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Le Jardin des Douars
Ranked #6 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2013

First - This hotel is a fantastic hotel - the sum of all the parts, (food/service/surroundings/pools/atmosphere/rooms) make it the best holiday hotel that we have ever stayed at. If you are looking for a classy (but not stuffy), relaxing, friendly destination look no further. If you want to relax by the pool, you can choose the calm pool (which is very well observed), or if you have excited kids they can play in the other pool. Forget all that nonsense about worrying about sun loungers etc...as JDD have solved that problem, by the incredibly simple solution of having more than enough for everybody! One of the things that I think makes this place tick is that we calculated there were about 40-50 guests staying, and we heard there were about 30 staff, so the service is absolutely first class.
The town of Essauria is an amazing little town with shopping and souks that are far less intimidating than Marrakech.....and the people allow you to look and browse and ask without hassling you. We also did a half day cookery course in the town (with our two teenage kids) which was good fun to do all together, and we did the 3 hour quad biking recommended by the hotel which was fantastic and very very professional and safe......and a camel ride was a box that needed to be ticked...so we did that as well!
However it was difficult to force ourselves away from the hotel as it was so so relaxing simply to stay there, and eat the fantastic food that is presented every few hours!
So.....an amazing place that I can't recommend highly enough!
For the sake of balance/honesty........I should mention that we had a few issues when we arrived with hot water, but it was dealt with immediately and professionally by the staff so it really didn't matter at all. If I had any genuine suggestion for the hotel, I would suggest that they need to get the internet sorted out...we really missed that....and nowadays you don't just need internet for work, as it provides entertainment while relaxing as well...so that was a shame.
Someone else mentioned on trip advisor that they felt uncomfortable due to large parties that seemed to be friends of the owners... but I think this is more that this hotel is so fantastic people go back year after year, so it can appear to be a bit cliquey......but everyone is so polite and discrete, and there is so much space, this is not an issue. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER AFTER A HOLIDAY, WE ARE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT GOING BACK NEXT YEAR!!

Room Tip: The rooms with terraces seemed good...although as we were a family of four needing two rooms this ma...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Dear Family,

Many thanks for your amazing feedback!
It was a real pleasure to have you 4 here for a few days, and we are glad that you had such a good time. You know where is our little paradise now... so do not hesitate if you want to come back next year. And if not, we will see us each other later for sure.

Have a goo trip back home!

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Le Jardin des Douars is just a stunning place to spend a few relaxing days in Essaouira. The staff is absolutely perfect. The food is really good. The atmosphere is fantastic with no noise at all except the birds and... the wind! Great swimming pool. Very comfortable rooms. The managers (the couple Greg and Nannie) are just SO nice. This is a MUST for anyone visiting Essaouira. Thank you very much guys! And see you very soon again! A Swiss/Belgian couple. :-)

Room Tip: Ask for a LUXE room. Prices are really good, too.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

Dear Jean,

It was our pleasure to have you there for a few days.
We already miss your Swiss/Belgian way of being!
Thank you so much for your nice feedback.
You will find us here for your next trip...

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

We pulled up in a taxi (10 minutes from Essaouira and 300 dhm!, we subsequently found out that we could have the shuttle bus return for 175 dhm) and all we could say was 'Wow!' The gardens were just beautiful. We were met by Khalid and Nani, both spoke very good English. We (2 couples) had been upgraded to the Mogador Suite, which was a lovely surprise. We were shown around inside and out and we all agreed that it was a special place. Evening meal is either a set menu (you give notice that you want to eat that evening by putting your room number on a blackboard) or a la carte. Food was reasonably priced, alcohol isn't cheap in Morroco, so no different here. The suite had 2 double bedrooms, a lounge and a huge bathroom. It was wonderful to take a shower with the french doors open and the breeze coming in without being overlooked. Quick mention here that it is very windy at this time of year, nice during the heat of the day though.

