As you could find in our facebook article "Villanovo concierge service: a tailor-made and local experience", we are committed to provide you, in addition to our exceptional villas of quality, an exclusive and personalized experience all throughout your stay. To achieve our aim, our concierges strive to get to know you and your expectations, in order to establish a relationship of trust and listening.
Why did you choose Marrakech as a destination?
Funny enough I knew as a child that I would be living here after I read the book by Elias Canetti “The voices of Marrakech”. I came to the country the first time when I was about 30 years old and fell in love with the city but most of all with the people. There kindness, hospitality and serenity was for me, as a well-travelled person, unique.
And the weather of course!!
Any advice about the “must sees” of Marrakech?
Apart from the usual historical sites like Bahia Palace, the Saadien Graves, the Jamal Fna Square or Majorelle Gardens and YSL Museum, I would say there is a lot to discover. The whole old town is now an UNESCO Heritage site and there are numerous little courts and gardens opening. So, let yourself just go and discover the city.
Also, one should leave the town and experience the unique souring of Marrakech and Nature. We have everything rock desert, lakes, meadows, mountains and hills.
You could live out your dreams here…
For what reasons would you recommend a holiday in Marrakech?
Diversity of living and lifestyle, a great variety of activities and culture for every taste, sport in every aspect from hiking to horse riding to Golf. And a great service in all aspects (Villas, transfers, guides, food...).
What are the fundamentals of this profession?
Above all diplomacy, friendliness, honesty, speed in answering. Being there on the phone or Whatsapp. Secondly, being a destination expert, having historical, political and local knowledge aiming to give reliable advices to our clients. And very important, having a circle of partners you can rely on and trust.
How would you describe them? What are the typical needs and expectations?
To 90 % it is very easy. As I said the client is on holiday so in general they are happy, like to destress and have a good time.
It starts at the airport: tell them that there can be a delay at customs, so that they are prepared. Their pick-up must be on time and better tell them a spot to find the driver easy
Once in the Villa, when the food is good, the pool is warm, (the heating on in winter) and the sun is out, the holiday is already perfect
It is also so reassuring for us, here in Marrakech, that all the staff in the Villas and Riads are so helpful and so friendly. So, the client feels like at home straight away.
But of course, some expect more than others. The good thing is, we have a long exchange of mails and phone calls before the guests arrive and that is why we get a feeling of the character and lifestyle for each individual client. We can react and inform the staff of the Villa what to look out for.
What has been the most unusual request that you have ever had? How did you handle it?
In basic this does not exist. What the client wants the client gets. From belly dancers to helicopters, from special foods to personal trainers, yoga teachers or massages, etc.
Only one time I was very surprised, when a photographer of a fashion shoot asked me for TRAINED scorpions and snakes. It was not the fact that he wanted the animals and reptiles, that is not the problem, the impossible was that he wanted them TRAINED. But the model did not want to have creatures crawling all over her at the end, so we got a bodypainting show instead. Problem solved!