Guest: Annabel Tyrwhitt-Drake
Date of stay: June 2019
Having returned for my second girls trip holiday at El Goute in as many years, it really is the most magical place. - so much so, that I'm returning with my husband and children at half term! El Goute is beautifully designed in true Moroccan style and is very comfortable and peaceful with stunning views of the Atlas mountains. The fabulous team of staff look after you so well - where else can you have all your delicious meals cooked for you and not have to lift a finger? It really is a very special place, ideal for groups wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, with plenty of extras on offer for those not wanting to sit still for too long.
Guest: Rachel Healey
Date of stay: May 2019
Our little slice of paradise
Words can not explain (and pictures can not do justice to) just how beautiful this villa is. I booked El Goute for myself and 9 friends to celebrate my 40th birthday and everything about it exceeded our expectations. Liaising with Sara beforehand should have given me more of a clue as to how wonderful this experience would be as she was so, so helpful about everything ! Endless questions about the catering, where to go in Marrakech, how to organise ourselves etc all patiently and promptly answered. And then we actually arrived and WOW is the place amazing. The grounds and the villa are stunning. The staff are great - fabulous food and nothing was too much trouble for AB to sort. Dont be put off by the distance from Marrakech centre. Yes it is a little way out but we loved coming back to the tranquility and view of the Atlas mountains after our hectic day in the medina. So book it now - I promise you that you wont regret it. Thank you Sara - we will be back! xx
Guest: Vanessa Keenan
Date of stay: April 2019
We have just spent the most perfect week at El Goute This really is a very special place in the most idyllic location with the beautiful snow topped Atlas mountains visible from your sun loungers. I want this to be a secret but it is too good to not share! The staff are exceptional and can not do enough for you and the food is delicious. We had an age range of 9-50 years old and even the teenagers were entertained enough to just want to stay at the house. It was a magical cocoon that we did not want to leave. We will be coming back very soon. The Keenans, The Bakers and The Lyster-Binns.
Guest: John Farr
AB has been very attentive and helpful throughout the holiday, as has the security man. The ladies of the kitchen have been marvellous, turning out wonderful meals, endless buckets of ice for wine and food for children. We just loved the band. It was totally whacky, but just such fun. Thank you for allowing us to share your piece of paradise.
Guest: Claire Gooch
Date of stay: December 2018
We spent a fabulous family week at El Goute over Christmas with ages ranging from 9 to 75. There was something for everyone. The owners had organised a Christmas tree and decorations (no mean feat in a country that does not celebrate Christmas) and given us lots of tips to help us celebrate the day. On Christmas night a Moroccan band descended with loud rhythmic music and got everyone involved in dancing and playing the drums - all slightly bonkers but something we shall never forget. We were blessed with glorious weather which allowed us lazy days by the wonderful swimming pool, endless games of tennis, petanque and badminton. AB, the housekeeper, was exceptional and looked us so well. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he arranged all our activities, restaurants, taxis, transfers etc. Fatima, the cook and her team, cooked delicious breakfasts, lunches and suppers, and were happy to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free requests. All in all an amazing and very happy week.
El Goute has all the toys you could need. The pool was well used likewise the tennis and petanque courts. Our evening with the band and mechoui was memorable and we were all caught up in the energy and rhythm immediately and for the rest of the evening. Our trip into Marrakech in the evening was good, early supper at El Goute and then the short drive to park near the Koutoubia mosque, followed by a wander around the sights, sounds and bazaars, closing for some with a cuppa on a terrace overlooking the Jemma El-Fna, for some of the others with a bar or three in the new town. We also visited the new Yves Saint Laurent museum as well as the original garden. They felt very much more European but we were still very glad to have visited.
We drove to Setti-Fatma and made a circular walk of the waterfalls. Both the drive through the valleys and the views on the walk were breath taking.
It is easy to sing the praises of AB as he is personable, charming and we could all speak English to him but I would like to stress how good the others were - smiley, chatty so far as was possible, and always looking to anticipate our next need. And Fatima makes an amazing noise like a sort of ululation with her tongue whizzing from side to side at an astonishing rate and then finishing on a high pitch - this was experienced as part of the music, dancing and mechoui night. We all tried to copy and failed miserably!!
Date of stay: August 2018
Guest: Kim York
We have just spent a wonderful week at El Goute. The property itself is splendid: excellent open living areas and comfortable bedrooms, with lovely grounds and amazing views of the mountains. And of course, plenty to do at the villa with swimming, tennis, boules etc. But what really made the week special was being looked after by the amazing AB, and cooked for by Fatima and her sister. We were a group of 14 adults, and nothing was too much trouble, whether organising cars and guides, or simply advising on fun things to do or places to go. And every meal was delicious. Overall, a really special week.
