Villa Mandarine is a guest house in the smart embassy district of Rabat, a taxi ride from the city centre. Formerly a family home, it has been thoughtfully converted, retaining many period features. Rooms and suites are equipped with air conditioning, TV, phone, minibar and private terrace, balcony or private garden.
The main building houses the comfortable living room, billiards room, library and inviting African themed bar, all with views of the gardens. There are bougainvillea-covered terraces where you can relax and breathe in the scent of the orange groves. The hotel has a large heated swimming pool, surrounded by a terrace with sun loungers. There is also a paddling pool. The on-site spa offers massage, sauna, hot tub, traditional hamman and a gym.
Breakfast can be taken outside on the restaurant's terrace. Lunches can also be eaten al fresco or in the restaurant, which serves a mixture of European and typically Moroccan dishes. Local, freshly caught seafood often features on the menu.
Rabat's city centre includes the old walled city with its souks, the narrow streets of the medina and the imposing Kasbah of the Oudayas. There are beaches where swimming and surfing can be enjoyed. Other local activities include horse riding, tennis and golf.
Open: Villa Mandarine is open all year.
Location: Villa Mandarine is in a quiet neighbourhood of Rabat, near several embassies and the well-known Dar es Salaam Golf Club. It is set in 3 acres of gardens with orange groves and fruit trees.
Rooms: There are 31 rooms (21 standard and 10 deluxe) and 5 suites. Rooms cover 36sqme, and suites range from 42sqm to 49sqm. Some are in the main house and others are in the garden. All are air conditioned with heating in winter, and have en-suite bathroom, safe, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, phone, hairdryer and minibar. They are individually decorated, feature artwork specially selected by the owner (a former art professor) and have large windows admitting plenty of light. Each has its own terrace or private garden.
Activities: You can take a taxi into the centre of town to explore the souks and medina of Rabat, head to the beach for some sunbathing or to go surfing. Other activities include horse riding and golf.
Facilities: The hotel has restaurant where you can sample Moroccan and international dishes. Breakfast and lunch are often served on the sunny terrace. There is a cocktail bar, and several cosy salons for quiet relaxing. Outside there are 3 acres of gardens and a choice of terraces, plus a heated pool and a paddling pool. The spa offers massages and hammams, and has Jacuzzis. There is a fitness centre, and facilities for billiards and table tennis. There is a gift shop on site. The hotel provides a laundry service and a currency exchange.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the restaurant and on the terrace or at tables set beneath trees in the garden.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
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