Luxury hideaways on Morocco’s coast in Essaouira at Le Jardin des Douars

  • Luxury villas at Jardin des Douars provide the ultimate hideaway in Essaouira
  • Le Jardin des Douars, a terracotta paradise is Essaouira’s leading independent hotel
  • Explore a laid-back medina and unspoilt coast with year-round sunshine 
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With at least 320 days a year of sunshine, Essaouira is a firm year-round favourite destination. With direct flights from London, Paris and Brussels, Essaouira is not overrun with tourists, which makes this the perfect hideaway destination. There is a cool cosmopolitan vibe across the medina and a laid-back beach and port atmosphere. The leading hotel in Essaouira is Le Jardin des Douars and for ultimate luxury the hotel is home to three remarkable private villas, each with their own outdoor heated pool.

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The villas at Le Jardin des Douars are perfect for groups or families of up to 10 people. Here guests can combine as much of the hotel comfort and facilities as they like or simply remain secluded surrounded by their very own luxury setting. Each of the three villas is equipped with its own outdoor heated pool, a garden, air conditioning, several bedrooms and argan oil beauty products.

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Le Jardin des Douars is nestled in the heart of the Essaouira hills, sheltered from the winds and isolated from any noise pollution. The botanical garden setting further adds to the attraction of this hideaway. There are just 28 bedrooms in total and three very special villas.

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Villa Basmah, Villa Primera and Villa Patio can each accommodate up to 10 guests. A house 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. Priced from around £450 per villa, per night including breakfast

Each of the above three villas includes access to all of Le Jardin des Douars’ facilities including two additional outdoor heated pools, two restaurants including a couples only restaurant, a hammam and spa and a shuttle service. Babysitting can also be organised when booked in advance.

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Essaouira is like nowhere else in Morocco. Visitors can combine a beach and cultural town break in one holiday and enjoy a very laid-back vibe that invites relaxation and some exploration. Over the last few years there has been a surge in cool new openings of local independent businesses around the medina including restaurants, shops and galleries.

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. Essaouira’s sunshine and often windier climate make it perfect to enjoy surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing. Expect waves of between one and three metres. The beach is also the place to ride a camel or simply relax. A great lunch spot on the beach is Ocean Vagabond who can also assist with surf lessons. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Essaouira’s beach is Golf de Mogador. Designed by Gary Player, the newly launched 18- and 13- hole courses have been beautifully integrated into the natural landscape. Open daily, the two courses are ideal for professionals and beginners.

Le Jardin des Douars is a unique base to experience Moroccan hospitality, offering privacy and easy access to the beach, port and medina. It is the ultimate hideaway.

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.