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“Fabulous!” 5 of 5 stars
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8km Route de Fez, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #82 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

We visited in March 2010 and we had a lovely time, I would recommend booking your transfer through Dawn and Francis as we found our driver easily at the airport and he knew exactly where to go. Don't be daunted by the drive it is a bit crazy to get there, yes it is off the beaten track but once you see the yellow buildings fears of being in the middle of nowhere dissapear!!!!
Dawn and Francis were lovely, it did feel like you were in someones home but we also had our privacy so we really did have the best of both worlds. It was really interesting to have chats with them about how they started up and it was great to be able to ask for recommendations on restaurants and things to do which really was invaluable. We stayed in the Lak Lak upstairs room which was beautiful, with its own terrace, I would really recommend this room to any couples.You must go in to the medina one night which we did and shared a cab with another couple which was great for all of us and we even ended up having dinner together in a lovely restaurant recommend and booked by Francis (who even drew us a map!) The restaurant was exactly to our taste, you wouldn't believe there was such a hip place in the middle of all the markets!
The food was very nice and great value, I wasn't very well for a few days if you get my drift(!!!) but the staff were very caring and went out of their way to find something I could try to eat!!!
This not a hotel or a self catering apartment but it is a home from home (well I suppose if your home is chic and sunny!) Our stay was so so lovely and a perfect location for a wedding (hint hint to the boyf!!!)

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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fawakay, Owner at Fawakay Villas, responded to this review, February 1, 2011
so glad you had such a lovely time, and hope to be able to welcome you back here one day, in whatever capacity ;)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2010

Well this is my third trip and it just gets better and better. Since my last visit, the gardens have matured (all the trees and plants have really come on) and there is now an outdoor sitting rooms with open fires which is just so cosy and inviting in the winter. Ir just gets better and better, and we have recommended it to anyone and everyone who will listen! It is not in the centre of Marrakech, this is true, but that is all part of the charm and it is a perfect place to dip in and out of the medina from. The donkey is rather naughty and cheekier than the last time we were there but that does add to the atmosphere of the place and the relaxed feeling.
Already looking forward to 2011, thank you all so much for a wonderful stay, again....

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcestershire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2010

This was our third trip to Villas Fawakay, and as before we had a wonderful stay.
Dawn and Francis were perfect hosts - nothing was too much trouble.
They happily organised excursions for us, and recommended some wonderful restaurants that we would have otherwise missed.
We would (and have) recommend Villas fawakay to anybody

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2010

We had a fantastic week at Villa Fawakay. We stayed in Villa Lak Lak which was beautifully presented, including a great sun terrace and two great bathrooms. With two energetic kids in tow we were looking for a location where everyone would have fun and we definately chose the right place. The kids loved it all - unlimited pool time, kittens, dogs, peacocks and Doris the donkey. We loved the relaxing atmosphere, staff who were efficient and courtious, and delicious food every day. Another great plus point was the ability to go for trips to Marrakech and the Altlas Mountains and then escape the hustle and bustle and return to the villa as and when we wanted (usually when the kids were tired). The owners, Francis and Dawn, were lovely and made us feel at home straight away. All in all a great holiday!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

Dawn and Francis made us feel welcome from the moment we entered this wonderful villa. Our room was perfect, very stylish with everything anyone could ever need for a peaceful retreat from the real world. I cannot recommend this place highly enought. YOU MUST GO!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

We go to Marrakech many times during the year and have tried so many of the gorgeaous riads and villas there, but Villas Fawakay is the one place that we always end up wanting to return to due to the amazing decor and wonderful hosts. Nothing is too much trouble for them and this really enhances the stay.

I have read a recent review about the location and the taxi ride into town - this is a peaceful villa that is not intended to be part of the hustle of the medina - although the medina is very easy to access when you want it! From experience the taxi price (and all prices) charged by the hotel are really good value and it makes the holiday a much more stressfree experience to have your own personal concierge service worrying about where you will eat and what you will do!

Really really highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

A friend and I stayed at the Villa Fawakay for 4 nights in mid-October 2010 and had a very enjoyable trip. The complex has a number of charms but also one or two drawbacks. The villas are a good choice for a couple of days' rest after a few days in central Marrakech - but not totally ideal for a full holiday.

The principal charms are: the stunning grounds, stylishly decorated rooms, nice pool area, friendly and helpful owners (Francis and Dawn), wandering animals, good quality food.

The main drawback is the location - a good 20-30 mins drive to central Marrakech and the taxi fare (for which one is reliant on VF to organise) is not cheap (over £30 for an evening trip). Also the villas are in the middle of what appears to be wasteland so you are somewhat captive - if you don't want dinner in the villas but don't want a long drive, then...well I'm not sure what you do then.

Other less significant drawbacks of our stay included...
- Difficult to communicate with the staff (even eye contact could be awkward).
- The disappearance of the owners on a two day trip to the coast - the standard of service slipped noticably during this period
- Some very loud hammering at times
- Lots of families with kids (we may have been unlucky as two of the kids were particularly noisy)
- Slightly overly laid back attitude at time (a couple of faults with the room were not sorted during our stay)
- Day trips which VF organise are somewhat expensive (some were over £100)

In summary VF is a lovely setting for a relaxing few days but not the perfect base from which to discover Marrakech.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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fawakay, Owner at Fawakay Villas, responded to this review, October 24, 2010
I must say I was very surprised to read this review, especially as you said how much you enjoyed being at the villas and how it was 'just what was needed' etc. As for the 'laid-back attitude', I know you had a drip under your sink which, I seem to remember, you mentioned to us saying it was not a problem whatsoever, just so as we knew for the next guests, so I was a little surprised to now read that it was a problem for you.
You came during half term, which is a busy time of year for families travelling with children, so that was probably not the best time of year for you to visit. We are a family-friendly hotel and appreciate that children feel free to enjoy the pools and grounds. We are 15 minutes outside the Medina, slightly longer to the New Town, and taxis are more expensive after 8pm. I also don't remember you taking any trips, some of which are long full day trips (to the coast etc which is 3 hours drive away). I am saddened that you felt it necessary to write a review like this one when you wrote such lovely things in our visitor's book and only wish you had mentioned any gripes you had with your stay at the time.
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Address: 8km Route de Fez, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #82 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
English owned and run, Villas Fawakay is a small rustic chic hotel within a villa setting, an oasis of tranquility located just fifteen minutes from Marrakech. Escape the bustle of the Medina in one of our three individually styled fully staffed and catered villas, each one a haven of peace. Each villa is equipped with everything you need a/c, safes, plunge pool, Berber tents and pools, tennis court, table tennis, beauty rooms, darts and cookery classes always available. ... more   less 
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Villas Fawakay Hotel Marrakech

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