Essaouira, Morocco

Le Jardin des Douars

Rates from (ex tax)$124.66

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MAD1,300.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Kasbah à la française

Setting

Riverside hilltop oasis

Sheltered in a luxuriant garden off Essaouria's windswept shores, hillside boutique hotel Jardin des Douars deftly mixes French chic with the warm colours of the Maghreb. Peace-and-beauty seekers will fall for this chill-out palace's domed villas, cloaked in palms and bougainvilleas, and stay for the jade-green pools, locally sourced food and sybaritic hammam.

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A 30-minute hammam session and black-soap exfoliation for each guest

Facilities

Photos Le Jardin des Douars facilities

Need to know

Rooms

26, including seven suites and three villas.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $124.66 (MAD1,182), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of MAD30.00 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MAD1,300.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of flaky Moroccan pancakes, breads, home-made jams, cooked eggs, fruit salad and fresh orange juice, as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Hotel closed

The hotel closes for two or three weeks between January and February.

At the hotel

Spa, botanical gardens with access to surrounding countryside and riverbed, boutique, terrace, lounge with fireplace, library, pétanque pitch, free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: Les Sens de Marrakech toiletries. Villas have a TV too.

Our favourite rooms

The hotel is a celebration of Maghrebin colour and craft, with zelige tiling, smooth tadelakt plasterwork, pierced metalwork and tactile Berber rugs. Rooms have a shabby-chic feel with original wooden doors, and objets trouvés and African masks on the walls; in the bathrooms, you’ll find a mini hammam kit and luxurious Balzatex linens. At the back of the main house, Relax Room 6 is cosy and cute, with lots of sun in the morning and a shower room; Relax Room 8 has stunning valley views. Set in two-storey houses in the lush grounds, Luxe Rooms have a private feel, with king-size beds, private outside terraces, seductive sunken baths and a corner fireplace. If you’re travelling en famille, the Mogador Suite is a two-level extravaganza with a double bedroom, another bedroom with three single beds, a living area and two rooftop terraces from which to admire the grove-dotted hills and riverbed below.

Poolside

The adults-only infinity pool is a chic rectangular affair, tiled in blood-red and peacock-green zelige, surrounded by wrought iron day-bed and straw parasols. It’s heated from October to May and the perfect setting for some quiet sun-worshipping or purposeful laps. On the other side of the main house, the family-friendly pool is protected by a grove of olive and argan trees, with a shallow circular area perfect for babies, and some changing rooms nearby.

Spa

The region is famed for its precious argan oil, harvested by local women’s co-operatives and used in the marble-lined spa. Argan-tree bark is used to heat the eucalyptus-scented hammam, the pulp for scrubs; perfumed black-soap exfoliation, hot-stone massages and algae wraps leave skin prepped for the North African sun.

Packing tips

Staying at Jardin des Douars is very much about getting off the grid: there’s no internet, TV or phones in the room. In the common areas, WiFi can be slow and patchy – load a tablet with must-see boxsets before you go. You can leave bulky headgear at home – you’ll find baskets of attractive straw hats on the sunny terraces for guests to use.

Also

In the bathrooms, you'll find a mini hamman kit stocked with local argan-oil products.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome, and stay free, but you’ll need to bring their bedding and food with you. See more pet-friendly hotels in Essaouira.

Children

Welcome. Extra beds for under-12s (MAD110 a night) and free cots can be added to all but Relax, Romantic and Luxe Rooms; a children’s lunch menu is available. Babysitting is available with one day’s notice.

Best for

5-12s

Recommended rooms

Family Rooms have a double bedroom and another room with two single bunk beds. Douaria Rooms are small self-contained houses perfect for large families. The spacious Royal Suite has two bedrooms, two terraces, and two bathrooms.

Activities

Jardin des Douars can organise quad biking, horse and camel riding, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and cooking lessons for children. You’re unlikely to experience a rainy day in Essaouira, and the beach at Sidi Kaouki is just a 20-minute ride away; for a spot of at-home relaxing, the hotel’s atmospheric hammam offers 30-minute massages, manicures and pedicures for little ones too (MAD300).

