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Villa in Ourika, Marrakesh, Essaouira Region, Marrakech, Morocco - 25-mins from Marrakech. Fully Staffed With Cook. Sleeps 10. Ideal for a Mini-break
Dar Zitouna exudes discreet glamour – it is an idyllic place to unwind and relax. The villa has been beautifully interior designed and our original villa (in very much the same style and taste) appeared on a BBC interiors programme.
Dar Zitouna has 5 ultra-comfortable bedrooms (with either twin or kings sized beds) combining European comfort with Moroccan chic. Each comes with a dressing area, en-suite bathroom, a terrace and aircon/heating.
Our comfy and inviting sitting room seats 10 on sumptuous sofas and armchairs with a roaring log fire for those occasional chilly nights. This leads to a dining room (also with a fireplace).
Outside our large and luxurious private pool is set in sizeable sub-tropical gardens. It has a heavenly shaded terrace, perfect for unwinding and dining, as well as two other stunning covered terraces, perfect for just chilling-out and relaxing.
Guests are looked after by our talented cook, Zahria, who makes breakfast (included in the price) and lunch and dinner too (her cheese soufflés are sublime) - there is also a full time maid (a second is provided for 8 or more guests). In charge, our wonderful House Manager, Mustapha, speaks fluent English and can arrange all transfers, car hire, golf trips, and excursions to the Mountains and Marrakech etc. Dar Zitouna is part of the exclusive Bab Adrar development just 25 mins from central Marrakech and comes with 24-hour security, shared Hammam and clay tennis court. The pool can be heated (extra cost Spring/Summer). This villa is not self catering.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 08, 2018
About Jessica Parker
We have always loved Marrakech but really fell in love with it a couple of years ago when we visited with our children. We knew that it was a very special place with such a variety of things to do and we all adored the bright and colourful culture so much that we decided to start our search for the perfect family holiday home. We love everything Marrakech has to offer; the wonderful sounds and sights, the colours but most of all the energy. It is an incredibly vibrant city that feels like you stepped into another world. And yet you can also have the most relaxing, peaceful holiday ever. Even on a short 3 day trip you come back feeling utterly refreshed but like you have been on a real adventure, this is something that we share with our entire family. If our children had their own way they would probably choose to live over there!
Why Jessica Parker chose Marrakech
When we first walked over the threshold of Dar Zitouna we knew it was the place for us. It was so peaceful and beautifully decorated with wonderfully proportioned rooms. It was safe and secure and yet super private. The moment when we first walked onto the roof terrace and looked out onto the breathtaking Atlas Mountains, that was it. I don’t think anyone could ever tire of that incredible view. The smell of fruit trees, lavender and rosemary and the fragrant Moroccan rose never fails to make us happy. The Ourika Road to Marrakech is an easy, straight road into the bustling Medina in just 20 minutes and the airport just 25 minutes away, so we really are perfectly located.
What makes this Villa unique
As one of eight private villas on the site, we have use of a tennis court and hammam, as well as 24hr security. We are very blessed with our staff: we have a full-time gardener, two maids, a cook, and an English-speaking manager who can organise transfers, car hire, excursions etc. We offer the villa with the staff and breakfast included, but if you wish the staff can provide delicious meals at very reasonable prices. That means you get to enjoy the best of both worlds: to eat out whenever you choose, but also to flop at the villa when you feel like it and just enjoy the terraces, the gardens, and the pool.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Great Family Gathering & Retreat
Our family met here for our annual holiday. We age from 10 years to 89..and from all over the globe so we needed somewhere we could all enjoy..and this ws definately it!
The Villa is beautiful, nicely spread out and many rooms to choose to relax in..from inside to outside..We did spend most of our time outside by the Pool..but also had wonderful evenings on the upstairs terrace and about the house. The staff were so hospitable; Nadia ensured we had what we needed, and was about if we had questions..without feeling they were on top of us.
We had a choice of excursions..and decided to alternate days out with the villa..as hard to leave the place..We got a guided tour of the Market, drove out to Beduin House as well as Richard Bransons Retreat for lunch (a greta scenic drive of the area..in the Atlas Mountains)..some also went Dune Buggy driving..and thoroughly enjoyed.
