Style Leafy desert hideaway
Setting At the foot of the Atlas
Just off the dusty highway that runs between Marrakech and the Atlas mountains, in a patch of lush greenery dotted by olive trees and pottered by peacocks, the three free-standing desert dwellings of Fawakay Villas offer an enticing combination of classic Moroccan charm and sensitive contemporary styling.
Need to know
- Rooms Eight, spread over one two-bedroom and two three-bedroom villas.
Double rooms from $206.28 (£136), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Fawakay Villas is unable to accept payment by credit card.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (£136) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast and evening canapés.
- Facilities Gardens, beauty salon, clay tennis court, table tennis, boules, DVD library. In rooms: flatscreen satellite TV, DVD player, air-conditioning, pantry with a fully stocked fridge.
- Poolside Each villa has a tiny private plunge pool, and there’s a large unheated outdoor pool too.
- Check-out Midday, but can be flexible if availability allows.
- Children Under-fives stay free (cots are available) and extra beds can be provided upstairs rooms for £45 a night. Babysitting can be arranged for 200 dirhams an evening (up to midnight), with 12 hours’ notice. There's monitoring kit and highchairs, too. More...
- Also Two-night minimum stay. Smoking is allowed throughout.
Food and drink at Fawakay Villas
Fawakay Villas’ resident chef, Rachida, can prepare European and/or Moroccan dishes to order using ingredients from the hotel’s vegetable garden – and serve them wherever you wish (meals are an additional £25 a day). There’s also a barbecue serving brochettes and grilled meats beside the pool bar some nights.
- Dress code Anything from kaftans to Karan.
- Top table Although you can eat anywhere, the tables beside the pool are ideal for lunch on lazy days.
- Last orders Breakfast is served until 11am, lunch at midday, and dinner between 7pm and 9pm. The bar is an informal affair, and open late. There is also a dedicated children's menu, lots of nibbles in the villa fridges and an all-day snack menu.
Drinks can be served anywhere thirst strikes, but there’s a huge, fully stocked poolside bar more often than not manned by Francis, the villas’ congenial owner.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Fawakay Villas Route Ouarzazate, Marrakech, 40000
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Our favourite rooms
We loved the turquoise-hued feature wall and pillows in Villa Sannor’s downstairs double, as well as the large recessed tadelakt bath separated from the rest of the bedroom by a cream curtain. Villa Taos – Fawakay’s other three-bed villa has an African theme running through its decor, with an assortment of artefacts and craftworks underlining its ‘back to nature’ feel, and a fantastic master suite upstairs that comes with a vast private terrace with loungers and a shady tented area. The smaller villa Laklak has a fireplace in both the double and the suite and is decorated throughout in bold, Smith-esque red and black tones.
You’ll doubtless be spending a lot of time poolside, so pack plenty of lotion, your most superstar shades, and that thousand-pager you’ve been putting off.
As well as tennis and idling by the pool, you can arrange on-site cooking lessons with the hotel chef.
From the Guestbook…
The owners of this hotel, Francis and Dawn Boys-Stones, go out of their way to arrange trips and give recommendations. Three were outstanding: the first, a day's trekking on arab-...more