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Fawakay Villas is a lush complex of five large sand-coloured villas and three eco villa suites, built in unobtrusively modern style and surrounded by a verdant 3.5 acres of rose-filled gardens.

The setting is about 10km from Marrakech, in a remote location next to a small, dusty village. The complex is a real surprise after the where-are-we-headed journey - a lovely tangle of villas, rose gardens, winding pebble pathways and well-tended open, green space.

It was in 2005 that Francis Boys-Stones decided, after twenty five years of stockbroking in London and a rush of blood to the brain, that he’d had enough…it was time for an adventure! Francis, his artist wife Dawn and their four children upped sticks from Wandsworth and moved to Marrakech - a place they had fallen in love with a couple of years earlier. They bought this three and a half acres of land in the Moroccan countryside, with breathtaking winter views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. After two and half frantic years of building, Fawakay Villas opened for business.

The Boys-Stones live in the sixth villa with their children, dogs, cats, numerous guinea fowl and chickens, as well as the infamous donkeys Doris and Norman! They take a hands-on approach to the running of Fawakay. Dawn meticulously designed all the villas, and her photos of Moroccan life adorn many of the villa walls. In addition, many of her vibrant metal sculptures are dotted around the grounds. More can be seen here.

The villas, garden room and eco suites are designed for you to be as private or as social as you wish. There are so many features within each that you need never see another living soul for the length of your stay, unless you prefer to help Francis prop up the bar of an evening.

"There are not enough words to express how utterly phenomenal this place is. It has so much beauty and so much character."