The riad is charming and tastefully decorate with comfortable rooms and beds.

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Essaouira , Morocco

Villa de l'O

  • Roof terrace with the best views of Essaouira beach
  • A luxurious spa offering traditional Hammam
  • Housed in an 18th century building with lovely quirky design touches

Facilities include

WIFI Traditional hammam Safe Bar (open 12-10 pm)

Activities include

  • Golf
  • Shopping
  • Watersports
  • Camel Riding
  • Quad Biking
  • Horse Riding
  • Cooking Lessons
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About Villa de l'O

An impeccably manicured small hotel at the heart of Morocco’s funkiest coastal town and stunning roof-terrace views Villa de L'O is hidden behind the medina walls, right by the sea. This one time almond storage depot is minutes from everything that lovely old Essaouira has to offer: idyllic white and pink-washed houses, rolling dunes, a harbour, fish stalls and souks. Yet despite its central location it is blissfully tranquil.

Housed in an 18th century building beside the ramparts of the Kasbah, this 12-room riad has been converted into an idiosyncratic boutique hotel by two French sisters who clearly share a keen sense of fun and a sharp artistic eye. The communal spaces are tastefully decorated with sepia photos of the harbour, but the quirky bedrooms are the pièce de résistance. Ask for the Opium Room, with its sunken bath and marvellous beachside views.

The moment those huge bolted doors swing open to reveal an elegantly furnished 18th-century colonnaded patio and a cageful of chirruping birds, you know you've arrived at a rare place. Behind a grand sweep of curtain lies a delectable French salon; through intricately carved doors, a dining room with an intimate air. Follow tiered inner balconies up to spoilingly comfortable, hugely handsome bedrooms and you’ll wish you'd booked for longer. The crowning glory is the shaded roof terrace, with views over ramparts, souks and kite surfers on the beach: a great spot for breakfast (don't miss the chocolate pastries), an afternoon nap on the loungers, or a cocktail at sunset.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Essaouira is at once familiar and exotic with its fortified walls, fishing harbour and seagulls soaring and screaming over the town. At first it seems as though this could be a town in Brittany, France – not such a strange thought given that Essaouira was designed by the same Frenchman who designed Brittany’s most famous port town, Saint-Malo. And yet once you enter the walls, it is also infinitely Moroccan: narrow alleyways, the famous wind, the smells of fish guts and damp sea air mixed with the aroma of spices.

How to get there

We will help assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
There are no direct flights to Essaouira from the UK, so the best way of getting there is to fly direct to Marrakech
Royal Air Maroc flies to Marrakech from Heathrow
EasyJet flies there from Manchester and Gatwick
BMI flies from Heathrow

BY CAR:
Most hotels will arrange transfers to Essaouira for around ¤100 each way

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Essaouira is busy during the World Music Festival in June, when daytime temperatures reach about 30°C. It is better to explore the town in the autumn, when it is less crowded and not quite so hot.

Important Information

One older child or adult is charged EUR 60 per person per night in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 2.

Visa and mastercard accepted

Check in: 3.00pm - 12.00 am
Check out: 9.00am - 12.00pm

Children

Travelling with children

All children are welcome.
One child under 2 years stays free of charge when using existing beds or a cot.
One older child or adult is charged EUR 60 per person per night in an extra bed.
The maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 1.

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