We stayed here for a week, for the entirety of our holiday in Morocco, and we are so pleased we didn't stay anywhere else.
When you first get to the villa (we were kindly given a lift by Bruno the owner), you can appreciate its beauty, which is just as advertised on the website. We were given a tour around by the owner, and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice!
As for food, this was the highlight. It is informal, with no menu or dining room. You simply choose at which of the tables (inside or outside!) through the villa you want to eat and let any of the staff know you will be eating! Not a problem for us, but they will accommodate to your dietary needs if you have any. Food is generous in amount, and very delicious and homely in style. Dinner is a 3 course affair (with some appetizers before the starter), usually with a tajine for main, which I can't stress enough how delicious they are. Breakfast is home baked breads with a mix of jams and fruits. Everything is made from fresh produce.
If you fancy it, you can join the staff for their weekly shop at the largest market between Essaouira and Marrakesh, which is totally worth the experience.
We slept extremely well as it is silent, and the rooms are pitch black with the curtains drawn and lights off!
Thank you so much to Bruno for giving us this amazing experience! I would thoroughly recommend staying here if you plan to visit Essaouira!
- 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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