Swimming pool

The circular family-friendly pool is heated all year round, with a very shallow end within the main pool perfect for small children. It’s not supervised, but there are plenty of sunloungers from which to keep an eye on little ones.

Meals

Highchairs are available in the restaurant, as is a lunch menu for under-12s of classic child-friendly fare such as mini burgers, home-made bolognese or chicken skewers. Staff are used to dealing with families, so just ask if you need to heat up baby milk.

Babysitting

Babysitting is available with one day’s notice. The hotel charges a flat fee of MAD75 for up to four hours during the day, and MAD150 for up to eight hours during the night.

Also

There are no baby monitors in the hotel, so you’ll need to bring your own; pick a room in the main building if you want to enjoy some alone time at the restaurant while your little Smiths are sleeping.

Food and Drink

Photos Le Jardin des Douars food and drink

Top Table

In the main restaurant, choose a window-side seat for the perfect valley view. Sweet-nothing-whispering couples should reserve a candlelit table in La Table des Douars.

Dress Code

Kaftans and tunics, linen and sequins.

Hotel restaurant

There are two restaurants serving North African cuisine with French influences. Casual Le Ksar is a spacious room in sultry reds and deep orange, with full-length windows down to the river valley and a cushioned sunken lounge area. The terrace in front of the main house is where breakfast and lunch (including a magnificent Sunday barbecue buffet) are served. The menu changes daily: check the blackboard for light fare such as salads, grilled gambas or salmon tartare. Chalk your name on the board if you want to dine in that night; the à la carte menu changes every couple of weeks. Adults-only La Table des Douars – an intimate dining room of mirrors, cosy nooks and romantic lamps – is ideal for a tête à tête. The open kitchen is a bustling walk-in affair, where guests can watch the fragrant Morrocan cuisine being prepared: there’s roast beef fillet with a herb crust, crushed potatoes with Sidi Yassine argan oil, or tender salmon maki with preserved lemons and date pesto.

Hotel bar

Set to a jazz soundtrack, cocktail hour is on the terrace: the drinks menu features classic negroni, caipirinhas and mojitos, as well as local and French wines. There’s also a pool bar, and a bar area in the main restaurant.

Last orders

Le Ksar serves breakfast from 7.30am to 10.30am, and lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm. Both dining rooms are open from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

Room service

None.

Location

Photos Le Jardin des Douars location
Address
Le Jardin des Douars
Douar Sidi Yassine Ida Oueguerd BP 209
Essaouira
44000
Essaouira
Morocco

Planes

Essaouira Mogador Airport, a 15-minute drive away, has connections to Paris Orly, Marseille, Brussels and Marrakech (www.onda.ma). Most visitors arrive to Marrakech’s Menara Airport two hours away, which can be reached from various hubs across Europe with British Airways (www.ba.com), EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com).

Automobiles

You may never feel the need to leave Jardin des Douars’ walls, but if you want to venture into the surrounding countryside, it’s best to hire a car to explore the area or make the most of the coast’s surf-friendly beaches. The hotel rents cars (€40 a day) and operates a shuttle to the medina, the golf course, or the beaches (€10 a room for single trips, or unlimited trips €25 a day).

Worth getting out of bed for

A few minutes’ drive from the bustle of Essaouira’s Medina, hotel Jardin des Douars sits on a hill off the road from Agadir. Sheltered from the winds of nearby beaches, the house enjoys vistas to the valley of argan trees and the river Ksob below. The temperatures here are warmer than in Essaouira: enjoy a few rounds on Mogador’s attractive golf course, ride quads, camels or horses to the voluptuous dunes, or ask the hotel to organise a picnic by the sea, where improbable desert waterfalls flow into the ocean.

Hike, or quad your way to the waterfalls springing from the desert rock near the village of Sidi M’Barek, then explore the stretch of unspoilt beach, Berber mule paths and traditional villages. The El Khoubane family have owned the Meskala Kasbah, a charming cluster of seven riads, since the 19th century. Its mosaic-tiled walls are now home to a farm producing artisan cheese from argan-leaf-grazing ewes, cows and sheep. Savour the table d’hôte's sampling platters and generous lunches with a glass of local wine, or try your hand at tadelakt or wood-painting in one of the workshops run by the kasbah (+212 (0)666 233534). Designed by Gary Player, Golf de Mogador is a five-minute drive away and has two 18-hole courses nestled against the Atlantic coast and its magnificent dunes. The hotel can book courses, caddies and buggies for you (+212 (0)524 479230).

