Follow the Wind and Waves to Essaouira and learn to Kite Surf with 320 days of Sunshine
16 Aug 2017
- Learn to kite surf on Morocco’s coast in ideal conditions on beautiful beaches
- Enjoy other water sports or leisurely camel and horse rides on the beaches
- Explore the UNESCO medina filled with shops, restaurants and many art galleries
- Le Jardin des Douars, a terracotta paradise is Essaouira’s leading independent hotel
Ocean Vagabond on the beach in Essaouira, is one of the coolest 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, 2 hour couples €100 and 2 hour private €150.
Other water sport experiences including Stand Up Paddle, Windsurfing and Surfing. Expect waves of between one and three metres. The beach is also the place to ride a camel or horse or simply relax and take a walk towards the medina.
The walled medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here visitors will discover the most laid-back medina in Morocco, compared to larger towns and cities. Fans of Othello the film, may recognise the labyrinth of streets. Combined with traditional craftsmen and women creating authentic Moroccan pieces on sale in many stalls and shops, guests will also experience many contemporary new restaurants, shops and galleries. A great place on Rue al Yeman is Mega Loft, popular for its night-time live music, this large restaurant is full of unique furniture items and local art. Essaouira’s medina is smaller than those in other Moroccan cities meaning guests can explore and shop without getting lost.
Le Jardin des Douars is nestled in the heart of the Essaouira hills, sheltered from the winds and isolated from any noise pollution. It is located just 10 minutes shuttle from Ocean Vagabond. The botanical garden setting further adds to the attraction of this hideaway. There are just 28 bedrooms in total and three luxury villas. The hotel’s facilities include two outdoor heated pools, two restaurants including a couples only restaurant, a hammam and spa and a shuttle service. Across the hotel’s beautiful gardens guests will meet the resident birds, tortoises, peacocks and lizards.
Le Jardin des Douars is the perfect backdrop for relaxation. This independent hotel offers a good hammam and spa treatment list not typical of most hotels, the Argan oil used is local and organic. Treatments include the Skin exfoliation Hammam with Smimou Salt and Argan Oil.
A luxurious yet affordable way to holiday at Le Jardin des Douars is to stay in one of the three stunning villas. Villa Basmah, Villa Primera and Villa Patio can each accommodate up to 8 guests. A house maid and chef is available for breakfast preparation to truly start the day relaxed and is also available to prepare all meals if required. The villas all include a barbecue area, a pétanque pitch, table tennis, extensive lounge, living and dining areas with their own fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens and four separate bedrooms with their own bathrooms. Each villa is also home to its very own private heated swimming pool. This is paradise. Priced from around £450 per villa, per night including breakfast
Essaouira is described as the ‘Wind City of Africa’, add 320 days of sunshine and an atmosphere where tourism hasn’t taken over and visitors feel they have discovered paradise, all just over 3 hours direct flight from London.
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.