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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 #6 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Fitjar
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“excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

we spent 1 night, but after checking in mid afternoon, we didn`t bother to go out again........ and we ate there as well........ peaceful, beautifully done, nice dog, lots of little private spaces scattered about, flowers, nice pool, thick towels and comfy loungers........
Evening meal was wonderful.......that man can cook!
Not quite sure about the themed bedrooms.......don`t know why they did it?? Rest of villa is so tasteful, and beautifully done.........
As an early riser, I wasn`t too happy about late breakfast, 8am, but they left a flask of coffee for me......it wasn`t hot at 6.30am, but contained caffeine, and was OK...... but maybe simple coffee making equipment in each room???

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Villa Daba is a really special place. Didier and Bernadette have made it an absolutely beautiful place to spend time. They have fantastic taste, their welcome is warm, the place is spotlessly clean and the pool is superb.
The breakfast is good and you can choose to pay 18 euros for a superb 3 course dinner with wine extra. We did on one of our two nights there. We particularly liked that everyone eats together so we got to know 2 couples from France and Norway.
The prices are comparable with western prices, they look at little steep compared to Moroccan prices, but the quality of the accomodation is second to none.
Its some way down a rough track - around 8km from Essaouria not particularly near any facilities which means you need a car or are heavily dependent on taxis. However I understand the road will be asphalted in the spring 2014 which will be a big improvement.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

It was wonderful relaxing by the pool after being in hectic Marrakech for 4 nights. We had a beautiful room - Jaipur on1st floor which looked out over the pool. The owners we lovely Didier spoke little English but we always managed to communicate effectively so that was not an issue. The food was delicious and breakfast was great too. We did not have a car but that didn't matter as it was nice to stay by the pool. We visited the old town twice, if you've been to Marrakech it's exactly the same but smaller! The taxi ride isn't too expensive but the road is quite bumpy and some taxi drivers weren't too happy about it but do not let that put you off.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stayed one night at Villa Daba but we could have easily stayed longer. The villa is really beautiful with lovely gardens, a pool and charmingly decorated rooms that were very clean and tidy. Bernadette and Didier were fantastic hosts making us feel completely at home, welcome and part of the family while also allowing us lots of privacy. Their cooking was absolutely brilliant, some of the best food we had on our trip! Would love to go back and would recommend to anyone. We had rented a car.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We stayed 6 nights at Villa Daba. As most reviewers say Bernadete and Didier are excellent hosts and cooks. We ate dinner there all 6 nights. Most dinners are 18 Euro but my husband told Didier to cook what was the best and if we had to pay more than 18 Euro then so be it. He had a different fish dish 5 nights out of 6. Because I do not eat fish, Didier always cooked me something special either lamb, turkey , chicken or beef. It was all very good. You eat dinner with the other guests of the hotel which is always a fun experience to talk to others. The wine and beer are reasonable prices as well.
The Villa is hard to find if you are driving - 2 km down a dirt road 8 km out of Essaouira. The location is quiet and peaceful. The pool was clean and warm and the lounge chairs comfortable. Our room was large and clean; and the shower had not bad pressure and hot water. Didier is always willing to help you out with finding things to do if you get tired of sitting by the pool. We went horse back riding one day, my husband played golf one day and we went for a walk to the surfers beach one day. All in all the Villa was exactly what we were looking for.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

My wife and I arrived in Essaouira on a Supra Tours bus and were met at the terminus by Didier, the proprietor of the Villa Daba. We were guests of Didier and his wife Bernadette for 5 nights.

It was a short drive to the Villa which is located approximately 8 kilometres from Essaouira. The villa stands in a large compound which is attractively laid out and much effort has been made to make the gardens pretty and pleasing to the eye. The gardens include Didier's growing menagerie plus pitches for pétanque.

The villa is arranged around the central pool area with guest rooms on the ground and first floors. Our room (The Essaouira) was comfortable and spacious.The primary language of the villa is French.

We were given a generous breakfast each morning and in the evening we took dinner at the Villa. Didier and Bernadette are excellent chefs and the dinners were of the highest quality. Ingredients are all well sourced and Didier, who was previously a fisheries expert, is able to obtain and prepare fish dishes that are sublime. There is also a good wine-list at reasonable prices.

All extras such as water, teas, coffees and dinner are chargeable extras but dinner at EURO 18 was good value.

We had not realised that the villa was some distance from Essaouira and felt a bit stranded as we had not rented a car. There is no reasonable walking in the vicinity of the villa so those that are car-less will feel a little isolated. This is the only down-side of the villa but is not too much of a problem if you are willing to hitch a lift into town with Didier when he goes shopping and get a taxi for the return. We borrowed the spare car of the villa for a few hours but this was very expensive at EURO 32.

In summary, we had a very happy time at the Villa and were made very welcome. The establishment is run to the highest standards and I recommend it highly.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 enjoyable days at the lovely Villa Daba.The hosts,Bernadette and Didier,were so friendly and welcoming and we felt that they could not do enough for you.Didier is also a wonderful cook and his dinners were excellent.We had a nice room,a lovely pool and beautiful surroundings to relax in.
If we'd have stayed longer than 3 days,we would have hired a car,especially as lunch is not provided.Overall, a wonderful place and wonderful people.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #6 of 77 Hotels in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Daba 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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