The stylish accommodation is a spacious 18th Century riad which was completely renovated in 2008 and is now a sophisticated boutique hotel offering discreet personal service, sumptuous accommodation and breathtaking views over Essaouira's Medina and sweeping sandy beach. The owners, Celine and Caroline have worked hard to create a unique guesthouse, and have furnished each of the twelve splendid rooms to the highest standard, combining all modern comforts with more traditional features, such as the lovely old photographs, aged books and vintage antiques that are dotted around the charming riad.
Ideally located on the edge of the Medina, the Riad is a stone's throw from the centre of town and only a five minutes stroll from the long sandy bay, lined with cafes and restaurants serving freshly caught fish and other delights.
The Windsurf and Kitesurf centre is based at the far end of the bay reached by either a 30 minute stroll along the beach, or if you are in a hurry to get on the water, a taxi will cost around £1 and taxi 5 minutes.
The Riad has a distinctly colonial atmosphere, with high dark wood ceilings and old comfy leather chairs which have been subtly blended with more unique contemporary furnishings, like the unusual wooden carved sculpture on the central patio, the beautiful cascading glass chandelier in the dining room and the oversized comfortable chairs and sun loungers on the roof terrace. Celine and Caroline will ensure your stay at this chic retreat will be truly memorable.
This superb Riad has just 12 exceptional rooms and suites combine comfort, luxury and privacy. Each room is a unique place, a perfect blend between oriental traditions and western luxury.
Some of the rooms overlook the Bay of Essaouira, with a magnificient view over the island of Mogador, while others offer a more intimate setting, suggesting Romance and voyage. All room have Wi Fi, safe and Tub or Shower.
L’Obe (Double bedded Medina View / 40m2): Inspired by the Golf, the atmosphere is of wood and Scottish fabric, and of beige creme tadelakt. The washbasin and shower sit on variations of chocolate, gold and beige. The whole room is bathed in subdued lighting scattered by furniture of natural leather, wood and brass.
I’Oxalis (Double Medina View / 40m2): In a spirit of voyage, tents and trunks welcome you in the natural tones of a traditional tadelakt. The suit-case washbasin of wood and brass, and the bath tub inlaid in wood will set a course for adventure.
I’Occident: (Twin with patio / 30m2): Safari atmosphere composed of skins in tones of red, black and white, framed with wood, in contrast with a natural tadelakt. White porcelain shower and washbasin shine together in the subdued lighting.
I’Odyssee: (Medina Wall Double & 2 x single beds / 50m2): Rich fabrics and English furniture give the colonial atmosphere of this prestigious suite. The bathroom, flooded in light at the base of the ancient city walls, offers you a bath tub and double washbasin.
I’Orizon (Medina Wall double / 40m2): Brass lighting and finely sculpted furniture will make you enjoy the marvels of Moroccan craftsmanship. The copper tub, open to the room is set off on a pedestal, for an atmosphere in tune with your welcoming country.
I’Orient (Medina Wall Double & 2 x single beds / 50m2):: The delicately muffled suite glitters of colored glass drops and is draped in warm tints of velvet, varying from prune to old pink. Embellished by a Moroccan living room, the traditional architecture appears in a layout of patinated woods, enhanced by the natural tones of tadelakt and zelliges.
I’Opale (Medina View double / 40m2): Leather weavings on an oakwood frame welcome you in a modern translation of the colonial style. Wooden mats enhanced by light floral arabesques guide you to a vast shower set between two finely sculpted blinds. Comfortable leather armchairs for your readings in this atmosphere which evokes Jules Verne.
I’Onyx (Medina view Double & 2 x single beds / 40m2): Raw woods, traditional weavings, decorations on the bare ground, this room sets you in the berbère world. You can relax by the fireplace, comfortably lying on thick cushions, or enjoy the bathroom, polished to the smallest detail at the image of the brass taps.
I’Or (Patio Double / 30m2): Voyage inspiration for this room and its trunk shaped dressing gawn, modular furniture, leather fabrics and various shades of turquoise. The tadelakt is discretely set with wood to display books and other inspirational objects.
I’Opium (Sea View Double / 50m2): Touches of red and black, stainless steel lightings blend in the simplicity of a natural tadelakt for this spacious rococo styled room. The bathroom offers a bath tub with a view on Essaouira bay, and an Italian styled shower.
I’Octane (Sea View double / 40m2): Chic safari styled to the smallest detail, ochre and natural tadelakt, leather furniture for this room with a view on Essaouira bay. The Porcelain washbasin and bathtub are housed in wood for a contrasting atmosphere between antique and modern.
I’Avel mOr (Sea View double with private terrace / 35m2): Exceptional location for this room on the edge of the sea-view terrace. The atmosphere is that of the opens seas with materials inspired by a boat’s cabin. A semi-private terrace accompanies this unique space. The bathroom is a lattice of mahogany and iroko wood for a warm comfort.
The spa-pool LOsmose is an invitation to well-being and to re-discover your senses. Alone or accompanied, stop the tick of time for a while in a Hamm am and its oriental body care. Musique D'Orient et huiles aromatiques, surrender under the skilled hands of a professional in a world massage