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VILLA JOSEPHINE

James Andrew at Villa Josephine, Tangier. Click to enlarge.

Scott McBee and I were beyond thrilled to end our stay in Tangier at the incomparable Villa Josephine.

Simply put, Villa Josephine is perfection – an exceedingly rare place where dreams and actuality coalesce.

Poolside at Villa Josephine

It is not surprising that the villa has been coveted by a series of notable figures. The most famous of which was the British Walter Burton Harris (1866-1933). Times correspondent and author, his tumultuous life of adventure inspired the legend of Indiana Jones. The villa was also owned by the Duke of Tovar, a Spanish grandee, who after having led a lavish lifestyle, lost his money in circumstances that still remain somewhat of a mystery. In another incarnation, the villa was the summer residence of Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech!

The bar at Villa Josephine.

Villa Josephine is now in the brilliant hands of Jean-Marie Fisse, who just gets everything right. The beds are clad in embroidered linen sheets, and heaped with cloud-like down pillows and comforters. The terrace tables are crisply set with Porthault table linens, and delicious cuisine is splendidly served. It’s a sort of English aristocrat’s retreat in Tangier, but with high French refinement. It is in fact the only place I would suggest one stay in Tangier, and is situated well for excursions into the rest of the city (if one can tear oneself from the Josephine grounds!).

Chambre 6 at Villa Josephine.

The Villa Josephine dining room.

Porthault table linens – VIlla Josephine.

There are the most spectacular views from Villa Josephine of the Strait of Gibraltar – French Riviera with an African twist – it’s all magic and beauty.

From chambre 6 at Villa Josephine.

McBee and I plan to return to Tangier at the end of this August – it probably goes without saying that several days at Villa Josephine will be in order.

For our farewell dinner in Tangier at Villa Josephine (top) I’m sporting a Tom Ford floral dinner jacket, black linen pants, blue silk brocade slippers, a Moroccan style shirt by Gucci, Cartier Tank Divan Watch, Charvet black silk pocket square, and my fragrance is Tom Ford Madarino di Amalfi.

James Andrew – dressed for a farewell lunch at Villa Josephine.

(Above) Dressed for our final day in Tangier and our farewell luncheon with a collection of fabulous friends at Villa Josephine, I’m wearing a Tom Ford blue and ivory silk glen plaid jacket, de Valsco Tangier pale blue linen Moroccan style shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren ivory and blue linen pin stripe pants, Gucci leopard espadrilles, Charvet silk retro print pocket square, Cartier Tank Divan watch and my fragrance is Madini Tangier gardenia.

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