If you want to wake up to stunning mountain views, then Villa 7 L'Amandier is for you. The sound of birdsong and braying of donkeys is the usual wake-up call with the sun coming up over the mountains and flooding the rooms with light. The front door opens into a large welcoming hall with all the living and bedrooms leading off to either side. The property has two large terraces, one with a plunge pool, the second on the roof, a private garden and use of extensive communal gardens. There is a large communal infinity swimming pool located at the hotel on the complex which is open for our guests' use. The three good-sized bedrooms with air-conditioning open onto an internal courtyard with a fragrant orange tree. Two of the bedrooms have double beds with locally made and sourced furniture with large ensuite bathrooms with a full-sized bath with an overhead shower. The middle bedroom has two single beds furnished with local made furniture and a large shower room. All bedrooms have air-conditioning/heating, hair-dryers, mosquito repellent plugs and black-out curtains to prevent that bright early morning sunshine waking you too early! The sitting and dining rooms, although open plan are separated by a working fireplace. Again all the furniture has been sourced locally and is a mix of antique and modern to reflect the workmanship found in Morocco. Check out the old Berber cupboards in the dining area and entrance hall. We have put in a music centre and dvd player and there are adaptors to take modern pods, etc. Wifi is available. The the sitting and dining rooms and kitchen have floor to ceiling windows which open out onto the terrace with those spectacular views of the mountains. The kitchen is modern and has all mod cons including a dishwasher, coffee making machine, microwave, citrus squeezer and ice-cream maker! We have supplied enough cutlery, crockery and glassware to meet your daily needs as well as unbreakable plates and glasses to take outside. There is a utility room with washing machine and tumbler drier and an iron if you need one! Again we have supplied the villa with sufficient linen, duvets, pillows both feather and micro-fibre, towels to suit all needs from sun-bathing and hair-towels to bath sheets, hand towels and flannels. We have anticipated the changes in weather, yes it does get cold in the winter months, so there are summer and winter weight duvets and flat sheets for those boiling hot nights. The villa has been lovingly furnished with modern and antique pieces sourced in Morocco. The secluded private garden is filled with birdsong and colourful plants with lawned areas on which to relax and a sunken area with kadai fire bowl. Sun-loungers and umbrellas allow you to relax in the sun, a large table and chairs invite you to enjoy alfresco meals. A bespoke fountain created by London based Lucy Smith plays in the garden which encourages wild life. The views from the villa encompass not only the breath-taking mountains but also two plateaux on which the local shepherds graze their sheep and goats. At night, there is no light pollution so the sky is very, very dark and the stars feel so close that you could almost pick them out of the sky. It is not uncommon to watch your own spectacluar shooting star show while enjoying a glass or two of wine. Villa 7 is one of 13 privately owned villas set on a plateau in the Toubkal National Park surrounded by the breath-taking Altlas Mountains. L'Amandier will also have a small boutique hotel due to open in late 2017 which will offer use of its facilities to all the villa guests including its infinity pool (which is currently open), restaurant and bar. Yoga and spa to open later in the year. We can highly recommend that you visit the Domaine de la Roseraie about 4 kms from the villa to sample their deluxe spa for all those indulgent treatments, or to hire a bike or horse, or just to sample their hospitality sipping tea or wine in their gardens, dipping in their pool or taking in lunch or dinner. We usually walk down to the Roseraie and get a local taxi to bring us back to the villa! Its good to book as dining times can be a bit on the rigid side! Another good place to visit and enjoy is Sir Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot at Asni. A very special place with large dining terraces, spa, two great pools and its own "zoo" with camels, donkeys and goats. At the same time visit Eve Branson's shop to purchase some authentic pieces made in Morocco to support her several local charities. While staying at L'Amandier, staff are on hand to help with any bookings for near-by or further afield trips ranging from booking a hamman and spa treatments or horse riding at the Domaine de la Roseraie or local trekking to trips down to Marrakech or to the desert or ocean. On your arrival you will receive a welcome pack of food and bottled water (please let us know if you have any special needs) and there is a local market and shops in Asni about 20 minutes drive away but we advise stopping en route from Marrakech at Carrefour or Marjane, both excellent supermarkets, to stock up on supplies, especially alcohol which is not readily available in the Mountains, to meet your daily needs. At Villa 7 is self-catering but once open guests can use the hotel's facilities. If you run out of essentials, just tell Abdou at L'Amandier and he can easily arrange for replenishments. L'Amandier is off the beaten track, about 2k from the main road to Ouirgane so having a hire car would be useful but not essential as there are some extremely good and reliable local taxis who are happy to take you on your journeys. For transfers to and from the airport, we can recommend our good friend Mohamed Ait Douch who runs Exotic Lines Travels and he and his competent drivers