Guest: Rosie Arkwright
Date of stay: September 2021
We have just come back from two wonderful weeks at El Goute. Our family party ranged from 17 months old to 60 and there was masses to do for everyone.
The villa is wonderful. Light and airy and super comfortable. The outdoor space is fabulous. The pool is large and lovely and there is plenty of shade around.
The tennis court gave us hours of fun as did the ping pong and Boules. The Chef is exceptionally good. The meals were consistently fabulous. The team at El Goute, led by the wonderful AB, are great. Nothing is too much trouble. Star gazing on the very comfy loungers at night, in the shadow of the Atlas mountains, is a wonderful way to end the evening. For a truly relaxing break, I can’t think of anywhere better to spend your holiday.
We stayed at El Goute for the first time in August 2021. We had a fabulous time! Our party of 8 adults and 4 small children were looked after like royalty. The wonderful ladies in the kitchen provided the most amazing meals and the ever helpful AB helped us with trips to the Atlas Mountains and Marrakesh – great days out and not to be missed, but it was hard to find a reason to leave the villa with its wonderful pool and lovely grounds.
With all the Covid uncertainties we were greatly thankful to Sara for making the organisation so straightforward and being responsive to our pre-holiday enquiries. If you are looking for a truly wonderful and memorable holiday, look no further than El Goute.
Date of stay: March 2020
Villa El Goute is the most perfect place to relax and enjoy an amazing family holiday. The villa is perfectly equipped (inside and out) for a large group and is better in the flesh than we had all been dreaming about from the photos. AB and his team were the perfect hosts, from giving us great local advice to supplying the most delicious meals. They always made us feel perfectly at home. My holiday highlights include waking up to the amazing mountain views, daily trips into the bustling Medina, delicious food and great local wine, an evening spent dancing under the stars with a fabulous local band, strolling around the beautiful gardens (filled with impressive flowering banana trees, the scent of orange blossom and the twitter of hundreds of birds), a morning swim in the huge swimming pool and time spent chatting in the shady outdoor terrace. Everything was just perfect and I'm dreaming of being back very soon! Thank you.
Guest: Melanie Geenty
Date of stay: March 2020
What an amazing holiday! From the moment I booked it for a week's stay to celebrate my lovely daughter's birthday with all my family, everything was absolutely seamless. Sara couldnt have been more helpful and gave us loads of brilliant pre-holiday tips (not least recommending an excellent local rose and red which was consumed in huge quantities!)
El Goute and its settings are every bit as beautiful as expected from the photos yet so, so much more. Stunningly decorated with fabulous indoor and outdoor dining areas, a massive swimming pool, beautiful gardens, tennis court, ping-pong and petanque - not to mention the comfy seating area on the terrace, spacious enough for all 11 of us to put our feet up, more often than not with a pre-dinner gin and tonic in hand!
But what makes El Goute SO incredibly special is the amazing AB (what an absolute star! ) and his wonderful team, who were all fantastic. Mouad and the fabulous girls in the kitchen couldnt have looked after us better. Nothing was too much trouble. Always smiling and friendly, they spoilt us with delicious local food served at tables glittering with candles and scented with rose petals. A massive thank you to them all.
In one word, El Goute is IDYLLIC. Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy your gorgeous Marrakech home - we are already planning a return trip....
Guest: Polly Bennett
Date of stay: December 2019
I am so utterly delighted
that I spotted an advertisement for El Goute in 2017 and thought to book it for
friends and family to celebrate too big a birthday at the end of 2019!
Little did I know what a stroke of genius it was to be. From the
moment of initially telephoning Sara (the owner), to being delivered back to
Marrakech airport at the end of the holiday it was totallly perfect.
The villa itself delivers everything which the website promises in terms
of accommodation and astonishingly beautiful surroundings. What it doesn't
tell you is the fabulous service you receive when you are there and the
warmth with which you are treated. The meals were utterly delicious
and plentiful delivered with a ready smile and nothing was too much
trouble. AB the mastermind at the Moroccan end is excellent at his
job. Again, any wish was granted at though by a genii! In short we
could not have asked for more or had a better holiday, it was perfect. What on earth can we do to top this for my husband's big day?!
