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Riad Baoussala
Ranked #4 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 October 2012

Absolutely loved this Riad!! Fantastic, attentive staff made us feel really at home, perfect way to relax after the craziness of Marrakech. Lovely room, relaxing atmosphere and great pool. Also highly recommend the food.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 September 2012

We spent a pleasant few days here, but I had very high expectations after reading all of the 5 star reviews, and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to them.

On the plus side, the riad is attractively decorated and the food is good. The pool area and courtyard where breakfast and dinner are served are very nice, although I didn't like the style of the bedrooms quite as much (although they are large). The owners were very friendly and helpful indeed, and made every effort to help us enjoy our stay. The vibe is distinctly bohemian, which although not really my style, was relaxing and enjoyable on holiday. The riad is located quite a way from Essaouira, down a very bumpy track.

It's hard to put my finger on why I'm only awarding 3 stars. To explain, I think that if you were in Morocco anyway and were spending a few days in Essaouira, this would be a perfectly nice place to stay. However, I don't think it's so amazing that it's worth doing what we did on the basis of all of the rave reviews, and travelling all the way from the UK specifically to come here.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Becky1234
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

Certainly off the beaten track but only about 20 minutes by car from the Medina and beaches of Essaouira, this Riad is a place to unwind. Dominique and Leah go out of their way to answer all your queries about the area and to ensure that all your needs are met. It feels much more like staying in a home than in a hotel. The grounds are well laid out with lots of little private areas where you can sit and read, chat, relax.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Thank margam011
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

First, i want to make clear that Baoussala is not on the sea or walking distance to the medina. However, for us, that was perfect. After doing the big tour, Marrakech, Fez, Tangier, etc., we were a little tired. The riad is out of the way, set in what was/is some type of orchard. One afternoon we hung out all day at the pool and had a wonderful lunch cooked for us, and the breakfasts were great. Leah and Dominique were great hosts and i would easliy stay here again. Very relaxing, a great way to end a trip

Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Kurt S
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Our stay in Baoussala was wonderful and the most relaxing holiday we have ever taken, it was great to be staying off the beaten track, it's several miles outside Essaouira and the final leg really is down a long dusty track! We arrived very late in the evening and the view of the stars and milky way was a great way to start the holiday, I ended every evening by sitting on the roof terrace star gazing, fantastic!

All the staff are friendly and helpful and always go the extra mile, a couple of examples:

1) We are vegetarian and the chief had never had to cater for that for a two week period, they brought several books and we eat a different meal on each occasion all delicious, this beats all the holidays we've taken so far and the food was far superior than eating in Essaouira.
2) We hired a car for a couple of days but unfortunately got two punctures after a few miles, we were picked up by Léah and she arranged for us to be taken to where we wanted to go as well for the car to be fixed and dropped off. She went even further and suggested a guide for all the places we wanted to visit, we took up the offer and she even got us a full refund on the hire car!

If you want to get away from it all and experience a different culture we recommend Baoussala unconditionally, lazing by the pool is relaxing, a taxi into Essaouira is quick and cheap and a wonderful place to visit, the guided tour of a berber village and traditional production of argen oil was unforgettable, the beaches are long and quite. If you are thinking of going to Morocco or specifically Essaouira then Baoussala is the place to stay, we will return again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank dlewis42
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We stayed in the Marabout suite at Baoussala for 10 nights with our two daughters as part of a first trip to Morocco. Having had a very busy year we wanted to to relax in lovely surroundings and that's exactly what we managed to achieve here!
The riad is small enough to ensure that you feel comfortable with the staff and other guests but there are so many places to relax that you can always find a quiet spot aswell. The entire place has a stylish boho vibe with a warm smile to greet you wherever you go. Dominique and Leah go out of their way to help organise any trips and were great at coordinating taxis (or providing lifts) when we wanted to go out and about. They make sure each day that you're all happy and have everything you need. Their recommendation to go camel riding in countryside nearby was greatly enjoyed as was the lunch we had at the Camel House ("Maison du Chameaux?).
We loved our accommodation which was really characterful but also spacious and very comfortable. The girls relished their round, domed room (we eventually managed to persuade them to swap for one night!) and the huge spa-like bathroom was a delight to use - masses of fluffy towels and lovely toiletries all helped! For our family, having the luxury of our own self-contained cottage right by the pool was perfect.
The pool itself is as gorgeous as it looks in the pictures. Photo opportunities abound all around Baoussala. The sunloungers are the most comfortable we've ever come across. It is very easy to spend a whole day just chilling around the pool, having a freshly cooked lunch there, dozing while the children splash with any other children staying. Our girls were able to play and swim happily, roam around, feed the donkeys, harrass the tortoises and all of this with smiles and greetings from the lovely staff wherever they went.
The whole family had a hammam (beautifully stylish little building, of course) and this was an invigorating(!) and thoroughly enjoyable experience for us all. Great for family bonding!
We felt that we ate really well but also healthily during our stay as all the food is so deliciously fresh, carefully and thoughtfully prepared. Our girls are not big meat eaters but Rachid still managed to provide them with lovely suppers and was very flexible in letting them opt in and out of the fixed menu each evening.. There is a great "can do" attitude here form all concerned which takes away so much of the stress one can experience when holidaying as a family. We are all really missing our wonderful breakfasts and dinner under the stars in the courtyard. I think I should stop writing now as it's making me feel sad not to be there! Thankyou so much to you all for our lovely stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Sussexfive
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

Our family of four stayed at Baoussala for 3 nights and we wished we had booked for longer. Dominique and Leah are welcoming and charismatic hosts and were tireless in their efforts to make everyone's stay perfect. It is a relaxing and lovely place to be. The buildings are beautiful and the pool is fabulous. The food was imaginative and well cooked. We loved it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Douar El Ghazoua, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: £76 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Baoussala 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Baoussala is a lovely house situated in the nature, 9 kilometers south of Essaouira, and near by the wild beaches of Sidi Kaouki. This charming hotel is composed of 3 rooms and 3 suites, all differents, comfortables and stylish, they offer a quiet and peacefull atmosphere.From the gardens to the roof terraces, the pool to the Hammam, with your family of just as a couple, the Riad Baoussala is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a stay near Essaouira.The pool is now heated at 28° all year arround thanks to an ecologique system. We offer a free access to the Hammam and we propose scrubs and massages upon request.Dominique, Leah and their team welcome you in this uncommom place where modernity and tradition are mixed for your pleasure! ... more   less 
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