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Gorgeous Generous and Light-Filled Riad in Top Location

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Last updated: 09/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Essaouira villa description

The sound of tinkling water from the rose petal strewn marble fountain greets visitors as they step across the threshold into this oasis of calm. Situated in a prime location within the Medina, close to shops and restaurants and only a short stroll away from the beach, this self-catering Riad has been lovingly designed to create an attractive and welcoming environment.3 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and a small nursery accommodate up to 6 adults & 1 small child. There are 2 salons,1 with a dining area, and a well equipped kitchen. This is a great base from which to indulge in some of the action packed sports on offer, such as kite surfing, quad-biking and camel riding or to just soak up the sun on the roof terrace, on the beach or in one of the many inviting cafes in the picturesque historic town. From groups of friends to romantic twosomes, every visitor will feel the magic of this beautiful holiday house. Rates include breakfast and maid service.

How to get to Essaouira: Most visitors from the UK fly into Marrakech and do the 2/2.5 hour drive by car or taxi along an easy and straight road. There is also a bus service several times a day. Agadir is 3 hours away by car or taxi along a picturesque coastal road. Direct flights to Essaouira go from Paris and Casablanca.

Dress code for Essaouira: It is perfectly acceptable to wear bikinis, shorts, vest tops, short skirts on the beach and in the little town of Essaouira. Some local women, especially the young, also wear western style clothes and the general ambiance is relaxed and laid back. There are no night clubs so very little need to dress up. The streets are cobbled making high heels impractical. It can get windy and sometimes it cools down quite considerably in the evenings so a jumper/pashmina/denim jacket are useful. Always wear sunscreen! The temperature is generally between 18 and 26 degrees Celsius but can be hotter or cooler on occasion. During the winter months it can be rainy for a day or two.

Alcohol and food: Many restaurants serve alcohol including some pleasant dry Moroccan wine. There are also two off-licences in Essaouira. Delivery to the house can be arranged.
There are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Moroccan fare is usually quite meat based and mostly consists of tagine, a kind of stew. Essaouira restaurants also boast some excellent fresh fish. There are pizza and pasta restaurants too, organic restaurants, vegetarian restaurants, beach restaurants, street stalls and some trendy bars with bar snacks too.

Dinner or lunch can also be arranged at minimal cost with our housekeeper.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • Villa
  • 160 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Included In Price
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Concierge
      • Daily Maid Service
      • Massage
      • Private Chef
      • Staff


      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Low Allergen Environment
      • Children Welcome:

        There is a small (1,40m) extra bed in a very small room adjoining the master suite...moreless

      • Pets Not Allowed
      • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
      • Wheelchair Inaccessible

      Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

      • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


      • Bedroom 2: 1 double


      • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


      • Bedroom 4: 1 child bed


      • Two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and a small dressing room/nursery sleep up to 6 adults plus 1 small child. All bedrooms have Egyptian cotton bed clothes and all have an en suite bath or shower room with loo. As is the norm in many hot countries, most of the bedrooms have no windows to the exterior of the house to keep them cool and comfortable during the hot summers. They do however all have windows into the central light well. Our lovely local housekeeper comes in daily to make a delicious fresh breakfast and clean and tidy the house....moreless

      Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

      • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


      • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


      • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


      • Bathroom 4: toilet


      • Bathroom 5: toilet


      • Bathroom 6: outdoor shower


      • There is one bath/shower room and two shower rooms, all en suite, all with hot and cold water, mirrors, shaving facilities, hairdryer and fluffy towels. There are two further cloak rooms and a copper outdoor shower on the lower roof terrace to cool off under....moreless

      Other Amenities

          • The house is spread over 3 floors plus a further leading to the top roof terrace, it is therefore not suitable for anyone, young or elderly, unsteady on their legs. Electric radiators and warm snuggle blankets are supplied for every bedroom and for the main salon for those rare occasions when it can get a bit chilly at night. Floors are tiled throughout. There are two eating areas, one with a hatch to the kitchen and within the main salon, the other out on the terrace. Tea, coffee or drinks can be taken in either of the two salons or outside. Apart from the kitchen, there is also a small kitchenette/tea kitchen on the ground floor and the house boasts three fridges to ensure cold drinks at any time, upstairs or downstairs. Smoking is not permitted inside the house but there is ample space on the roof terraces. The open central well of the house (covered in winter) allows for fresh air and day light to circulate. Lunch or dinner can be arranged independently with the housekeeper....moreless


          • Books:

            Many books for guests to borrow/exchange...moreless

          • Books For Adults
          • CD Player
          • Radio
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Stereo:

            ipod dock...moreless

          • Television


          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions


          • Bay/Sound
          • Churches
          • Coin Laundry
          • Forests
          • Museums
          • Playground
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Synagogues
          • Waterfalls

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Babysitter
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat
          • Massage Therapist
          • Medical Services

          Leisure Activities

          • Beachcombing
          • Horseback Riding
          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking

          Location Type

              • Near The Ocean

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining
              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 7 people


              • Activities Guide
              • Air Conditioning:

                Unnecessary as due to the lay-out and building the house is cool in summer....moreless

              • Basic Soaps
              • Bottled Water
              • Clothes Dryer:

                Washing line on roof terrace....moreless

              • Fireplace:

