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A land of luxurious palaces, vibrant souks, breathtaking landscapes and majestic monuments, sensational golf courses, aromatic cuisine and hugely welcoming inhabitants. From the trendy rooftops of Marrakech to the coastal charm of Essaouira, our selection of luxury villas and charming riads, including many villas with house staff, can be found in the most sought-after areas of Morocco.
Villanovo's exclusive selection of unique properties in Morocco offers everything you could hope for to keep cool in the North African desert heat. Whether in the shade of a palm or olive tree sat in your lush leafy garden, in the tranquil inner sanctum of the interior patio, or while taking a dip in your private pool after basking on the sun terrace, our properties will offer you the chance to stay cool and refreshed during your unforgettable holiday in Morocco.
Renting a luxury villa or riad in Morocco is the ideal way to discover and experience the country authentically. From beautiful homes on the banks of glistening lakes, luxury villas shaded by palm groves or set in the heart of the famous Medina of Marrakech, Villanovo has hand-picked superb properties in exceptional locations to complete your luxury holiday with family or friends in Morocco. Make unforgettable memories with your loved ones in our luxury villas and riads in Morocco in amazing cities like Marrakech to Essaouira, Taroudant and more. You can experience, among other things, a camel trek followed by the unique experience of a night under the stars in the middle of the dunes of Merzouga.
Rent a luxury villa in Morocco close to the locals in the Medina of Marrakech, in the French quarter of Gueliz, near the Sahara desert, or anywhere you wish from our exclusive selection of villas throughout Morocco. Select a villa or riad with a heated swimming pool, hammam, or terrace from which to enjoy the glorious Moroccan weather and views of the city, of the Atlas mountains, with a private chef to prepare Moroccan specialities for you and your family, such as a mouthwatering tajine, couscous, or delicious, sweet mint tea, all from the comfort of your own villa.
Morocco boasts a rich, colourful and aromatic cuisine, infused with local herbs and spices, which has long conquered the taste buds of travellers from throughout the world. Mrouzia, a rich sweet-savoury stew and variation of the traditional tagine, pastilla or msemen - is a Moroccan version of a crepe - are among the most important and loved dishes of Moroccan cuisine, along with, of course, the traditional mint tea. With the services of your private cook, you will have the pleasure of returning from a long day exploring to sample these delicious local specialties in the comfort of your own luxury villa rental in Morocco. Of course, should you be feeling a little creative, a fully equipped kitchen awaits for you to try your hand at creating your own twist on these iconic local dishes.
As one of the most popular destinations of North Africa, Morocco has a lot to offer in terms of impressive natural sites, a rich culture and remarkable monuments. Renowned for its warm hospitality and endless possibilities for adventure, Morocco offers a huge range of activities that are guaranteed to delight travellers of all ages. A luxury house rental in Morocco is the ideal way to explore this awe-inspiring land.
Treasures such as the fortified village of Ait-ben-Haddou of Ouarzazate, the beautiful Medina of Marrakech, or the archaeological site of Volubilis in Meknes, are all remarkable destinations, promising unforgettable memories of your trip to Morocco. With a luxury villa rental, you will be situated within easy reach of these marvels. Not only will you leave with memories in your mind and in your heart, you will no doubt also have memories in your luggage, such is the appeal of the authentic artisan products exhibited in the colourful souks and craft workshops throughout the country. Opt for a luxury villa rental near the buzzing city centre and souks for a truly authentic Moroccan experience.
Whichever city you decide to spend your holidays in, with Villanovo you are sure find a luxury villa rental in Morocco that will meet all your needs and wishes. Our advisors are on hand to help you prepare your stay in beautiful Morocco.
The Medina of Marrakech: Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture within the lively old quarter of the Medina, exploring its lively streets, colourful souks, quiet shady gardens and sumptuous traditional riads.
The Palmeraie: Go in search of peace away from the bustling city in this oasis just outside Marrakech, featuring palm trees, golf courses, and luxurious resorts.
L'Hivernage and Gueliz: Experience modern comforts in these sophisticated districts near the medina, built in the early 2000s and home to some of the trendiest restaurants, shops and art galleries in the city.
Royal Palm: Indulge in spa treatments and golfing in this exclusive setting, a mere 15 minutes from the Medina of Marrakech.
