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Riad | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Darsal is a beautiful, carefully restored Riad in a tradional style, offering peace and tranquility in the heart of the vibrant, exciting old medina just a few minutes walk to centre of the medina, beach and port . Whether relaxing in the tranquil 2nd floor salon with traditional moroccan sitting room, or soaking up the sunshine on the roof terrace with sea views, this is the perfect base from which you can explore the wonders on offer in this 18th century fishing village, or relax after a day on the beach. On arrival you will be met by Fouad, who is available throughout your stay and also our friendly maid Aieda. Fouad will give you a tour of the town and can arrange other activites and excursions.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Essaouira 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marrakech 180 km, Nearest railway: Marrakech 180 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The riad is spacious and beautifully renovated in a tradional style, a lovely atmosphere for a relaxing holiday. The Riad has 3 floors and a roof terrace.
GROUND FLOOR Entrance hall and beautiful peaceful central courtyard with fountain surrounded by salon with log fire and seating area, dining area and kitchen. Separate Laundry room.
FIRST FLOOR Large tranquil bedroom with double bed and french windows overlooking the courtyard and spacious en suite.Second bedroom with double bed and mezzanine bed suitable for 2 children as the bed has low headroom. The room has windows overlooking the street and lovely en suite bathroom.
SECOND FLOOR Large spacious salon with log fire and arches to cosy Moroccan salon, and ajacent kitchen. There are two sofa in the Moroccan sitting area that can be made up as beds. All linen provided.
TERRACE The terrace room has delightful sunny double bedroom with en suite. A private roof terrace with sunbeds and patio table and chairs, ideal for soaking up the sun, relaxing with a glass of wine or al fresco dining.There is a further roof top terrace with sea views.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace is sunny and secluded, a lovely haven from which you can see the roof tops of Essaouira and from the upper terrace the sea. There is an ipod docking station and we also have a pay as you go mobile phone and internet modem.
Our agents Fouad or Noureddine will meet you on your arrival in Essaouira and take you and your luggage to the riad. He is available to assit you during your stay, and can arrange a tour of the medina, and advise you on other activies available.Also Aieda our friendly maid will come in daily, she can also provide a wonderful moroccan breakfast, and evening meal, this can be paid for locally when you require them. If you wish she can also take you shopping in the souks, or to the hamman.
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
Essaouira is a charming ancient medina (walled town), with a 3 mile beach, portuguese ramparts and small picturesque working fishing port and bustling medina.
There are no cars allowed inside the medina and it has a very relaxed hassle free atmosphere. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and was the town were Jimi Hendrix used to hang out and where scenes were filmed from Ridley Scott's 'The Kingdome of Heaven'.
The climate is temperate and rarely gets above mid 30's.
Essaouira has many mysterious and interesting streets in the old medina to explore. You will find souks selling crafts, clothes and spices and many craft shops selling an abundance or colourful traditional items.The restaurants offer a variety of moroccan, French and Italian cuisine, the busy little port with it's blue fishing boats bringing in the daily catch and the historic ramparts overlooking the sea. It has a long sandy beach, and there are many activities available in the area, wind surfing and tuition, walking, cycling, quad bikes, camel and horse riding, body boarding and wind buggy, swimming pools use in local hotels (there is a daily charge),or visit the hamman.
Car hire is available if you wish to explorer further.
Availability Your dates are available
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15 Jul 2014
Had a wonderful time. Accommodation was of a great standard. The house was in a really good location and the staff were fantastic. Highly recommended. … More
Thank you for the lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Darsal.
11 May 2014
We had a lovely stay at Darsal. Everything was very relaxing and comfortable, from meeting Fouad at the Medina gates, to resting in the gorgeous main bedroom. Prior to arrival, Sally responded to ever… More
Thank you for your feedback. I am really pleased you enjoyed your stay and will feedback your comments to fouad and Aieda.
9 Apr 2014
"Darsal, Essaouira. An Oasis of comfort offering a unique experience."
We enjoyed a near perfect holiday in this varied and interesting small coastal Moroccan town. The attractions were varied and we never tired of shopping for bargains in the Souk, walking along the beach to Cafe Vagabond or exploring the art galleries and sampling the restaurants. The local people were friendly and we appreciated the lack of hassle found in Marrakesh. We visited in March when the weather was excellent. On average 22c with a light breeze.
