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Villa Daba
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Douar El Ghazoua | km8 route d'Agadir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #7 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Berlin, Germany
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Foodies Paradise for the whole family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband, and our two kids (9 months and 3 years) just arrived home from the most magnificent family vacation ever! A trip to Villa Daba, under the warmest and loving care of "Aunt Bernadette, Uncle Didier and his first class staff "Mo Mo" and crew is like staying with your favorite family in a far away enchanted villa in Morocco. They created for us the perfect environment to spend two weeks caring for our very active kids, yet ensuring that we experience the warmth, the beauty and the extraordinary Moroccan inspired, gourmet French cuisine.

Let me start by saying that my husband and I are travel journalists and I have worked 7 years for an Emmy award winning Food show........we were nothing less than BLOWN away by Didier´s usage of Moroccan ingredients like the daily plethora of fresh fish from the Essaouira fishermen, to conjure up new, exciting and delicious meals for us everyday. They created in total....10 non repeating gourmet meals for us at a VERY reasonable price. Just to name a few: Sting Ray, Crab, Fresh Tuna, oh the list goes on and on! Bernadette is also a masterful baker and made delicious ice creams and fruit tarts from local ingredients!

Since we have very small children and did not want to be in a theme induced all inclusive resort, we were hoping to find a quiet and serene hotel that could accomodate our needs to stay at the hotel for long periods of time and use their kitchen for the baby. They were extremely kind and understanding to all of our needs.

The pool was perfect and the organic garden with chickens along with the turtle garden kept our 3 year old occupied and happy. They also have a nice "chill out" tent in which to relax in when the heat of the day hits!

I could write a book on our stay, but the details and the friendships that we made along the way, are for us! I cannot wait to take my family and friends back. Thank you Bernadette and Didier!

Best,
Tracey, Stefan and the boys

Room Tip: There are only 6 rooms and they are all quiet nice!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Wonderful décor, beautiful rooms, felt like home as soon as you were greeted by Bernadette and Didier. The food was amazing. Guests ate together which made for very entertaining evenings. It is a taxi ride from the amazing food market. Make sure you agree a price for return, Didier was great at organising this for us. He also arranged other activities for other guests during our stay.


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Room Tip: We had the Rochelle room which had a fabulous roof top terrace.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Colwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Spent two weeks with Bernadette and Didier, very relaxing, a haven of tranquility and hospitality. The location is quiet, all the staff are friendly and they aim to make a stay at Villa Daba a home from home , just with better weather. Oh yes, the food . just fantastic, fresh from the sea, the market or from the vegetable patch at the bottom of the garden.
Would highly recommend Villa Daba for anyone seeking quality in their accommodation and cuisine.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Mechelen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

It was exactly what we needed: sun - heat - tranquility - lovely welcome - warm people - great food.
We felt immediately at ease.
this is exactely what a holiday is supposed to be.
I can only recommend it. great value.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I stayed with Didier and Bernadette in their magical villa for 3 weeks in January, it was the perfect haven to concentrate, focus and relax. The peace and tranquility combined with their wonderful hospitality made my stay truly special. A true Moroccan gem!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Ok, this is Didiers own description but we believe it having sampled his excellent cuisine. After a busy year we needed a break and were immediately made to feel at home. Only three days but what a woderful warm relaxing place. We will be highly recommending Villa Daba to friends and family and will be back ourselves! Thanks also to Bernadette, your deserts were gorgeous too!
Excellent location close to town with lots to do and see.
Finlay & Marina, London

Room Tip: All good, first floor balcony was great!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We had booked for two nights and ended up staying five... After visiting the Kings' Towns, Erg Chebbi and different Valleys (Todra, Paradise and Dades) we were looking for a place to do absolutely nothing; Villa Daba is the perfect place: great food, excellent rooms, nice pool, surroundings and above all, very nice and hospitable people.

Didier, Bernadette, Mohammed and the rest of the staff do the utmost to make your stay as comfortable as possible. They are also very acquinted with the surroundings and a more than willing to give you some good advice, help plan excursions or give you some tips on the better restaurants in town.

Good quality for a good price,

thanks to all the staff for five brilliant days!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Douar El Ghazoua | km8 route d'Agadir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 78 hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Daba 3*
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