Luxury in a very simple setting on the lagoon of Oualidia.
ABOUT: Luxury doesn’t come much simpler. Situated yards from a seven-mile-long, Atlantic Ocean-fed lagoon, La Sultana Oualidia is a boutique hotel in splendid, ivory-tower isolation, and easily the area’s most sophisticated residence. The remote, seaside setting and architectural style mean it’s perfect for those seeking a genuine luxury bolthole, while fans of watersports, seafood and spas will also be in luck.
ROOMS: Elegantly styled using lots of local materials - tadelakt plaster walls, zellig tiles, wooden flooring – the 11 rooms and suites scream (or whisper, rather) serenity. They come with plasma-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and marble bathrooms, but the headline acts are outside: each has its own terrace and sea-water Jacuzzi. There are treehouse and ‘apartment’ suites, should you wish to splurge.
FACILITIES: Located near one of Morocco’s best oyster beds, La Sultana specialises in cooking salty stuff. Eat it in an unusual sunken dining room, facing the lagoon, or privately on a waterside deck. A stroll past palm trees and bougainvillea in the hotel’s terraced gardens is blissful; a splash in the 40m-long infinity pool equally so. And the spa’s indoor heated pool and massage rooms await.
EXTRA INFO: La Sultana also has its own private beach, next to another pool. Take a flamingo-spotting boat trip on the lagoon, or arrange a fishing, walking or surfing lessons.
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Dear Max and Denise
We had a wonderful time. What a fantastic place La Sultana is; thank you very much for the recommendation and your excellent service.
Donal Quigley who stayed here in October 2015.
Malcolm Jones who stayed here in October 2015.
Hugh Griffiths who stayed here in September 2015.
La Sultana, Oualidia - fantastic location with wonderful seafood.
Jill Kyne who stayed here in March 2015.
This place really hit the spot for us. As an architect, I really appreciated the building design and fit out. I can honestly say that the restaurant provided some of the most memorable meals we've experienced. The "coupe de gras" was the loan of the restaurant managers personal fishing gear to give me the opportunity to wander out across the samphire with nobody except the curlews for company - wonderful.
All in all, a terrific experience for which we thank you so much - as Patten said "we shall return" !
John Stephenson who stayed here in August 2014.
La Sultana was a gem. Really good service and nice other families staying there. Surfing and hiking on the dune were great. Best choice for us – the other place would have been too simple.
Anna Barez-Brown who stayed here in April 2014.
La Sultana was superb - again the setting, the pool, the staff - an amazing place to finish our holiday
Sue C-W who stayed here in September 2013.
At la Sultana, the service was great. We had the rooms as requested but they were set up with the three children in the apartment and us in the junior suite. They switched it without any problem. You should know that the junior suite has a day bed on the first floor above the bedroom that converts into a good bed. In fact, since it was more comfortable than the additional rollaway bed in our apartment, that is where my 6 foot son slept and was very happy. He had his own room and private balcony.
Comparing from the brief look at the town when we arrived and the luxury of the Sultana, we finally ate all of our meals at the resort. The food was always great. I guess an all-inclusive might have been cheaper!?! We went surfing one day but the waves weren't big enough. We did not even do it the next day as surfing condition were worst. We took an early boat and went jogging along the sea coast on two days. Amazing views! So great food, great rooms, great set-up!
André B who stayed here in September 2013.
Transfer to La Sultana was effortless - although as I mentioned it did take around 3.5 hours due to some roadworks
The hotel itself was great - the staff very accommodating - room was again comfortable - bathroom adequate but quite small
The seafood at dinner on all 3 nights was great
We went to the local market / souk on the Saturday and surprise surprise Leslie managed to spend more money - this really was for locals only but fortunately my Arabic is good enough to bargain!
Keith I who stayed here in April 2013.
La Sultana in Oualidia was superb and I would really recommend it to anyone. We had a lovely room and the staff were always very helpful and attentive.
Charles S who stayed here in March 2013.
La Sultana was another fine experience..we were upgraded again when the house manager detected that the view we had wasn't quite what we were expecting ( he was very aware to spot that) So, great place, quite luxurious with very attentive staff, lovely food and very tranquil location. The Manager Khalil was enthusiastic, engaging and very helpful. We walked quite a lot during our stay, and I would say that 4 or 5 days would have been enough as there is not really too much else to see around that area. Bird watchers delight though.
Kim T who stayed here in December 2012.
We enjoyed the drive to Oulidia and were blown away by 'La Sultana'. Fabulous position, staff could not do enough, room was splendid, particularly enjoyed the log fire in the evening.
Anne W who stayed here in November 2012.
La Sultana Oualidia, Oualidia has been rated 12 times, with an overall rating of 4.92 out of 5.
Unique and charming small boutique hotel in an old Spanish church.
A wonderful way to stay in Essaouira when being in the heart of the city sounds too stressful..!
Charming authentic riad with cosy, comfortable rooms, located half way between Jemaa El Fna Square and the modern town.
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