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Riad Baoussala
Ranked #3 of 75 Hotels in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 October 2017

lovely relaxed atmosphere in a beautiful riad. The riad has a great pool with hammock, lovely roof terrace, rooms were simple, stylish and comfortable. Leah, Dominque and all the staff were really friendly, helpful and accommodating. Delicious food meant there really was no need to eat out but we did and found the great Caravan cafe in Essaouira. Baoussala is down a bumpy track, but all the better for that! Not to far from surfing beach and camel rides.Great!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

My partner and I have just returned from a wonderful 3-night stay at Riad Baoussala and could not recommend this accommodation enough. From the moment we checked in to the moment we left, the entire experience was fantastic. Riad Baoussala is situated at the end of an extremely long, bumpy dirt track, but the moment you enter the grounds, the Riad is a tranquil haven in the most beautiful environment. Each room/suite is individually decorated with different colour schemes – we saw another room in addition to ours, and both had so much character and felt truly authentic. My only concern with our room (the Red Room), was that some of the plug sockets were quite loose on the wall, which worried me from a safety point of view using international adapters, etc. The grounds are large and picturesque, full of exotic plants and lots of seating areas in shaded spots. The swimming pool is of a good size and is heated to an ambient temperature all year round which is perfect for slightly cooler mornings. The kitchen/central courtyard is the heart of the Riad where the meals and drinks are served and the staff cook up wonderful food in the kitchen. We were served a traditional Moroccan breakfast every morning with fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice, bread, pancakes and tasty homemade yoghurt. There are a good selection of meals served around the swimming pool (pasta, salads, burgers, etc.) at lunch time, all of those we tried were very good. We ate our (3 course) evening meal at the Riad on 2 occasions and both times the food was simple, authentic and very tasty. It was reassuring to know that we could find delicious home cooked Moroccan food in our own accommodation, which is not usually the case with hotels! We were served a pumpkin soup that was so amazing, I managed to bring the recipe home with me! There is a small team of staff who keep the Riad ticking over and everyone was warm, kind and welcoming. It feels like a small family and I hear that most of the team have been there for many years, which I would argue is a testament to the type of place it is to both work and stay!

The location of the Riad is around a 15 minute drive from the centre of Essaouira which may not be ideal for those who are looking to walk everywhere. However, there is a readily available taxi service which the Riad will arrange for you to and from Essaouira which we used twice and found it very easy. This may become expensive if you are looking to explore every day, and therefore it may be beneficial to hire a car. However, if you’re happy to spend a few days simply relaxing on site, with the occasional trip to Essaouira, then the location is perfect. The pictures on the website do not do justice to how beautiful this Riad is, and I would recommend it to both couples and families. My partner and I cannot wait to return!

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Have just returned from my four nights at Riad Baoussala, I feel rested, refreshed and rejuvenated. Even though my stay was quite short I felt like I’d stay there much longer. Riad Baoussala is like being invited into a good friend’s home. The staff (Leah, Rashid, Loubna, Simon, thee lovely lady who does the treatments whose name I have forgotten, sorry, the two lovely sisters who do the breakfast and housekeeping, the gardener, the taxi drivers) are kind, goodhearted and ever so welcoming. I stayed in the Blue suite one night and three nights in the Sahara. Each room is decorated differently which is one of the loveliest things about this place so each guest has a truly unique experience.

I had all my meals there. The breakfast is homey and comforting, starting with great coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice and eggs made to order. Each day there is a different type of pastry, one day I had a home-made pain au chocolat! The lunch is by the pool with the options of a variety of salads or small but limited menu of hot food. The goat’s cheese salad or the burger are my recommendations. The burger has to be one of the best I’ve ever tasted. The crepes are a great indulgence as well. There is a great value three course meal every night and the portions are huge. The tagines are sublime! Credit to Loubna , the amazing chef!

I did have a manicure with a lovely lady who does the massages and treatments and would definitely recommend you booking something when you stay.

Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I have some mobility issues so getting around is not particularly easy for me but the staff arranged for a taxi to take me into Essaouira (which is 15 mins away) where I was then met by Leah on her day off, who showed me around. Would also recommend visiting Leah and her husband’s shop when you’re in town as it has some unique, ethically sourced, locally made items and very different to what the other shops are selling.

I also want to thank the guests that were there. Everyone was incredibly open and friendly which made the time spent there incredibly special.

I love to travel and always looking for the next place to visit and very rarely go back but my experience at Riad Baoussala was truly unique that I look forward to returning again soon!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

We had the best holiday at Baoussala. I traveled alone with my 4 year old, and she had such a good time exploring the riad, finding turtles, playing with Loco the dog, the cats and playing in the pool. Everything was wonderful, from food, room and the service. The staff treat you like family member.

We will definitely return in a near future!

All the best,

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Serene, thoughtful, and considerate. Those are the three words I would use to describe the Riad Baoussala. Serene in its nature, this place just has good feng shui. There are thoughtful touches throughout the entire riad to make your stay comfortable and welcoming. I loved the personalised art everywhere, I love the artists studio where I ended up taking an impromptu nap. The roof terrace seems made just for mornings to greet the sun and look at the stars, although my stay was overcast in the evenings, I imagine, there’s some fantastic stargazing there. I didn’t leave the riad for the entire four days I was there nor did I find the need to. Breakfast was a sumptuous affair... the pool was warm and perfect…and there were books and reading nooks everywhere! Dominique and her staff have gone out of her way to create an oasis that is simply put, perfect for the consideration of their guests needs.

I really felt like I had come upon an impromptu family I didn’t know I had, waiting in the desert to see that I was warm, fed, and happy.

There’s more I could mention, such as waking up to birdsong or light filtering into my room through gauzy curtains. But ultimately, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect stay.

Many thanks Dominique, Rashid, and Leah.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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dominiquebaoussala, Directeur général at Riad Baoussala, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Eva,
Your poetic words about Baoussala and your experience are so peasant to read, thank you! I remember you in the kitchen, asking Loubna for some recipes, you understood completely our way of life, our way of receiving people, you could feel part of a family, or in a friends's house ! Hope to see you again lovely Eva,
All the best
L& D

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Additional Information about Riad Baoussala

Address: Douar El Ghazoua, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
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Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Essaouira
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Essaouira
#3 Romantic Hotel in Essaouira
Price Range: €96 - €164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Baoussala 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Baoussala is a lovely house situated in the nature, 9 kilometers south of Essaouira, and near by the wild beaches of Sidi Kaouki. This charming hotel is composed of 3 rooms and 3 suites, all differents, comfortables and stylish, they offer a quiet and peacefull atmosphere.From the gardens to the roof terraces, the pool to the Hammam, with your family of just as a couple, the Riad Baoussala is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy a stay near Essaouira.The pool is now heated at 28° all year arround thanks to an ecologique system. We offer a free access to the Hammam and we propose scrubs and massages upon request.Dominique, Leah and their team welcome you in this uncommom place where modernity and tradition are mixed for your pleasure! ... more   less 
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