Local restaurants

Sandy walls, magnificent stone arches, bright orange hues and contemporary Arabic artwork make for rustic but refined interiors at lively and laid-back La Table Madada. Cooked in a clay pot with a medley of aromatic spices, their beef shin tagine is a specialty. The tapas-style dishes (sardine dumplings, calamari tempura) are equally enticing (+212 (0)5 24 47 5512). Light-up mannequins, toy robots and retro chairs sit alongside traditional Moroccan tiling at quirky-cool Elizir. Book ahead to sample North African dishes with an Italian twist, such as chicken with fresh figs and chestnuts, or pumpking soup with local olive oil (+212 (0)524 472103). Pick a table tucked in L’Heure Bleue’s lush courtyard, somewhere by the pretty trickling fountain. Fabulously fresh seafood gets the Moroccan spice treatment – the salt-baked sea-bass is a must-try (+212 (0)524 783434).

Local bars

Taros Café’s atmospheric terrace is all sculptural cacti, woven parasols and pretty lanterns – just the spot to enjoy a cocktail with views to the bustle of the port below (+212 (0)524 476407).

Reviews

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Katie Dailey

Anonymous review

Morocco – land of the long-lashed camel, the piping tagine, the crackled tile, the rackety market, the haunting early-morning call-to-prayer across a scorched medina. Decidedly not the land of the cocktail. Our arrival at Jardin des Douars comes at the tailend of a Moroccan odyssey rich in insight but low on lubrication, and it probably reflects poorly on me and the parched Mr Smith that an encouraging specials board chalking out the tipples of the day is the first thing we notice – not the little terracotta buildings the shade of perfectly sun-toasted toes, nor the twinkling emerald swimming pool, as long as a lido, facing the sunset. It is the magic hour at last.

Once we’ve been furnished with an ice-cold, ever-so-stiff Americano (when in Essaouira, do as the Milanese), we settle by the water and watch the sun melt behind palm trees, bougainvillea and hot pink rhodanthemums, to a gentle soundtrack of frogs and donkeys honking with laughter at our good fortune. The day before, we were in Marrakech picking our way through Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Marjorelle. Monsieur, your gardens have nothing on the Jardin des Douars, and its secret nooks dotted with ponds and pools, linked by little paths of tiles made just around the corner. Our first evening by the pool is spent shaded by complimentary sun-hats and furnished with clinking glasses by immaculately attired, disarmingly handsome young men. There is only one thing missing – children! They are welcome at the resort, but not at this pool – there is a shallower one on the very far side of the hotel for smaller, noisier residents. We don’t see any nippers during our trip, and I can’t say this Mr and Mrs Smith are particularly regretful.

We do share the pool area with the kind of quiet, attractive couples with tans but no apparent tan-lines that must surely come from France. It’s easy to see why they like it – the hotel is managed by a French couple, and owned by a Belgian, and it shows in the cuisine and presentation – waiters pad around in crisp polo shirts and plimsolls, diners nibble neat slithers of fish scented with tagine spices, and sip from crisp rosé wines. Curiously, for a nation of non-drinkers, Moroccans produce and consume more than 40 million bottles of wine a year – much of it a dreamy ‘vin gris’ – a reassuringly un-grey blush rosé. We make our own solid contribution to that figure, and tiptoe back to the room – a cool, rustically furnished corner with an oil painting where a TV set might normally be. Mr Smith’s death-grip on his phone gradually loosens as it dawns on us that we’ve got more chance of buying an iPad in the Souk than getting WiFi in the room – there’s only one thing you’re meant to do in this room, and it’s not play Candy Crush.

