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I love the outdoors, mountain hiking, kayaking and scuba diving. I am a world traveler and continue to travel for most of the year.
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Ahmed is a wonderful host with a beautiful home in Valley Center, California. The home exceeded our expectations and provided the perfect launch pad to many attractions in the Temecula Valley and San Diego area, while allowing for relaxation and connection through the beautiful valley views in the day and stargazing at night. As a host on airbnb myself, I understand the challenges of managing a vacation rental and Ahmed aims to please. You can be assured a great stay and take comfort in your host while staying at this retreat!
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Ahmed was an incredible host!
He responded to our email within the hour, answered every inquiry and was very friendly, humble, & gracious.
On top of that, he gave us some exceptional suggestions as to what we should do around the area.
The house was very clean, spacious, comfy, beautiful and just...amazing! 10/10
The view was speechless, the fireplace (and the wood provided) were awesome, the stars from the hot tub were, (to say the least) stunning, and the beds were very cozy.
We had an incredible time and can't wait to visit Valley Center again!
(One more thing: we asked for a late check out, and Ahmed graciously said yes and moved his schedule around so we could check out 3 hours later!)
Thank you, Ahmed for being the best AirBnB host I have ever experienced.
A great retreat! Wonderful house, spectacular views and a house tailored for the best possible stay. I would recommend this vacation spot to anyone (and my friends and I hope to return sometime!)
Let's start by saying that communication before and during our stay was first class. Ahmed is a kind and considerate host and left the impression that he genuinely wanted us to enjoy our holiday. He replied promptly to all our questions and was quick to put in place any requests we made (a trip to a supermarket on the way from the airport recommended).
We found the house and grounds lovely and the views exactly as pictured in the listing. The Atlas mountains are breathtaking.
We were met at the airport by Samir who was waiting for us despite a delay in passport control. He brought us to the house and ensured that we were orientated before he left. The following morning he arrived, by arrangement, and drove us to local shops. The situation of the house is somewhat isolated; you can't just walk out of the door to a shop or restaurant and visitors need to accept the need for transport arrangements. That said, Samir or his father were very willing to assist and were equally friendly and keen to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. We used their driving/guiding services several times and truly felt hospitality and kindness.
As with previous airbnb stays, we are staying in a home rather than a purpose designed and equipped tourist facility which (for us) presents overall advantage. As indicated above, guests need to be aware that they are in a fairly remote position and bring realistic expectations around that. That said, we liked the house and gardens very much and loved afternoons on the balconies. Lacking transport, you will need to create your own entertainment in the evenings.
Overall, I would recommend the house to you and, as already suggested, found Ahmed to be the most considerate and diligent of hosts.
The home was exactly or better than as it appeared on the listing page. I highly recommend this beautiful place. It was clean and not too far from other San Diego area attractions.
We loved our stay in the village - even when we arrived very late, we were welcomed by Ahmed's brother and wife for tea. The house was exactly as we wanted and expected. It was incredibly lovely to have views of the mountains from the terrace where we spent most of our days during our stay. Before our arrival, Ahmed promptly followed up with queries on a cook and driver, and also recommendations for places to travel within the Marrakech region. Ahmed communicated on days when we were with the driver, which was very helpful as we didn't speak French or Arabic. I would recommend to be very clear on an itinerary - we only had a rough idea of what we wanted but as we needed a car/driver, we found it was challenging to communicate on days when we had not planned in advance. This would be easily overcome if you speak French/Arabic. The break was definitely what I had expected in travelling to a place like Morocco. Thank you to Ahmed and his family for their hospitality.
It was a little tricky getting into the house, but after getting help on the telephone it was no problem making ourselves comfortable. Unfortunately we had probably the only Cold days in the year with rain, and at Our arrival the heat did not work. Michael fixed that during the day of arrival.
The celestial retreat was a great vacation spot for my family over the holidays. When we arrived, we walked into the home and the view was exactly as pictured, beautiful. The layout of the home itself is also great for entertaining and keeping everyone involved (open kitchen/living area). The home is kept spotless inside and out and the property manager was quick to respond to any questions we had. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting a quiet retreat that's close enough to the city but seems like you've traveled to a remote destination.
My family and I had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving weekend at Ahmed's home and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. The photos he shares of his home are spot on. Everything was incredibly tidy and left plenty of room for our family. Thank you, Ahmed- we made many wonderful memories in your beautiful home!
Let me make everything clear, this listing is by far one of the best places that i have ever stayed in. The pictures are dead on. Although when you walk in you will think to your self "wow" pictures just don't speak enough words. We had an amazing time and all of our questions were answered in a timely fashion. This is definitely a place to check out. I know that i'll be back and many others have asked about this place too.
Thank you for opening your house to us and letting us enjoy such a beautiful place.
Many thanks Josh and I look forward to hosting you again.