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“Amazing....that's all we can say!!!”
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Villa Gonatouki
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ghazoua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 29, 2012

This palace of a place exceeded our expectations in all ways. The owner Bruno is so kind and loves to share his part of the world. All the staff are also wonderful. I had an excellent massage on site. Food delicious.....we're glad we chose to stay here for so many reasons...one of which is that being outside of the city we had a chance to experience a more local feeling vista wise. The sky at night is filled with stars and the sounds are only those of a braying donkey or rooster. Bruno took us to the Sunday local meat and veg market. Not something you would see most places. There's something very special here!!!! Loved it all!!! Thank you Bruno for your kind heart! A la prochaine!

Room Tip: We stayed in suite but all rooms are marvelous!
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

The team and I hope that "la prochaine" will be soon. It was so nice to accomodate you and your family. You're right there is something special here and every guest let us something of his heart. I'll remember of our conversation in the patio. When i'll go with Brigitte in California, sure i'll phone you before.
All the best and kisses
Bruno

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Our travels in Morocco have taken us to 3 hotels, 2 riads and now this villa. Not so much a villa, more a mini palace. This is the place to die for, really. We have just spent Xmas there. Loved every moment of it. Bruno, his family and staff are all so welcoming and helpful. My wife enjoyed her massage, particularly as it was half the London price!

The food is also delightful. We had non traditional Xmas meal ( no turkey - yippee), which started with pate de fois gras - the French don't have the hang-up that is now prevalent in the UK press - sardines with lentils, followed by two tagines, one meat and one vegetable, gratin dauphinoise, and then finished of with apple clafoutis. Beats turkey and sprouts any time.

Room Tip: Ours was a brilliant suite with tasteful Moroccan decoration, and two others that we saw looked equa...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bruno E, Propriétaire at Villa Gonatouki, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2013

Thank you very much for your friendly review, Mike. I was very happy to meet Ruth and you. I like your humour and you give us a lot of smiles. Samira was very proud when I red the review about the food.
You told me that you'll come again in 3 years. That's too long but better than never. We'll wait for you and we'll stay in touch!
Kind regards
Bruno

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

My daughter and I spent 10 happy blissful days in Villa Gonatouki. The owner Brigitte (Bruno’s wife) arranged a taxi for us from Marrakech and after a short flight by Easyjet and three hour journey by taxi we finally arrived to our first destination in Morocco - Ghazoua village where the villa is situated. It is about 10-15 minutes car drive from Essaouira; the road leading to the villa is a rough 3 km track, which you get to know and like pretty quickly, it certainly adds a feeling that you are abroad. Judging by the photos of the guest house we were for a visual feast, but as many guests commented the pictures don’t do any justice to the place. It is simply huge and clearly built and decorated with love and passion for Moroccan tradition of woodwork and stone carving. There are over 100 Moroccan lamps hung throughout the house (castle, really) and after awhile you notice that all corners are curved. The ceilings in three main salons and patio also made of local wood, supported by stone columns, and some walls of the villa covered in tadelakt (gorgeous traditional Moroccan plastering technique), the floors tiled in different patterns. We stayed in one of the prestige rooms (green room) with a massive terrace and views over nearby ruins, Atlantic ocean and the main pool. Our bathroom windows deserve a special mentioning as they frame outside surroundings in delightful pictures.The house gradually grows on you and by the end of our staying it did feel like home. Most of the time we stayed in for lunches and dinners and the food was simply delicious. I even learned how to prepare briouates (Moroccan version of samosas made of fine layers of almost transparent pasty called “warka” and filled with goat cheese, parsley and grated nutmeg) as you have an easy access to the kitchen (in the morning you simply walk in and ask either Samira, Hafida or Khaoula that you are ready for breakfast and where in the house you wish to have it). Our favourite spot was lovely patio where we spent many tranquil hours reading or having breakfast or mint tea, and from where you can walk into any parts of the villa’s ground floor. Apart from our own terrace we sunbathed by the main pool (there are two) or a terrace next to one of the salons equipped with comfortable sofas, coffee tables and big TV screen. Dinners and lunches were prepared and served by Samira and Bouchra in either a salon overlooking soothing landscapes or a dining room next to the kitchen. We want to say huge thank you for all the girls who fed us and greeted us every day with beaming smiles, hugs and kisses! After dinner we usually had shisha in one of the salons with low metal coffee tables and leather bean bags. The villa gardens are well maintained by a quite man Mustafa who also looked after the swimming pools. A new feature of the guest house, which is not mentioned in the description, is the villa’s spacious hammam and massages, you must try them both as you will learn a lot about traditional Moroccan beauty regimes - argan oil, hennah, ghazoul (purifying mud), beldi (Moroccan soap) and kassa (scrubbing mitten). The hammam will wipe out any stress left in you and argan oil will do wonders to your tired skin. Few words about Brigitte, our host - a kind and warm French lady, who made us feel at home and made us laugh, who took us to Essaouira frequently and showed us around the medina. She also drove me to the medina on our second day to see Mohammed, a specialist in traditional herbal medicine (London hay fever and summer cold nearly suffocated me when I arrived), for that I am forever grateful as I got better after three days. We made a trip together to Fromage and Chateaneuf-du-Pape vineyard of Essaouira and also had a lunch with Brigitte’s daughter Stephanie and her husband Gregory in Le Jardin des Douars. Our stay in Gonatouki was the most charming, warm and blissful time where borders of host-guest blurred and merged into a strong sense of belonging and being at home. We miss it terribly and have to go back!

