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“Fantastic riad - wonderful!” 5 of 5 stars
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Douar El Ghazoua, Essaouira 44000, Morocco   |  
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Winchester
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“Fantastic riad - wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We just had the most fantastic 6 days at Baoussala. Went with the kids (9 and 7). Rooms were fabulous - there was plenty of room for 4 of you with seperate area for kids to sleep. The riad was absolutely beautiful amazing layout. Beautiful courtyard and roof terrace. Amazing pool area with lots of seculed areas to avoid the wind. Staff were fantastic - we really felt at home. Couldnt fault it. We hired a car which we felt essential as we wanted to go and explore - there are tons of things to do with kids - we surfed, road camels off the beaten track, went quad biking on the dunes and explored Essaouria. Food was lovely but wasnt the cheapest around.

Room Tip: Marribou suit was incredible - outside of the courtyard area so a little quieter. We dicided it was...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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Salisbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We arrived at Riad Baoussala after a busy week in Marrakech. As we wended our way down the long unpaved road at the end of the 2hr drive from the city looking for our inn, I confess I had my doubts. Morocco had been a dream destination for my wife since childhood, and the frenetic pace of our time in and around Marrakech with excursions into the Atlas and to the edge of the Sahara had been thrilling but a bit touch-and-go. I worried that Baoussala would disappoint. As we came in through the front gate Dominique, one of the owners, greeted us with an offhand warmth that was quite disarming; and the gardens, walls and trees around us, with only the sound of the breeze, left us feeling that we could deeply unwind our cares and leave our busyness behind. Baoussala feels like home, as it is for Dominique. She designed the place and it looks like she merges traditional Morocco with other inspirations from the continent into a laid-back evocation of Africa in a world-travelers' den. The communal dining area is graced with Moroccan rugs, tadelakt floors, bookshelfs of paperbacks in 12 languages, and artwork of north and sub-Saharan Africa. We opted to take all our dinners here (not included in the room price, though breakfast is) since it was such an inviting place to which to return at the end of the day with the warm hospitality of the staff and pleasant conversation with the other guests. Our room was charming with its sitting area, hearth, reading room and bath shaped of glazed brick and clay with natural wood hatchwork ceilings. My wife, the designer and traveler with uncompromising standards, was deeply pleased with our setting, snapping pics of each detail and from every angle. We enjoyed returning to the room from dinner as the evening chill set in to find the fire lit and the room ready for reading, lounging and sleep. Baoussala is 10-15 min from the center of Essaouira, set in the hills that roll away from the Atlantic. We found access to town easy through arranged cabs or occasionally traveling in with staff on their errands. Essaouira is magical as well offering history, souks, hammam, and a less aggressive sales mentality than Marrakech. I surfed a few days we were there and the riad was nicely situated between town and some of the breaks. We left Baoussala wishing we had a few more days, but we left rested and with our heads and hearts cleared for the homeward journey from Morocco. This is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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cheltenham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

What an amazing place! After a long journey and arriving late we felt like we had woken up in paradise the following morning. Breakfast can be taken in the courtyard, roof terrace or even in your room. Service is prompt and beautifully polite. Leah and Dominique make sure that they come and chat and make you feel welcome (but never in an overbearing way). The attention to detail is a credit to them both. Well done guys and we hope to see you next year!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Wauw!! We just returned from a 17 days trip in Morocco, where the first 6 days was spend in the just so wonderfull Baoussala, 9 km outside the charming coasttown of Essaouria.
Boussala is the kind of place were you feel immediately at home. The place is beautifully and very personally decorated, subtle luxury with a magnificent sense for details. We enjoyed the cosy corners around at the hotel, the relaxed lunch by the very appetizing pool. We enjoyed our comforting breakfasts in the different outside areas as well as our very well cooked and reasonable priced dinners in the beautifull dining/ living room, evenings we will remember for a long time! We were a party of 2 families, each travelling with 2 boys aged 9 and 13. And the boys also had a wonderful time, especially the young ones enjoyed the nature around the place. We all felt very much at home and has already planned our next stay in this very unique place. It so good to know that this kind of hide away actually exists out there.... Puk, Denmark.

Room Tip: The MArabout cottage lies on it own, has 2 wonderfull bedrooms, quite nights out in nature, just ser...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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dominiquebaoussala, Directeur général at Riad Baoussala, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
We are so pleased to see that you had a nice experience with your kids and family at Baoussala, and even more happy to learn that you want to come back next year! We love having happy guests arround us, it will be a big pleasure for us to welcome you one more time next year!
have a lovely day

kind regards
Léah & Dominique
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amsterdam
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

It's in the middle of nowhere and can only be reached by car; but you end up in one of those (few) places in this world where your "soul" may come to rest, where life is simple and beautifull.
We (a family of 4) stayed in the Marabout cottage; the girls had an Emperor's bed (larger then a King) and we had our own private bedroom and a roaring fire (in the open fire place) every night.
The 500 sq. foot cottage is in all respects very cosy and light plus the style and details are very attractive. The large swimming pool is next door, as is the Hammam.
The whole ambiance is very congenial and relaxed - one can use the kitchen in the main house -
have breakfast (excellent) served where one desires and enjoy dinner in what ever setting.
All together an unusual place in an unusual setting with an unusual possitive approach!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We have just stayed in the Sahara Suite for 7 nights, we loved every minute of it. The room was firstly comfortable but also beautifully designed with local themes in mind. Every night we had a fire lit for us , which was very cosy and sent us and our two year old daughter off to sleep. Usually by 9pm! I have stayed many places with good services but here the service was not only good but heart felt and we developed real affection for the various characters at the Riad. Everyone seemed happy to be there. The food was delicious and reignited our passion for Tagine style cooking. Our daughter was given the time of her life with lots of cuddles and attentive smiley faces. She definitely experienced a coming down to earth day or two when back home. This is home from home in a different culture. As other reviewers have mentioned you do need to hire a car to get maximum benefit. But hiring the car is an effortless experience. I went jogging each morning on the track outside the Riad, so this is an option for anyone wanting to do this. Otherwise relaxing is probably a better option and having a delicious breakfast in the morning sun on the roof or back terrace. Thanks everyone we will be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed five nights at BAOUSSALA with our two children ages 5 and 8. We loved it. The place is tranquil and the children could run around on their own playing with the turtles or feeding the donkeys who live in the surrounding wilderness. You do need at car if you want to get around. The hotel is a good base for exploring both Essaouira and the surrounding beaches and villages. The food was good and the staff was very accommodating to the children's taste buds. One night we had lentils and squid and the cook was sweet enough to come with soup for them. Not cheap accommodation but we enjoyed the peaceful beauty of the place and the pleasant service.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Marabou cottage which was very comfortable, quiet and pretty. Gorgeous architecture...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Douar El Ghazoua, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Baoussala is a lovely house situated in the nature, 9 kilometers south of Essaouira, and near by the wild beaches of Sidi Kaouki. This charming hotel is composed of 3 rooms and 3 suites, all differents, comfortables and stylish, they offer a quiet and peacefull atmosphere.From the gardens to the roof terraces, the pool to the Hammam, with your family of just as a couple, the Riad Baoussala is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a stay near Essaouira.The pool is now heated at 28° all year arround thanks to an ecologique system. We offer a free access to the Hammam and we propose scrubs and massages upon request.Dominique, Leah and their team welcome you in this uncommom place where modernity and tradition are mixed for your pleasure! ... more   less 
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