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“Home from Home. Super location, cool owners and on-point staff.” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Daba
Ranked #18 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
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13 reviews
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“Home from Home. Super location, cool owners and on-point staff.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We, a young couple from Berlin, seeking for relaxation and good food, found a beautiful oasis at Villa Daba. The french owners are unique personalities who spent many years of their life in Africa, they are true world citizens and their place reflects this...

They cook excellent food every day for their guests - if requested, everybody sits at one table, what makes it easy to connect with other guests if you like conversation...
The service is superb, Momo the head butler is such a sophisticated and friendly person, he could easily work in a 6* luxury hotel...

The pool is priceless because it can get really hot.

We went to Essaouira twice, the souk/market there is much calmer and more authentic than the one in Marakesh, if we come back to Marocco, it will be Essaouira again...

The owner, Didier, also helps you book trips, we took an amazing Quad tour in the dunes along the beach.

There is so much to rave about and nothing to complain at all, it deserves No1!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Villa Daba, just outside Essaouira, was the last stop of our wonderful visit to Morocco and we could not have picked a better place. We loved the beautifully decorated rooms, the clean pool, the fantastic food and especially the warm welcome by Didier, Bernadette and Momo. They make you feel so much at home and take hospitality and great service to a higher level. Unfortunately we could only stay for one night, but we will be back! If only for a lobster diner or some more of that fresh fish and homemade desserts.....
Do not get discouraged that you have to drive along a dirt road for a while, it is worth it!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank riadenhollander
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband, and our two kids (9 months and 3 years) just arrived home from the most magnificent family vacation ever! A trip to Villa Daba, under the warmest and loving care of "Aunt Bernadette, Uncle Didier and his first class staff "Mo Mo" and crew is like staying with your favorite family in a far away enchanted villa in Morocco. They created for us the perfect environment to spend two weeks caring for our very active kids, yet ensuring that we experience the warmth, the beauty and the extraordinary Moroccan inspired, gourmet French cuisine.

Let me start by saying that my husband and I are travel journalists and I have worked 7 years for an Emmy award winning Food show........we were nothing less than BLOWN away by Didier´s usage of Moroccan ingredients like the daily plethora of fresh fish from the Essaouira fishermen, to conjure up new, exciting and delicious meals for us everyday. They created in total....10 non repeating gourmet meals for us at a VERY reasonable price. Just to name a few: Sting Ray, Crab, Fresh Tuna, oh the list goes on and on! Bernadette is also a masterful baker and made delicious ice creams and fruit tarts from local ingredients!

Since we have very small children and did not want to be in a theme induced all inclusive resort, we were hoping to find a quiet and serene hotel that could accomodate our needs to stay at the hotel for long periods of time and use their kitchen for the baby. They were extremely kind and understanding to all of our needs.

The pool was perfect and the organic garden with chickens along with the turtle garden kept our 3 year old occupied and happy. They also have a nice "chill out" tent in which to relax in when the heat of the day hits!

I could write a book on our stay, but the details and the friendships that we made along the way, are for us! I cannot wait to take my family and friends back. Thank you Bernadette and Didier!

Best,
Tracey, Stefan and the boys

Room Tip: There are only 6 rooms and they are all quiet nice!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Wonderful décor, beautiful rooms, felt like home as soon as you were greeted by Bernadette and Didier. The food was amazing. Guests ate together which made for very entertaining evenings. It is a taxi ride from the amazing food market. Make sure you agree a price for return, Didier was great at organising this for us. He also arranged other activities for other guests during our stay.


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Room Tip: We had the Rochelle room which had a fabulous roof top terrace.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank stepht47
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Colwall, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Spent two weeks with Bernadette and Didier, very relaxing, a haven of tranquility and hospitality. The location is quiet, all the staff are friendly and they aim to make a stay at Villa Daba a home from home , just with better weather. Oh yes, the food . just fantastic, fresh from the sea, the market or from the vegetable patch at the bottom of the garden.
Would highly recommend Villa Daba for anyone seeking quality in their accommodation and cuisine.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Andy M
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Mechelen, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

It was exactly what we needed: sun - heat - tranquility - lovely welcome - warm people - great food.
We felt immediately at ease.
this is exactely what a holiday is supposed to be.
I can only recommend it. great value.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Ann_B_469
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London
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I stayed with Didier and Bernadette in their magical villa for 3 weeks in January, it was the perfect haven to concentrate, focus and relax. The peace and tranquility combined with their wonderful hospitality made my stay truly special. A true Moroccan gem!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Villa Daba
Address: BP 164 Douar El Ghazoua | km8 route d'Agadir, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 78 Hotels in Essaouira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Daba 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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