Villa Gonatouki was an amazing place to stay. We have enjoyed a number of extremely friendly hotels in Morocco, but Gonatouki exceeds all. Bruno, the owner and our host, is just an amazing guy. Friendly, accommodating, attentive and welcoming to all. We met a couple from France (Frank and Helene) and together the five of us had two amazing evening dinners, as well as some enjoyable conversations. There were other people at the hotel who seemed to prefer privacy, and although Bruno made sure they were looked after, they were able to enjoy their privacy undisturbed. In other words, you can make your stay as private or as convivial as you wish. Breakfast was served on one of the many balcony areas and comprised a nice assortment of cakes, breads, fruit, jam, honey, fresh orange juice and coffee. Omelettes or eggs were available if you wished. The dinners were exceptional and as close to home made food as you will find. I really enjoy fresh sardines, which are abundant in the area, and for dinner the second night there was a huge platter of "sardines farci" which was a special treat (thank you again, Bruno and Sanaa). Although we booked for one night, we could not resist staying another night just to enjoy the company and the atmosphere. Considering the quality of the meals, the large and inviting rooms, the great food and the many available areas for relaxing, Gonatouki is excellent value. Bruno and his team are really committed to ensuring that you enjoy your stay.
The villa itself is extensive with a number of different dining and relaxation areas, both inside and out. There are two pools, one for relaxation, and a lap pool (Helene claims this is her pool as she puts in many laps each day). Our room was enormous with a separate, large bathroom and double glass doors opening onto a huge balcony. It was also spotlessly clean. There are balconies on two levels and a large number of places to either visit with others, or find a solitary space if you wish. For a large family group, a small wedding or a gathering of friends, the entire villa would make an amazing place.
If you are driving yourself (as we were) you need to be persistent to find the villa. From the south (Agadir) you will arrive in the village of Ghazoua. Stay on the road towards Essaouira, and approximately 2 km past the Ecole Polytecnique, you will see a large red cow statute in front of a restaurant, which is on your right. Immediately on the other side across the road is a gravel road. You need to go about 2.5 km down this road past a number of other villas. You will see Les Deux Mondes and, in about another kilometre you will see the sign for Gonatouki on the right. There's a metal gate and about 300 m up the track you will see the villa. Stick with it, you'll be glad you did!
We had a room upstairs with a balcony on the southwest side. It is spacious and has a great view.
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5 weeks ago
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. It was a pleasure to accommodate you during these two days. Yes the two dinners were very nice. That's why we love to accommodate people : just to be friendly, exchange experiences and keep a good souvenir. And you'r right : if people prefer to stay alone, it's ok for us because some people just need to be quiet and together.
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Frank and Helene asked me to say hello. I suppose you'r back in Canada now. Sure, in the five next years, we'll go and see you. We stay in touch!
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