and modern vehicles can be relied on to get you to and from Marrakech to the Mountains safely. Or further afield to explore Morocco to the full. He is completely trustworthy and speaks several languages including English and French. Marrakech, which feels like a world away with is vibrant Medina and lifestyle, is only just over an hours' drive from the villa. Sir Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot, well worth a visit, 20 minutes down the road on the outskirts of Asni on the Imlil Road. This part of Morocco offers a myriad of things to do from the total "not doing anything" to let's go zip-riding or hang-gliding, golf or even skiing. So if you are adventurous or more cautious there is always something to keep you busy. The moods of the mountains are constantly changing ranging from the snow topped peaks in the winter months through to massive thunderstorms with great flashes of lightening, from the bright green of spring to the deep reds of the summers. The earth coloured Berber villages nestling into the mountainsides are barely visible to the naked eye but they are all around clustered onto the steepest slopes. The Berber people themselves are incredibly friendly and delightful. Make friends with them and you will be invited into their homes to meet their families and learn about their lives. But why restrict yourselves to just one area, break your visit into two destinations and spend time in the bustle of Marrakech or by the seaside at Essouira or Meknes the fertile area that produces fruit, vegetables, wine and roses. Or even visit the desert and take a camel ride and spend time in a Berber tent. There is so much to try and discover in this amazing country.
3 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, open plan living rooms and modern kitchen.
Villa 7 L'Amandier
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- 14 Jan 2019
About Villa 7 L'Amandier
We are two sisters who live near London and are also the greatest of friends. Alex is an interior designer and I, Sally, am an international landscape designer. As youngsters we travelled the world with our parents and eventually settled back in in the UK in Surrey. Alex has two daughters who are following in our footsteps by not only being sisters but also the greatest of friends. Alex is always threatening to retire but something always comes up to prevent her from actually hanging up her pattern books. I have no intention of retiring for some considerable time apart from the fact that I would love to spend more time at the Villa! Both of us are extremely busy and do not understand how to actually slow down. Our families, although initially bemused by our venture in Morocco are thoroughly supportive and now that they too have visited on numerous occasions are as in love with Morocco, Marrakech, Villa 7 and our Berber friends as we are. Certainly it came as a surprise to both Alex and I that we when we decided to buy a second home that it wasn't within kicking distance to our home base. Although today there is considerable concern regarding the unstable situation in other parts of North Africa we have never felt threatened in Morocco. Morocco is ruled by a very forward thinking king, Mohammed VI, who works extremely hard to bring Morocco into the 21st C. He is tackling the immense problems of poverty and corruption while improving the poor human rights record. He is very much the liberal leader today and is whole-heartedly supported by his subjects. His considerable investment in tourism, which he sees as one of Morocco's key industries, is to be seen everywhere. It was knowing his philosophy that helped us make this key decision to purchase a villa in Ouirgane.
Villa 7 L'Amandier purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Villa 7 L'Amandier chose Ouirgane
For several years I had visited Asni (staying at the Kasbah Tamadot) with a girlfriend. It was just an amazing experience. Within minutes of being in the Atlas Mountains you felt the benefits of clear air, blue skies, white snow-capped mountains and peace. A holistic experience. On my first trip I took a walk through the mountains, slipped an broke my wrist. This accident did nothing to diminish my growing love of the country. The help and care that I experienced was fabulous. We still know Adbul who helped me down to Marrakech to get my wrist set and also know his family, mother, brother, sisters, cousins and now his wife and children. In fact we are friends ten years later with many of the people I met on that first trip. I thought it was time to introduce Alex to the Atlas Mountains. Within a short space of time, she too was in love with the area. On this trip, quite unexpectedly we visited a plateau in the Toubkal National Park. A small development of 13 private villas and boutique hotel was in the early days of construction. The views were just so beautiful, the tranquility was almost palpable. And we knew that we had found our second home. At that stage it was just a skeleton but we could see that this contemporary low-lying building was going to be a fabulous retreat from the hurly burly at home. The developer, a British company, MHK International, and the architect, Nick Gowing, seem to have captured the essence of the Berber village nestling in the mountains without being a pastiche. The private gardens would provide a sense of security and privacy while the communal gardens would provide a scenic link to the other villas and the proposed hotel. The hotel amenities would also be offered to the villa owners and their guests so the villa, although in the middle of the plateau, would not be cut-off from civilisation. And then there was that view. How could we walk away? Our villa, at the end of the development has the best aspect of all!
