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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Basyma = 'big smile' in Arabic. 3-level w courtyard, great neighborhood, terrace

This amazing property in Bab Doukkala is the perfect place to relax in the midst of vibrant and energetic Marrakech. Dar Basyma is in an active neighborhood with people living their daily lives (no tourists here!) it's a great place to blend in. Drop-off by small car or taxi is within feet of this house so you don't have to find your way through a maze to get here. *This is a rare find for that reason alone!* For day / overnight parking, it's about 300 yards away but it's a straight shot and not complicated in the least. Located a few blocks from the gate of Bab Doukkala, the home is in a safe yet typically Moroccan neighborhood, conveniently located to restaurants and shops. The market is a short walk away. Location is absolutely amazing. About 10 minutes walk to Jemaa el Fnaa, the major tourist destination in Marrakech. Also located near the Bab Doukkala mosque and therefore a plentiful market all around. Many high-end restaurants in the neighborhood (and even the Prince of Luxembourg's residence is a few steps away!) make this an ideal location for those who want to experience the non-touristy side of Marrakech while still enjoying what the city has to offer.

I work with my business partner, a tour operator, who can plan day trips or longer to the detail for a good price! We offer plans from day trips to a few weeks around Morocco. We have relationships with other properties in Fes, Essaouira, the Sahara Desert, Agadir, and Ouarzazate. So please let us know how we can help plan your trip when inquiring about lodging!

We offer meals for an extra fee at the house so when you don't feel like going out, you don't have to! We specialize in traditional Moroccan fare. Lunch / dinner are $20/person for age 10 - adult; children under 10 eat free. Meals generally include a salad, main course, and dessert (generally fruit in season). Menus available at the house. We can also make recommendations for food delivery!

The house itself has an open floor plan. You walk into the dining and living rooms with the kitchen overlooking everything. *This is uncommon in Morocco.* Rarely do you find an open kitchen! It's perfect for entertaining and families/groups. There's air conditioning and heat, a small bathroom, as well as a beautiful courtyard along with a kitchen, living room, and dining room on the first floor.

Upstairs on the second floor are three en suite bedrooms that are beautiful, each with shower, modern facilities, robes, slippers, and hairdryers. Each room has air conditioning and heating units appropriate for any season. And of course, each room has its own key as well as a safe for your personal belongings. Amenities included: lotion, conditioner, shampoo, and soap. Also a sitting area on the 2nd floor landing to enjoy the quiet and sun.

The private terrace on the 3rd floor has palms, an outdoor shower, sitting area with cushioned chairs and low tables, umbrella, two tiled dining tables, and a tiled plunge pool that also has a jacuzzi bubble feature. Terrace is large enough to enjoy separate spaces when you want, small enough to be cozy and comfortable.

Your rental price includes the entire house. It also includes a transfer to and from the Marrakech airport, bus or train station. However, if we have to make more than one trip to pick up your guests, we charge an additional 150dh for each to / from required. *Daily breakfast, tea service and housekeeping is also included.*

There is water / soda available for purchase in the refrigerator. We will also do your laundry for 100dh / load (10EU). There will be a manager on site who will handle everything for you upon your arrival, including helping you find your way when you need it, helping with your luggage, cooking, and helping you in general! He's delightful and quick with a smile! The housekeeper will arrive each day to prepare breakfast and straighten up. She will also do laundry for you, for an extra fee, should you require it. Tips are appreciated. The housekeeper and the house manager are both excellent cooks and will alternate cooking duties and tea service. You will be well-taken care of and if you're like me, will hate going home to normal life! :-)

More Details

Jane Shortridge
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Jane Shortridge

I am an American who loves Morocco. After visiting for 3 years, I decided to purchase a place that I could share with others. I work with a tour operator/group to book trips lasting a few days to a few weeks. This team is knowledgable about Morocco and all of her nooks and crannies! You will have an experience unlike a tourist! See Morocco and her people in totally unexpected and personal ways.

