will explain how to make some of her specialities.
The most compelling reason to stay at the Villa Alexandra, if one was needed, is the incomparable welcome and attention provided by Latif, the manager, and his team. No request is too small or too large and we always miss them for weeks once we leave.
Whether for sightseeing and exploring or just staying put, a stay at Villa Alexandra is a truly spoiling experience. It cannot be recommended highly enough.
The house is extremely comfortable, the pool is amazing and the staff go all the way and beyond to make you feel completely at home and extremely relaxed. The food is really good and varied and always beautifully presented. We would not hesitate to recommend a visit to this villa!
Special interest holidays:
We have two excellent tennis coaches who come from the club tennis club in Marrakech and can teach children and adults or just make up a game. They have been highly recommended by several of our guests.
There are many excellent golf courses about 20mns away from the house. The green fees are very reasonable, the courses are in excellent condition and there are 3 sets of playable clubs available to borrow at the house.
The famous fishing town of Essaouira is 2.5 hours drive and is certainly worth a day trip to visit the old Medina or an overnight stay. It is always very windy but is a charming white and blue town with horseshoe harbour where the fishing boats unload their varied catch direct to the waterside street cafes. Oualidia, a lagoon north of Saffi is the same distance but has a lovely beach - a must for an overnight stay to sample the crab claws and locally harvested oysters.
The nearest airport is Marrakech Menara Airport - 20 mns by car - Self drive or chauffered car/minibus hire can be arranged for all other excursions and is recommended. Easyjet, Ryan Air, Thomson, British Airways, BMI and Royal Air Maroc all fly from various UK airports on a daily basis to Marrakech.
Marrakech is 13km. We are 10kms from Ourika, the fertile and scenic valley where almost all the vegetables and fruit are produced for Marrakech and where there is a wonderful Berber market on Mondays. The High Atlas Mountains are just beyond, endless walking and riding possibilities. The 5 cascades of Setti Fatma are close by and provide a more challenging excursion.
Morocco is a fascinating destination and Marrakech is positioned perfectly to enjoy the diverse landscapes and cultural activities. The desert, the mountains and the sea are all within hours, your stay will never be long enough to enjoy all that it has to offer. Marrakech is vibrant and full of the most wonderful restaurants and nightlife. The contrast between the more modern town and the souks of the old Medina are a source of fascination - the shopping is excellent in both! There are endless cash points but not all work all the time, the situation is similar with credit/debit cards - whoever you are, please take several as, for no reason at all, they can be rejected!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A deposit of 25% is required to secure your booking. Full payment is required 6 weeks prior to your rental commencing. We also require a deposit of £250 against damages/breakages payable with the balance and which is refundable at the end of your stay, less any reduction in the unlikely event of any damage having taken place.
Changeover day is flexible as are arrival and departure times and need to be discussed at the time of booking.
Notes on prices:
The prices quoted are based on 8 guests and this includes all your meals and soft drinks, as well as afternoon tea, homemade cakes/biscuits, and canapes before dinner. There is a discount for smaller parties. Additional guests are charged at £600 per person per week up to a maximum of 12 guests. Over the Christmas and Easter period the basic price for 8 guests is £8,500 pw with extra guests charged at £700 per person per week. Pool heating is excluded.