Morning, and it’s difficult to tempt ourselves away from the hotel – the tryingly active Mr Smith, for the first time ever, admits he’d be happy to idle the whole trip away by the pool. But the windy city beckons – after a breakfast of Moroccan pancakes, dollops of jam and yoghurt, we make the 15-minute drive to Essaouira harbour, and watch boats bob about with our hair whipped into vertical fronds by the gusts that give the place its nickname. This pocket-sized port takes little time to navigate, its pungent souk at the heart of the medina, and sandal, spice and ceramics traders radiating outwards. It’s a gentle, slow sort of place – in the Seventies, the city that always sleeps attracted the likes of Jimi Hendrix to its exotic but lazy medina. It is now home to Game of Thrones pilgrims rather than Hendrix ones, and the old name for the city, Mogador, certainly has a Seven Kingdoms ring about it – but you won’t find any naff merchandise alluding to its location status.
After keeping up the European tourist tradition of falling in love with tiles and ceramics we can’t possibly get home, we paddle off the dust in the choppy waters, and then make our way back home for another visitor’s rite – the hammam. Hamma-mia, this is a good one. Treatments take place in a magical little cave, with tiny beams of natural light piercing through the black so you can see your other half through the darkness, and squelch towards each other when you’ve been soaped, scrubbed and oiled.

A word of warning: when you’ve slowly roasted your shoulders in the Moroccan sunshine, don’t get a hammam. The grainy scrubs, made in-house out of a knobbly bundle of stones and oils, leave you pearly skinned and smooth but they are unforgiving on a tender epidermis. After we’ve been massaged, scrubbed, rubbed, drenched in hot and cool waters, (a treatment session that is 95 per cent pure luxury, and five per cent ‘I’VE TOLD YOU EVERYTHING I KNOW’), we position ourselves back in the sun. We can see what the donkeys are so happy about.
 

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Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Le Jardin des Douars’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The quiet pool and the beautiful gardens.

Don’t expect

Soft comfortable beds - they were large enough but very hard. Pillows also not great.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Apr 2017

We loved

The Staff was always extremely warm and polite, willing to go above and beyond to accommodate any guest request. The Luxe Suite was divine boasting both a fireplace and beautiful terrace allowing guests to enjoy the outdoors in privacy. The Hammam was small but beautiful and the quality of the treatment was very good. The common areas were thoughtfully designed and perfect for relaxation. Go to The Loft - best restaurant we ate at in Essaouira! Authentic flavours, beautifully presented in a contemporary decor with a twist!

Don’t expect

An authentic culinary journey. Food was good but bland, more catered towards tourists rather than boasting local flavours. Hotel also charges an extortionate amount for transport into town so you may want to limit your excursions.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Dec 2016

We loved

The service was great. We also enjoyed the pool and gardens. Essaouira was lovely, certainly worth spending a day or two there.

Don’t expect

Lively evenings, our experience was that this is a place for families and couples seeking peace and quiet.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Nov 2016

We loved

The team - so friendly, you quickly feel at home and relaxed, also the rooms are well equipped and spacious. And we loved the afternoon tea! Go walking on the beach when the tide is out - it goes on forever. Or, hire a car and drive around the mountains.

Don’t expect

Lively nights out - it's a chilled hotel and there's not much in town.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Sep 2016

We loved

The Villa Basmah - wow ! I was lost for words when we first arrived - it's stunning. Camel riding was hilarious.

Don’t expect

Lively nights

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything! The communication from Camille prior to our stay was fantastic, from organising transfers to booking dinner in the adult only restaurant on our first evening. The staff here are excellent - friendly and attentive without being pushy - we particularly enjoyed the complementary mint tea and cake served poolside in the afternoons! The quality of the food at this hotel is really incredible - it was clear that the chefs are extremely skilled and there was no sense of our meals being mass produced. We stayed in one of the 'Romantic' rooms, which was a decent size on it's own, but with the huge bathroom and private roof terrace it was more like a mini-suite! Late check out on our departure day to accommodate our evening flight was much appreciated. I would highly recommend making use of the spa; we enjoyed the hammam which was incredible as well as a back and shoulder massage.

Don’t expect

Any entertainment - we were very much left to our own devices (which was perfect for us)

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

Our room (Mogador suite,5 of us) food, local rose wine, cocktails, choice of areas to eat, friendly helpful staff, beautiful gardens, quiet pool esp fact children's pool out of earshot) ambience, option of chill or action my family played golf and kite surfed. The quod bike tour with Palma quod a must. Easy access from Uk, direct flight to Essaoura then pick up only 20 mins from airport. Will def go back and take one of their villas. Kite surfing and surfing lessons very good value. Recommend 3 hour quod biking with Palma quod. Any restaurant recommended by the hotel,seafood and fish. Taros bar.