Essaouira: Surf the waves of this picturesque Atlantic seaside city, home to a UNESCO-recognised Medina, burgeoning art scene, sandy beaches, and windswept charm. A little inland you can discover the kingdom’s Argan oil hub.
Oualidia: Unwind in this coastal paradise, where you can opt for a spot of swimming, dolphin watching, and trying the delectable seafood along the Atlantic coast.
Agadir: Bask in the sun on the superb Atlantic beaches, exploring both traditional and modern architecture, and Morocco's most significant fishing port.
High Atlas: Traverse the ‘roof of Morocco’, passing through otherworldly landscapes, traditional Berber villages, and Toubkal Park, where diverse fauna, flora, and hiking trails await.
Taroudant: Step back in time in 'little Marrakesh', taking in its friendly charm, citrus orchards, tanneries, and argan oil cooperatives set in a green valley.
Morocco offers countless experiences for visitors to partake in during their stay in the kingdom. Among our favourites you can find the following:
Rejuvenate in a traditional hammam after a day of sightseeing, pampering yourself with steam baths, massages, and moisturising treatments. This ages-old practice is an absolute must for anyone who wishes to sample the authentic Moroccan experience.
Marvel at the Atlas Mountains, home to Berber villages and lush flora, and savour the simple joys of a gourmet lunch set amid the enchanting surroundings. Treat yourselves to a chic picnic in the Agafay Desert, marvelling at the breathtaking scenery before trekking on horseback or camelback, seeking adventure on a quad bike.
Relish the authentic flavours and aromas of Moroccan cuisine in Marrakesh's traditional restaurants, prepared using time-honoured methods and served in the lavish surroundings of former riads or – better still – on splendid rooftop terraces, looking out over the rooftops of the famous Red City.
Stroll along the ramparts of Essaouira, built in the 16th century by the Portuguese, and explore the harbour, cannons, and sweeping views of the ocean and UNESCO-recognised medina. Wander through the vibrant souks, haggling over handcrafted babouches and other traditional crafts, or opt for a spot of kitesurfing on the long sweeps of sandy beaches
Witness the splendour of 16th-century Saadian architecture at the Ben Youssef Madrasa – a former Koranic school adorned with mosaics and Arabic lettering.
Walk in the footsteps of Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh, a city he adored. Visit the enchanting Jardin Majorelle, the exquisite Villa Oasis, and the museum dedicated to his remarkable work.
Sip a refreshing mint tea, a quintessential Moroccan drink embodying hospitality, at the Café de France on Jemaa El Fna Square, the beating heart of Marrakesh.
Embark on a three-day trip to southern Morocco, venturing through the mythical palm grove of Taroudant, the quaint Berber villages of Dra Valley, and the mesmerising dunes of the Sahara.
Experience these unforgettable moments with tailored services, ensuring a truly unique Moroccan journey with family and friends.
Set on the corner of Africa's Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, Morocco boasts a rich tapestry of interwoven cultures and civilizations, both ancient and modern. As an ancient meeting point, the nation's history is evident in its architecture, ranging from Berber kasbahs to opulent palaces adorned with mosaics, while in some places Roman influences persist, such as the UNESCO-listed vibrant Roman city, Volubilis. Throughout history, Morocco has seen the rise and fall of major dynasties; from the 8th-century Idrissides to the Alawis, who still reign today. Now free from the French and Spanish occupations of the 19th century, with its independence beginning with the rule of King Muhammad V in 1956.
Time-honoured traditions mesh seamlessly with modernity as vibrant souks bustle amid colourful streets. Moroccan cities, including Marrakech, Fez, and Essaouira, offer treasures ranging from local handicrafts and pottery to metalwork, with visitors encouraged to bargain with the locals while in search of treasures.
The nation's history as a hub of spices, dyes and fragrances, where notes of citrus, fruit, and flowers intwine with a kaleidoscopic array of colours, is evident in its cuisine and artisanal products. Saffron, dubbed "red gold," and the versatile argan oil are two quintessential Moroccan elements used in both cooking and beauty treatments, and which have enjoyed success as exports to Europe and beyond.
Morocco's unique culture is characterised by its warmth and hospitality, with offers of mint tea and shared meals abundant in a country built on a mosaic of seemingly distinct influences. This typically gracious welcome is an open invitation to visitors to discover and better understand the Moroccan way of life, and to bask in a land drenched in cultural and historic splendour.
