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Le Jardin des Douars
Ranked #6 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
England, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A little bit of paradise”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We enjoyed our stay over New Year and would gladly return!
This place is in the hills, a 15-20 minute drive from Essaouira. There's not much within walking distance and we did wonder if we would feel isolated. We like to get out and about and particularly like to try different food in the evening. So this was a bit of a departure for us.
The grounds are beautiful. There are two swimming pools, one heated which is advertised as a quiet, adult only pool. There were children using it when we were there but it was December and I imagine the other pool was very cold. There were plenty of sun beds and space for everyone without it feeling crowded. Staff visited mid morning to take drinks orders.
We stayed in Luxe room number 20, in a separate building, near the heated pool and the spa. It was beautifully furnished with a huge bed and bathroom and a lovely sunken bath. There was a covered seating area at the front and a little patio at the back with a table and chairs and a sun lounger. It was lovely and quiet.
The food at this place was fantastic, some of the best we have ever had in a hotel. The kitchen is open at the front of the house and we were encouraged to go in at any time. Breakfast was the usual fruit salad, yogurts, breads and a choice of egg dishes. Ahmed was very helpful and predicted our omelette order after a couple of days. We don't speak french but learnt a few words and managed fine. Lunch choices were different every day and appeared on a blackboard on the terrace outside the house where it was served. We tried hard not to eat too much but the choices were too tempting!
The special evening menu was written on a blackboard after breakfast every day and you write your room number on it if you want it. There is also an al la carte menu and you can have a course from the special without having the whole thing. We sometimes just had a starter as the food was quite rich. There's a separate, quiet dining room for adults and we found this to be a peaceful and tranquil place to eat. Omar (Moro) was really lovely and attended to our every need. New Years Eve was very special. Multiple courses which were amazing!
We had a hamman and massages at the spa. A very relaxing experience.
We did drag ourselves away from the property to visit Essaouira. The shuttle can be booked from reception. Depending on its availability you can just ring when you're ready to come back and they will send it for you. So no set times which meant we could go out for a evening meal without having to rush for a specific pick up time.
Everyone was genuinely interested in our experience there. The owners often came by at meal times to ask how things were. There were a lot of children there, one breakfast morning seemed very noisy but I think we'd chosen the wrong table. We weren't really bothered but obviously visiting outside of the school holidays will be quieter. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Dear guest,

Many thanks for your nice feedback! We are glad you had such a good time in our little paradise. It was a pleasure to welcome you here. We hope to see you soon again!

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed at Le Jardin for two nights- a family of 4. Were received at the entrance by a welcoming staff who were friendly and told us about the hotel and facilities. Nice charming place secluded from the disturbances of traffic and people. The garden gives an extra dimension to the location although their is nothing close by the semi-hilly location. Internet facility is their but we experienced some trouble in the hotspot areas. Great food and nice decorated rooms. The children enjoyed the heated pool. For shopping and excursions one can take a cab to the city which the hotel also helped us with. Effective pick and drop service the hotel have. Our cab driver that we had arranged for to take us to Marrakesh didnt arrive, but the hotel staff helped us find a taxi themselves. Was a big relief! Overall great place to relax and spend your holidays.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 11 January 2014
Dear guest,

Many thanks for your feedback! We are glad you had a good time here. It was a pleasure to make you discover Essaouira region, and even to help you with your missed taxi. We hope to see you all again in our little paradise, and we wish you an happy new year!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

A stunning hotel offering perfect peace and quiet. Feels like a hidden gem miles away from everywhere but only 10 minutes from the essouria in the hotel car. Amazing setting, incredible grounds stunning pool, fabulous food and excellent staff. Highly recommend

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Dear guest,

Many thanks for your recommendation! It was a pleasure to welcome you here and to share our little paradise. We wish you the best and sincerely hope to see you again soon!

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

We were there for 2 nights in September, the staff were all very friendly and helpful. Food choices for morning and lunch were relatively limited, but acceptable. You absolutely need to speak French, because the staff could not really speak English (you get by with body language but ordering food was a challenge :)

The wifi broke down during our visit, so we could only hit the bar area for very limited bandwidth (imagine everybody went to the bar area to have internet). But it was not a big issue, we didn't go there to go online.

The shower in our room was in the dark most of the time, no natural or artificial light could hit the inside of the shower spot. We stayed in room 2 and it was really difficult to shower and shave any time of the day. During day time it was dark, during night time, it was darker.

Other than that, lovely place. I remember they had a lovely dog too.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 27 November 2013
Dear guest,

We thank you for your feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your stay during those 2 wedding days with all your friends and family. Thanks also for your comments which help us to improve everyday.

We wish you the best!

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Alderney, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

We have just spent 5 fabulous days in this beautiful place. The staff were friendly and helpful, the aperitif amongst the candles and music was divine, delicious food although the lunch choice was slightly limited especially if you only wanted a light lunch. The beauty treatments available are well worth it especially the facials, so relaxing...We had a family suite with an amazing king size bed in one room and two twins in the other. The only thing missing was perhaps a few more activities for the kids e.g.. ping pong table, board games (with all the pieces), and maybe a quiet cosy area in the evening as the only place available indoors was in the restaurant area. A few more settees in the aperitif area would be great to lounge on too. Overall, paradise in Morocco and definitely worth the detour. We are definitely going back to Essaouira and to the Jardin des Douars, it is one of the most beautiful places we have been too. Thanks to all the staff for a wonderful holiday!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Dear guests,

We are so glad you liked your stay amongst us during those 5 days. Many thanks for your support and for the good ideas in order to improve. Feel free to come back when you want, we'll be there to welcome you again!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

An absolutely magnificent place! I had a wonderful three day stay - the grounds are lovely, the rooms are full of a genuine atmosphere, the staff is great and the food was . . . I'm running out of superlatives. The perfect antidote to Marrakech's bustle and hustle. A wonderful place to escape to - be it with family or for romantic getaway. Close to Essaouira but wonderfully removed from the urban din.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 30 October 2013
Dear Richard,

Thank you so much for your nice review! We were glad to welcome you here for a relaxing stay after Marrakech. We wish you a good flight back home, and wait for your next souiri trip!

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Marly-le-Roi, Ile-de-France, France
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

A family of five spent five marvellous days at Jardin des Douars. You feel welcome the minute you step inside the door, greeted by helpful and smiling people. The place is amazing, beautifully kept and decorated with blooming flowers everywhere. We loved the pool-area and the terrasse for evening drinks.
We normally enjoy going out and eat with the local people, but the food and the atmosphere were so brilliant that we ended up eating most of our meals at JDD.
Will definitely give my warmest regards to this place and we will surely come back.
Our daughter said that she had never slept in such a comfortable bed.
...and I agree that a little more light in the bathroom would be a good idea :-)

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 28 October 2013
Dear Family,

We were glad to welcome you in our little paradise, and share all its secrets!
We hope you had a good trip back home. And for sure, we stay here, waiting for your next visit amongst us!

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Property: Le Jardin des Douars
Address: Douar Sidi Yassine - Ida Oueguerd, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Business Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
#8 Family Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Jardin des Douars 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Essaouira hills, sheltered from the high winds in a magnificent natural setting formed over millennia by the Ksob Oued (river), the Jardin des Douars is a beautiful guest ksar (palace) dedicated to lovers of nature, authenticity, simplicity and kindness. A guesthouse of charm in voluptuous forms, constructed in accordance with Moroccan traditions and materials, combining a subtle refinement of decoration with the luxuriance of a garden for real relaxation and simplicity. ... more   less 
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