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“A home away from home!”
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Villa Gonatouki
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ghazoua
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A home away from home!”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Wow what a fantastic place for some R&R after the hectic hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Not 1 but 2 swimming pools! The villa is a piece of art! Fantastic food (in fact the best stuffed sardines I have ever eaten without doubt!). The owner Bruno goes out of his way to help the guests, nothing is too small….great restaurant recommendations for visiting the town…we will definitely be going back soon.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
I love when somebody says that Victoria. If someone feels at home that's fantastic! And staff is a kind of family. They are so happy when a guest speak with them.
Oh yes you can come back! The whole team kisses you.
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Everything previous reviewers say about Villa Gonatouki is true: Bruno and his team are wonderful, the cooking is extremely good (we ate in every evening and it was excellent on every occasion), the wines are excellent, the views from the villa splendid. This is not a hotel for people who like impersonal, international chic surroundings, but for people who like authenticity and a warm welcome. If you would enjoy seeing camels meandering across the plain, goats grazing in trees and donkeys ambling along a nearby track from your bedroom window, this is the place for you; if you would prefer a clinical marble entrance hall with western check in desk and shiny lifts then it is not. It was our kind of place and we shall be back. Bravo to Bruno and his wonderful team.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Thank you for you nice review. You summed it. People come here because they like authentic places. And the most authentic here is not the villa which is), but staff.They accommodate and do everything with their heart.That's one of the reason people feel so well. See you soon.
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Our third trip to Morocco, and having been to Marrakech and the Atlas we decided to stay on the coast. Villa Gonatouki was perfect for us, a large and stylish hotel / guest house with lots of well thought out communal areas for eating / reading / listening to music, generously sized rooms to stay in, and two outdoor pools. Although the hotel was full, it never felt like it. There was plenty of space for everyone to eat, and no shortage of pool space or loungers. Breakfast is included, and there is an option for other meals, all the food was traditional Moroccan and delicious.

What makes the villa are the staff. Bruno was very engaging and gave good advice about places to visit, restaurants and beaches etc. The girls serving and in the kitchen were excellent, great with our children and always happy to help. This positive attitude seemed to set the tone for the Villa.

We had a rental car, and although you could do without, I would advise renting. There is a lot to see out of Essouria, and having our own car gave us a lot more freedom. Watch out for police and radar traps though, going from 80km/h to 60 km/h is their favourite spot, and they are everywhere. We got busted twice, 300 dirham lighter at one stop, talked our way out of the other. Ask Bruno about the markets and restaurants, brush up on your French and enjoy yourselves.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Thank you very much for your kind review. That's right when it's full you have still a lot of places to be quiet, alone if you want? It was very nice to speak with you and to see your children happy. I really hope to come to London and to Oxford.
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Villa Gonatouki, located just a 10 minute drive south of the picturesque Essaouira. A very warm and friendly welcome, a beautiful location, quiet and relaxing. Bruno was an excellent host, charming and chatty. We felt right at home and settled into our comfy room. The food was really delicious, and Bruno supplied some excellent wine. We had a wonderfully relaxing time, lounging by the pool and having blissful massages. The girls and staff who work there are so sweet and nothing is too much trouble for them. The house itself is gorgeous with sumptuous, rich colours and lots of wonderful spaces to eat, socialise and chill out. Also ,lovely views of the sea. I do hope that we will be back for longer next time!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Thank you very much for your review. It was short but good. Now you know where we are and can come back asap. We'll be very happy to accommodate you again. Happy Easter from all of us.
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

