If ever there were a Moroccan palace straight out of your dreams, this villa in Marrakesh is it. Luxuries like a steam bath, hot tub, and an enormous pool express the scale, but not the quality of this Marrakesh villa: covered walkways, a courtyard with a fountain, chairs, lamps, and doorways all reflect that distinctive, traditional Moroccan style. And of course this Marrakesh rental villa is also just outside of the city itself, which means you get to enjoy the wonders of both this amazing city and the seclusion of your own princely estate. This luxurious property is located just outside the ancient imperial city of Marrakech, a walled garden city of tall graceful palms set beneath the snow-capped Atlas Mountain range. This "House of Green Mint" is situated just 10 minutes from the Medina in the Palmeraie, a grove of over 150,000 palms. Magnificent Moroccan antique doors open from the grand columned entrance, as well as in the great hall and dining room. There are graceful archways and an interior courtyard filled with scented flowers and the calming sounds of a bubbling fountain. There are eight spacious bedrooms decorated in traditional Moroccan style. Each bedroom has ambient wall lighting, limestone Tadlakt wall finishes; some rooms have fireplaces. The immense garden contains a clay tennis court, underground hammam (Turkish steam bath), hot tub, and swimming pool. The large upper terrace has a panoramic view of the Atlas mountain range and sweeping views over the Palmeraie. The adjacent sitting area features a rustic fireplace and pergola with sub-floor heating for cool evenings. The hot tub is located on the roof terrace along with and an observatory equipped with a GPS Celestron telescope. Exciting cultural excursions can be arranged for guests, including an exploration of the ancient Berber civilization in the Atlas and guided tours of historic Marrakech. Here are some possible intineraries: A guided shopping tour, with native speaker, of the souk in the Medina. Purchase ceramics, pottery, rugs, metalwork, and fabrics; Explore vast Djemnaa El Fna Square, with its snake charmers, magicians, acrobats, and rows of mouthwatering food stalls; An easy day hike in the Atlas mountains and visits to Berber villages, including a lovely lunch at a French Auberge; Camel-riding in the Palmeraie; A tour of the major historical attractions of Marrakech, including the famous Koutoubia Minaret, the Bahia Palace, the Saadians tombs, and the Dar Si Said Museum. Massages or spa treatment are also available. Guests enjoy afternoon mint tea and Moroccan pastries and the music of local musicians. Upon request, cooking lessons are available in the demonstration kitchen or in the Polynesian-style bar and outdoor kitchen. Recipes include lamb tajine with prunes, chachouka pepper salad with paprika and cumin, chickpea soup with parsley, pilpil shrimp with pimentos and garlic, couscous with seven beans and vegetables, and a variety of briouts. Three floors. Ground floor: There is a columned entrance with domed vestibule. The entrance leads into a living area with TV room, sitting room, and bar overlooking the courtyard. There is a large dining room and fully equipped kitchen. There are four double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (tubs and separate showers) with private terraces leading to the garden. Three of the bedrooms have fireplaces. Upper floor: There are four double bedroom with fireplaces and large private terraces. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom (tubs and separate showers). There is a second sitting area with south-facing terrace. Basement: There is a game room, a large conference/banquet room with service kitchen, a private gym, a humidor, and wine cave. There is central heating and air conditioning in all rooms, with thermostatic controls in each room so guests can adjust to their individual needs. #14145
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