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Riad Baoussala
Ranked #1 of 76 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Laid back luxury”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

A cracking place!! We were here for 6 nights in between Marrakech and then on to the Atlas Mountains. We got a transfer from Marrakech which Leah had arranged which worked very well. We then had a hire car while we were here which was delivered to the riad - taking out any of the usual hassle. The location is a bit out of the way but we really enjoyed that and used the little track for our early morning jogs. From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed and calm - the accommodation Is boho chic and we stayed in the blue room which was large, light and airy with a sense of privacy. We ate at the riad 3 of our nights and the food was always good - especially the Royal cous cous. Staff were great - from Dominique the owner, Leah the manager, and Rasheed who was always on hand and helpful. Pool and gardens great - couldn't have asked for more - we will be back .....

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Great little place - 6 rooms only. This makes for a certain intimacy and getting to know fellow travellers is easy. Really best for adults in our view - children running free can disturb the nirvana. Food, welcome, location (get precise directions if you're driving), all good. Would be fun as a group of friends taking over for 3/4 nights.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

We stayed at Baoussala in early April, with a toddler and a baby. We were made very welcome despite the demands of our little people, and the staff couldn't do enough to help us. In fact the staff were brilliant all round. Baoussala has a lovely, relaxed feel, as if you have just stepped into a family home. It has been beautifully decorated (Dominique has a great eye for design) although some areas are starting to look a bit tired (a few chips in the crockey for example). The pool area is lovely and a highlight was definitely the spa! Although the room is quite small and simple, the massages were excellent and extremely relaxing. The room we had was spacious and well appointed, though a bit dark. The thick walls mean that, whilst cool in the heat of the day, the rooms can feel a little chilled and damp in the evenings. If you are travelling with very small children or babies, the cots in the rooms are perfect, you can get monitors to work, and the cook was very willing to prepare simple meals to order when we wanted them. The resident dogs, cats and tortoises all provided hours of entertainment, although there are quite a few concrete steps to watch out for. All in all we had a great stay and would certainly recommend it.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

Baoussala is a charming place to stay, made so special by Dominique and her team which is led by Leah. The accommodation, food and surroundings are excellent and nothing is too much trouble. I arrived with a damaged walker - essential for my mobility - and this was fixed on site with miminum fuss. Thank you Dominique, Leah and staff for a magical few days. Remembering my stay always makes me smile!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

This Riad is about 12km from Essaouira in a walled compound of several small buildings. The accommodation is in traditional style, no TVs, no phones, and only a limited number of rooms. The main building is around a courtyard where breakfast is served, or you can have it on the extensive roof. Lunch can be ordered there too, and dinner on warm evenings. Otherwise there is ample space inside. The pool area is beautiful and calm, and the gardens a delight. The hosts, Dominique and Leah, are very attentive and know the area well for those who want to explore. We didn't because my travel partner is disabled, so days relaxing and the occasional trip to a beachside restaurant was the order of the day. All the staff were very friendly and helpful, a sign of a well-managed establishment. Both Dominique and Leah speak excellent English.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Baoussala is the perfect place to unwind and have a proper relax with lovely staff, friendly guests, delicious food in beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Thank you to Dominique and Leah and everyone at Baousala that make you feel so at home.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Recently returned from seven wonderful days at Riad Baussala. Dominique and Leah have created an oasis of sybaritic calm just outside the delightful historic fishing port of Essaouira. From the moment we arrived we felt we had come home. The children had the "romantic" red room because it is a triple. We had the smaller room next door.

Mostly we just wanted to relax in the many cosy corners on offer. The only creatures in a hurry where the tortoises after the children organised a race!

Of course we went into Essaouira and bought leather, wood and scarves. We also went down the coast to walk along the beach and down a charming cascade followed by a pleasant light lunch overlooking the Atlantic at Da Nar (delightful host)

We ate a wonderful array of Moroccan food in the delightful firelit dining room every night - and most days enjoyed lunch by the pool, which, relying on the sun, was a bit parky for the adults but fine for the children who revelled in it.

We had a nightcap by the fire in our room most nights after looking at the starscape from the roof.

At the end of the most relaxing break we have had for ages nobody wanted to leave. A truly enjoyable and fulfilling week.

Malcolm, Rosemary and family

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Riad Baoussala

Property: Riad Baoussala
Address: Douar El Ghazoua, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Baoussala 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Baoussala is a lovely house situated in the nature, 9 kilometers south of Essaouira, and near by the wild beaches of Sidi Kaouki. This charming hotel is composed of 3 rooms and 3 suites, all differents, comfortables and stylish, they offer a quiet and peacefull atmosphere.From the gardens to the roof terraces, the pool to the Hammam, with your family of just as a couple, the Riad Baoussala is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a stay near Essaouira.The pool is now heated at 28° all year arround thanks to an ecologique system. We offer a free access to the Hammam and we propose scrubs and massages upon request.Dominique, Leah and their team welcome you in this uncommom place where modernity and tradition are mixed for your pleasure! ... more   less 
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