Essaouira is located on Morocco’s Atlantic Coast and offers a wide range of places to stay outside its charming medina. In the Essaouira countryside, just 15 minutes from the city center are several charming, boutique and luxury garden hotels that offer a calm respite for travelers who are looking for an Essaouira vacation. The medina is easily accessible for travelers who stay at boutique and luxury hotels in the rural region of Essaouira. Essaouira’s medina can be reached by private driver, “petit taxi” or by walking along the seafront promenade. Essaouira offers both adult and family activities such as horse back riding, cooking classes, biking, camel trekking by the sea, medina historical tours and golfing. Essaouira is also the perfect coastal town to visit on a Moroccan holiday and a great way to end a private Morocco Tour.
Top Boutique and Luxury Garden Hotels of Essaouira are:
Dar Caravane, A New Boutique Garden Hotel in Essaouira
Didier Spindler recently reopened Les Mimosas, now called Dar Caravane and named after his restaurant in the Essaouira medina. Dar Caravane is a boutique garden property located just 10 minutes drive from Essaouira on the road to Agadir. Restored with its original colors, refurbished souiri furniture and his own colorful paintings, Spindler offers guests a charmed stay at this garden hotel with terraces. Dar Caravane has a view of the sea, and serves up poolside lunches, art exhibitions and evening entertainment.
Dar Caravane has a total of 5 luxury suites and is divided into three Villas. Villa Bleue, Villa Rouge and a cottage, together make up the well-decorated suites called Bagatelle, Majorelle, Les Saintes, Marie Galante and Désirade. For family stays, Dar Caravane can also be rented out in its entirety.
Le Jardins Des Douars
Nestled in the hills of Essaouira, Le Jardins Des Douars is a magnificent sprawling luxury, boutique garden hotel that offers the perfect setting for honeymooners in winter and families in spring and summer. Sheltered from the high winds in by the Ksob Oued (river), Le Jardins is ideal for nature lovers and those looking for a private, luxury stay in Essaouira.
Le Jardins Des Douars has a large garden where travelers can enjoy the various flora and fauna of the region, take long walks or relax within the nooks and crannies of the Douar. This luxury Essaouira garden hotel offers a traditional Hammam, massages, and a hearth fireplace where guests can enjoy French influenced, Moroccan cuisine.
Les Jardins de Villa Maroc
Les Jardins de Villa Maroc is countryside boutique, garden hotel created by the owners of Villa Maroc. Fully landscaped with olive and argan trees, Les Jardins is charming with its local architecture, a Mediterranean garden and a private pool. All rooms overlook the garden or terrace. Decorated with contemporary and traditional Moroccan décor Les Jardins de Villa Maroc offers a calm retreat from the lively Essaouira medina. Their restaurant serves traditional local cuisine and offers breakfast with homemade Moroccan specialties such as Moroccan flatbreads and pancakes. This full service boutique hotel in Essaouira also offers cooking classes, and a Hammam/ Spa.
Ryad de Vignes & Les Domaines du Val d’Argan
Ryad de Vignes is one a lush boutique garden hotel in the region of Essaouira set amidst a vineyard. Guests are privy to its enormous estate given Ryad de Vignes is well appointed in the heart of the Les Domaines du Val d’Argan vineyard. Les Domaines du Val d’Argan is the only winery in the region and was founded by a Frenchman over 17 years ago. Val d’Argan serves the region of Essaouira and Marrakech along with other Moroccan cities with their varied white and red wines made from its 35 hectare vineyard which produces over 100,000 bottles a year.
With stunning views of the countryside, the Ryad de Vignes, boutique hotel has a flowered garden and 5 spacious rooms set around a large swimming pool. Each room is uniquely decorated with different and has its own personality. Ryad de Vignes has a panoramic restaurant and shaded terrace serving traditional Moroccan cuisine prepared with organic produce grown on the estate, as well as wine from the estate. Ryad de Vignes ” Le Val d’Argan ” offers many activities, such as visits of the estate, horse-riding and massages with argan oil.