What makes this Villa unique
We fell in love with this spacious three bedroomed villa. Although it appears compact it is actually very roomy and there is enough space to not be on top of one another. It is built from traditional materials and earth coloured plaster. Only one storey high. Throughout the villa traditional methods and materials have been used from the tadelakt walls through to the bejmat tiles but modern amenities have been integrated into the build. Inside you enter into a large hall furnished with modern and traditional Moroccan pieces reflecting the red earth colours. All the major rooms lead off the hall, including the three large bedrooms called: Rose, Gold and Blue. Their ceiling to floor doors open out onto a small private courtyard with its fragrant orange tree. The sun rises in the morning over the mountains and warms these rooms as the light streams through the windows. On the other side of the hall is the open-plan living area. Again ceiling to floor windows and doors open out onto the private terrace, but the most important feature of this aspect is the view of the mountains and almond plateau. Absolutely breath-taking. Often in the morning you will walk out onto the terrace in your dressing gown to just admire the magnificent view and listen to the bird song. You can while away a lot of time just absorbing the atmosphere. What's even just as special is watching the shepherds walking their sheep and goats along the edge of the garden to their pastures. They used to stop off and crop our grass until the perimeter fence was erected. A plunge pool on the terrace helps you cool down if it all gets too hot. If you want even more impressive views, there is the roof terrace which comes into its own at night when the skies offer even more distraction with glorious sunsets and at then the stars - just incredible.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Lovely peaceful place
Wonderful house and garden. Relaxing stay.
Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you had a relaxing stay and hope to welcome you again in the future.
Wonderful villa and gardens, great mountain views and stunning night skys
We stayed from October 18th to 25th. We were a little concerned with the weather when we landed early morning at Marrakech as it was cloudy and a little cool, we shouldn't have been as other than the first day the daytime temperatures were always in the 80s and sometimes even low 90s fahrenheit with very little cloud. The villa was spacious, tastefully decorated and very well equipped in all areas. Beds comfortable, water pressure good in all bathrooms, towels in all shapes and size of good quality, everything you could need in the kitchen, a dvd player with dvds provided and a small music system. Our only minor complaint would be is that you can not connect to the wi-fi from the villa, for this you would have to go closer to the hotel (where the wi-fi signal comes from) The hotel is not currently open but will be a great asset when it is as you could then eat and grab a drink there if you did not fancy cooking or going further afield.
There are 13 villas in total and I would say Villa 7 has the best position by far and as a result of this also the best views, the gardens of the villa were beautiful with plenty of flowers still in bloom and plenty of bird song with lots of exotic birds regularly visiting the gardens and terrace, including an extremely tame Levaillants woodpecker and a very chatty group of Bulbuls. The roof terrace had great views and was ideal for star gazing, we saw shooting stars on most nights.The communal gardens were also lovely to stroll around and the team of gardeners that maintain them always friendly. Would recommend a tagine and some couscous from Abdou and his team rather than going to the Domaine de la Roseraie, it was much tastier and a fraction of the cost. Abdou was always on hand to pick up local shopping for us and offer and advice as was his brother Saiid who I enjoyed many interesting and varied conversations with. All in all a wonderfully relaxing week in late October with plenty of sun yet only 3-4 hours away from London.Think we might pop back when the hotel is open so we can have an even lazier week than we had !
So glad that the birds, stars and sunshine were in abundance for your visit. Thank you for your kind comments. We agree, it would be brilliant to have the hotel up and running but the owner has not given us an opening date yet. So sundowners on the terraces are other option. Adbou and Said are definitely great, nothing is too much for them to help with. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Sally and Alex
Just Beautiful !
