Where to start? We arrived late due to a problem with BA to find a blazing fire lit in our dining room and another in our beautiful lounge. Francis showed us around our lovely villa, made a note of what we were looking for in our all too short break and then took our order for dinner which was served within half an hour despite the lateness of the hour and like every meal we had was excellent. The cook Bushara made a point of noting my wife's food intolerance and unlike most of her experiences of being a veggie abroad she enjoyed every single meal. I loved the food too, especially the delicate pancakes for breakfast and the tagines. All the staff were lovely, polite and considerate. You never felt you were being fussed over too much but nothing was too much trouble. We had two great massages organised on our behalf which really helped us to chill out. The drinks fridge was well stocked and the wine rack contained some surprising gems. The rose wasn't great but then at my age I ought to know better than drinking rose in January! The reds were lovely and I recommend the local beer. As for the resort itself it felt like a mixture of Gerald Durrell's books and the Arabian Nights - gardens of rosemary and thyme, an extremely friendly donkey, majestic peacocks, beautiful grounds and a slightly mad but completely soppy dog called Cous Cous. A trip to Marrakesh is essential and we found some real bargains in the Souk where a little French and Arabic, and some polite smiles ensured you never felt hassled or bothered. Francis recommended a perfect restaurant (Cafe Arab) where we had a lovely French/Italian meal and enjoyed excellent service. The whole of the villas are decorated with lovely photography and art works and while we didnt end up getting in the pool we did enjoy a few beers by the side of it. Francis made a point of making us incredibly welcome and comfortable - nothing was too much trouble and at the end we felt we saying a fond goodbye to a new friend. Whether it was writing on the terrace while trying to deter the donkey eating my laptop or our perfect evenings in our own dining room chatting over another perfect meal but we fell totally in love with the place. Francis was incredibly helpful when it came to sourcing materials and decorations for my events business or getting me fags when I had run out at 10 pm! but this isn't the only reason why we will be returning as soon as we can. With such a big world to explore and a limited time to do so it sometimes seems to us a waste to return to the same places, however lovely. With Fawakay however we think we have found the place that makes us rethink that philosophy and return again and again. And we didn't even get round to trying one of Francis's famous gin and tonics. Next time I am sure we can address that! Thank you again for the perfect break and we look forward to spending more time unwinding in and enjoying your beautiful home.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villas Fawakay Hotel Marrakech