This place was worth every penny! Arriving at around 8:30pm, I was pleasantly greeted by the owner, Marie, and without fuss was quickly shown to my room. I wanted something a little more open space and without me having to ask, she had the insight to know that I wanted to see another room. Without issue she whisked me off to another that I found suitable to my mood! The hotel is located 5 minutes walk from the beach in a very quiet and little village about 10 miles from Essaouira. The beach is much nicer here than in Essy. There's not much to do if you are looking for bustling nightlife or the bustle of many people for that matter. For me it was a perfect place to decompress and enjoy some "me" time. It's great for surfing and sun bathing, horseback, camel or quad riding on the beach. There's not much else to do. The service at Villa Soleil is intuitive and attentive. I asked for a beer and it was served with a glass & bottle opener on a tray which I brought back to my room. The common area by my room was comfortably appointed with beach chairs, a table and chairs and a couple of hammocks to drift into an after-sun slumber.
Breakfast was not included but could be purchased for 3 euro. The typical Moroccan crepes with assorted jams and honey, bread, butter, orange juice, and coffee that would satisfy any westerner's palate. The milk for my coffee was served cold, for once. In general I enjoyed my stay and was extremely relaxed by the time I left. The charm and simplicity of staying at Hotel Villa Soleil had everything to do with it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Soleil is the brainchild of a Belgian couple who had five bungalows build in the grounds of a villa, to create a total of nine hotel rooms. Every room has its own patio, shower, washbasin and toilet. The hotel is conceived as an Arab medina with little alleyways, stone arches and antique wooden gateways and doorways. There is a spacious courtyard with palm trees and a few smaller courts where breakfast is served and which are delightful spots for a peaceful sojourn. The first floor of the villa has a penthouse comprising a Moroccan lounge, two bedrooms with double bed, a bathroom with bad and shower and a spacious balcony overlooking the sea. Plage de Sidi Kaouki Essaouira, one of the best surfing spots in the world. Plage de Sidi Kaouki is on the Atlantic ocean about 20 km south of Essaouira. (160 km from Agadir, 150 km from Marrakech) It has miles of sandy beach and is encircled by extensive woodland. It is a rural area where you will have the opportunity to meet the barbers and see their way of live. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Soleil Hotel Essaouira