Marrakech, Morocco

Dar el Sadaka

Low season per night from$3,448High season per night from$3,955

Style

Noah's ark

Setting

Palmeraie paradise

Sleeps

20

You’ll soon have an idea of the kind of place Dar el Sadaka is, thanks to the giant sheep lazing by the pool that you’ll spot as you stroll through the lush gardens. The palm-lined Palmeraie palace is the creation of the French visual artist Jean-François Fourtou and, boy, is it fun living inside his imagination. The house has nine bedrooms and a full squad of staff, so you won’t have to lift a finger during your fully catered stay. It’s a 20-minute drive into the madness of the medina but, back at bucolic basecamp, you’ll feel a million miles away. 

Smith Extra

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Moroccan wine and homemade canapés on arrival; members staying at least five nights will also get lunch or dinner (excluding drinks) at The Giant’s House in Dar El Sadaka sculpture park

First Glance

  • Fully catered, fully staffed, palm-lined paradise in the heart of the Palmeraie.
  • Lots of artwork, including life-size animals joining guests for various daily rituals (dinners with the giraffe, swims with the sheep).
  • Library, cinema room, gym, massage rooms, a hammam and ping-pong table.
  • All meals are prepared by the staff, whether you want Moroccan classics, vegan, macrobiotic or detox meals or everything in between.
  • Living room with a fireplace.
  • The dining room has a lounge and a fireplace.

Villa highlights

  • All creatures great and small
  • Chef-prepared food
  • Acres and acres

Sleeping arrangements

  • There are nine bedrooms, each with an individual theme.
  • The 45sq m Giraffes Suite is on the second floor, with a view of the Atlas Mountains and a bath tub on the terrace. The super-king-size bed can be made up as twins on request.
  • The 50sq m Dog Suite is on the first floor, with a balcony that overlooks the olive grove, a dressing room and a bathroom that leads out onto the terrace. There’s a super-king-size bed (twins on request).
  • The ground-floor 40sq m Tortoises Suite opens onto its own garden; it has a giant armchair, fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom with a plunge bath big enough for two. This room has a super-king-size bed that can be made into twins.
  • The 45sq m Donkey Suite is also on the ground floor. There’s a sitting room with lofty windows that open out to a private garden, along with a dressing area and an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower and bath tub. This room has a super-king-size bed that can be made into twins.
  • The 40sq m ground-floor Geese Suite has a super-king-size bed, a lounge with a fireplace, a terrace and an ensuite bathroom with a circular bath tub.
  • The first-floor 45sq m Camels Suite has a super-king-size bed, a huge fireplace, skylight and an annexe with a desk and extra single bed. There’s a terrace that leads up to the villa’s rooftops, and an ensuite bathroom with a round plunge bath.
  • The 25sq m Ant Junior Suite on the first floor has a courtyard-facing terrace, an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower, and an annexe with a desk and a single bed.
  • The 18sq m Bee Bedroom on the ground floor has aptly coloured yellow flooring, a super-king-size bed, a desk and an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower.
  • The first-floor 11sq m Snails Bedroom has a fireplace, double bed and bathroom with a rain shower.

Key kit

  • Concierge.
  • Chef.
  • 24-hour guard.
  • Housekeeping team.
  • Multilingual staff (Moroccan Arabic, French, English and Italian).
  • Babysitting available on request.

Poolside

  • There’s a huge, heptagonal pool in the middle of the manicured lawn, with palm and olive trees lining up providing shade.
  • Day beds by the pool, and squishy sofas in the shade.
  • All are watched over by a dutiful giant sheep.

Grounds

  • Olive groves, bee hives and vegetable garden on-site.
  • Assorted terraces, rooftops and patios, and siesta-ready hammocks.
  • 25 acres of lush gardens, with a sculpture park by Jean-François Fourtou and a maze.
  • Tennis court, running track and bowls pitch, plus swings for the kids.
  • Barbecue by the pool.
  • Mimosa-covered courtyard.
  • Shaded dining terrace.
  • The property has a covered garage for up to eight vehicles.

Location

  • Dar el Sadaka is in Marrakech’s Palmeraie, a 20-minute drive away from the city centre.
  • It’s a 25-minute drive to and from the city’s Menara airport.
  • Jardin Majorelle is just under 20 minutes away by car.

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