Don’t expect

Television. Night life, although my teenagers did go clubbing in Essaoura

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

The staff and service. The rooms were lovely and cool and the garden and pool beautiful. Caravane Cafe was fun in town.

Don’t expect

No wind! The area is quite windy.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Jun 2016

We loved

The great restaurant, beautiful gardens and pool. For the first time in my life I went on holiday and didn't leave the hotel, but don't tell anyone!

Don’t expect

It's a drive from the nearest town and there is nothing nearby, you can't walk outside the grounds and mix it up with different bars or restaurants.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jun 2016

We loved

The setting, the ambiance, the staff

Don’t expect

The bathroom to include a toilet (the Royal Suite)

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Stayed on 14 May 2016

We loved

Our room, the spa, super friendly and helpful staff, yummy food, great design - Will DEFO go back. They have many regular guests we met :) 

Don’t expect

...an amazing wifi although they are upgrading their system

Rating

Stayed on 11 May 2016

We loved

The stunning adult only pool and exceptional service. Nothing was too much to ask for the team who were both professional and friendly; making us feel at home for our whole stay.

Don’t expect

To want to leave the grounds while you're there!

Rating

Stayed on 7 May 2016

We loved

The huge baths, the fabulous adult pool, tea and cake every afternoon, the delicious food and the spa! The Hamam is a must. Recommend Elizir restaurant in town - fantastic.

Don’t expect

Super fast internet! Free transfers into town - you have to pay for these

Rating

Stayed on 6 Apr 2016

We loved

The staff, the hospitality, the relaxed atmosphere, the space, the calmness, the garden and plants, the spa, the pool, the food and drink, and the "home from home" vibes. 10/10

Do make plenty of time for Essaouira. Eat fresh fish at the port, there's lots of huts that grill it fresh and serve up fresh salads and bread. Taros is a great bar with a rooftop and live music. Elizir has amazing food in a cosy, retro setting, and Caravanne is a colourful and fun place that we had drinks! It's great to walk around the medina and shop for beautiful ceramics in the souks, plus stop off for a cafe au lait and pastries.

Don’t expect

Lots of activity and action. It's very chilled and easy going but if you want more bustle and liveliness then this isn't the place. There is character and friendliness but it's very relaxed and people just do their own thing, meandering around the property.

Rating

Stayed on 21 Mar 2016

We loved

The peace and tranquility of the hotel location. The comfort of the 'luxe' room. The gardens, pools and the river view behind the hotel. The friendliness and attentiveness of the staff.

Don’t expect

The evening meal choices and quality to meet your needs if staying for more than a few nights. The set menu main course was "tagine" every evening and I thought the meat, poultry or fish content was tough/chewy in contrast with tagines in other Moroccan restaurants I've visited. Breakfast and lunch choices and quality were fine.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

The rooms, the staff, the restaurant, everything was great. The 'feel' of the hotel is so unique, so local, with stone walls, showers, and great big rooms styled to the local themes. We were very happy with everything there.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed!

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jan 2016

We loved

The garden, the peace and quiet – so relaxing. The staff are very helpful and friendly. It's such a beautiful place, and I loved the sound of birds in the day and frogs at night. I would love to go again and bring lots of friends.

Don’t expect

Good WiFi or lively nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 30 Jan 2016

We loved

The food at Jardin De Douars is exceptional! And the staff are more than welcoming and helpful. We loved our lazy days by the pool catching up on overdue reading. Also, at approximately 4pm every day, complimentary tea and cake is offered to all guests on site. Finally the Mr & Mrs Smith complimentary Hammam Massage is a real treat and definitely one we would recommend availing of.

Don’t expect

TVs in rooms or good access to WIFI or the internet. Dont expect many restaurant options nearby either – the hotel restaurant is the only option while on site; otherwise you have to travel to local village Essaouira for more options.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jan 2016

We loved

The wonderful, attentive staff and the child friendly atmosphere. The magical atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Easy pram access – there were lots of steps.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Dec 2015

We loved

The gardens, the staff, the adult pool, and the food.

