I've visited Marrakech many times and always stayed in the Medina. As much as I love it, on my last visit I wanted somewhere away from 'Medina madness'.
I ended up at Villa Dinari, and realised just how different life in Marrakech can be, even as a tourist. All the usual bonuses were there - lovely gardens, excellent food, delightful hosts, but the main blessing was that Abdellatif, who owns Villa Dinari with his English wife, Heather, is a professional guide - a very professional one! He took me on a morning's wander around the souk and opened my eyes to so many places that I'd just walked past at other times. He was equally entertaining with his chats over a glass of excellent Moroccan wine at the villa.
I'm working up to one of his trips into the desert to discover the ancient kasbahs and ksars, fortified villages.
Villa Dinari Alpha 41, Lots Bouzaoui, Commune al Ouidane, Marrakech Morocco
+212 524 32 89 22
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