Darsal is perfect for enjoying Essaouira. It is comfortable and spacious; renovated to a high standard and the roof terrace is ideal for quiet sun bathing. The house is well equipped and both the Manager and maid were extremely helpful. We will return.
Thank you for your lovely review. I am very pleased you enjoyed your stay and found everything in good order. Fouad and Aieda will always to their best to help you enjoy your stay.
25 Mar 2014
"Large house, not expensive."
Beware of Aida's breakfast coffee---my wife was sick for two days....as have been other reviewers...see below. Our Berber driver said that locals make coffee with sea water?? Maybe it was the dir… More
I am sorry this guest had so many issues with the property. the review about the coffee pot and the hob was from guest staying in september and was resolved and we had not had any problems since. We visited the property at the end of January and had a guest who stayed for the month of february without any issues. I will now take up these issues again with Fouad to ensure they are resolved.
I am sorry that hte guest did not enjoy Aieda cooking we have generally had positive comments in the past. I appricate that this is personal taste. The meals are tradional home cooked meals and are very reasonably priced in respect to the prices charged in resturants. If a guest requests advise on resturants we are happy to advise, but as guest often have different expectations, such as local or european meals we do offer these in our information. As our house is on a side street and no cars are allowed in the medina, we always arrange for Fouad to meet the guests at Bab Marrakesh. When the taxi is arranged by us we have an arrangement that the driver will contact Fouad prior to arrival in order that he can met the guests with a cartman and walk them to the house. If the taxi is not arranged by us we supply a number to contact fouad as it is difficult to give an accurate arrival time to meet Fouad.
I would encourage any guests to let me know if they have any queries prior to their arrival. I will address all of the issues above with fouad.
17 Mar 2014
"Great house in medina"
The house is great. Two bedrooms in main house and nice living area on third floor. Third bedroom off of roof terrace. Sally was very communicative before our stay. We had a few minor concerns during … More
I am pleased that overall this guest had a good stay. I appologise that on the date this guest emailed me I was in the far east and unable to get internet connection. Fouad recieved the message in the morning and offer to get two more heaters from another house, as the guests were only staying a few nights they declined. I will address this problem.
11 Feb 2014
"Beautiful Riad in an excellent location"
Just got back to wet windy Cornwall having spent a few days in this lovely Riad, The house has been beautifully renovated and is tastefully furnished in a true Moroccan style. Breakfasts were delicio… More
22 Jan 2014
"Groß, sehr geschmackvoll und sehr komfortabel"
Wir waren 2 Wochen lang mit unseren 2-jährigen Zwillingen im Darsal und haben uns dort sehr wohl gefühlt. Unsere ohnehin positiven Erwartungen wurden regelrecht übertroffen. Die Inhaber haben diese… More
English Translation - We were 2 weeks with our 2-year old twins in the Darsal and felt very comfortable there. Really exceeded our already positive expectations. Response I am very pleased you enjoyed your holiday.
24 Dec 2013
"Charming, quiet and excellent location!"
After much searching online for a place to stay I came across Darsal. It is beautiful! Delightful decor, excellent location, clean and with every amenity you could wish for. It was an absolute pleasur… More
Thank you for this review. I am pleased to hear that this guest had a good holiday and enjoyed their stay in darsal and that our previous issues have been addressed.
23 Dec 2013
where to start! holiday from hell! on arrival - the taxi transfers booked though the owner where in a state of very bad repair the windscreen had many chips with large cracks, the passenger handle ca… More
I am really sorry that this guest was so disapointed with their stay. The guest did give us feedback after this holiday and I addressed these issues with the housemanager as the feedback was contrary to our previous feedback and I was very concerned. He advised that he had asked if there was any problems but was not told of any. We would always endeavour to address any issues raised during a guests holiday. The hob had been repaired prior to arrive and until we had the feedback we were unaware there was still a problem. The fridge did break down and this could also have been addressed. We have fed back the comments to the taxi company as we had not had any privious complaints to ensure this does not happen again. Essaouira is a typical North African town and standards are different to other areas of the world. Again I deeply regret that we were not able to address these issues during the holiday. All comments have been fed back and addressed. We always welcome all feedback and will always do our best to meet guests espections. Please let our house manager know if there are any issues during your stay.
16 Dec 2013
"Exceptionally Beautiful Riad"
I was pleasantly surprised by how spacious and grand this lovely home was. The pictures provide a great idea but you really have to see the home in person to understand how special it is. It was ful… More
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