Don’t expect

Total peace and quiet in the restaurant, as the hotel seems to attract families with young children and it can be rather noisy.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Dec 2015

We loved

The quiet and the escape from the noise and bustle of Marrakech. Once you entered this place, it was a haven. And practically every desire of yours would be attended to. The staff was very attentive, yet never in the way. And the riad itself is stunningly beautiful.

Don’t expect

A grand entrance to the riad. At first we were convinced we were headed to the wrong place.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Dec 2015

We loved

The food in the restaurant is incredible and well priced. We'd been in Morocco for a week before we arrived and we wanted some variation to tagines. The menu was exceptional, we tried most things on it and can highly recommend the chlorophyll risotto and JoJos semifreddo desert. The house red and white wine were also delicious and again very well priced. The hotel itself is set in the most beautiful gardens which smell and look amazing. We really liked the adult pool area which was quiet, relaxing and perfectly position to catch the sun right until it sets. Finally the hamam was the nicest one we experienced during our visit to Morocco. Mr Smith and I will be back soon for a long weekend.

Don’t expect

The WiFi connection is not brilliant but it forced us to totally relax and switch off the emails. We had a hire car which meant we didn't try the shuttle.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Nov 2015

We loved

The hotel grounds, bedroom and lovely staff. Lunch was great, with sodas, cocktails and good music. We spent the evenings drinking red wine by the fire and the days by the adult only pool!

Don’t expect

The menu to change on a daily basis. One reception lady wasn't too pleasant but the rest of the staff are amazing.

Rating

Stayed on 12 Nov 2015

We loved

The gardens, they are really delightful. The hammam was excellent and the food was better than expected. I liked the decor in the a la carte dining room.

Don’t expect

Based on my room, dry sheets, bright rooms that compliment the setting, privacy from your neighbours in your bathroom. I also couldn't open even the smallest attachments on my emails. I thought the main dining room dull and it seemed cheaply furnished to me. 

Rating

Stayed on 22 Oct 2015

We loved

The staff, fabulous food, setting, spa and adult pool. Nearby is the fabulous medina, loved L'Heure Blue for cocktails.

Don’t expect

being able to walk into town

Rating

Stayed on 9 Oct 2015

We loved

The hippie luxe atmosphere of the hotel. We could imagine Jim Morrison or Jimi Hendrix wandering around here in the 60s/70s atmosphere. The hotel is low rise with the rooms in several single or two storey buildings, and beautifully decorated. We chose a deluxe room which had its own huge terrace overlooking one of the pools - great for a morning coffee and winding down before dinner. There was also a working fireplace - we didn't make use of it as early September is too hot (sadly), but it would be a lovely romantic extra in the autumn/winter. The cocktails were delicious, and the wine selection excellent. We liked the sunken lounge area to chill out pre-dinner, and we had it to ourselves the whole time. We each had a couple of spa treatments, including a shared hammam, which was amazing. The spa was quite booked up so I advise booking treatments in advance/as soon as you arrive; they did their best to fit us in at the times most convenient to us. My friend and I weren't travelling with children, but the hotel caters well for families - I am planning to bring my partner and his two young children here next time I visit. There are separate "adults only" and "family" sections of the grounds, with their own pools and, in fact, we preferred the family area so stayed around there most of the time. The grounds themselves are spectacular - we had just completed a three day camel trek in the Sahara, so arriving here was like stumbling upon a true oasis. I wish we could have stayed more than two nights.

Don’t expect

Super speedy service, especially at reception - things are quite "relaxed" here.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

The pool, spa, restaurant on property, and overall layout of Le Jardin. Everything was a close walk, but you also had plenty of privacy and gorgeous views. We loved walking around Essaouira and also walked along the beach and enjoyed seeing all the camels.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk anywhere outside of Le Jardin. Essaouira is the closest town and it's about a 15 minute taxi ride. It's perfect for a little R&R, but don't expect to be in the bustle of a lot of activities.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

The shabby chic luxe feel, delicious food and indulgent hammam spa.

Don’t expect

Any internet connection which is great if you need (or want) a WiFi detox. Also, depending on the other guests, the adult 'quiet' pool isn't always that peaceful or serene.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Sep 2015