Small and simple hotel 20 km south of Essaouira.
ABOUT: A surfer favourite, this small, rustic and relaxing beach hotel sits a dozen miles south of Essaouira on the road to Agadir, with wild forest behind and one of the country’s most stunning stretches of sand only yards in front. It makes a perfect stop-off for nature-lovers and slumber-seekers alike. Clad in attractive blue and white hues, the auberge is chiefly characterised by great service, a convivial atmosphere and fantastic food. With no electricity, all is candle and lamplit – but that only adds to the ambience.
ROOMS: Accompanied by three spacious and clean shower rooms, the ten simple rooms offer pretty rugs and quirky decor. The chamber beside the roof terrace is reputedly a favourite of Paloma Picasso whenever she visits.
FACILITIES:An authentic mesh of Moroccan and French style, chef Khadija’s cuisine is fresh and bursting with flavour; fish is a specialty, vegetarians are welcomed and dishes are either served in the dining room, which has a fireplace, or on an outside patio. The staff sometimes play harmonicas or perform belly dances; afterwards, the tradition is for guests to sit and lazily chat into the night.
EXTRA INFO:Roro and her fabulous team can arrange almost anything: surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing in the Atlantic, camel and horse-rides along the beach, cycling, cookery and belly-dancing classes, and tours of Essaouira’s medina, including hammam sessions. A local lady can also be summoned for traditional hennas.