A truly wonderful family break in a gorgeous place ..made it very hard to leave....
Thank you for your lovely review and it's such a joy to hear everyone loves the villa and all the great things to do! Many thanks Gillian
Return to Paradise
Rarely do we return to a location twice, with so many other wonderful places in the world to visit. However Dar Zitouna is in a different league, it was every bit as special as our first visit and this is in no small part due to the fantastic staff, Mohamed, Nadia, Zahira, Hussain and the latest addition to the team Aisha. The villa is truly exceptional and combined with the amazing staff this makes for a truly memorable holiday,
Although this was March we enjoyed many sunny days on the roof terrace, ideal location for breakfast with amazing views to the mountains, followed by some time doing nothing by the pool but reading and swimming. On the slightly cooler days Nadia would light the fire to warm and create a wonderful atmosphere in the house.
As our previous visit we enjoyed Zahira's cooking for all of our stay and washed down with some rather nice red wine this was a great way to spend an evening. Mohammed would always bring some mint tea after the evening meal and this was the perfect way to wind down before retiring to our room.
The villa has the perfect combination of understated luxury, combined with an amazing location, with a staff that are second to none. It really is one of our great holiday locations and it will probably be visited again before too long.
Oasis on the Ourika Road
We had a fantastic stay at Dar Zitouna for four days in late May 2015. After our stay at one of the smaller houses in the complex last year, we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. Dar Zitouna is clearly the best house in the complex - large, beautifully designed and with the best views over the Atlas mountains. It was so nice to return to this lovely bit of Morocco. Zahira's cooking was once again excellent and satisfied a range of dietary requirements (from vegetarians to exacting 2 year olds). Mohammed was also extremely helpful with all of our needs and organised a half day trip to Imlil for us. The pool was, as expected, a key part of our stay and the clever design with shallow steps proved to be a real blessing for the little ones still learning how to swim. All in all a great stay and highly recommended.
Takes relaxation to a new level
We have just returned from a week at Dar Zitouna, the villa is simply stunning, high quality furnishings, combined with great style and comfort. The exceptional staff on site create a fantastic holiday.
The villa is only 30-40 mins from Marrakech, which we enjoyed for an afternoon with a visit to the medina but its so very easy to relax at the villa, laze by the pool, read a book all the time enjoying the excellent discreet service led by Mohamed the house manager assisted by, Zahira, Nadia and Hussain.
The views to the Atlas mountains are breathtaking and we never tired of the view, it formed a fantastic backdrop to our meals which we always took outdoors on the terrace facing the pool and mountains.
As we wanted a relaxing holiday we took full advantage of the wonderful meals provided by Zahira the cook, the taste and quality was absolutely first class we particularly enjoyed the soufflés, quiches and tagines.
The icing on the cake is undoubtedly the staff, they ensure that no problems arise and their ability to perfectly anticipate our requirements was uncanny, whether it was drinks by the pool or on the terrace, to wonderful tasty breakfasts. Nadia was always on hand to ensure the villa was kept immaculately clean.
The villa is wonderfully spacious and can easily accommodate 4 or 5 couples for us it was like having your own private boutique hotel, the rooms are wonderfully furnished.
For anybody looking for a perfectly relaxing holiday, with the option of easy assess to all that Marrakech offers, whilst enjoying luxurious accommodation and being looked after by attentive staff this would take some beating.
Our thanks to Mohammed, Zahira, Nadia and Hussain, you really made the holiday special
I have just returned from a three night stay at Dar Zitouna and felt I had to write to say how exceptionally beautiful the house and its location is. The house is set at the foot of the Atlas Mountains with beautifully manicured and established gardens flowing out to green plains with a breath-taking backdrop of the Atlas Mountains.
The house itself has been thoughtfully decorated and furnished, providing an authentic Moroccan feel, combined with luxurious bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas. It is all beautifully maintained.
The staff that work at the house were exceptionally helpful and organised all the transport that we required both to and from the airport and into Marrakech.
There was an ample choice on the menu, ranging from Moroccan cuisine to more familiar English dishes. Everything that we were served was delicious and freshly cooked.
