This is a house full of contrast and contradiction: Moroccan charm and idiosyncracy combined with distinctly cosmopolitan overtones, sumptuous dark mystery against sunlit clarity, generous spaces with hidden corners, chic style and laid back comfort. Interesting and eclectic, in a prime position within the bustling medina.
ABOUT: Primely located in Essaouira’s typically buzzy medina, close to shops and restaurants and only an amble away from the beach, Dar Qawi provides privacy and relaxation. Style-wise, the ‘House by the Sea’ is minimal, with sudden splashes of colour and modernity: think cedarwood furniture, iPod docks, patterned blue cushions, elegant lattice works and tiled floors. Sleeping up to seven, the riad is centred around a trickling alabaster fountain, with two roof terraces awaiting higher up.
ROOMS: The three first-floor bedrooms – two doubles, one a twin – all are en-suite. So too is a dressing chamber which can convert into a child's room. Simple but charming, all the quarters boast Egyptian cotton linen and fluffy towels.
FACILITIES: The ground-floor entrance opens into a generous, prettily-decorated salon; from the adjacent courtyard, stairs lead to the walled lower roof terrace, which contains a shower. Beside it is another airy lounge with a fireplace, satellite TV and DVD player, plus a fully-equipped kitchen. With fine sea views and four sun loungers, the higher roof terrace is entirely devoted to sunbathing. Dinners – an extra, very affordable cost; arrange them with lovely housekeeper and chef Zara – may be eaten up here, as the sun sets and muezzins’ calls fill the dusky air.
EXTRA INFO: Spa treatments, hammams and local excursions can be organised, again via Zara, who will also provide informal cooking classes upon request
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