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“Holistic holiday in the desert”
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Sawadi
Ranked #4 of 24 Skoura B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Holistic holiday in the desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Catherine and Phillippe are a most charming couple. They’ve created an almost unique guesthouse according to ecological principles for the preservation of the earth and the saving of water and energy. A lot of the food served is organically produced on the land and on the farm and the meals are delicious. The local staff are very charming reflecting the happiness and relaxation that the place emanates. If you want to spend a carefree time in a place with a heart and a soul and want to reduce you footprint whilst holidaying, you will be very happy and inspired with your stay at Sawadi.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

My wife and I recently spent two nights at Sawadi. The hospitality provided by Catherine and Philippe was exceptional. We traveled from Agdz to Skoura and arrived in the late afternoon well after lunch time. When we asked about lunch Philippe said no problem. Lunch was fantastic as we had a large salads with fresh organic ingredients from the garden. We also enjoyed the grilled sardine dish. While at Sawadi we enjoyed two dinners that were really great. They also have a very nice wine selection. The food provided a very nice break from all the Tagines we had eaten over the previous two weeks. Our room was beautiful and very comfortable.

A walk around the nine hectare farm is a must. We discovered that Sawadi recently won an award for sustained Eco-Tourism from the Morocco government. The garden is lush with many fruit and olive trees, vegetables, and live stock. . We observed many birds including the colorful Hoopoe. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. We particularly enjoyed meeting Saeed. He is such a character and made our stay even more enjoyable.

We would definitely go back and highly recommend Sawadi to anyone looking for a quiet beautiful place to unwind.

Mike Z

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rabat, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

We spent 4 wonderful nights at this peaceful place and enjoyed the warm hospitality of Catherine et Philippe and all their staff. It is an ideal place to let your young kids play on the playground or feed the little donkey while you enjoy your coffee on the terrace near the pool. The grounds give you space to wander between ecological grown vegetables and herbs of all kinds, that you will find again in your delicious dinner every night. The owners are very patient and helpful with whatever question you have and give you good advice how to plan day trips for example to the Dades gorges, the Rose valley or nearby villages. Wash off the dirt of the day in the charming little hammam or enjoy a massage before unwinding with a cup of tea infront of the fireplace.
And it all comes from the heart, that's what makes the place so special.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Montreal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

It's unlikely that you will make this kind of trip more than once or twice, but if you should have the chance to go south of the Atlas mountains, take a break from Marrakesh and cross over down to Skoura and visit this charming, warm and totally authentic sustainable mini-resort. A working farm, it does not skimp on the smaller luxuries (such as high count sheets) and is not at all as "rustic" as one sometimes find in eco-tourism, no doubt because of the attentions of the hosts and the staff who treat you like family. There is one option served at supper nightly but it is invariably delicious, so stay open-minded (as you should be in any case when travelling in Morocco) and be prepared to enjoy. On a cool night, enjoy a glass of local red wine by the fire over a chessboard - very civilized for a middle of a palm grove in the desert! One note: do not mistake the bright pink liquid in the bathroom for industrial soap, which it closely resembles - it is a luscious and fragrant shampoo made of roses grown locally, so softening that a conditioner is not needed (we bought two bottles to bring home).

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

We had a perfect stay in Sawadi. Unfortunately, we could only stay one night. Still, it was long enough to experience the excellent service of the owners and the Sawadi staff. It is a bit off-road (7km), which makes that you will be far away from traffic or any other city noise. Highly recommendable! We will definitely go back to the Southern part of Morocco and Sawadi will without any doubt be one of our stops.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Venice, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

The service was warm and welcoming and the the farm to table food was beyond amazing. Everything was so fresh and gourmet. WE really appreciated Catherine and Philippe and found them to be charming hosts. Although there was plenty to see in the surrounding area, we didn't want to leave the farm, and instead spent our days reading on the porch and wandering through the farm. It was the perfect place for us to recharge our batteries after our Sahara adventures. When we left for Marrakech, we ended up forgetting the address of our riad there and we were totally lost, but Catherine saved the day, when we called her in Skoura and did some research to help us out so we could find our place.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

Stopped for 1 night only but was made very welcome on a cold winters night. Food was fresh and tasty and would recommend eating at Sawadi.
Make sure you get the map from Catherine because it's not that easy to find off the main road through Skoura. Otherwise great place to stay.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sawadi
Address: Douar Tajanate, Skoura 45502, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Skoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Skoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Sawadi 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sawadi is an ecolodge 4 acres in the beautiful palm grove of Skoura. Sawadi won the trophy for Sustainable Development in 2014 in Morocco and the Green Key label since 2012. Meals are prepared with products from our organic farm every day. Fruit juices and jams are also made ​​on the spot and you'll discover prune juice apples, dates ... Apricot bread cake pancakes everything is done on site. A short distance from the center you will wake up with singing idle and forget the noise of the city for complete relaxation through our Spa (massage, Hammam ....) Excursions guided tour .... We can arrange all for you. ... more   less 
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