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.