I can find no fault in anything that we experienced during our stay and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone wanting to experience the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, safe in the knowledge that when you have done this, you can return to a peaceful and luxurious retreat.
I can honestly say this is the the most gorgeous holiday house I have ever stayed in. It is better than a luxury, boutique hotel. Dar Zitouna has been stunningly designed (it combines English elegance with Moroccan chic) and has been furnished by the owner with so much care and love, making it incredibly comfortable without being stuffy. We felt from arrival so relaxed here, it really was like home but far nicer. The staff really make it extra special, Mohammed just couldn't have done more for us. From collecting us from the airport, taking us into Marrakech which is an easy 20-25min drive. He showed us where to go. Booked and took us to the best restaurants and really made our stay so perfect.
However, the best food we ate all holiday was at home. Zahria the resident cook makes the most delicious meals at very reasonable prices - we ate like Kings and there really was no need to travel elsewhere. The villa's gardens are just heavenly and tranquil (such a contrast from the crazy Medina in Marrakech!) and so good to come back to. The views over the stunning Atlas mountains left you speechless. We had some super nights on the beautiful outdoor terrace - staring at the stars and drinking sundowners. I don't think I've ever slept so well and on such comfy beds. We will definitely be returning and I can't recommend Dar Zitouna more highly.. I just wish I was there now!!
Special interest holidays: There is a wide range of outdoor activities available locally. All these can be arranged by our House Manager Mustapha. These range from horse riding to the surrounding Berber villages, camel riding along the valley, fishing in deep mountain lakes, quad biking and endless opportunities for walking and trekking in the Atlas Mountains whose foothills lie just 7 kms away. Picnicing by a lake under olive trees, or an overnight trek can also be arranged. Cookery classes and spa treatments can be arranged in Marrakech along with golf, tennis, shopping as well as dinners and lunches in the Medina - an endless choice of activities. Private Hamman treatments can also be taken on site and a masseuse can also visit your villa for massages, pedicures, manicures etc. Coast/Beach: The closest beaches are both on the Atlantic coast about 3 hour's drive away, which make a great day trip. Essaouira is a UNESCO world heritage site with a fascinating old Medina and port plus a superb bay and sandy beach, with wind and kite surfing. There is a good golf course - fun to stay in one of the many riads and play golf. Qualadia is a charming seaside village with sandy beaches and a lagoon. Take a boat trip up the estuary and visit an oyster restaurant and bird watch. Travel: The nearest airport to Dar Zitouna is Marrakech Menara Airport - a 25 minute drive away. House Manager Mustapha can arrange your airport transfers - just give us the flight details. He can also arrange car hire but this is not essential as we can arrange mini buses instead which is easier when visiting the Medina. Distances: Dar Zitouna is located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, just 25 minutes drive from Marrakech, yet close to the rural Berber villages and lovely scenery of the beautiful Ourika Valley and the mountains. The nearby local village of Ourika is a 5 min drive away and has a weekly Berber market. Well worth a visit are the nearby botanical gardens, Saffron Farm and Setti Fatma waterfalls. The sights, souks, shops, Pascha Nightclub & restaurants in Marrakech are 25 minutes away. Further Details: Marrakech is a vibrant city on a UNESCO site. It has an enviable climate with over 320 days of sunshine and year and is easily reached by the numerous low cost flights from Europe. Our House Manager can give you advice about local sites, excursions, restaurants and lively nightlife and there is further information in our Villa book. Marrakech is a wonderful cultural destination and abounds in gardens, fountains, palaces, and mosques as well as the legendary Djemma-el-Fna Square with its lively food stores, monkeys, snake charmers, performers and souks.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: A deposit of 20% is required to secure your booking. Full payment is required 6 weeks before your arrival. We also require a £250 deposit for damages with the balance refunded on your return less any reduction, in the unlikely event of any damage to the villa. Changeover Day: We are flexible with dates and are happy to discuss. Notes on prices: Prices include breakfast, cook and maid service. Breakfast - freshly squeezed orange juice, yoghurts and delicious home-cooked Moroccan pancakes. Soup & Salad Lunch - £12 per head and 3-course dinner - £18 per head. Children aged 10 and under 50% off. Wine and food menus are available on request.