“A little piece of Heaven”
La Villa Marrakech is the perfect combination of the warmth and cosiness of a home and the excellent service and luxury of a five star hotel.
A 5-star home
The Riad is a gem hidden behind one of those sumptuously hand-carved large wooden doors, located in one of those rare cute and clean little streets just a stone’s throw away from Marrakech’s main square and souk. Needless to say, ideal location. I entered and was immediately greeted by Simone, the most kind-hearted French lady and the loveliest of hosts. Simone, her partner and her son made my stay one I will keep in my memory as one to remember forever. I immediately felt at ease, at home in this exceptional setting and knew I could count on them at any given moment should I had needed anything at all. Soon enough I got to meet the rest of the fantastic team that makes of this place an absolute must. The only downfall: I did not want to leave.
Décor and more
When the warm and authentic Moroccan interiors meet the French “je-ne-sais-quoi” sophistication, one ends up with the best of both worlds. There is an incredible attention to detail. As I admired the fine metal work of the lamps, I am told each of them had been made to measure to fit perfectly to their respective walls and ceilings. The warm hints of ochres, fresh whites and splashes of turquoises make the whole interior come effortlessly together to the highest standards of decoration. Candle lights and Rose petals enhanced the romantic features of the villa. Big plus: the unquestionable cleanliness of the rooms and hotel as a whole.
Bed, bath and baby sleep
Not only do you have access to a beautiful swimming pool on the ground floor but there is also the Jacuzzi on the top floor for the most lavish ones. A 30-minute traditional Moroccan Hammam quickly became part of the highlights of my daily routine. I also particularly enjoyed the spa treatments offered. I highly recommend the exfoliation and mud treatments the first day – you will end up with baby skin ready to welcome a tan. The massages are cheap and excellent – as simple as that. Having been given the wonderful Pearl Suite, my open-plan bathroom offered access to a central bath, perfect for bath-lovers like me. As for the details that made the whole difference: the outstanding softness of the towels, duvets and bedsheets. You will sleep like a baby, no doubt – I have.
Taste the real deal
The cook Myriam offered us a genuine culinary voyage as my tastebuds were invited to discover the most outstanding Moroccan dishes: the real deal. The first night, we stayed in for dinner. And the day after. And the following one. The choice wasn’t hard: we would stick to Myriam’s food – it was simply divine. “Myriam and her miraculous culinary secrets”, whispers Simone with her contagious smile and sparkly expressive eyes. What also put a huge smile on my face was the ultimate must-eat: the Tanjia. The Tanjia is slow-cooked meat in an urn-shaped ceramic pot over a lengthy period of time nestled in the heart and heat of local Hammams. As for pastries and desserts, the Villa Marrakech will offer you “la crème de la crème”, quite literally as Olivier is the master pastrycook for anything cream-based and beyond. From the “forêt-noire”, the “fraisier” to the revisited French version of the sweet Moroccan pastilla, Olivier’s personal touch is the cherry on the cake for an all-together perfect holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently situated in a tranquil cul-de-sac in the heart of the Kasbah district, La Villa Marrakech is an ideal oasis from which to explore the beautiful, vibrant city of Marrakech with its many attractions, such as Plaza Djemaa el Fna. Here, our guests enjoy the classical, understated luxury of a boutique hotel, without losing the personal attention to detail and service levels of a Grand Hotel. ... more less
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