Make sure you print off the directions map if you choose to stay here as there are no signs pointing you towards the rough, bone-shuddering 3km track that leads to Riad Baoussala. Once you reach this isolated haven of tranquility, you will feel instantly relaxed. Arriving after a long drive from Marrakech airport on an unusually cloudy and drizzly day we were shown to the delightful Oasis room, tucked away in a quiet corner of the compound. Having stayed in riads previously, the Oasis room had the benefit for us of being set away from the central courtyard where breakfasts are served.
The following morning we met the owner, Dominique, the epitome of efficient Gallic hospitality, who effortlessly makes you feel part of her extended family. Baoussala is the organic evolution of 12 years’ labour of love, sympathetic to its remote environment but with all the necessary comforts you might need.
What might have initially appeared as minor annoyances, e.g., wi-fi connectivity is poor by the pool and in the room, turn out to be positives, forcing you to unwind and disconnect from the outside world.
Breakfasts are simple Moroccan fare, available wherever you choose to eat, from 8 until late morning. A lunch menu is available, with enough variety. Dinners must be reserved in the mornings, and can be adapted to individual tastes – we ate in three nights out of four. On our last night we dined on a delightful courgette soup, and lamb cooked in aubergine in Dominique’s rustic kitchen, accompanied by Gingko, her Labrador, as well as Bob the cat.
Dominique, Leah, Rashid and the rest of the team looked after us well, there if we needed them but never intrusive.
If you go to Sidi Kaouki, I suggest avoiding the shortcut track if using a rental car – the road is rougher than the track from Ghazoua and single file for most of its length.
Riad Baoussala was far and away the best, most hospitable of three of our stops in Morocco.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Riad Baoussala Essaouira
- Riad Baoussala Hotel Essaouira