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Villa de l’Ô, Essaouira
Why we like it
- A boutique hotel a few metres away from the coastline
- 12 individually designed rooms and suites some with ocean views
- Spa complete with a traditional Hamman offering Oriental style aromatherapy treatments
- Elegant, stylish and a friendly atmosphere
- The main restaurant offers only breakfast but the staff will recommend excellent local restaurants for evening meals that are close by
- Hire bicycles to explore the local area
- Perfect place to stay for couples and families looking for a tranquil and luxurious stay
Breakfast on the roof terrace is a superb way to start the day, enjoy freshly baked pastries and magnificent views of the ocean, souk and ramparts.
It’s been a pleasure working with Ailine on the past two trips (Morocco and Iceland). Her efficiency, attention to detail and prompt action have been hugely valuable and ultimately led to the delivery of two hugely successful trips which our clients have been beyond impressed by.
- GB, London
Villa de L'O has an excellent location in the heart of the Medina allowing guests to be able to explore the delights of Essaouria at their leisure. A privately owned 18th century riad oozing charm and beauty, the owners are sisters Caroline and Celine. The rooms and suites are opulent with all modern conveniences and full of charcter and warmth. Throughout the whole riad there is superb attention to detail having been furnished in an elegant yet eclectic style. The roof terrace is the perfect place to relax complete with comfortable sun loungers and a Jacuzzi as well as being able to enjoy breakfast here. Inside there are two lounges with rich velvety fabrics reminiscent of the French colonial era one with a beautiful fireplace perfect for cooler evenings. The impressive décor throughout is an incredible mixture of carved wooden doors, columns and quirky contemporary pieces.
Best time to be there
Morocco is warm and sunny year round. The best time to visit is mid-February to June and September to December. Coastal Morocco is cooled by sea breezes. The peaks of the Atlas Mountains are snow-capped for most of the year.
Marrakech (BA, Royal Air Maroc, Easyjet); Agadir (Easyjet); Casablanca (Royal Air Maroc and Air Arabia); Tangiers (Royal Air Maroc & Air Arabia); Essaouira (Easyjet); Fes (Ryanair)
3 hrs 15 mins - 4 hrs 20 mins
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
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