Apart from Dar Beida being a total delight to stay in with its mix or stunning authentic Moroccan architecture and the owner's flawless eclectic taste for 60's furniture and generally lovely things. Amina who is the best cook in all of Morocco who exclusively brings dinner to the house made it difficult to step outside for food. All of Emma's suggested activities were fantastic giving a mix of luxury and real insight to the Moroccan way of life. I could not recommend a trip here highly enough - I've already booked my return.
Dar Beida is a beautifully designed and decorated home, with recognition and press well-deserved. We enjoyed a lot of time on the terrace during the day and by the fireplace at night, super cozy. Internet was also fast and reliable, which was important for us as we were working during our stay.
The home is conveniently tucked away down a side street off of the main market road. Just outside the door are a couple of small shops for water, snacks, and other essentials too. It's a nice area filled with locals, and great way to get to know the town.
Graham and Emma were excellent hosts, incredibly responsive and full of great recommendations. Highly recommend staying here! Oh, and have dinner prepared by Amina, it's excellent.
A beautiful house set right in the Medina so excellently placed for restaurants, shops, local sites and just 10 min from the beach. So right in the heart of the town but couldn't feel safer. The owner is a fantastic and discrete host, always on hand to book trips, help you get to and from the airport and generally make the most of your visit but never intrusive. I have recommended to all my friends. Five stars
An unforgettable experience, Dar Beida is the most amazing, comfortable and 'cool' house in a great location, easy to walk to the numerous restaurants, beach and the souk! Emma couldn't have been more helpful, she organised a great welcome for us, a tour around the Medina to get our bearings and Mohamad showed us where to find the Hamman/Spa, cafes (for breakfast) and all other useful locations. Taxis organised to and from Marrakech, nothing was too much trouble.
An absolute must is the Bedouin Experience day with Mohamad, he is most charming and delightful and a great cook. The beach is breathtakingly beautiful and a walk to the waterfalls via the sand dunes made the most perfect day.
It is also well worth the visit to the Berber Souk, you will not experience anything quite like this!
You will not be disappointed.
Essaouira has been a favorite town for me - and having spent some 9 months there and made half a dozen visits over 25 years, I was even more delighted to stay at Dar Beida this time. Emma, the owner, was extremely responsive, knowledgeable and helpful from the start. The house is a dream - fabulous furniture and interior decor, well-laid out, comfortable, and best of all, retains much of traditional Moroccan architecture. Friends describe their visits and stay in the house as "magical, and relaxing. The CD, book, and magazine collections alone will keep you enthralled - and the terraces pure gems. But a few steps away are the lively markets, the real life of local people, while the town's central attractions are within five minutes away. We lvoed it - it's unforgettable.
Beautiful & tranquil space inside the heart of the medina. Emma could not have been more helpful, she was always available, set up wonderful day trips, showed us around the medina and gave us excellent tips. This made a huge difference to our time in Essaouira.
Totally brilliant and couldn't recommend Dar Beida/ Emma more.
From the first contact, Emma could not have been more helpful. She recommended a few trips and experiences and booked my selctions in advance for me. They were all excellent - hammam, cookery course, trip to Jardin des douars.
Emma collected me from the airport, took me to the house, and walked me round the medina - highlighting the places to go.
The house is beautiful, and I took up the option to have dinner cooked and bought in by Amina, the housekeeper - it was glorious.
It was a thoroughly relaxing week. I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone wanting to experience the Moroccan way of life.