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Le Jardin des Douars
Ranked #6 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Marrakech, Morocco
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Paradise of senses!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We have been at the Le Jardin des Douars at the beginning of April for a short break to celebrate a meaningful anniversary. We knew the garden was a beautiful one, but we didn't expect that explosion of colors, flowers and forms that we found .... a true joy for our eyes and ears (a nice birds and frogs community lives around there). So it was no surprise to discover that behind such a beauty there is the care and love but also professionalism of a landscape architect.
The garden alone makes this place very special, which combined to a very pleasant architecture, with the main building and villas that blend into the nature, spacious and comfortable rooms, very helpful and smiling staff and a very interesting and refreshing menu, all this together contribute to make you stay a wonderful one.
The place is ideal both for couples and families: we therefore particularly appreciated the fact that only one of the pool is accessible to kids, so that you can easily find a quiet corner.
Another advantage, at least for us having been in Essaouira already several times, is that being located inland, just a few kilometers from the coast, in a nice and protected valley, the weather conditions are in general always better that in Essaouira town, little wind, little fog and bright sunshine!
We are now looking forward to be back at Le Jardin des Douars soon!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Dear guest,

It was a pleasure to welcome you here!!
We are glad you enjoyed every little things, including birds and frogs communities.
We'll be there for your next stay... so you know where you can find us!

We wish you the very best.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We had a great break in this hotel. The garden setting is beautiful and the restaurant food was excellent. Our villa came with a lovely cook/housekeeper, Rachida, who made great Moroccan family dinners and pastries, which the children devoured. The pool and surrounding villa garden was lovely, and the villa was simply and beautifully furnished in local style. The hotel gardens are a labour of love. The location is a bit out of the way, but it's perfect for a quiet week away. The hotel also organises excursions as desired, surfing, quad biking, picnics, etc. I found the hamman treatment a bit fierce for my liking, but that's just personal preference. Highly recommended place. Do be prepared for the general noise of the surrounding countryside - peacock, dogs, donkeys and cows all quite vociferous!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 18 April 2014
Dear Nadine,

We thank you for you warm review! It was pleasure to welcome your family in our Villa Primera, and to make you discover the best Essaouira has to offer. We wish you a very pleasant trip back home, and we hope to see you all another time in Essaouira!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable stay at this beautiful hotel. We received a warm welcome from Greg on arrival who took the time to show us round. The room was compact and lovely - good use of space with additional kids bunk beds. There are 2 pools one heated and the other not. It was hot so we opted for the non heated and it was perfect in the soaring temperatures. The restaurant outside was buzzy, the food was very good. We especially enjoyed the frog chorus. whilst eating!. This is a perfect place for families and couples as the grounds are sprawling and there are plenty of places to explore. Highly recommended!

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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Hi Mandy,

We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay amongst us! It was a pleasure to welcome you here, and to share all our tips and recommendations about what to do at le Jardin des Douars and in Essaouira. We wish you a very good trip back home, and hope to see you soon in our little paradise!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2014

I went here with my wife and two children (6 & 8). For the moment we arrived I was so impressed. We got a very warm welcome from the manager and staff. They showed us to our beautiful suite - amazing value off season. Two adjoining rooms, ideals for the kids, loads of space and beautifully decorated. We particularly enjoyed the open fire at night! The gardens are the jewel in the crown - very peaceful and beautiful but the kids really enjoyed the swimming pool, just warm enough in February. The breakfast was superb and the food generally was excellent. It's about 15 in a taxi to town so a bit out but that not really a problem. A great range of treatments in the stunning spa. RECOMMEND.11

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Hello Adam,

We warmly thank your for your nice review! It was a real pleasure to welcome you here, and spend some times with your lovely family. Say hello to the kids, we still remember here their laughs and joy.

We hope we can meet again one day here in Essaouira!

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london
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

My husband was dubious about returning to Morocco 10 years on and with kids in tow but it truly exceeded all of our expectations. We stayed here for 4 nights and easily could have stayed another 4. Our young kids had a whale of time, splashing around in the pool, exploring the stunning grounds, nature and wildlife (they didn't moan once about about the lack of tv!) whilst us parents soaked up the sun, had a gorgeous spa treatment or two and relished our 3 delicious meals a day. The cost of the food and drink was extremely reasonable. We stayed in the super spacious Royal Suite and were spoiled with 2 balconies and vast living space. We have stayed in quite a few luxury hotels in our time but this one beats them all hands down in my opinion. Discreet service, laid back vibe and the feeling of privacy was a recipe for a spectacular stay. We left feeling relaxed and refreshed...and eager to book our next trip!! My only suggestion would be to heat the kids pool so as not to disturb those in the quiet pool.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Dear Guest,

We are glad you enjoyed your stay here, especially if we managed to convince your husband :-)!
Many thanks for your great feedback. We wish you a very good trip back home!

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london
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights in March and could have stayed for longer. It was so relaxing lying by the pool, eating the delicious food, exploring the garden's nooks and crannies and watching the animals. The service was very good but quite hands off, which we liked as it makes it more peaceful - i.e. people don't constantly ask if you want drinks, etc, and it makes it feel like you are staying in a holiday home more than a hotel at points. The only negative was (as other reviewers have mentioned) the supposedly adults only infinity pool is definitely not - children are free to use it. We wouldn't have even noticed this had it not been specified as adults only. It would have seemed cruel to send them to the cold (but picturesque) pool at the bottom of the property and it was very nice to see them enjoying it but I can see it might be annoying if you were purposely seeking an adults-only holiday.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Dear guest,

We thank you for your pleasant review! It was a pleasure to welcome you here and share some good times with you.

Le Jardin des Douars improves everyday thanks to your feedback. Heating the second pool is one of our priorities now, so we may have good news pretty soon.

We wish you a very good trip back home!

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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We've been there for a few days celebrating our friends wedding and we spent a great moment,
Service, food, bed, surroundings and decor, everything is a pure dream,
I have often been traveling in great places all around North Africa but honestly never experienced this level of general well being before... Bravo

Jean-Marc

  • Stayed March 2014
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this review, 8 April 2014
Hello Jean-Marc,

Many thanks for your amazing feedback!
We were glad to welcome all off you celebrating your friends wedding. We really appreciate your support, especially if you have been experienced several stays in North Africa.

We wish you the best, and we hope to see you soon again!

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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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