Le Jardin des Douars has such a relaxing atmosphere, we instantly felt like we were on holiday. I would definately come back to stay and would recommend it for couples/adults (children may get bored as there isn't anything to do apart from the pool). I thought it was a nice touch that everyone had an equal share in any gratuities left, from the front of house staff to the cleaners and gardeners.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2013

Dear guest,

We are glad you had such a good time here at Le Jardin des Douars. We were very pleased to host you during those days. And we sincerely hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Lovely place, beautiful gardens, clean rooms, amazing food and friendly, helpful staff. Extremely relaxing, nothing is too much trouble for the staff and it all feels rather luxurious. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2013

Dear guest,

We were glad to welcome you in our little paradise! We hope that yo had a good trip back to home, and that we'll see you soon again.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed on our Honeymoon and had an absolutely amazing time. The Gardens are beautifully kept and provide a welcome oasis for the weary explorer and from intensity of the Medina's.

The food was superb, a blend of fine Moroccan and French cuisine. What made it extra special for us were the fantastic staff who were charming, patient with our poor 'French'! and clearly very proud of their workplace.

Here are our top tips which seem to be the main hang ups for the unhappy visitors.

• Location and transfers:

It is a 10 minute trip out of town in the countryside, as one would expect such a gorgeous site to be, therefore if you are of the exploring type bring a car. JDD do offer a pre-book shuttle town transfer which is cheaper and more comfortable than using a petit taxi.

• Book to suit a family or peace seekers:

JDD is absolutely perfect for families, the gardens provide great entertainment for little explorers being enclosed and safe & secure. The service is consistently good which is why families return. There ARE separate accommodation, restaurants and room options for those who want seclusion, but DO be sympathetic that is hard for JDD to keep both families and peace seeking couples 100% happy and separate, especially during peak periods and the (Belgium?) school holidays. Therefore book outside these periods if peace and silence is of upmost importance to you.

• Wi-Fi & the internet:

There is Wi-Fi but don't expect blisteringly fast speeds, dial-up at best, it will probably improve with future technologies however be sympathetic... you are in Africa and in the countryside. Perhaps appreciate the break from work and the internet - you are on holiday after all!

• French & Arabic speaking?

If you speak poor French (like us). Work on some of your keywords, bring or download a translator, particularly useful for menus. The senior and checking staff speak good English, however the service staff have a limited vocabulary but are keen to work on their English and happy to help you with your French. Respect that you are in another country. Have fun with it... gestures go a long way :)

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2013

Dear guest,

We really want to thank you for your nice review and support! It seems that you have been won over by the Jardin des Douars spirit and atmosphere. Nothing to add except : congratulations for your engagement with your wife!

We hope to see you soon around here!

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Peaceful and relaxing stay. Amazing food and very friendly helpful staff. Spa on site. About 20 minutes drive from the beach for those wishing to do water sports. Stayed in a luxe room which was spacious and had a very large bath. Recommended for a relaxing break!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2013

Dear guest,

Many thanks for your nice review! We were very happy to welcome you for your honeymoon.
We send you some Souiri sun in case Leeds is a bit cloudy!
And we hope to see you soon in our little paradise...

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

In my opinion this is what luxury is about: charming and well kept premises, friendly and efficient service, attention to detail, reasonably sized. Highlights were: massages at the spa, 25m swimming pool besides a smaller family friendly one, Moroccan pancakes at breakfast, fireplaces in the "douaria" apartments, and staff friendliness.
We stayed on a special occasion and everyone at Jardin des Douars strived to make it a success.
Rarely have I so much looked forward to staying somewhere again as I am at JdD.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Sebastien L, Propriétaire at Le Jardin des Douars, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2013

Dear guest,

Many thanks for your nice review!
We also think that this is how luxury should be, so we're glad you liked it.
We wish you a good trip back home, and hope to see you soon in Essaouira.

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Address: Douar Sidi Yassine - Ida Oueguerd, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Business Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#6 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: $141 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Jardin des Douars 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Essaouira hills, sheltered from the high winds in a magnificent natural setting formed over millennia by the Ksob Oued (river), the Jardin des Douars is a beautiful guest ksar (palace) dedicated to lovers of nature, authenticity, simplicity and kindness. A guesthouse of charm in voluptuous forms, constructed in accordance with Moroccan traditions and materials, combining a subtle refinement of decoration with the luxuriance of a garden for real relaxation and simplicity. ... more   less 
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