near Marrakech, Morocco
At a Glance
A unique collection of three rustic villas
Delicious traditional Moroccan cuisine prepared by Bouchera
Plenty of space for children to run around within the expansive plot
Traditional hammam on-site
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Weather-wise, the best times to go are spring and autumn. Marrakesh is very hot in the summer months of July and August, a dry but extremely relentless heat. By the end of October the evenings are cold, although the midday sun is still warm enough to bask in. The weather in winter, from November to March, ranges from cold and rainy to sunny days, warm enough to sit outside.
To start planning your vacation to Fawakay Villas
Fawakay Villas is a quirky boutique-style hotel, consisting of three villas spread across an oasis of gardens. Its informal atmosphere provides the perfect destination for families looking to enjoy a relaxed yet exotic vacation not too far from home.
Fawakay Villas is spread across three and a half acres, providing plenty of space for children to run about, explore and play in a quiet and safe environment whilst parents relax in the sun.
There is a good-sized pool area with a 15-meter main pool as well as a separate children's pool. There are also a number of day beds in the shade and large beanbag cushions spread out across the lawn, together with games of giant Jenga and table tennis. The shaded bar area is located by the pool and serves drinks all day.
What really makes Fawakay special are the owners, English couple Francis and Dawn, who live on-site and are your hosts during your stay. They built the hotel from scratch and have loved turned it in to a homely, relaxed destination with a real focus on being family-friendly. The on-site animals, including Doris the donkey, a couple of peacocks and four small dogs freely roam the grounds, are a hit with children and add a sense of fun.
You are just a 20-minute taxi journey from the Medina, so you can easily head in for a morning or afternoon to explore the hustling and bustling souks, or even for dinner one evening. You are also just an hour from the Atlas Mountains, so day trips for hiking and camel riding can be easily be arranged too.
There are three villas at Fawakay with either three or four bedrooms, offered on an exclusive basis to guests. Each has its own private plunge pool, front terrace, roof terrace, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen offers an 'honesty fridge', filled with drinks and snacks you can help yourselves to.
A three-bedroom villa with private plunge pool set across two floors. The downstairs has an open-plan living room area, double bedroom, connecting twin room as well as a shower too. The upstairs (which is accessed from an outside door) is a large double bedroom with seating area, en-suite bathroom and a spacious roof terrace.
A three-bedroom villa with two bedrooms and a bathroom downstairs and one bedroom and bathroom upstairs. There is also a private roof terrace, as well as a front terrace and private plunge pool downstairs.
Taos is located at the furthest end of the property and therefore is the most private of the three villas. There are four bedrooms here, two interconnecting rooms upstairs which are ideal for families as well as two double bedrooms downstairs. There are two large terrace areas with seating areas and loungers both upstairs and downstairs, plus a private plunge pool.
Children are extremely welcome at Fawakay Villas. Dawn and Francis have children themselves and know what is needed. They offer a special children's menu which can be pre-ordered for any time of the day, so you can ensure that your little ones have dinner at their usual time. There is also a baby food menu too, so no need to worry about bringing your own with you. Each villa comes with its own kitchen, so you can fix a drink or a snack at any time.
There is a playground with swings and slides, children's swimming pool, table tennis table and giant outdoor games.
During school vacations various activities such as cookery lessons and visits from a henna tatooist are offered to keep children busy. Babysitting can also be arranged in the evenings too.
You can either book on a bed and breakfast or half board basis. Breakfast is enjoyed on your villa terrace at your desired time and is slightly different every day. There is a lunch menu to choose from, offering a selection of traditional tagines, sandwiches and salads. Dinner is a three course set menu with a starter, choice of three main courses and a dessert. Lunch and dinner can be taken in the privacy of your villa or in the bar area by the pool.
A number of activities can be arranged during your stay, these include dune buggying, quad biking, camel rides, horse riding cookery classes, guided souk tours, excursions to the Atlas mountains and massages. Over busy periods such as Easter and half-terms it is advisable to book activities in advance.
A day in the life of Berbers
Get to know Morocco's unique Berber culture by spending time in one of the authentic Berber villages. You'll have the opportunity to explore the Moroccan countryside and understand this traditional way of life.
Camel trek in the Agafay desert
Enjoy a peaceful trek with the desert's most iconic animal. Arabian camels, known as dromedaries, differ to other species featuring a single hump rather than two. Your Berber guide will lead you away from the camp to enjoy breathtaking sunset views.
Cooking lesson in Marrakech
La Maison Arabe has a well established restaurant that opened in 1940 and its experienced chefs host cooking workshops. Have a go at making your own lemon chicken tagine and learn about traditional cooking methods using authentic Moroccan spices.
Day trip to Cascades d'Ouzoud
Escape the bustling streets of Marrakech and head towards Demnat and the Cascades d'Ouzoud, a beautiful cascading waterfall. Stop for a picturesque Berber lunch near the waterfalls and visit a traditional water mill.
Day trip to Imlil - Jebal Toubkal
Visit Imlil, a small Berber village in the High Atlas Mountains and located at the base of the highest mountain in Northern Africa, Jebel Toubkal. Explore the local area on foot or by mule including other Berber villages and their working co-operatives.
Dressage Experience at The Selman
Enjoy a private class on horseback with an expert equestrian artist.
Hidden Marrakech by Side Car
What better way to explore the narrow, winding streets of Marrakech then with a thrilling side car experience? Along with a local guide you’ll be take off-the-beaten track to find some of the hidden treasures of Marrakech.
Historical highlights of Marrakech
Discover the exotic city of Marrakech with a tour of the Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, El Bahia Palace and the famous Souks. This guided history tour is the perfect introduction to the city, it’s fascinating culture and wonderful architecture.
Historical Tour of Marrakech
Spend the day exploring the winding streets and spice-scented souks of Marrakech with your expert private guide.
Hot Air Balloon across Moroccan landscape
Drift gently over the incredible desert landscape of Morocco, appreciate the silence and views of Berber villages and snow-capped Atlas mountains on this trip of a lifetime.
Private Berber cooking class
Your private cooking class takes place amongst hectares of olive groves and vegetable gardens in the Berber countryside in the verdant Amezmize Valley. Learn the techniques to make traditional Moroccan dishes as you prepare a delicious two-course meal.
Souks and spices treasure hunt
Embark on a tour of Marrakech's winding maze of souks in search of the perfect spices and ingredients. A food expert will help you source the freshest spices in this aromatic treasure hunt, before cooking in traditional furnaces.
Street food tasting tour
Along with a local food expert, take a journey through the culinary delights of Morocco visiting shops and stalls, seeking out local produce, fragrant spices and unique local dishes. Enjoy tasters along the way followed by a delicious dinner.
Street food tasting trail
Get to know Morocco's fascinating culture first-hand through its delicious street food! With local foodies as your guide, head off the beaten track to sample delicacies that most visitors don't get to try.
Visit the Majorelle gardens
Take a leisurely stroll around the eccentric Jardin Majorelle. An oasis of calm in the midst of the chaotic city, the gardens house an impressive collection of Islamic art alongside beautiful plants, cacti and lily ponds.
Location & directions
near Marrakech, Morocco
Located just outside the ancient city of Marrakech, within plenty of open space. A 20-minute drive from the ancient pink walled city of Marrakech.
How to get there
3-hour 30-minute direct flight to Marrakech from London. Fawakay Villas is a 25-minute drive from the airport.