Arrived in Essaouria via Supratours and was aware that the 'barrow boys' would be waiting-no taxi's at the bus station, so you have little choice unless you want to drag your luggage yourself! Walked a few minutes around the corner to Des Iles Hotel. Greeted by some extremely friendly and smiling receptionists. Shown immediately to our rooms, which were still being cleaned, but dumped the cases and off to explore the area.
Essaouria is a very beautiful coastal resort, with a fabulously wide and clean beach. The petite train stop is directly outside the hotel 15dh for adults, 5dh for small children. The trip is probably only 30 minutes, but it's pleasent. Turning right out of the hotel takes you into the medina. They don't appear to haggle here-you ask the price, they tell you, if you say no too much, they LET you walk away! It's very easy to get lost in the medina-we did! And ended up coming out on to what appeared to be a building site, but my daughter spotted the Supratours station across the way and we were able to regain our barings. Just inside the walls of the medina is a lovely little courtyard of cafes, reasonably priced, with a lovely atmosphere. Street musicians come along and play while you eat-for money of course! Not everybodies cup of tea, but an experience all the same.
Whilst visiting a cafe along the beach front, my young daughter was in need of the toilet-only to be shown to a traditional Moroccan toilet-suddenly she wasn't desperate anymore! So be aware incase you get caught short too ;-)
Back to the hotel for a shower-fantastic! Shampoo etc provided. No air-con in the room, but even in July it wasn't needed-to my surprise. Essaouria has a cool breeze which is most welcome.
Dinner was served in a very lavish decorated restaurant. We stayed half board-the menu was brought to us in french (we can't speak french, so the waiter helped us out!) starter was soup or salad. Main was turkey, fish or kofte style meatballs-all served with carrots potaotes and rice. We all opted for creme caramel for dessert, and I dont remember the other options. All served with a smile in a very pleasent atmosphere.
After dinner, we had a walk along the promenade where street sellers sell candy floss, nuts, ice cream etc. Women are selling henna tattoos and so forth, but a no thank you is all it takes-no hassle!
Next morning was a delicious breakfast, pancakes and pastries with freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee.
The pool area was very clean with plenty of sunbeds. On the day we arrived there was music coming from the pool area but it was not intrusive. The next morning we had the whole pool to ourselves for most of the morning and it was very quiet-but in a nice way. Free wifi in the reception for those that need it.
We only stayed in Essaouria for one night (only because I made an error with my booking) but wish we'd stayed for at least two nights as planned. Would I go back? Like a shot! It was lovely! Oh and the King of Morocco has stayed here-there is a large photo in the reception to prove it! If it's good enough for the King, it's good enough for me! Enjoy!
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