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Villa Gonatouki
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ghazoua
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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Perfection. Please stay here.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

This is a wonderful, wonderful place. It is a spectacular property with beautiful rooms and an amazing outlook. My wife and I stayed 3 nights in May and we hardly wanted to leave the house because it was so good. First, I must mention the customer service. Bruno is such a charming host and does everything he can to make sure you have a wonderful time. His team are very attentive and courteous. Whether you want to stay in for a beautiful meal or feel like a drink in the afternoon, nothing is too difficult. The rooms are spectacular. The bath in particular was one of the best we've ever had in a hotel. Finally, it is great value for money, including food & drinks. We cannot wait to come back! Thank you Bruno - we hope the wedding went well and we'll see you soon. Ben & Amy

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
Hi Ben and Amy. You'll be always welcome! And I'm sure we'll come to see you if we go to Australia with Brigitte. Yes, the wedding was fantastic. And next year it will be my daughter!
I'm happy you appreciate this place and we love to share it with guests like you.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Gonatuki is such an amazing place ! Lets first talk about the location, you might be worrying at first as the mansion is located at the end of a very 'traditional' and desert road. But the little trip (5mn from the main road) is definitly worth it ! The view and panorama cant be compared to anything else in the area, 360 degrees view over ocean, dunes, hills, and other secluded land. the mansion is located on top of the hill, from what I understood one of the highest spot of essaouira !
The mansion is very secluded, therefore no noise or light pollution whatsoever !! We had 3 perfect nights, living in HK, we really appreciated it !
The mansion itself is very nicely decorated, it is simple and everything is dedicated to comfort and well being. We had a 'luxe' bedroom located on the first floor, very comfortable bed, good lighting, very nice bathroom and separated toilet !
To finish, facilities are great with two beautiful swimming pools, a charming spa with outstanding massage (suprisingly professional and relaxing- go for argan oil !), and a great hammam steam room.
Last but not least, Mr Bruno, the owner of the place, was very welcoming and helpful during our stay. We cant thank him enough for all the good advice that made our stay unforgettable !!

We definitly recommend it to anyone willing to have a relaxing and traditional stay in essaouira.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
Hi Beth, thank you very much for your review. It was such a pleasure to accommodate you with Mike and Alba and to "mix" you with other guests. We'll stay in touch because I haven't forget your human mission, and I want to do something with you on the spot. The team makes a lot of kisses for Alba!
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013 via mobile

We had an amazing 4 nights with Bruno and team with our ten month old daughter in April. The villa was so peaceful and the huge main rooms were a great place for a wee one to explore. Bruno makes this place feel like you are staying in his home and nothing is a problem. We asked for a room change (due to low ceilings and steps, not so good for crawling babies) and it was swiftly sorted out with minimum fuss. If staying don't bother going out to eat. We didn't eat anywhere better in two weeks in morrocco, in fact the conga tagine was one of the tastiest meals I have ever eaten. The three course meals were amazing and we loved the dining arrangements, twice asking other guests to join us for dinner. The staff were all great and wouldn't walk past without saying hello and kissing our daughter.

Bruno we hope the wedding goes well and thanks for making such a memorable stay for us all.

M,B&A

Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank bettyb369
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013 via mobile

My husband and I had an amazing time here. Bruno is lovely and you will feel very welcome at the villa.

Amazing baths in the rooms that we had and all the rooms are spacious and comfortable. The villa is big, so much space to relax. You can meet other people that are staying or be private. All the people that we met were lovely.

The staff are like a family and are all really great.

The location is quiet and secluded. The only thing I will change next time is that we will hire a car. Bruno and the team are great for lifts, but it would give a bit of freedom to explore at will.

Thank you for a lovely stay. Good luck with the wedding.xx

  • Stayed April 2013
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 20 April 2013
The whole team was really pleased to accommodate you. You're right you met very nice people. In fact the bigest majority of people who come here are very nice. Everybody is positive, then it's easy for us to be positive too. You told me that Bristol is better than London. So next time I come I will go to see you and Bristol too!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

It is difficult to express in words what an amazing hotel the Villa Gonatouki was.

The owner and staff of the hotel make you feel like at home, but unlike home there is nothing you have to do whilst you are there.

We go traveling many times a year and it is therefore hard for a hotel to surprise us positively. However, this hotel totally exceeded our expectations.

We can highly recommend this hotel and we hope we will be able to return soon.

Thank you Bruno and your staff for the superb time!

Simon&Dominik

  • Stayed April 2013
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 20 April 2013
Thank you very much Simon. We were so pleased to meet you with Dominik. And I'm very happy because you met Lucie and Emma too. They told me, if one of them go to Zurich, she will call you. One of our objective is that guests met others and stay in touch after. It's done!
Isn't it too difficult to work after your stay? And isn't it too cold. Today we have 29° and the swimming pool is very nice. I stop because I know it's too hard to read this! You'll be always welcome.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

I stayed here for two nights with my boyfriend and parents just before Christmas and had such a wonderful stay - my only regret is that we couldn't stay for longer. It's definitely one of those places where you want a day just to relax around the villa. The place itself and the grounds it's on are just beautiful and there is so much attention to detail. Bruno did so much to make to make our stay as happy as possible - from helping to arrange the taxi to bring us from Marrakesh to driving us around to taking us to a local market. I would recommend having dinner there during your stay - the food was delicious. I would love to come back here another time - perhaps when it is warmer so that we can make use of the pool and relaxing outside. Thank you Bruno for such a wonderful stay-it was such a joy to meet you!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
Thank you very much for your nice review Lianne. It was a pleasure to accommodate you with your family. I hope to see you again, especially that there will be a new airline between London and Essaouira. Give a kiss from me to your mother, next time you'll phone her and a good shake hand to the men. And a lot of kisses for you too, of course!
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2013

This is the most beautiful B&B house we've ever stayed in. Bruno and his architect did a superb job in creating a sense of luxury using traditional Moroccan architecture with a modern, airy, touch. Our room was large and very comfortable. Bruno was warm, helpful and inviting, and we enjoyed listening to his stories. His passion for the place, the house and for meeting and hosting people clearly come through and enrich the experience of the visit. Unlike hosts in many of the other B&Bs in Morocco, he speaks excellent English.
It is difficult to find the place on your own (requiring navigation through unmarked dirt roads), so call Bruno in advance to get help getting there.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 17 January 2013
Thank you very much for your review. It was very nice to meet you even it was too short. The evening we spent together was very interesting. That's exactly why I like to accommodate guests. I hope your travel back was good. Anyway I have an excellent adress in Toronto now and I am sure we'll see us again.
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Property: Villa Gonatouki
Address: Km 8 Route d'Agadir | El Ghazoua, 44000, Ghazoua, Essaouira, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira > Ghazoua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ghazoua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Gonatouki 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A wonderful and peaceful place with a sea view, Gonatouki is located at roughly 10km from the beach.With its 10 bedrooms and suites you will be enchanted by the villa, its architecture and its 2 swimming pools (one with a kids' pool).A place you will never forget!!! ... more   less 
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