A hot new holiday villa in Marrakech

Azzaytouna and its neighbours are perfect for a 26-person party venue

The sere elegance of the Palmeraie in Marrakech has long attracted those seeking the privacy of a staffed home with the tranquillity and luxury of expansive gardens and easy access to Jemaa el-Fna and the medina’s retail temptations (and then an escape from both, if and when exotica fatigue sets in).

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As of last month, one of the area’s most spectacular private estates is offering a new villa option, Azzaytouna (www.ezzahra-morocco.com; from £1,500; pictured). Its three bedrooms (two with private pools), multiple indoor-outdoor lounges, candlelit Berber drinks tent and sleekly imagined interiors (by Philip Hooper of Colefax & Fowler) add up to small and intimate, but still supremely luxurious, accommodation. Not that “small” has to be the mandate: the estate’s other two houses, seven-bedroom Villa Ezzahra and two-bedroom Villa Alkhozama (prices on request), can be taken over too, creating a perfect party venue accommodating up to 26 revellers.

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