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Gorgeous generous and light-filled riad in prime location

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs2
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Self-catering villa rental with maid service, 5 minutes from beach

The sound of tinkling water from the rose petal strewn marble fountain greets visitors as they step across the threshold into this oasis of calm. Situated in a prime location within the Medina, close to shops and restaurants and only a short stroll away from the beach, this self-catering Riad has been lovingly designed to create an attractive and welcoming environment.3 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and a small nursery accommodate up to 6 adults & 1 small child. There are 2 salons,1 with a dining area, and a well equipped kitchen. This is a great base from which to indulge in some of the action packed sports on offer, such as kite surfing, quad-biking and camel riding or to just soak up the sun on the roof terrace, on the beach or in one of the many inviting cafes in the picturesque historic town. From groups of friends to romantic twosomes, every visitor will feel the magic of this beautiful holiday house. Rates include breakfast and maid service.

How to get to Essaouira: Most visitors from the UK fly into Marrakech and do the 2/2.5 hour drive by car or taxi along an easy and straight road. There is also a bus service several times a day. Agadir is 3 hours away by car or taxi along a picturesque coastal road. Direct flights to Essaouira go from Paris and Casablanca.

Dress code for Essaouira: It is perfectly acceptable to wear bikinis, shorts, vest tops, short skirts on the beach and in the little town of Essaouira. Some local women, especially the young, also wear western style clothes and the general ambiance is relaxed and laid back. There are no night clubs so very little need to dress up. The streets are cobbled making high heels impractical. It can get windy and sometimes it cools down quite considerably in the evenings so a jumper/pashmina/denim jacket are useful. Always wear sunscreen! The temperature is generally between 18 and 26 degrees Celsius but can be hotter or cooler on occasion. During the winter months it can be rainy for a day or two.

Alcohol and food: Many restaurants serve alcohol including some pleasant dry Moroccan wine. There are also two off-licences in Essaouira. Delivery to the house can be arranged.

There are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Moroccan fare is usually quite meat based and mostly consists of tagine, a kind of stew. Essaouira restaurants also boast some excellent fresh fish. There are pizza and pasta restaurants too, organic restaurants, vegetarian restaurants, beach restaurants, street stalls and some trendy bars with bar snacks too.

Dinner or lunch can also be arranged at minimal cost with our housekeeper.

More Details

Kia Armstrong
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 June, 2018

About Kia Armstrong

Globetrotting owners Paul and Kia live in London. Paul is a doctor and Kia a property manager. They fell in love with Essaouira eight years ago and bought this house as a home from home for their family to enjoy.

Kia Armstrong purchased this villa in 2005

Why Kia Armstrong chose Old Medina

This property is in one of the nicest parts within the old medina of Essaouira. Only five minutes from the beach and very close to shops and restaurants, it is nonetheless a private, quiet and peaceful haven. The lay-out is very generous and the house has been furnished with great attention to detail to provide comfort to the visitor. A cool oasis when the African sun beats down it can also provide heating and warmth on chillier seaside days.

What makes this villa unique

Our house is comfortable and stylish, well located and it boasts the best housekeeper and cook in all of Essaouira who delights in spoiling our guests. Robes, hair dryers, beach towels, Egyptian cotton sheets, a Nespresso machine and other small but essential details are provided to make your stay that little bit more memorable. Our staff are also excellent at helping you organise transport, excursions and activities.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in Dar Qawi in august during Ramadan and Eid and had an absolutely wonderful time. The teenage girls loved the rooftop sun terrace and our 10 and 8 year old boys want to go back for Zara's gorgeous food and the most comfortable beds ever !!

The riad is simply gorgeous - it has all mod cons and is immaculate and clean. Zara comes in every morning to cook and prepare breakfast which consisted of freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit salad, pancakes,croissants, breads and sometimes eggs - it was huge and all included in the price ! We had great pleasure in trying Zara's famous dinners - very reasonably priced and better than most restaurants.

Redoin her son, showed us round the town and helped us organise trips or treks - we did a camel trek in a sandstorm which was memorable and we went surfing in Sidi Kaouki 45 minutes bus journey. We also tried a local hammam and the girls loved being pampered. We went to a couple of music evenings and had cocktails whilst the children had chocolate cake ! The place is laid back and friendly. Shopping was less hassle than Marrakech and the prices still very reasonable. This is my second time in Morocco and I would not hesitate in recommending it.
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Old Medina in Essaouira

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 6 - Outdoor Shower
  • There is one bath/shower room and two shower rooms, all en suite, all with hot and cold water, mirrors, shaving facilities, hairdryer and fluffy towels. There are two further cloak rooms and a copper outdoor shower on the lower roof terrace to cool off under.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Child Bed
  • Two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and a small dressing room/nursery sleep up to 6 adults plus 1 small child. All bedrooms have Egyptian cotton bed clothes and all have an en suite bath or shower room with loo. As is the norm in many hot countries, most of the bedrooms have no windows to the exterior of the house to keep them cool and comfortable during the hot summers. They do however all have windows into the central light well. Our lovely local housekeeper comes in daily to make a delicious fresh breakfast and clean and tidy the house.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The house is spread over 3 floors plus a further leading to the top roof terrace, it is therefore not suitable for anyone, young or elderly, unsteady on their legs. Electric radiators and warm snuggle blankets are supplied for every bedroom and for the main salon for those rare occasions when it can get a bit chilly at night. Floors are tiled throughout. There are two eating areas, one with a hatch to the kitchen and within the main salon, the other out on the terrace. Tea, coffee or drinks can be taken in either of the two salons or outside. Apart from the kitchen, there is also a small kitchenette/tea kitchen on the ground floor and the house boasts three fridges to ensure cold drinks at any time, upstairs or downstairs. Smoking is not permitted inside the house but there is ample space on the roof terraces. The open central well of the house (covered in winter) allows for fresh air and day light to circulate. Lunch or dinner can be arranged independently with the housekeeper.


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Gorgeous generous and light-filled riad in prime location
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Stunning Riad, great location

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We had the most fabulous holiday, stayed for one week, family of 2 adults and 4 teenagers. Great location, super roof terraces and Zara's breakfasts are amazing, she also cooked twice for us in the evenings - stunning food and could cater for all our meat/vegan requirements! Loved it and we hope to visit again

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. So glad you had a really good holiday with us.
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Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: not necessary

Just over two hours car or taxi drive from Marrakech on the Atlantic coast and 180 km north of Agadir, Essaouira is blessed with a gloriously long and golden beach which boasts excellent action sporting facilities, lovely cafes and a perfect laid-back ambiance. Its pretty entirely blue and white Medina, protected by ancient city walls and a historic fort, has an interesting souk to stroll around in, shops selling local crafts, jewellery, pottery, carpets, iron work, books, paintings and all manner of gorgeous interior design items as well as wonderful restaurants from where to enjoy many happy hours watching the African sun set over the sea.

Other Activities: kite surfing, camel riding, quad-biking, cooking, hammam, thalasso spa, beach volleyball


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Rates are inclusive of breakfast and daily maid service. Occasionally discounts are available of.
10% discount on bookings longer than 2 weeks. Special discounts for long term rentals.
£100 security deposit cheque on arrival, returned within 10 days of departure.
Please note that at Easter, during the Gnaoua Festival, in August and over Christmas and New Year the property is let for a week or more

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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