What a magical few days we had at Baoussala. We arrived with high expectations (just look at all the reviews) but we were far from disappointed. We were instantly made to feel at home in this beautiful oasis of calm. Dominique and Leah and their team are incredibly kind and enthusiastic. It seemed that nothing was too much trouble. Rasheed, in particular, was really helpful and lifted our spirits each day when we saw him.
You could quite happily spend a few days at the Riad without feeling any desire to leave but should you want to explore there is plenty of information to hand about the local area. Dominique kindly took us to a wonderful local market where we were the only visitors not arriving by donkey. We also enjoyed our visits to the charming town of Essaouira where there are excellent (and surprisingly relaxing) shopping opportunities.
The weather was beautiful in early November. We started our mornings with yoga and Tai Chi on the roof watching the sunrise, then enjoyed the quiet pool before an excellent al fresco breakfast. You can have breakfast as late as you like. The house is beautifully designed and styled to feel elegant, comfortable and homely. It’s a friendly, sociable place but if at any time you want to be alone there are plenty of areas to sit and enjoy the gardens in silence. We loved the animals who wander around the Riad – especially the tortoises. One was as tiny as a matchbox! In the evenings you can retire to your cosy room and light a fire and it is completely silent at night.
We would highly recommend Baoussala to everyone - couples, families, friends and people travelling alone. It’s a very special place - ideal for a stress free holiday. Can’t wait to go back.
- Also Known As:
- Riad Baoussala Hotel
- Riad Baoussala Essaouira
- Riad Baoussala Hotel Essaouira
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Baoussala is a lovely boutique hotel situated at 9km south of Essaouira in the middle of the nature. Composed of only 6 rooms and suites it offers a lot of space for all the guests. With a large pool, a spa and Hammam, a roof terrace, a garden and a large courtyard, it is the perfect place for a peacefull retreat, not so fare away from the charming city of Essaouira, but far enough to relax in the nature! ... more less