Charming little hotel 25 km from Essaouira on the famous windsurfing spot of Sidi Kaouki.
ABOUT: Daubed in white and blue – the colours of Essaouira, 15 miles away – this charming small hotel is a whitewashed villa occupying a beautiful spot. Minutes away is the beach of Sidi Kaouki, one of the world’s most legendary surfing spots, with the wild sands extending for miles in either direction.
ROOMS: Including a penthouse and five bungalows, Villa Soleil has nine rooms in total: each simple but comfortable and stylishly decorated. All have their own patio and a strong shower; the two-bedroom first-floor apartment also boasts a Moroccan-style lounge and large balcony facing the Atlantic. Wi-Fi’s available but can be slow.
FACILITIES: Like a mini-medina, the hotel’s an appealing maze of short alleyways, stone arches, wooden gateways and secret terraces. At its heart is a spacious courtyard with palm trees, high wind-blocking walls and snoozy hammocks; outside are attractive gardens. Breakfast – crepes and breads with jams, honey and marmalades – is served here, and so too can be delicious Moroccan dinners. If it’s chilly, the small restaurant has a fireplace. Note that the hotel is cash-only and the nearest ATM’s in Essaouira.
EXTRA INFO: Watersports are easily arranged by manager Marie and her excellent staff, as are fishing, quad-biking and horse-rides along the sands. Be sure to watch the stars each evening, and then rise early for a dip the next morning: the beach will be largely deserted.
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The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.