Moroccan gastronomy is a symphony of colour and flavour, blending influences from around the world in its tantalising dishes, where hints of Mediterranean flavours meet African ingredients and Arabic aromas. Recognised as an intangible cultural heritage, it offers an array of delights both sweet and savoury.
Couscous, Morocco's flagship dish, is versatile and combines olive oil, spices, semolina, meat, and vegetables, often cooked in an earthenware tagine. Pastilla, a dish of Spanish origin primarily served on special occasions, consists of meat wrapped in crispy pastry. Tagine, of Berber roots, is a delicious stew with vegetables, meat, and fragrant spices, traditionally served in a terracotta dish.
When it comes to pastries, honey and almonds take centre stage. Baghrir, a thin Berber pancake soaked in honey is best accompanied by tea or coffee. While Feqqas, a dry cake made with flour, sugar, honey, eggs, and yeast, is often enhanced with a scattering of raisins and almonds. The amusingly named ‘gazelle ankles’ (sometimes called 'gazelle horns'), semi-circular pastries featuring almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and orange blossom are a rare treat, while the diamond-shaped Makrout combines dates, semolina, and honey.
Then, of course there is mint tea - synonymous with Moroccan hospitality - a sociable drink traditionally prepared by men and served throughout the day.
As for wines, indulge in Morocco's finest: Whites include Terres Blanches, CB Initiales, and Muscat d’Alexandrie les Grains; Château Roslane, Ithaque, Médaillon, Terres Rouges, and Ait Souala are among the reds to try, as are the grey wines like Baccari, while Les Trois Domaines, Sidi Youssouf, and Volubilia complete the rosé selections.
The best way to get to Morocco is by plane, the main airport is Marrakech but there are direct lines from the UK to Agadir, Ouarzazate, Essaouira, Fez, Casablanca and more. Prices vary according to the season and are often higher in summer.
By bus: an ‘authentic choice’, both cheap and with a wide range of timetables, but often crowded.
By taxi: the price of the journey must be agreed with the driver beforehand - this is the quickest way to get to the villa.
By car: Villanovo’s concierge can reserve a car for you, with or without a driver, which will be waiting for you in front of your villa.
When visiting temples and mosques, make sure to wear suitable clothing - avoid short garments and keep your shoulders covered. Carry a headscarf, as it may be required to cover heads in some mosques as a sign of respect for religious customs. Ensure you have permission before entering any mosque. As they are primarily places of worship rather than tourist attractions, only a limited number of mosques are open to visitors.
Avoid overt displays of affection in public, as Moroccans generally adhere to more conservative social norms regarding personal interactions.
Always ask permission before taking a photo of a Moroccan as some beliefs suggest that photographs can capture a person's soul. By asking, you'll be able to create memories while showing respect for others and their beliefs.
Refrain from expressing negative opinions about religion or the monarchy, as these subjects are often considered ill-suited for criticism by foreign visitors.
When sharing a meal with Moroccans, use your right hand for eating or accepting food, since the left hand is traditionally considered impure.
If you visit Morocco during the fasting period of Ramadan, be discreet when eating and drinking, showing respect for locals who are observing their religious customs.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption in public spaces, as doing so is socially frowned upon. In certain upscale residences, bringing your own alcohol may be restricted or prohibited altogether.
Embrace invitations to enjoy tea, as Moroccans are renowned for their warm hospitality and declining such offers may be perceived as impolite.
The only requirement for travel to Morocco is a valid passport, no visa is required for European, British and US citizens for stays of less than 3 months. If a stay is longer than 3 months, it is necessary to apply for a residency permit in order to receive a tourist visa.
For more information, you can contact the embassy of your country.
The currency in the Kingdom is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), which is currently 1 euro equal to just over 10 MAD.
Tips are generally calculated as 10% of your order.
Morocco is generally a safe country but beware of theft, especially in busy areas. Always keep an eye on your bags and in Marrakesh be careful when walking in the Medina at night.
The main languages are Arabic, French and English. Most citizens of Marrakesh can speak between 3 and 4 languages. The majority of the house staff in our villas speak French and have a basic knowledge of English.
We recommend that you have health insurance before you travel to Marrakesh and that you consult your GP to see if you need any vaccinations. If you need a doctor, our local team can advise you on one.
If you have any other questions about your stay in Morocco then feel free to speak to us and we will advise you accordingly.