Fantastic 360' views and beautiful house. The onsite manager was v helpful and attentive. Thank you Sally for your very thorough advice and emails ahead of arrival for creating a unforgettable oasis in the mountains.
So glad that you enjoyed your stay. Abdou is a wonderful asset, nothing is too much for him to do. Yes those views are just wonderful. Perhaps they will persuade you to come back. You are very welcome to stay at any time.
"A little paradise near Marrakech"
What's to say ? If you dream of comfort , this place is what you need . It's a very spacious villa , clean and tidy. L'Amendier resort is located in Ouirgane, a small area about 60 km from Marrakech. We stayed here 3 nights with my family in the summer , we were all satisfied and we could relax in complete privacy . So the house is magnificent with a nice atmosphere and calm guaranteed , there is a well air-conditioner and parking outside . The kitchen is well equipped and contains everything you will need, as well as good products . There is a dining room , three lovely rooms , 3 spacious bathrooms and well-equipped with heated towel rails , and hairdryers are also provided . The private garden is filled with birdsongs and colored plants. The house has a terrace with swimming pool and a second on the roof . You can also have access to the large swimming pool at the hotel with its splendid view that overlooks the great mountains. In the evening , you can admire the very dark sky on the deck chairs as well as the beautiful bright stars .
Finally ,I recommend to everyone to visit this little paradise far from any pollution and noises , and it was for us a nice memory and good experience .
Hope to come back once in the future .
Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed staying at the villa, a place that we love. As you say, a tranquil setting in our polluted world. Alex and I look forward to welcoming you to Ouirgane again in the not too distant future.
Super villa in staggering location near Marrakech
L’Amandier resort in the Atlas Mountains will, once completed, consist of 12 villas and a boutique hotel. It is scheduled to open as a fully functioning resort later this year, although the swimming pool is usable now. Villa No 7, where I was lucky enough to spend a few days in February, is probably in the best location being at the far end of the complex with a neighbouring villa only on one side. From its rear terrace there are the most staggering views up to the mountains which, when I was there, were snowcapped – a fabulous feature against a blue, blue sky.
The villa has three double bedrooms looking on to a pretty central courtyard, each one with its own large bathroom. The very generously proportioned main living area runs the length of the rear of the house, with floor to ceiling glass doors leading on to a west facing terrace with a plunge pool, looking on out to that fabulous view. No better place from which to watch the sunset over the mountains, unless perhaps from the roof terrace above, with its intimate Bedouin-style pergola.
Quality modern furnishings, along with a fully fitted kitchen, give Villa No 7 a contemporary feel, with some standout locally sourced pieces to remind us that Morocco is a country rich in traditional craftsmanship as well as glorious landscapes. I can’t wait to go back!
Thank you Angela, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at this amazing location in the Atlas Mountains and look forward to welcoming you and Andy back next February. Sally & Alex
The ultimate Atlas mountain base camp!
Mid-winter in the Atlas foothills - birdsong in the flowering hedges, amazing star watching on the terrace, blazing fires in the fire place, wonderful Moroccan meals prepared by attentive staff, morning dips in the pool, walks through Berber villages, longer hikes across the hills, mountains all around - and always the comfortable villa to return to. We couldn't have found a better base camp for
our month of Moroccan explore and the villa is fresh, beautiful and well appointed inside and out.
We were delighted to have you as our first guests to the villa and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
About an hour and a quarter's drive from Marrakech you enter a totally different world. It is a magnificent scenic area, perfect for artists and authors alike, there are opportunities to take cookery courses, wine tasting and spa treatments. Terrific for trekking, walking, bird watching, bike and horse riding. Sun-bathing, reading, meditating, yoga and total relaxation goes without saying. Great as a base for skiing or golfing, ballooning or hang-gliding, exploring by 4x4 or off-roading. If you need to inject the hurly-burly of city life into the rural quiet, Marrakech is a short journey from Ouirgane and it is very easy to spend a day site-seeing, shopping, wandering the souks or just exploring the medina buying the odd carpet or two.
Additional pricing information
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Rates will be increased on the opening of the L'Amandier Hotel. Villa transfers to and from the airport are not included in the nightly/weekly rates. The deposit required will depend on the length of your booking. It will be 50% of the villa rental cost. The minimum stay is 2 nights. There is a reduced rate for bookings of 7 days or longer.