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Le Jardin des Douars
Ranked #6 of 74 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 August 2014

We spent a lovely week at Le Jardin des Douars. We enjoyed the quality of the services, the kindness of the people, the quality of the food and the spa. The "quiet" swimming pool is just perfect to rest and to swim kilometers. The city is easily accessible by car and worth to visit as well as the beach and its activities. For a week or just a long week-end, great place to keep in mind.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2014

Dear family,

We warmly thank you for your feedback! It was a real pleasure to welcome all of you in our little paradise. We hope the whole family had a good trip back to Belgium and the US. And off course, we'll wait for your next visit in Essaouira!

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Stayed for a week at Le Jardin des Douars largely relying on the favourable reviews from others on Tripadvisor.

Coming from England we flew to Marrakech and took at taxi to the hotel which cost about £50. I think you can fly direct from Paris which on reflection might have been preferable and possibly cheaper.

The hotel itself is in the proverbial middle of nowhere. Nicely set in stunning gardens and designed to look ancient even though it is probably not that old! Our room was spacious with a private terrace - clean and with air conditioning.

. The food was excellent and if you peek into the kitchen when you're walking past they always seemed busy. The highlight for us was the BBQ on Sundays which although a bit pricey at 250 DH was extremely good and temptation to overeat likely inevitable! Breakfast simple but more than adequate with omelettes made on request or eggs done any other way for that matter. The staff were without exception friendly and helpful. Sundowners on the lovely terrace amongst chattering frogs a very good way to relax before dinner.

As I said earlier Le Jardin des Douars is a bit of a proverbial oasis with nowhere really to walk to locally. They do provide a shuttle to Essaouira for 175 DH. For a place to base yourself can't be faulted but if you wanted to do more in Essaouira this has to be taken into account both financially and practically. Having said that the staff were very helpful with booking activities, I went horse riding and wind surfing , and this seems likely to be far preferable to trying to do it yourself, firstly because of potential language issues and secondly for using the right place, especially important for the horse riding and using a reputable stables rather than taking your chances on the poor beasts on the beach.



Being totally objective we had a bit of an issue with fellow guests bagging the best sun loungers with their towels but likely this is beyond the practical control of the Establishment! The pool itself is lovely though.

Room Tip: We loved Room 11
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your review, full of good tips for all our guests. We were very happy to welcome you in our little paradise, and to make you discover Essaouira, its treasures and good activities. We wish you a good trip back home, and we hope to see you again pretty soon in Essaouira!

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

This hotel is not only extremely beautiful and comfortable, the client service is just perfect!! The team is very kind and client focused, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the food is very good and the price is still reasonable! I really recommend this hotel, it's a great place!!

Room Tip: choose a room with a terrace
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Dear Vanessa,

Thank you very much for your review! We were very happy to share the best we can offer, and we really appreciate that you enjoyed every little thing. All the team wish you the best, and hope to see again the whole family pretty soon!

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We stayed here for two night in July 2014. It was nowhere near long enough. This place is fabulous from start to finish. The building is exquisite, as are the pools and the bedrooms. The drinks on the terrace at sun set are a real highlight. We sampled all many of the dishes on the menu and couldn't fault any if them. Dinner on the terrace was great, and breakfast was everything you could wish for: fresh juice, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, croissants, waffles, pancakes etc. We would travel all the way back to Essouira just to stay here again. Do yourself a Cavour and book this now!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2014

Dear Marina,

We were glad to welcome your family in our little paradise, and we thank you very much for your review! It looks like you enjoyed all Le Jardin des Douars has to offer. Off course we wish you a a very good trip back to Australia, and even if it's far away, we hope to see you again one day in Essaouira.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend stayed last week and it was great. They helped us organise everything we wanted to do outside of the hotel. The food at the hotel was delicious and really varied - not just tagines - and the room was gorgeous clean and air conned! The shower gel they provided also smelt amazing.

Stayed: July 2014
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

Hello Nina,

We really want to thank you here for your nice review, and for your communicative joy during your stay! It was a pleasure to share those few days at Le Jardin des Douars, and to help you organizing your activities, and give the best tips. We wish you the best!

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed at Jardin des Douars for two nights during a weeklong trip to Morocco. It was a great place to enjoy the Moroccan coast. It is about a 15-minute (or less) drive to Essaouira, which makes it an easy base from which to explore the town. But it's far enough away to be a large property with beautiful gardens and two swimming pools. If you wanted to spend all your time in Essaouira, you'd be better off staying in the town itself, but I found it more relaxing to be able to get out of the city when we weren't sightseeing.

The property itself is lovely, and our room was very spacious. There were a number of other families staying there at the same time, but it didn't feel too crowded. The restaurant area was nice, and the weather was mild when we were there so dinner was served outside.

My only complaint was that one of the pools was billed as a "quiet" pool for adults only, but there were many kids using it when we were there, so it definitely wasn't quiet. It seems that distinction is not enforced, which would have been fine had it not been billed that way. Otherwise, the service was good, and we had a great stay. Hopefully we can return again some time!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Dear guests,

We were happy to share a few times with Californians! And we are glad you enjoyed the property, the restaurant, and globally your stay here... We warmly thank you for your nice review, and we wish you a good trip back home!

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We stayed 4 nights and loved it. We flew into Marrakech and hired a car, which I would definitely recommend: it's not absolutely essential, but it makes getting around so much easier; it's also cheaper than a taxi or transfer, and a dead easy drive pretty much on one road tr whole way.
After the inevitable stress and hassle of getting out of the airport, the hotel felt like an oasis. The gardens are beautiful and an explosion of colours and smells, while the architecture and decor cleverly done to make it look and feel older and more rustic than it actually is. The rooms have charming features like huge wooden doors, high domed ceilings and massive bathrooms. Ours had its own terrace which was lovely.

Breakfast is included and is delicious. All the meals we at there were really good and very reasonably priced. Breakfast was usually taken inside but other meals outside on a lovely patio area.

There are two pools which are both very nice, and innumerable other hiding places to sit and read in the gardens. The hammam spa is very nice and relatively cheap compared to what you find in most hotels.

The hotel management were really nice and helpful, and the staff were absolutely excellent and very friendly.

The hotel is a short drive from the town with its beaches and watersports as well as shopping and eating in the old medina.

Overall, it's a lovely relaxed vibe. Sometimes possibly to extremes - one night we came home shortly after 10pm and needed a bottle of water, and couldn't find a single member of staff to help us nor any way of raising one, which was annoying and really odd. But this is a minor gripe. It didn't spoil our enjoyment of this wonderful hotel, and it doesn't stop me recommending it wholeheartedly.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Romantic Room which had its own terrace and was lovely.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

Dear guests,

We were glad to welcome you here for those 4 days! And we are happy if you enjoyed so much your stay. We will relay your congratulations to all our staff.

We really thank you for having such a catching joy, and for your sweet review. If you travel another time around Morocco, you know how to find us!

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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: £101 - £446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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