Spirit of Yves Saint Laurent at Villa Mabrouka

New to the Tangier hotel scene, Villa Mabrouka, an Arabic name that translates to the ‘House of Luck’. was transformed by the esteemed British designer Jasper Conran. Once the secluded sanctuary of fashion legends Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, the former private residence, a 1940’s estate, has twelve rooms. Originally designed by Jacques Grange, it is a unmatched enticement for fashionistas and followers and mere travelers seeking an intimate Villa property within walking distance of the Tangier medina.

Set high above the Bay of Tangier, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar and the North Atlantic Sea. Petite and private 12 room haven with sweeping views of the sea. Lush gardens with hush-hush niches for reading or snoozing, birdsong, and breezes at no extra charge. Imagine a candlelight dinner in a fetching vine covered stone Gazebo on a cliff with views to die for. The sweet Gazebo, with hand painted interiors, is set above the pool and looking out onto the lawn and gardens, it can accommodate up to 8 people for private dining. Up to 12 people can nosh in the Pavilion D’Été with its open fire and view on to the pool, lawns and garden. Gardens of rare Mediterranean plants were designed by Madison Cox, president of the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation. The gardens were reworked with Jasper Conran and Madison Cox. Famed British designer, Jasper Conran, is the ideal host of this fashion legacy property.

Marrakech Suite was once the primary bedroom of the Villa, a large private terrace provides spectacular views out onto the garden and sea below. Rooms and suites are charmingly named after Moroccan cities. Ouarzazate Cottage is a spacious sea view cottage, located in the gardens, with a bedroom, sitting room and an ensuite bathroom. Adjacent to the cottage is a large terrace, complete with a flowing fountain and surrounded by bougainvillea, banana and fragrant citrus trees.

Perfect location, around the corner and down the hill to the nearby bustling Tangier Kasbah and medina, amble around the corner to yummy dining at famed El Morocco Club. Cozy, intimate seating upstairs or try the buzzy piano bar downstairs. Always say yes to the oysters!

I loved wandering the white halls, the cozy salons, linger and look at the objects selected by Saint Laurent. The reception area and the grounds contain many of the original tiles, now beautifully framed and displayed in the main Villa. Highly Recommend for an elegant sanctuary in Tangier, with pools, roof top bar and a lovely restaurant. A large collection of the furnishings are original, you feel the spirit of Saint Laurent hovering in every corner.