Our holiday experience at Domaine Akhdar was a very eventful one due to unexpected delays in returning home due to the volcano ash cloud, but nonetheless we were wonderfully looked after from the start of the booking process until we finally boarded a plane home. Bookings were made through Rob Simcock who was prompt and attentive in establishing villa availability, and who sent a travel guide and a French phrase book to us prior to our departure – a very nice touch. On arrival in Marrakech, we were picked up by a very patient driver from the Domaine after a 3 hour flight delay, and welcomed into our villa at 9 in the evening by our maid and chef. We had opted for the all-inclusive meal and drinks option (highly recommended), and it was wonderful to be able to sit straight down to enjoy a 3-course meal and a bottle of wine after a hectic day. The food at the villa was wonderful – it added too the holiday to enjoy authentic Moroccan cuisine each meal, which was always superbly presented and in very generous quantities. Meals could be requested at times to suit yourself. Our villa staff did not speak any English, so a little knowledge of French is most useful.
The villa itself was beautifully furnished, very comfortable and clean. The outdoor areas in particular gave us many options for relaxing in the sun or sitting quietly in the shade. Meals were also often served outdoors. The pool was lovely (albeit a little cold at that time of year, but not enough to put the kids off), and the walled garden gave complete privacy from your neighbours with a generous area to play for the children. The communal areas at Domaine seemed seldom used, perhaps as a result of the fantastic living accommodation. The clay tennis court could be accessed easily, but we did not use the spa facilities. The regular shuttle bus into the city centre was most useful, as driving in Marrakech is not for the faint-hearted. As for the city itself, it is unlike any other – truly an assault on your senses. However we soon came to feel confident wondering round the alleyways of the Souks and thoroughly enjoyed the hectic hours we spent in the city. It was happy relief to return to the absolute quiet of the Domaine thereafter.
Following our unexpected extended stay in Marrakech, we were also very impressed by the management of the Domaine who rapidly obtained alternative accommodation for us, and helped make it a less stressful time. This is a most recommended way to see Marrakech.”