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Riad -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region

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327TimB32...
Hassocks, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“A fantastic home from home with the best food in Morocco from the wonderful Karima!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

A really comfortable and deceptively spacious home within easy reach of the beach and the medina. The roof terrace provided a great option when laziness really took hold as well as a great start to the day with a breakfast feast courtesy of Karima.

Fouad and Karima both provided welcome support and help with their local knowledge and despite plenty of research, we all voted Karima's tagines as the best we had not just in Essaouira but Marrakech too.

It was our second trip to Morocco as a couple but the first with the kids and they loved it. Essaouira really is a perfect, laid back introduction and a wonderful place for us to revisit too.

Thank you for a really great break.

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Leaving!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 17, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Liked best: The breakfasts and the terrace.
Liked least: Nothing.
Traveling group: Teenagers
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Charlotte...
London
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4 reviews
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“Exactly what the Dr ordered! A most relaxing chillout in perfect surrounds!”
Reviewed August 3, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Impeccable care and attention from Fawad and the most delicious food (try the chicken with raisins!!) from the delightful housekeeper/cook. Beautiful and spacious riad to house us girls on our relax escape to the sun! Perfect roof terrace for the delicious meals, sun bake as well as space to escape the heat and cool down, with stunning sunset skies and G&Ts! Very clean and comfortable rooms and the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Marakech!

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Liked best: The roof terrace!
Liked least: no pool, but the gigantic bathrooms made up for it!!
Traveling group: Friends
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LyA24
Herts
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15 reviews
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“Wonderful, clean, and very helpful”
Reviewed July 18, 2012 for a stay in March 2012

Had a brilliant week with family. The Dar was bigger than we expected and each had our own floor and bathroom giving privacy but with the large comfortable communal areas. Terrace was great for quiet afternoons.in the sun. It was kept clean and tidy by Karima, whose breakfast kept us going all day and her cooking was better than most of the restaurants. Fouad looked after us very well and gave good advice Fiona was excellent too booking our taxi and advising on the Quad bikes. This was a great adventure. The company recommended seemed more expensive but was worth it as we went further, had proper tuition and safety was a priority. Would love to go to the Dar again

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Liked best: Friendly, clean, terrrace
Liked least: Liked everything but it was a bit windy as we went in March
Traveling group: Extended Family
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sibsey
wales
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“Highly reccomended,spacious and in a great location”
Reviewed July 9, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Met by Faoud the caretaker who was very helpful about the apartment and area but Marrisa the house keeper was wonderful, her home cooking plentiful and delicious highly reccomended. The location is perfect just outside the madina walls 3 minutes walk and the beach 10 minutes.The apartment is spacios clean and well equiped with tv and video, books and games and a lovely private roof top terrace.The town of Essaouira is beautiful too a lot less hassle unlike other towns and cities in Morroco and better laid out much easier to find your way around.

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Liked best: location,space and house keepers cooked meals
Traveling group: Other
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RobLisle...
Lisle-sur-Tarn
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14 reviews
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“Great place to stay in Essaouira”
Reviewed July 7, 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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We stayed here for 6 nights and would have stayed longer if it had been available. I can say in summary that we were very pleased with every aspect of Dar Doughri. The accommodation was of a good standard and the price was reasonable taking this into account. I especially appreciated the excellent communication and attention to detail by the owner. Being somewhat independent we didn’t make much use of Fouad’s services but he was always available if we needed him but the star of the show was definitely Karima. She cooked breakfast a few times and dinner twice and it was fabulous – and all done effortlessly and with a cheery smile. Close to the medina and within walking distance of the beach we were near the heart of the town but still able to retreat to the roof terrace when we just wanted to chill out.

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Liked best: The ability to escape to the roof terrace when we needed a bit of peace and quiet!
Liked least: Noisy seagulls!
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
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peterjfin...
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent choice”
Reviewed March 10, 2012 for a stay in February 2012

The two of us stayed at Dar Doughri for 8 days at the end of February, and we were pleased with our choice. Even in February the weather was fantastic. We had sunshine for the entire day, every day. The air was clean, and it was lovely being outside from 10.00am to 6.30pm. This was our first time in Morocco. Essaouira is a town of about 25,000 people, with a very Moroccan atmosphere. There seemed to be relatively few tourists, of which around 90% were French. Moroccans spend much of their time outside, there are people everywhere during the evenings, and the house felt both alive and a retreat from this atmosphere of happy children, football matches,and chatting. The house is situated close to the medina, which is ideal. To have been within the medina would feel like living in a shopping precinct - way too busy. It's also only a few minutes' walk to the seafront. The town is known for its wind, but this helps to keep it at a comfortable temperature, and it was often calm and still for much of the day, especially in the mornings. The house has 4 storeys, with 5 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, a light spacious lounge and a fantastic roof terrace, which we used loads as it remained sheltered and secluded at all times. Both the house manager, house keeper and Fiona the English owner, were very helpful. One issue we did have was around car hire which I wouldn't bother with in future. Especially in cities, but also in the towns, the traffic can go in all directions so you have to keep very alert. To add to this, motorbikes, mopeds , cyclists and horse and carts rarely have lights on them at night!!!! Car hire is notably more expensive than Europe, the insurance excess is very high, so it seems better to either take out the optional additional insurances for peace of mind, or more preferably, hire a car locally for just a couple of days. I hope that's helpful.

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Liked best: Roof terrace, spaciousness and house staff
Liked least: Sofas could be more comfy.
Traveling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Mar 13, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of Dar Doughri and Essaouira. Driving in Morocco is always a challenge and bumps and scrapes are common place. There is some relief in the knoweldge that the speed limits are very low and the local police enforce them with heavy fines. The drivers and cars we use to tranfer our guests, from all over Morocco to Dar Doughri and on local site-seeing trips, are all vetted by our House Manager and have an excellent safety record leaving our guests confident of a relaxed experience.
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