Claiming the distinction of being Morocco's first riad hotel, Villa Maroc was originally surfer-central, catering to the boarders who are such a feature of Essaouira.  These days it’s much more serious, much sharper: a calm white-and-blue gem, run by a friendly couple and spread across three houses and courtyards deep in the Windy City’s UNESCO-protected rabbit-warren medina (old town). 

ROOMS: Like the property as a whole, Villa Maroc’s 21 rooms are immaculately (and traditionally) styled, light and spacious, with plenty of mod-cons for good measure.  White plaster floors, splashes of dark red fabrics, soft wooden furniture and the odd big colourful pot are par for the chic course.  Some rooms also enjoy sea views and separate lounges; ask us to book these.

FACILITIES: After a day haggling in Essaouira’s boisterous markets, surfing the Atlantic waves or bartering in the daily port-side fish markets, Villa Maroc’s fabulous roof terrace is paradise.  A small Oriental Spa provides alternative routes to relaxation while, if gardens or a pool are required, all guests have complimentary access to Les Jardins de la Villa Maroc, a beautiful, sister country villa only 15 minutes away via free shuttle.

MORE INFO: Guests can wake each morning to a traditional Moroccan breakfast served either in-room or up on the terrace.  Creative, tasty dinners are served in the dining salons, with a fireplace standing ready for the winter months. There’s free Wi-Fi in all public areas.

For your Moroccan coastal holiday at the Villa Maroc, call 01672 500555 to discuss your plans.