Most relaxing holiday I have had with three children
Guest: James P
Date of stay: April 2018
Thank you and the team at El Goute for a wonderful holiday. The villa is stunning but the key element was how well we were looked after. It is the most relaxing holiday that I have had with three children (one of whom is 2). Having somebody to cook for us and buy all our food and drink allowed us to focus on having fun with our family. We hope to be back next year if you will have us!
Fantastic stay in the lap of causal luxury
Guest: Lucy M
Date of stay: March 2018
Me and four gals had the a brilliant four day stay at El Goute. AB couldn't have been more helpful and the staff were all fantastic. Trips into the medina, a massage and scrub in the hamman, delicious food, swimming, tennis, table tennis. We couldn't have asked for more. Thank you everyone at El Goute. We'll come again.
Guest: Marieke de Roo
Date of Stay: December 2017
Everyone absolutely loved the week away. The property and setting is stunning, the views breathtaking, the staff kind and helpful. AB simply a perfect host and organiser. NYE was very special! Food absolutely delicious and band so much fun. Big thank you to you both for suggesting..
A truly idyllic Moroccan experience - Five Stars
Guest: Louise Sword
Date of Stay: October 2017
We had a fantastic few days staying in this villa. luxurious and beautifully designed, it is set in its own 7 acre garden. It provides an opportunity for total relaxation with its many facilities and exquisite views of the Atlas Mountains, but still in easy reach of the bustling city of Marrakech. The staff are friendly, accommodating and the food is deliciou
Stunning, relaxed, delicious - Five Stars
Guest: Paula Goodburn
Date of stay: 13th October 2017
El Goute has endless possibilities. Perfect place for 2 or even 3 families the to enjoy a holiday together. Equally great for a tribal gathering, party or yoga retreat. The villa is really well laid out. Spacious and comfortable. The food is delicious. Location is about 30 minutes from Marrakech which is perfect so you can dip your toe in the cultural madness of Marrakech and then retreat to breathe in the open expanse of the villa and stare at the snow capped mountains. It’s also close to the hills. So there are endless outings to be enjoyed. AB the house keeper will organise everything during your stay. Food, cars, activities, massages, anything. El Goute is a winner.
Phenomanal - Five Stars
Guest: Tommy Overington
Date of Stay: 26th August 2017
This was an absolutely wonderful holiday. The weather was beautiful and the villa was superb. A beautiful building with huge bedrooms and comfortable beds and air conditioning. AB the housekeeper tended to our every need without being overbearing and the service from the cooks and maids was first class. The food was delicious. I would 100 per cent come again and I recommend it whole heartedly to anyone thinking about visiting.
Guest: Anne Stanford
Date of Stay: 19th August 2017
Warm hospitality, relaxing and tasteful villa, charming and friendly staff, excellent meals - and all within sight of a beautiful pool and the mountains. Our party of two families had a fabulous time. We couldn't recommend El Goute more.
Relaxed Luxury In Morroco - Five Stars
Guest: Clare Eastburn
Date of stay: 20th July 2017
I cannot recommend this place enough. We came to stay at El Goute with a group of 14 friends to celebrate my 40th Birthday. The property is beautiful - space, privacy and beauty. AB and the team make everything you need, whether delicious food, trips to the medina, a band, an on-site hammam, car transfers, or anything else you need, simple and enjoyable. The stocking service (food and drink) is a brilliant idea, which means that El Goute is pre-stocked with whatever you desire when you arrive - a must. The property is immaculate and the pool, pool house and grounds are an oasis from the heat and frenetic pace of the city. Whatever you do, don't miss the breakfast of Berber pancakes (a cross between a pikelet and a crumpet) with what we called 'liquid gold', a pot of melted butter and honey. Absolutely delicious! The owner was brilliant too - easily accessible, friendly and knowledgeable. We loved it so much we extended our stay. Highly recommended
Wonderful - Five stars
Guest: Bryonie Clarendon
Date of stay: 8th July 2017
An absolute gem!! We loved every minute of our stay at El Goute. The location is fabulous being out of Marrakech but within easy reach to pop in for a shop! The villa is beautiful in design, layout and space. Perfectly set up for several families to share as bedrooms all have their own bathrooms and area within the house. The swimming pool deserves a mention as it is fabulous, huge!! AB and the team were incredible and looked after us so well all week. Delicious food, especially the amazing pancakes at breakfast. AB also organised a few outings for us to explore the local area which I highly recommend. All in all, a fantastic, relaxing and spoiling week. I would not hesitate to recommend El Goute, we will definitely be returning!
Amazing House, Fabulous Stay
Guest: Sarah Garrett
Date of Stay: 3rd July 2017
We enjoyed a fabulous few days at this beautiful house. The pool area is absolutely beautiful and the meals (that seem to appear from nowhere!) were absolutely delicious. Loved the fact that it is close to the airport and Marrakesh but so tranquil - the best of both worlds. Very helpful owners who seem to have thought of everything and excellent staff on site which meant the trip was a huge success. We will definitely be booking for next year, can't wait to go back.