I have just left Villa Gonatouki after eight wonderful nights and need to write whilst the beauty, peace and comfort of my stay remain fresh. The Villa is set 4 kilometres down a wee road about ten minutes from Essaouira, where it stands peacefully amongst the Moroccan countryside, donkeys and goats. The peace and quiet are instantly calming and this is reflected in the space and comfort within the Villa itself.
I was upgraded for free to a Prestige Room with its own private balcony and they happily served me dinner any night that I requested on the balcony with the sea and Essaouria in view. The four course meals were traditionally Moroccan but full of home cooked flavour and just what one wanted after a day lounging around the pool or out exploring the local area and beaches. Alternatively there are some superb restaurants in Essaouira offering fresh Moroccan food with a plentiful supply of fish. Apart from being able to recommend some of the best restaurants (from £10 upwards for three courses and drinks), Bruno, the Villa's owner is always around at breakfast to help plan your day's trips if required.
Bruno and all of his staff team could not be either more welcoming or more helpful, with nothing being too much trouble. The rooms are cleaned each day and the Villa and it's grounds are constantly maintained to an exceptional standard. Breakfast is just as delightful as dinner with fresh orange juice, breads, pancakes et al all freshly cooked and served with mint tea, coffee and fresh fruit ... The perfect start to one's day.
Visit the beaches at Essaouria and Sidi Kaouki ... Try the fresh fish grills at both places ... The souks are great fun to wander and barter in but not pressurised in any significant way. .. The Berber Market at Had Draa on a Sunday is a must ...
The only two questions I am left with ... When can I manage to come back ? and secondly, who can I persuade to share in Villa Gonatouki's beauty next time ?
Thank you Bruno ... And all your team ... David Black
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A wonderful and peaceful place with a sea view, Gonatouki is located at roughly 10km from the beach.With its 10 bedrooms and suites you will be enchanted by the villa, its architecture and its 2 swimming pools (one with a kids' pool).A place you will never forget!!! ... more less
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