A 6 room ecolodge 10 km south of Essaouira with a homely feel.
A few miles south of Essaouira – including a final track past donkeys and furiously-waving children – and inland from Sidi Kaouki’s wild surfing beaches, this charming eco-lodge is all about wellbeing and seclusion. Though its salmon-coloured walls and antique window grilles are barely a decade old, Baoussala feels pleasingly authentic. Styled as a homely riad, it sits soothingly amid a sea of argan, olive and eucalyptus trees.
Framing the central courtyard are two brightly-coloured rooms and two bigger suites, including the African-styled Sahara Suite, and nautical-theme Blue Room with accompanying private patio. Both the sunny Oasis Room and Marabout, a two-bed cottage boasting a lounge and private terrace, are found in the gardens. Able to be rented as a whole, Baoussala has Wi-Fi but not air-conditioning: the gentle ocean breeze renders it unnecessary.
A dining room, a convivial kitchen, a cosy salon with fireplace, some eye-catching fabrics and various paintings by local artists are all found in the main house; above them is a beautiful roof terrace with one corner tented, Berber-style. The walled garden has a 15m pool (usually heated all year round) and a hammam – massage cabins, steam room – to go with its jasmine plants, rose bushes, bougainvillea and mature trees. There’s an abundance of spots to read, snooze and stargaze.
Available on request, traditional Moroccan lunches and three-course dinners are prepared by in-house chef M’bark, who’s a specialist in slow-cooking.
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