I have travelled extensively all over the world. You can read about my adventures on my blog, See Jane Travel at janetravelsfar dot com. I'm also on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Jane Shortridge purchased this villa in 2015

Why Jane Shortridge chose Bab Doukkala

This property is gorgeous! It continues to take my breath away each time I enter. The decor is nearly void of color, making it a perfect place to end a busy day.

The location of this home is amazing! Perfectly situated in a busy yet easy part of what's called the old medina. No tourists! I like the neighborhood a lot. The house is on a dead end derb (street). Dar Basyma is the first one at the corner. The location of the market is excellent! A very short walk and there's the bakery, butcher, fish monger, grains and legumes - - everything! Maybe the most important feature for me is *convenient location!* With a small car you can drive right up to the place! No meandering through the medina trying to find your home. And parking is just a short walk away in a safe square. The neighborhood is safe and convenient, offering an experience of Morocco not common to typical tourists.

What makes this villa unique

The location is convenient and away from tourism. This house is in a typical Moroccan neighborhood with no tourists. There are families and businesses all around the house. If a neighborhood setting does not appeal to you, please do not rent this house! The neighborhood bread baking oven is around the corner! There are craftsmen working in their shops. If you are looking for a touristy spot, this is not it. The team of people working at Dar Basyma are the best of the best. Service is our number one goal. Regarding the space, I especially like how the kitchen is open to the living space - - something not common in Morocco. It's a delightful and peaceful space! And to have a private terrace is a special thing as well. We strive to make your whole experience easy and relaxing.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the most amazing stay in your home. So beautiful. The house has modern furnishings with gorgeous Moroccan touches that we just love. Your staff added candles and music throughout the day, which was really special to us. Breakfast was delicious and the dinner were amazing! We are so happy we stayed in to eat! Hmoda is the kindest and sweetest man we have ever met and we can't thank him enough for making us feel so welcomed and calm. We felt really safe at night, too. We had the most wonderful stay and ALL of the staff are so attentive and kind. What an amazing find this place is!
Feb 2018
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Bab Doukkala Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Terrace shower/jacuzzi - jetted tub , outdoor shower
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , Window up high to provide ventilation and light.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Window to street; lots of light and air.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Window opens to street in bathroom for cross ventilation
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 2 windows look out on courtyard. 1st room top of stairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , The quietest, in the middle of house; window to landing.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Largest of 3 bedrooms; windows in bath & to courthyard
  • Each bedroom is en suite. Bedrooms have locks and keys. Safes in the rooms. Beds are a standard size in Morocco: 1.5 m x 2 m (59" x 79").
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We work with an established tour company to arrange day trips and longer trips, as you desire. Please arrange with me early on and I can plan your entire trip using people I trust and know. One transfer to and from the Marrakech airport are included in your room stay; additional trips to the airport are 150dh or 15USD. Also included: breakfast and housekeeping each day.


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average rating of 4.5 based on 21 reviews

Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The place is just amazing, the owner as Well as the staff are just so nice and helpful. The only thing is that thé area is a bit dangerous at night for girls only. If there is a Guy with you there is nothing to worry about.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback, Zakia! I’ve never heard that it’s dangerous nor have I experienced anything scary, but i appreciate your perspective. We enjoyed having you visit us and hope you come back!
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A wonderful oasis in a wonderful city

  • 5 of 5

We were welcomed by a wonderful team of very helpful , pleasant people who made our first visit to Marrakech so exciting.

Our accommodation was ideal, so well furnished and located.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would definitely recommend your home to any visitors.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your stay! The house team enjoyed every moment you were there! You're welcome at Dar Basyma any time!
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Wonderful home!

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 5 had a fabulous stay at Dar Basyma. The housekeeper, cook and guide were so helpful in making our trip a great experience. We could walk to the souks, restaurants and gardens with no trouble. At night we came home to tea and snacks while the most delicious Moroccan dinner cooked. It was a memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful All Around - Lovely Home for Relaxing Fun, Family, and Friends

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at Dar Basyma for eight days in December 2016. I highly recommend it!

