Addi ou Addi villa, a true lady in the Palmgrove


We’ll just whisper it to you and will only talk about it once on this blog as this place is one of our favourite timeout Marrakech spots and nobody knows about it. It is in the Palmeraie and has been there since the 1920’s.

Addi ou Addi is a gorgeous 6 hacres garden located at the border of the Palmeraie just 3 minutes from Bab el Khemiss and yet it is a universe apart. Its trees are over a hundred years old and it has over 4,000 bushes of all sorts; not many places are that authentic in the ocre city.


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Historical villa, the name Addi ou Addi can be translated in “this one or that one”, certainly a to let you choose which story you prefer of the many famous people who visited it: Winston Churchill, Queen Mary of Roumania, the creator Balmain or Jacques Majorelle among many others. Built in 1927, this place is to us one of the most beautiful properties of Marrakech; it throws you back to a long gone era of the glorious and roaring 1930’s. The architect was Paul Sinoir, one of the most prolific architects of Marrakech back then, he hired some of the best craftsmen of the country to build this house and it shows. Sinoir was also the architect of Villa Taylor (we’ll talk about this one in another article soon) or of Majorelle’s workshop. He chose to built the house around a 150m2 patio which can be accessed from most parts of the house and opens on the swimming pool which, some say, inspired the island of the Mamounia’s own swimming pool.

Addi ou Addi is unique, splendid and out of time, it is also generous, open and welcoming. Should you want to see it, it can be rented out for events if you ask nicely and we stop there form time to time during our tours if Cedric allows it. Cedric manages this property which belongs to his family and clearly treats it like his third child, with care and love.

Feel free to go there on our behalf, but not all at once!


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A few years ago, Rachel, born and raised in Switzerland, discovered by chance the ocher city. But what followed was in no way due to chance. Her curiosity was thoroughly aroused, she strove, in the course of her academic work, to reconstruct the puzzle of the architectural heritage of Gueliz. She went through tons of archives, interviewed the city's living memories and explored its sleepy nooks. Today, Rachel tells her stories on a shiny sidecar and published a book with Editions Sarrazines & Co retracing all her finds on the Gueliz.