This was our first visit to Morocco and after three nights in Marrakech we were ready to get away from the hustle and bustle and find a more peaceful surrounding. You found it as soon as you arrived to Villa Gonatouki. It was located 10km approx from Essaouira but was a simple taxi in (100 dirhams). Make sure you agree price before hand and explain down the track 2-3 km. When you arrive you are greeted either by Bruno the owner or his staff and what a welcome it is. Relaxed, a good tour of the villa is given and then you enter your room. Wow Wow Wow. If you cant feel relaxed here then there is something wrong. The superior rooms are a delight of relaxation, serenity and comfortable. There are open fireplaces with fresh cut wood each day, a large marble style bath and balconies overlooking the hills and sea of Essaouira. The Villa itself is huge but so so homely. There are different relaxing and chill out rooms and dining areas and balconies/ roof terraces giving 360 degrees view over forest, sea, olive plantations and hills. They offer massage and hammam which we unfortunately run out time to have but heard it is excellent and truly relaxing. There are two lovely swimming pools that are rarely used so feels so private. The food they offer is homely, local, fresh and out of this world if you want to taste the real Morocco. A must to stay in for a night or two to have lunch and diner. Despite the love of Villa Gonatouki like all places it's about the feel and hospitality and once you meet the owner Bruno and his staff you instantly feel at home. Bruno has so many interesting stories and makes you feel at home right away. It's not a B and B, hotel or villa it's his home that you feel so comfortable in. You have privacy, space, time and relaxation surrounding you. We seriously cannot wait to come back here either as a couple or with a large group of friends.
Thank you very much Bruno and the team for making our stay feel the most relaxing and welcoming ever. We will see you all soon.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Ouak, ouak, ouak as we say here! What a wonderful review. Thanks a lot Chris. We are so happy here when somebody says that he feels at home.That's exactly what we want. It was a great pleasure to accommodate you. You told me that you want to make a guest house in the future. I'm sure you'll success because you have the good spirit for that.And your guests will be happy, I'm sure of that. All the staff will be pleased to see you again. We love to meet our friends again.
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

This is our third visit to Morocco. Unlike previous visits where we toured and visited the cities, desert etc, we wanted a week to recover from the rain and wind of the winter. Guess what: we found it! This is a lovely and very stylish guest house. The food was absolutely magnificent and was authentically Moroccan. The architecture and furnishings of the Villa are a delight to the eye. Yes, it is reached after a 3km rough track. However, for those who venture out for a walk up to the main road at Km8, it is certainly worth it. People exchange friendly and welcoming greetings. You pass the local school and if the children are arriving or leaving they rarely hesitate to offer a smile and 'Bonjour' or 'Salam' that helps to enhance the feel good factor. I would advise everyone from the UK who intends to travel to Morocco and reads this. 'Please forget the increasingly prevalent British attitude of ignoring others who greet you.'
It was unfortunate that Bruno was away at the time of our stay. However, he took time to give us a welcome call while we were there. The staff at the Villa were wonderful. Despite our very limited understanding of French and (with some of the staff) their limited understanding of English, there were NO problems.
The facilities were just as we hoped. Despite being March, the swimming pool was perfectly useable if a little cold when the wind blew. We will be back.
Just one tip. We got rather worried when the taxi driver turned up late to take us back to the airport at Agadir. However, the drivers skill on the twisting road back to Agadir meant that he could do the normally 3-hour journey in around 2hr 30 minutes slowing down where police were using speed cameras!
In conclusion, a great stay!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Thank you very much for this review. You cannot imagine how I'm happy to read it. I was not on the spot and everything was ok. That's wonderful because the staff is fantastic and they do exactly as I was here. That's their house. They speak about you with such a good way. They were afraid you miss your plane and were happy that you arrive on time.
I hope you'll come back and I have the pleasure to meet you.
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Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

The hotel is absolutely beautiful! It's an architectural work of art. It's very hard to find (make sure you print the directions beforehand) but once you get there you won't want to leave. The french owner and host Bruno makes you feel so welcome and feel like a guest at his house rather than a client. He does this whilst still allowing you compete privacy. The pool is lovely and there is over 5 different seating areas to choose from as well as the balconies from the rooms. It is clear the hotel is run because Bruno loves to host and not to make money. There was no pressure to buy or do anything. We had a late flight home and, because there wasn't anyone booked in the room, there was absolutely no problem us staying in the room as late as we liked. This kind of hospitality along with the stunning location and views made us wish we could have stayed longer than the 2 nights we had!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Thank you Thomas for your kind review. It was nice to accommodate you. We don't put any pression because holidays are done to do what we want. For us one thing is very important : to make guests happy. It's not difficult because people are already fine when they arrive. You are right : 2 days, it's too short. But that's better than nothing and after you want to come again.See you soon!
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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
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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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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