We chose Riad Baoussala on the basis of the positive reviews it has received in the past, and we weren't let down. The Riad is charming and beautiful. Our room, Oasis, was elegantly decorated and comfortable - and large enough that it easily accommodated three adults. The breakfast was among the best we had on the trip. Likewise the evening meals served in the beautiful courtyard of Baoussala were also good - excellent and inventive food in beautiful surroundings.
We only spent a couple of days at Baoussala because, like many visitors to the area, we were passing through Essaouira as part of a longer trip. However, we felt that you could easily spend quite a few days there, relaxing by their pool or visiting the beach. We hadn't hired a car but, if I were to return for more than a couple of days, I would definitely consider it as it would give you the freedom to pop into the town or drive down to the beach. That said, we managed fine with taxis and, once we had arrived at Baoussala, we saw no reason to leave until it was time to move on.
Dominique and Leah are, as others have said, excellent hosts, and all of the staff at the Riad seemed committed to ensuring the guests had a pleasant and relaxing stay. This included looking after an unwell member of our party and washing the fairly horrendous clothes we had worn on the night train from Tangier. It is this warm welcome and friendly approach that really distinguishes Baoussala, even in a country where warm hospitality is prevalent.
If you want to be in the centre of Essaouria, this wouldn't be the place for you as it is quite a way out of town down an unsealed road. However, this is easily overcome by dividing your time between Baoussala and a place in the town. We took this approach and found it a perfect way to combine a relaxing break in the tranquility of Baoussala with a couple of days exploring Essaouira. Highly recommended.
- 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