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Fawakay Villas

Leafy desert hideaway

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.

As well as tennis and idling by the pool, you can arrange on-site cooking lessons with the hotel chef.

On site, Fawakay Villasoffers cookery classes, tennis, darts and golf driving practice, and it’s ideally placed for exploring the Atlas mountains. You can arrange horse-riding expeditions in the mountains or the Agafy desert, or, for a more meditative excursion, the hotel can book places on painting courses in the foothills. Fishing and assorted watersports are available at Barrage Lake, not far away, and day-trips can also be arranged to Essaouira or Ourika Valley to meet the Berbers. Fawakay can assign guides to help you get to grips with the cultural side of Marrakech, or a personal shopper to steer you around the souks.