Guest: Joanna Fraser
Date of stay: December 2019
We had a wonderful week at your lovely house. The weather was the icing on the Christmas cake. All ages of us had a tremendous time and El Goute was everything that we'd hoped it would be. Good food, lots to do, lots of space and all the chores taken care of. Thank you to you and all your lovely staff.
Guest: Catriona Blampied
Date of stay: October 2019
It has been a holiday of all holidays and such a great way to celebrate my wonderful mother's 70th birthday. I want to thank you so much for all of your kind help and wonderful advise and the extra mile of your wonderful, smiley and brilliant team and of course your very comfortable and beautiful villa. Total heaven in every way. I'd adore to come back.
Guest: Bryonie Clarendon
Date of stay: October 2019
Had the most wonderful week. Thank you so much. Your team are amazing, totally went above and beyond. Cant believe how much effort they went to for Fred's birthday, wow! Thank you so much for another fun week at El Goute.
Guest: Etta Wyatt
Date of Stay: September 2019
Amazing, amazing. We have all had the most incredible week. Everyone has loved it from start to finish and no one wants to go home!!! I thought I could hide in the end cottage. The staff have been simply brilliant. Mouad has been charming and so helpful, wonderful in the kitchen, laying tables and clearing and always with a smile. The girls in the kitchen have been unreal, every meal has been delicious. AB is a complete and utter superstar completely amazing so so proud of the Villa and nothing was too much .
Guest: Kirsten Gates
Date of stay: September 2019
We, along with friends and family, have just spent a
fabulous 10 days at El Goute. Apart from the villa being gorgeous and
comfortable the whole experience was made incredibly relaxing by the
attentiveness and attention to detail both before and during our stay.
Prior to our stay Sara ensured we had all the information we needed and
guided us through menu choices, confirmed all our plans and travel
arrangements and generally ensured that we had a seamless experience.
Whilst at the villa AB and his team were wonderful. We had the most
delicious food and every effort was made to enable us and our guests had
a fabulous time at El Goute. Thank you to the entire team.
Guest: Emma Stanford
Date of stay: August 2019
We had the most amazing
holiday. El Goute was glorious, the setting, the decor, the huge comfy
seating area outside (which allowed all nine of us to put our feet up at
once!), the monster pool
so perfect for inter-family Jeux sans Frontieres combat from lilo
racing to dive-n-drift competitions interspersed by table tennis
keepy-uppy and basketball hoops, even the wildlife got a look in
(post-prandial frog-spotting expeditions, a visiting tortoise
called Speedy, egrets and an errant hedgehog in the accidental Nature
Reserve framed by mountains). But what makes El Goute really extra
special is the Kitchen Dream Team! They were just fabulous. They chopped, chatted, cooked,
cleared and dealt effortlessly (so it seemed) with our nightmare
combination of food allergies while smiling beatifically as huge,
dripping children (I use that term loosely) padded in and out of their
domain raiding the fridge, picking bits off the table,
messily assembling mojitos with all the limes in the house and
demolishing Nutella in the middle of the night. We loved them. And a
huge thank you to AB for facilitating copious quantities of rose (great
steer there, thank you!) and transport.
Guest: Max Wakefield
Date of stay: August 2019
What an extraordinary pleasure to spend a week at El Goute. We could not have enjoyed ourselves more. The stay was made truly special by your team, most ably led by AB. Nothing too much trouble. Kind and professional. Really a dream. Thank you. Quad biking in the desert was superb and would highly recommend. Those that want to do quad do, others to ride camels. They'll set up a tent for dinner. Meet up there and watch the night ride in. Excellent value.
Guest: Erica Roberts
Date of stay: July 2019
My family and I have just returned from a wonderful week at El Goute. What an amazing escape! AB, the house manager and his team were truly exceptional and nothing was too much trouble for them. They only wanted the best for us. It is an excellent location, close enough to Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. We couldnt recommend El Goute more highly and will certainly point our friends in your direction.
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.