It was our first trip to Africa, and we are SO happy that Gonatouki was that special place to accommodate us. It is an incredibly beautiful, stylish and cosy home (I can't call it a "hotel" as I and my husband felt more like staying at our friend's house). It is build and decorated in moroccan style with a trace of french grace. The villa is full of space, vivid spicy cpolours, traditional folk arts and crafts and spectacular views!
Our room was very clean and tidy as well as all other areas indoors and the territory around the hotel. The bed is comfortable; the bathroom is lovely and with hot water; wifi and TV are available - so all modern comfort is created. We had a real fireplace and a big terrace, so we enjoyed our evenings making wood fire and/or sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine and imagined ourselves being the ancient Romans observing the city of Essaouira and the Atlantic ocean from the top of our patrician villa :) That was our romantic Magrib fairy-tale!
The mornings were also very relaxed and we always began them with delicious and rich breakfast - moroccan pancakes, fresh bread, eggs and fruits, local (argan?) honey and jams, coffee, mint tea and fresh orange juice gave us enough energy for the whole day! We read from other reviews that it is worth of trying the meals cooked by villa staff and we did - no regrets! It was delicious and aromatic! We had fish and vegatarian options of traditional moroccan cuisine which is defenitely my cup of tea :) Samira who cooked for us does a great job and she deserves the Michelin star as a Chef :)
What I did want to try in Morocco is their Hamam. First I wanted to visit the public one where local people go (not tourists) but it's better to do it together with someone (like your friend or family) rather than to go on your own (especially for the first time and with my poor French). So I had my first experience of moroccan hamam on Gonatouki villa. Bushra is a tiny lady but has very strong hands! She was soaping me thoroughly, rubbing and scrabbing and then again soaping, rubbing and scrubbing... (I think she did it at least 4 times!). That was cool! and after I had a relaxing massage with argan oil and nice music! That was exactly what I needed to treat myself :)
We met Bruno, the host, a day before our departure as he was in France. Though he was away his staff was very helpful and gentle, we are very thankful to all ladies who looked after us. Bruno is a very optimistic, cheerful and friendly person. It was a great pleasure to spend the evening together sharing dinner and wine and chatting like friends. I hope it was not our last evening and we will be back on Villa Gonatouki one day!
I would like to note that Bruno is taking care of not only his guests but the people who work for him. It's very nice to know that not only guests enjoy their time but the people who work there as well. That's why the staff does their job excellent and make the guests feel happy. We would like to say "thank you very much" again to Samira, Senna and Bushra who looked after us (sorry if I spell your names wrong). And of course, thank you, Bruno!
- 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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