Room Tip: rent a car if you can with minimum light pollution at night the sky view from the villa's roof...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Or should that be a very special 'place' to stay? I think both are fitting. The property was an architectural wonder and a very moroccan villa all at the same time. From the front door each turn takes you to wonderfully different parts of the property and the whole while you are tended by the very lovely and hospitable Bruno and his staff.

Nothing was too much trouble for Bruno and his staff cooked up the most delicious authentic Moroccan cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The table was never bare!

Each room has its own identity and the bathrooms are wonderfully large. The roof terrace is a must where you can see for miles and even look straight down into the inner garden located in the centre of this beautiful villa hotel.

Families and large groups would be able to spread out and perhaps exclusively rent the property for their stay. As I've already said, nothing is too much trouble for Bruno and his team. My daughter and I will hopefully one day return again to this lovely villa hotel.

Room Tip: I cannot remember the name of the room in which my daughter and I stayed, but all of the rooms I saw...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

When I think of Villa Gonatouki it brings a massive smile to my face. We had the most wonderful stay here. We arrived as strangers and left as life long friends. Bruno and all his staff went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and special as possible. Nothing was too much trouble. We were made to feel so at home here, it was REALLY difficult to leave! We were meant to stay 2 nights and ended up staying 5! As it turned out, this was our favourite place in all of Morocco!

The architecture is simply stunning. No pictures can do it justice. It's like a Moroccan palace. Nothing quite prepares you for how gorgeous it is when you first open the front door! Our room was huge and beautiful with a lovely sunny terrace & loungers. The swimming pools are wonderful. We swam in both almost everyday. We tried to have our meals in a different part of the villa as each communal area has it's own charm and feel - the indoor terrace garden is really special. The food was the best we had in our whole stay in Morocco and different everyday!

Bruno, the owner, sorted out everything for us at the cheapest possible price, from taxis to quad bikes to our hire car. He is the best host I've ever met and I miss him already!! I had tears in my eyes when we had to say goodbye. We can't wait to come back and hope it will be soon, 'inshallah' as they say here!

Room Tip: Each room has it's own charm!!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

We stayed for 4 days at villa Gonatouki, the villa is amazing, huge and beautiful. Every part of the house was jaw-dropping, with its huge windows and views. Bruno was the most gracious host, and we were made to feel so welcome, anything we wanted we could have. The food!!! breakfast, lunch and dinner was incredible, all authentic Moroccan cuisine. We loved every minute of our stay, and left with the most amazing memories that we will remember forever! Thank you Bruno, we will see you next year

Room Tip: Every room had incredible views
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

We stayed at Villa Gonatouki for 4 nights in June and we cannot say one bad thing about the place. We were collected from the bus station as soon as we arrived by Bruno the villa owner. He was great, he made us feel so welcome and told us to treat the villa as if it was our home. We were introduced to all of the staff and were told to ask them for pretty much anything we wanted. The bedroom was magnificent, we had a huge private terrace with an amazing view all to ourselves. We ate in the Villa every day, lunch and dinner. The food was DELICIOUS! Moroccan home cooking at its best! Some of the bed food that we have eaten. Anything we wanted Bruno made sure we got. The villa itself is absolutely STUNNING, a perfect magical Moroccan castle! We will definitely be returning next year. This place and the people in it made our holiday a very very special one! Thank you Bruno and Staff!

Room Tip: We had the prestige room which was lovely ....... but all rooms in the villa looked lovely so it dep...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Km 8 Route d'Agadir | El Ghazoua, 44000, Ghazoua, Essaouira, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira > Ghazoua
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ghazoua
Price Range: $94 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Gonatouki 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A wonderful and peaceful place with a sea view, Gonatouki is located at roughly 10km from the beach.With its 10 bedrooms and suites you will be enchanted by the villa, its architecture and its 2 swimming pools (one with a kids' pool).A place you will never forget!!! ... more   less 
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