We all agreed - our stay was among the best holidays we have had. Filled with peaceful relaxation, intellectual interest, friends and adventure, in essence, it was a life-affirming trip.

Jane, who owns the property, was extremely helpful from the start. She answered my many questions and made special arrangements to accommodate my sister, who was recovering from cancer treatment and needed extra care. She also planned a whole suite of activities for us, along with her business partner Mokhtar, which was tailored to the unique likes of each family member (3 adults and two young men). She went out of her way to ensure we had a perfect stay.

Upon our arrival at the airport, we were greeted by Abdul, who works at the home, and his cousin Kahlid, who is a driver. They were both very friendly and welcoming as they delivered us swiftly to Dar Basyma. The residence is located within the walls of the Medina. You enter through one of six ancient gates. In the Medina, there are craftspeople working, shops, children playing, perhaps the occasional donkey cart or moped rolling by, kittens running about, and beautiful doors. Behind each door is a tranquil home.

Inside Dar Basyma, the rooms are airy, open and light. There are good quality Berber rugs everywhere. The décor is stylish yet comforting. The rooptop sunshine is heavenly. It is quiet, yet alive and full of positive energy at the same time. Abdul made us tea and biscuits, and we immediately felt at home. Ghizlane, the highly skilled house chef, began making us fragrant chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives. Night after night, we dined well, kicked back, and it was so good just to be together there.

Our family adores Morocco, the stunning landscape, the Berber traditions and art, but most importantly the people we met there were exceptional; we consider them friends for life. Abdul, Mokhtar, Ghizlane, Abdullah, and Khalid treated us with the utmost kindness and hospitality. We were brought to the best shops, museums, historic sites, and cafes in Marrakech, Essoaria, and the Ourika Valley. We had conversation, music and guidance along the way. Navigating Morocco without our lovely friends would not have been the same - they made it easy for us, and they made it fun.

I cannot wait for my return trip to Morocco. Next time, I will like to stay at Dar Basyma longer and go to the Sahara with Mokhtar!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Planning with Alison was a pleasure from start to finish! What a wonderful person and a great group of people. The house team loved every minute of your stay and we hope you come back and visit! Thanks for loving Morocco so much and for staying at Dar Basyma!
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Wonderful House

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this property for 3 days in late November 2016. following are pro & cons from our perspective.

Pro: The house is very tastefully decorated with Moroccan style. And yet you can tell some one had paid extra attention to minor details to make your stay comfortable. The entrance and living room is excellent. The bedrooms were great. I loved the beds (Mattress were firm, pillows were soft) the linen was clean without any smell and was fixed daily. Daily House keeping is an extra benefit at this facility. The bathrooms ( three and half of them ) were clean and well provided. The house looks like its completely redone in a very impressive way, the light fixtures and wall paint were all up to date and nice. The House keepers were nice, respectful and styed out of our way. They had breakfast ready every day and served it on time when we asked them a night before (He made fresh orange juice daily for us, and that was very much appreciated). Over all our kids were happy (Boys had one room and girls had theirs, which made our lives much easier) We were very relaxed and had good time. I strongly recommend this place if you are a family and want to enjoy Marrakech in deep.

Cons: Nothing major, but the neighborhood is very traditional and with old houses, the houses are in close proximity (Adjoined), so you can hear them at night and early Am (School time). The walk way to residence is not all that clean (Narrow ways) with several small shops. But en-routed regular residents were respectful. It just so happened that when we stayed there was sewage block on the walk way to home and it came with it's usual aroma and disgust. You need to have your transport to stay at this facility as it is rather at distance from the main square. Other then that nothing bad regarding the residence it self.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your detailed review! The team at the house really enjoyed your visit. Oh no about the sewage blockage in the neighborhood. You were kind calling it 'aroma!' In an authentic neighborhood in the old medina we all have to accept each other's problems! You and your family are welcome back anytime!
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Perfectly situated lovely home

