Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Homes arrives in Africa

Designed by Studio KO, Villa D is a contemporary Moroccan haven set just outside the vibrant city of Marrakech and is the latest property to be added to Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Homes, a branded collection of the world’s finest private homes…

lounge in moroccan house with clay walls and cream wall carpet with leather sofas and natural fibre lampshades

Perfect for large groups sleeping up to 20 guests in ten bedrooms, the spacious home designed by French architecture firm Studio KO the designers behind the iconic Musée Yves Saint Laurent fosters a deep connection with the natural desert surroundings, with a variety of perfectly arranged outdoor spaces to enjoy.

covered verandah with clay walls, reed ceiling and sheer white curtains to keep it cool

Image credit: Mandarin Oriental / Villa D

Guests can spend tranquil days beside the 25-metre pool, in the shade of the garden lounge, or in the traditional beldi-inspired farmhouse patio. A traditional hammam is nestled in the heart of the garden and a state-of-the-art spa is dedicated to relaxation and wellbeing.

Inside, textural architecture is ever present, with an uncomplicated yet elegant design which seamlessly complements the rustic structures. Two spacious living rooms feature open fireplaces and a spectacular dining room is perfect for cooler evenings. The sumptuous, 100-square-metre master suite boasts a private terrace, statement fireplace and freestanding bathtub. Two smaller independent suites enjoy a shared terrace and en-suites with both indoor and outdoor showers.

central freestanding bath in the ensuite for mastersuite at Villa d with fireplace and warm terracotta surfaces

Image credit: Mandarin Oriental / Villa D

Four additional bedrooms are found within the main villa, each with a private patio and sharing an impressive shower room. Crafted by skilled local artisans and nestled amidst quaint paddocks, the separate farmhouse accommodates the three remaining bedrooms.

clay walls and a slim window at head height above the window in a moroccan bedroom

Image credit: Mandarin Oriental / Villa D

As with all Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Homes, Villa D includes an on-hand dedicated concierge to assist with pre-arrival requests, local experiences and transportation, along with a Villa Manager to ensure a seamless stay. Daily housekeeping service inspired by Mandarin Oriental’s exacting standards and 50 hours of private chef service per week are also included and approved by Mandarin Oriental’s culinary experts.

table set for dinner in a clay courtyard with olive trees and a sail shaped shade cloth

Image credit: Mandarin Oriental / Villa D

With Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains and the desert within close proximity to the villa, a wide range of activities can be arranged for guests from yoga and meditation and in villa spa treatments, to hot air balloon flights, desert excursions and stargazing, or a cooking class with home-grown produce. A short 20-minutes’ drive away is Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech – set among 20 hectares of landscaped, fragrant gardens and with renowned dining outlets Ling Ling by Hakkasan and Shirvan.

square architectural lines of clay building with palm tree in Marrakech Morocco

Image credit: Mandarin Oriental / Villa D

Following Mandarin Oriental Exclusive Homes’ successful debut in 2022, the Group is now delighted to introduce an expanded collection of properties perfect for summer 2023. Along with Villa D, new homes include an exquisitely restored masseria’s in Puglia, flawless contemporary villas with panoramic views from Super Cannes to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a stunning property nestled in the hills of Marbella and an exotic Balinese estate perched high on a cliffside in Uluwatu.

Main image credit: Mandarin Oriental / Villa D