                Decorative only. Lit by canles...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Large effective Electric heaters in every room...moreless

              • Internet:

                Unsecured WiFi or WiFi by dongle which is available against deposit...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Laundry Soap
              • Linens Provided:

                Egyptian cotton. Plenty of warm blankets when required. Robes....moreless

              • Living Room:

                TV, Satellite, DvD player, ipod dock, books, board games, two sofas, two arm chairs....moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking:

                Outside the city walls, 4 minutes walk away at MAD30 (approx £2) per night. Baggage transport by cart....moreless

              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided:

                Fluffy good quality towels. Hand towels and bath sheets. Beach towels provided....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                For use by the housekeeper only. However, she will do your washing for you for a small fee....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Unsecured WiFi or WiFi by dongle which is available against deposit...moreless


              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Coffee Maker:

                Coffee Machine and Nespresso Machine...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Grill
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove


              • Beach Towels
              • Bicycles:

                Can be hired locally...moreless

              • Boat:

                Fishing and boating trips can be organised...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Two roof terraces, one with table and chairs, the other with six sun loungers....moreless

              • Golf:

                Local Mogador golf course, designed by Jack Player...moreless

              • Terrace

              House Cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Included

                  Property Descriptor

                      • Terraced


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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Low Season Rate
                      Sep 16 - Dec 17, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      Christmas/NY Rate
                      Dec 18 - Jan 5, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Low Season Rate
                      Jan 6 - Mar 31, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Easter Holiday Rate
                      Apr 1 - Apr 20, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      Low Season Rate
                      Apr 21 - May 22, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Summer Rate
                      May 23 - Sep 1, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Low Season Rate
                      Sep 2 - Dec 18, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Christmas/NY Rate
                      Dec 19 - Jan 5, 2016
                      7 night min stay


                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit £100
                      • No additional mandatory fees
                      • Taxes Not included


                      Rates are inclusive of breakfast and daily maid service. Occasionally discounts are available of.

                      10% discount on bookings longer than 2 weeks. Special discounts for long term rentals.

                      £100 security deposit cheque on arrival, returned within 10 days of departure.

                      Please note that at Easter, during the Gnaoua Festival, in August and over Christmas and New Year the property is let for a week or more

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                      Last updated: 09/29/2014
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                      175 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      15 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      50 Metres
                      Nearest Beach

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      Just over two hours car or taxi drive from Marrakech on the Atlantic coast and 180 km north of Agadir, Essaouira is blessed with a gloriously long and golden beach which boasts excellent action sporting facilities, lovely cafes and a perfect laid-back ambiance. Its pretty entirely blue and white Medina, protected by ancient city walls and a historic fort, has an interesting souk to stroll around in, shops selling local crafts, jewellery, pottery, carpets, iron work, books, paintings and all manner of gorgeous interior design items as well as wonderful restaurants from where to enjoy many happy hours watching the African sun set over the sea.

                      Other Activities: kite surfing, camel riding, quad-biking, cooking, hammam, thalasso spa, beach volleyball


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2004

                      About the owner: Globetrotting owners Paul and Kia live in London. Paul is a doctor and Kia a property manager. They fell in love with Essaouira eight years ago and bought this house as a home from home for their family to enjoy.

                      Why the Owner Chose Essaouira:
                      This property is in one of the nicest parts within the old medina of Essaouira. Only five minutes from the beach and very close to shops and restaurants, it is nonetheless a private, quiet and peaceful haven. The lay-out is very generous and the house has been furnished with great attention to detail to provide comfort to the visitor. A cool oasis when the African sun beats down it can also provide heating and warmth on chillier seaside days.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
                      Our house is comfortable and stylish, well located and it boasts the best housekeeper and cook in all of Essaouira who delights in spoiling our guests. Robes, hair dryers, beach towels, Egyptian cotton sheets, a Nespresso machine and other small but essential details are provided to make your stay that little bit more memorable. Our staff are also excellent at helping you organise transport, excursions and activities.

                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english, french, german

                      Guestbook comments from the owner

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                      • Blue Salon

                        Blue Salon

                      • Dining Area

                        Dining Area

                      • Reception Area

                        Reception Area

                      • Terrace Table

                        Terrace Table

                      • Master Bathroom

                        Master Bathroom

                      • Twin Room

                        Twin Room

                      • Sun Terrace

                        Sun Terrace

                      • Landing outside bedrooms

                        Landing outside bedrooms

                      • Terrace View

                        Terrace View

                      • Kite Surfing

                        Kite Surfing

                      • The blue sky of Essaouira

                        The blue sky of Essaouira

                      • Blue Salon

                        Blue Salon

                      • Entrance


                      • Breakfast on the terrace

                        Breakfast on the terrace

                      • Master Bedroom

                        Master Bedroom

                      • Bedroom 2

                        Bedroom 2

                      • Roof terrace

                        Roof terrace

                      • Looking up to the roof terrace

                        Looking up to the roof terrace

                      • Exterior


                      • Detail


                      • Essaouira


                      £80 - £100 per night (GBP)

                      4 Bedroom / 3.5+ Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

                      View calendar: Updated 09/29/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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                      Member since: 2008
                      Speaks: english, french, german
                      • Calendar last updated 09/29/2014
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