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“Perfect for stargazing” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Daba
Ranked #22 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Perfect for stargazing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

Villa Daba is perfect place if you're seeking the getaway from busy streets and tourist crowds. It's location guarantees you the peace and quiet - the only people you'll meet is the lovely hotel staff and the few guests. Only sound is wind in the trees and far-away donkey. Every room on the second floor has spacious balcony with the nightview to the most amazing starry sky.
The dinner was bit expensive (compared to the local prices) and tajine bit small but the cheesecake compensated it. The wifi wasn't available in our room and phone reception is quite hectic - just perfect to plug-out for the weekend.
If you live in Morocco Didier and Bernadette will give you automaticly 10% discount - just book directly with them.

Room Tip: Rooms in the second room have beautiful terrace. But wifi doesn't reach there.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

Let me first say you do not need to have a hire car to stay here as it's an 80 dirham taxi ride to Essaouira(9 Kms away) and it's the turn off by The Tagine Cafe on the main road and a few Kms down a bumpy track. Didier drives into town everyday and he is happy to give you a lift but there is a local shop that you can buy essentials from just down the track.
Didier and Bernadette are the perfect hosts and the Villa is gorgeous with a lovely warm pool. They have 26 years culinary experience each and they cooked for us every night, 3 courses for 18 euros and they have a large wine list. We had Thresher Shark, Hake, Salmon, Shrimps and Turbot, as well as amazing tarts,ice creams and pastries.
We chilled out for 5 days, sunbathing, swimming and reading but there are lots of other activities. If you want to be more energetic Didier can organise 4WD trips, Horse Riding, Golf etc all you need to do is ask.
It was a real pleasure staying with them and we will be back, we stayed in The Atlas Spa for 4 days before we stayed at Villa Daba and Didier and Bernadette beat The Atlas hands down.
Stay with them and you will not be disappointed, I promise you

Regards

Ashley and Sarah

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

myself my partner and our three teenagers spent a week here in july, the villa was beautifully decorated, everything was really tasteful, the setting is lovely, the pool was great and its really peaceful. Bernadette and Didier were completely delightful and Didier is full of local knowledge, his recommendations for restaurants in Essasouria and in surrounding villages were spot on. The hosts cook what looked like fantastic evening meals but we couldn't afford them as there were 5 of us, if it had just been me and my partner we would have partook! Theeir staff are lovely too, really polite and caring.
You will need a car if staying here as its about 6k from the centre of Essasouria which must be visted as really charming place with wonderful souks and lovely people

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

I find it difficult to write this review as, it would be great to keep Villa Daba a secret place to ourselves! We met a wonderful group of people at Villa Daba and spent great two night sitting around a great big table eating fantastic food, drinking wonderful wine and the management were so friendly to us and our children. The pool is just lovely also and perfect for families with children - the management were not precious about the hotel at all, so as long as the children were reasonably well behaved - then they had the run of the Villa until late into the evening. Our children ( 9 & 10) met two others of the same age and they build 'card houses' and 'cities from bolded sweets' on the porch floor until past midnight. We will definitely return to Villa Daba some day.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

Over a 10 day period we travelled a lot through Morocco and spent 3 nights at the Villa Daba. Didier & Bernadette where fantastic hosts & their staff were very helpful. The rooms where great & the out door space fantastic each room with its own private outdoor area. The garden & pool were lovely, food excellent at breakfast & evening meal. We really enjoyed our stay here it was a perfect tranquil place to spend a few days with our children.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sarasota, Florida
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30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Didier David and his wife, Bernadette couldn't be nicer. Didier is a French chef, whose specialty is fish. WOW! We've eaten at any number of Michelin 3 star restaurants mulitple times from Renne Lasserre, LeDoyen, Le Tour D'Argent in Paris, Paul Bocuse outside of Lyon to the Hotel de Ville in Crissier (Freddie Girardet's fabulous restaurant). Didier can cook. it won't qualify as a Michelin Star restaurant but WOW!

Room Tip: downstairs has better internet (we had no access from our room) but the balcony has better views and...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Copenhagen, Denmark
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

This place is amazing. Very recommended if you just need to completely relax in amazing and very familiar surroundings. I still thinks about those great dinners we all had together. Thanks for hosting us,

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villa Daba
Address: BP 164 Douar El Ghazoua | km8 route d'Agadir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #22 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Daba 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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