  • 4 of 5

When we first walked up to this home, we were a bit disconcerted by what looked like an area that might not be all that safe. But as with much of Morocco, you can judge a book by it's cover. The apartment is very well furnished with three bedrooms, all en suite. The rooftop plunge pool and sitting areas are very nice. There is a computer, a well appointed kitchen, comfortable couches, a nice big table for dining and thankfully, a half bath on the lower level of the house so you don't have run upstairs every time you want to use the facilities. The apartment comes with two people - a cook and housekeeper who could not be more accommodating of whatever you wish or need and a driver who will take you anywhere you like to go and help you find things to do and also arrange out of town trips with other drivers, which we did use. The housekeeper makes a lovely big breakfast each morning with fresh ingredients she picks up on the way in. She will do laundry for you and keeps the house spotless, plus she is so friendly. Both of these two people could not have been more helpful, more gracious, more flexible, more generous with their time and effort. Tremendous people.

The location in the medina is perfect, close to everything. And the restaurants nearby are amazing!

Why not a five star? When we booked we were told there would there would be a property manager onsite most of the time, but we honestly had no idea that they would be IN the apartment with us most of the day. We envisioned a series of apartments where there is a manager on site. Not the case. This apartment stands alone. This is a nice sized apartment and there is a laundry room where the housekeeper spends some of her time but still, one or both of these people are with you or in the apartment the vast majority of the day. We don't have household help at home who are with us all the time, and this was certainly an adjustment. You're not going to run around in your undershorts, you may feel somewhat more restrained in your conversations, it's just different and it may or may not fit with your needs and preferences. In addition, it is expected that you will tip each of them 10-15$ per day PER PERSON so budget that in if you hadn't thought of this already. If you're OK with this things about the property management people presence and cost, then this place would be a five. For sure. Thank you Jane for sharing you lovely home with us.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for visiting us! You were all great guests. It's not my expectation to have someone in the house with guests all the time, so I will discuss this with the team. As for tipping, it's definitely something to get used to in Morocco as it's expected everywhere. And it seems that no matter how much effort I put into describing the house being in a "real neighborhood", people are still surprised when they see that. It's safe and it's a real working neighborhood, so I'm glad your fears were alleviated! Thanks again for a wonderful visit. Jane
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Jemaa el-Fnaa Market
Medina Quarter
Be careful so you don't get lost! But it's fun to explore the medina.
Palais de la Bahia
Jardin Majorelle & Musee d'Art Islamique
Jemaa el-Fnaa Market
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
RAK (Marrakech, Morocco)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Many options
Nearest Train
0.05 Miles
Marrakech, Morocco
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Around the corner!
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
125 Miles
Essaouira, Morocco
Car: not necessary

The market is around the corner where you can buy everything from meat, vegetables, bread, etc. to souvenirs and basic supplies. A perfect location. You are also very close (about a 1/2 mile) to Jardin de Majorelle, a beautiful garden in the new city. Spectacular place! Also within 20 minutes' walking distance to the Jmaa el Fna "the Place" for snake charmers, storytellers, henna and music!

The house is in a neighborhood; no tourism, or very little. You will stay amongst families living their daily lives. There are shoemakers, dressmakers, soup makers, woodworkers, hand painted table and box store - - all with shops within steps of the place! And some of the best bread known in the area is a half block away, along with community bread ovens where everyone bakes their bread! It really is a special location. There are restaurants and spas around the corner. And the taxis stand at the gate, about 500 yards away. It's all very convenient and safe!




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $800
Tax Rate 2.5%

Prices are FOR THE WHOLE HOUSE. Each room is locked and private. Each room has bathroom w shower. Each room has a safe. Absolutely no smoking on any floor of the house. You may smoke outside the front door. No pets allowed. Breakfast included with room rate as well as transfers to and from the airport.

No additional guests are allowed at the house. There are strict laws in Morocco for guesthouse / riad owners: we must get a passport number, name, address for everyone at the house and if there is one Moroccan guest, marriage certificates need to be scanned and recorded. If not, we are at risk of losing our authorization. This is very serious. We have installed cameras in the outside areas of the house in order to protect ourselves from this. I think it's only fair you know this up front.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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