Best-Value Essaouira 2018 – Affordable Luxury at Jardin des Douars
6 Dec 2017
- Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel 2018’ select Essaouira as a ‘Best Value Destination’
- Le Jardin des Douars, a terracotta paradise is Essaouira’s leading independent hotel
- Essaouira combines a beach, watersports, a medina and a relaxed art scene
- Learn to kite surf on Morocco’s coast in ideal conditions on beautiful beaches
- Direct low-cost flights from the UK, France and Belgium
Essaouira is the most laid-back destination in Morocco and visitors will encounter both bikinis and boards on the beach but also an exciting, UNESCO World Heritage Site, cosmopolitan medina. Essaouira showcases an exotic yet affordable ambiance and Lonely Planet recently voted the destination as a ‘Best Value Destination’ for 2018. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 awards, highlight where tourists should head next and Essaouira was one of five ‘Best-Value Destinations’.
Essaouira officially has around 320 days of sunshine per year and with a flight time of just over 3 hours, visitors are guaranteed good weather most of the year. A place that always has something to discover is the walled UNESCO medina. Combined with traditional craftsmen and women creating authentic Moroccan pieces on sale in many stalls and shops, visitors will also experience many contemporary new restaurants, shops and galleries. Essaouira’s medina is smaller than those in other Moroccan cities meaning guests can explore and shop without getting lost.
Places to discover in the medina in 2018:
Restaurant: La Table by Madada – Medina
Restaurant: Umia – Medina
Restaurant: La Mouette et les Dromadaires – Sidi Kaouki beach
Art Gallery: Gallerie l’Arbre Bleu
Art Gallery: L’Atelier des Arts Empreinte
Art Gallery: Elizir Gallery
Le Jardin des Douars offers luxurious yet affordable accommodation nestled in the heart of the Essaouira hills only 12 minutes by shuttle to the medina. The botanical garden setting further adds to the attraction of this hideaway. There are 19 bedrooms and 6 suites in total and three luxury villas. The hotel’s facilities include two outdoor heated pools, three dining areas including a large open plan restaurant, a couples only restaurant and alfresco dining on the terrace. Other facilities include a hammam and spa and a shuttle service.
Ocean Vagabond on the beach in Essaouira, is one of the coolest and most affordable places to dine whilst watching the waves. The laid-back terrace is the perfect backdrop after a day learning to kite surf. Ocean Vagabond offer several kite surf options including group, couple and private lessons. The winds that blow on Essaouira bay provide the ideal atmosphere for beginners. The 320 days of Essaouira sunshine only enhance this wonderful sandy beach. The certified instructors provide 2, 4, 6 and 10 hour experiences and the service includes the wetsuit and accessories. 2 hour group priced €75 and 2 hour couples €100.
Other water sport experiences including Stand Up Paddle, Windsurfing and Surfing. Expect waves of between one and three metres.
Essaouira is also the perfect family destination. For a family excursion, the Villa Juba Farm is situated a few minutes from Essaouira. The farm offers a countryside setting ideal for lunch. The tranquillity within the 15 acre estate is only occasionally disturbed by the sounds of the animals including horses, donkeys, camels, goats and ducks. Families can enjoy a tour of the farm, lunch and also have a swim in the pool. Must be reserved in advance and open daily.
How about learning to cook together as a family? Located in a former almond warehouse by the entrance to the medina, l’Atelier Madada welcomes groups for cookery classes. Here Moroccan gastronomy is the focus and guests prepare tajines, couscous and pastillas and more. After enjoying the lunch, prepared as a family, guests embark on a walking tour of the souks where new discoveries are made.
www.jardindesdouars.com B&B priced from around £140 per room, per night or £450 per villa, per night.
Travel Information: easyJet fly between London Luton and Essaouira twice per week on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Essaouira airport is located 15 minutes from Le Jardin des Douars and a shuttle service is available. Marrakech is about three hours from Essaouira.
Special Offer: (Kite)surf in Essaouira, from 10/02/18 to 24/03/18
3 nights minimum stay / 10% off rooms, suites and villas / 10% off at Ion Club Océan Vagabond for lessons and rental