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, Mohamed, 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.
Top Traveller Review
Oasis on the Ourika Road
About the Owner
Peter and I originally visited the site of Bab Adrar when we were looking for land to build a house on back on 2002. We totally fell in love with the magical olive grove site and commenced building 8 luxury villas with the aid of Karim El Achak, one of Morocco's leading architects. Al the villas are different, quirky and utterly charming. Our original villa (since sold) was featured on a BBC interior design programme. We are now surrounded with friends on site who have said how much enjoyment they get from their various villas.
Guestbook comments from the manager
Had a wonderful holiday staying in deeply relaxing Dar Zitouna. Cleverly furnished and so comfortable with its huge and peaceful garden.Charming Moroccan staff who were so welcoming - altogether an oasis of peace.
Geoffrey Van Cutsem January 2014
We were so taken by Dr Zitouna an incredibly pretty and smart house which has been beautifully furnished and decorated using Moroccan artefacts and features but with European touches and furniture making it exceptionally comfortable and easy to live in. Beautiful gardens and lovely pool with amazing views of snow capped mountains. So loved being there as the light in that part of the world is stunning
Sally Lloyd Baker Jauary 2014
5 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
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!!
We had a great week at the end of May 2014. The house was fabulous, clean, beautifully decorated and all that had been described. The pool was cold but the young (20 yr olds) didn't seem to mind as much as the oldies. We were looked after extremely well by the staff of 3 including a cook. I would definitely go back if I was looking for that kind of break again.
From the Owner
“We fell in love with this land as it was beautiful and filled with olive trees plus it had spectacular uninterrupted views of the Atlas Mountains. It is wonderful to escape the noise and fun of Marrakech in an easy 25 minute drive. The road is always being improved and is dual carriage now in several place. It is magical lying under olive trees listening to bird song and gazing at the wonderful views. The weather is also such a plus with sunshine most of the time. We love walking in the Atlas Mountains which are truly spectacular and also enjoy playing golf on one of the many good courses available. It is a very special place and the ever smiling staff are like members of our family now - nothing is too much trouble.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
There is a wide range of outdoor activities available locally. All these can be arranged by our Concierge Manager Tim Buxton. 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.
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.
The nearest airport to Dar Zitouna is Marrakech Menara Airport - a 25 minute drive away. House Manager Mohamed 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.
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.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
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.
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.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Air Conditioning
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- children welcome
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- 4 Luxurious bathrooms with bath and separate shower. Quality linens and towels (including swimming) are provided along with bathroom toiletries and hairdryers. Additional downstairs cloakroom with hand basin and WC
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: First floor: master double suite with dressing room & roof terrace. Ground floor: 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and terraces. 2 twin bedrooms interlinking with en-suite bathroom and terraces.
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Outside: Terraces lead from the living, dining room and bedrooms onto the extensive lawned gardens set amongst olive trees and waving grasses. Roses and climbing plants surround the house and there is an orchard with oranges, lemons and various fruit trees at the bottom on the garden. Amazing uninterrupted views of the Atlas Mountains can be enjoyed from all the terraces and the private pool with large sun bathing terrace. A stunning pergola provides shade for relaxing under or dining. On the top floor is a wonderful panoramic terrace. There is an onsite shared Hamman, and Clay Tennis Court. The pool can be heated (extra cost in the spring/summer). Utility Room: Washing machine with dryer. The maid attends to all laundry of sheets and will do clothing for an additional fee. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The villa comes in immaculate condition with a maid who cleans and makes beds every day (an extra maid is provided when there are 8+ people). Breakfast is included. Quality linens and towels (including swimming) are provided alongside bathroom toiletries Other: One covered terrace leads from the dining room and has a dining table and chairs. The other covered terrace leading from the sitting room has two sofas and 2 armchairs around a large antique coffee table (ideal for sundowners and stargazing!).