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“Pretty disappointing stay” 2 of 5 stars
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Sawadi
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Douar Tajanate, Skoura 45500, Morocco   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 25 Skoura B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Pretty disappointing stay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

First impressions are important, turning up at the place, the car park and main entrance looks like a building site, which given the impressive photos on the website was very disappointing. The place has potential to be very beautiful given its location in the palm grove and interesting kasbah type buildings, but the outdated decor and extensive use of wrought iron furnature makes the place look dilapidated and tired, it was also pretty messy when we turned up. The rooms are big, the bed was very very hard, and there was too many colours on the wall to count. Dingy energy saving type lighting inside the room added to the already glum feel of the place. To add to the list of things, the water hot water did not work, Im assuming this was just a bit of bad luck and they were good enough to put us into another room. On the upside the food was fairly good. Though the service was a bit disorganised, we didn't get milk with our coffee for breakfast and or any bread. What was most disappointing of all was the shock at the end of being charged 5% of total accom and food price , for paying by card. This was not mentioned anywhere on the website, a cheap trick which leaves a sour taste in the mouth of an already drab and uninspiring experience. I have no idea of how it has got such high reviews. Real shame, the place could be nice if the owners treated it a bit more professionally and less like a lifestyle business. I wouldn't consider this good value for money, I have stayed in various riads and Kasbahs and think there are many more places where you get more bang for your buck.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

Wonderful ecotourism. Delicious food. Charming staff. Simple lifestyle. The play area needs some TLC. Catherine's olive oil and Candela/marigold skin treatment seems to work.
Lots of excursions available. The tour of kasbah in Skoura was fun

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Our stay in Sawadi was only for 1 night, but we wish we could have stayed longer. Sawadi is a great place to relax! The location, hidden between the palms, off the beaten track is great. The lodge is very nice and clean with a beautiful garden and swimmingpool.

We also had diner and that was absolutely delicious! There were a lot of guests and we sat outside with candelight. At the end of the night there was live traditional music and because of the birthday of one of the guests, the chef made a special birthdaycake. The atmosphere was great and very friendly, like a family. We all danced on the music of the drums.

Phillipe, the owner, should us the farm which is on the grounds of the lodge. For a huge part the lodge uses it's own fruit, vegetable and meat, which is great. Like this it also provides work for locals.

Finally we would like to thank Phillipe and his wonderful staff for helping us getting to the lodge. In 8 months there hadn't been any rain, until the day we arrived. The river which normally contains no water, was full and we could not get through with your rental car. By coincidence Phillipe was also at the river and fortunatelly the manager of the lodge was able to pick us up with the 4wd!!

Our stay was an "luxurious adventure". Thank you Phillipe & staff!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Just the kind of oasis you want to find after a trip across pretty uncompromising stone desert! Excellent staff, ideal facilities and great food. I am a birdwatcher and clocked three new species in the garden, plus several which we had only rarely seen before. In the town of Skoura, we were the only Europeans and were only hassled by one gentleman, so that was quite fun, but the public realm is not maintained to European standards (ie there is rubbish, dust and dirt everywhere!). Great drive to Dades gorges - v spectacular - about 2 hrs each way, and might have tried a bit more but we should have hired a 4x4 rather than our Opel Corsa!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

my boyfriend and i stayed in sawadi for 4 nights in August. it was a such a refreshing place to relax before going back into the hustle of the Moroccan cities. the food was the best we had in Morocco and made from the produce of their organic farm - absolutely delicious. the pool was a god send in the heat of the summer! all the staff were lovely and helpful. our room was beautiful and fairly spacious.

we went on a trip into the dessert organised by Sawadi which was an amazing experience and the guide was very friendly. we were taken right into the dessert and stayed in a little encampment. the scenery to and from the dessert is also wonderful

we were very tempted to cancel the rest of our trip and just stay at Sawadi but we were in Morocco to travel so pulled ourselves away.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Wonderful garden, friendly service, a natural pool (no chloride) and comfortable appartments. Located in a remote and quiet corner of the Skoura oasis. We booked for 4 days but remained an entire week. Highly recommendable.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Additional Information about Sawadi

Address: Douar Tajanate, Skoura 45500, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Skoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Skoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sawadi 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sawadi is an ecolodge 4 acres in the beautiful palm grove of Skoura. Sawadi won the trophy for Sustainable Development in 2014 in Morocco and the Green Key label since 2012. Meals are prepared with products from our organic farm every day. Fruit juices and jams are also made ​​on the spot and you'll discover prune juice apples, dates ... Apricot bread cake pancakes everything is done on site. A short distance from the center you will wake up with singing idle and forget the noise of the city for complete relaxation through our Spa (massage, Hammam ....) Excursions guided tour .... We can arrange all for you. ... more   less 
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