This was our first experience of an Ecolodge and a wonderful suprise it was!
It is beautifully designed within a woodland off a non - tarmac road. We arranged collection from Marrakech airport via Dominique and Leah. This was definitely worth it. We had a great driver and a 4x4 and it took about 2.5 hrs to get from Marrakech to Essaouira. 800 Dirhams each way so worth it.
The ecolodge itself is about a 20 min drive from the main town of Essaouira off the main road. It is a dirt road and not all taxis will drive on this. So best to make transport arrangements eg taxi collections via the riad team.
The lodge has a lot of spaces to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding area. No TV or tel in our cottage. Not a bad thing. There is Wifi though. The cottage had a fire place and it was great having a warm fire place in the evening.
Food was superb. Wonderful b/fast. There is a lunch menu and dinner has to be booked in advance. Dinner is a set menu on the day but delicious and very reasonable. We ate out at a few fantastic restaurants in Essaouira town after advice from the team. The town itself is ok. Not as frenetic as Marrakech with a Medina. Shame to see all the plastic litter on the beach spoiling the local environment.
Dominique is a very interesting woman and spent time telling us how she set this rather remarkable riad and all about the local area and traditions. She has cleverly incoroporated local fabric and materials in the design of everything and food is traditional fare.
Leah arranged horse riding on the dunes and beach of Essaouira. What an amazing experience.
A special mention about Rashid. He is just amazing and cannot do enough. What a genuinely nice gentleman and he and the remaining staff always have a warm smile.
Rashid you are a great guy and we appreciate all your efficiency and genuineness. Thank you to all the other staff too including the super chef.
Dominique and Leah thank you for all the arrangements and looking after us so well. Dominique you are inspiring.
Definitely recommend this place for couples and families. For a non-hotel, unique and thoroughly relaxing experience this is the place to be. There is even a hammam and massage if you need it!
Carlos, Jonathan and Zita
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Riad Baoussala Essaouira
- Riad Baoussala Hotel Essaouira