Riad de la Mer
Riad | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Riad de la Mer is an 18th century Jewish merchant's house situated in the oldest part of the Medina, known as the Kasbah. Recently restored with the addition of modern facilities, it nevertheless retains the rich character of the original house. (The Riad can accommodate a maximum of 13 as there are 5 bedrooms and 1 triple bedroom.)
This is one of the best located riads in Essaouira, with stunning panoramic views from the terrace of the sea and port and beyond, the massive sweep of the entire bay. Just a few paces from the heart of the town, Place Moulay Hassan with all its bustling cafes and restaurants, this is nevertheless a house which affords a great sense of tranquillity and considerable space.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Essaouira 100 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marrakech Menara 170 km, Nearest railway: Marrakech 170 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (6), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
During the day the rooms are sunny, light and airy due to a central light well. The first two floors are traditionally decorated with many period items – chandeliers, antique beds and textiles – with the high ceilings also representing an unusual feature. On the third floor, a more modern character prevails: the colour white becomes predominant, as does simplicity of décor, and one becomes aware of sky, seagulls, waves. The views from the terrace, which is not overlooked, are quite simply magnificent.
Communal kitchen, courtyard, large dining room, games/ wifi room.
Huge bathroom, with bath crafted from tadelakt. Grand bedroom with double bed and single bed. Double bedroom.
Kitchen, beautiful large salon with fireplace, double bedroom with en suite.
3rd floor (terrace):
Studio suite comprising double bedroom, en suite, and adjoining salon with single sofabed (suitable for a child).
Gorgeous, sunny double bedroom with far-reaching sea views. Separate shower room. Own private terrace.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a central courtyard with access from the ground floor. N.B. All guests have access to the roof terrace.
Daily housekeeper service. Breakfast (fresh juice, bread, croissants & crêpes, local jams) is included and evening meals can be provided on request
Abdul, the concierge, is always on hand and will attend enthusiastically to your every need!
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
Essaouira is generally acclaimed as one of the most enchanting spots along Morocco's Atlantic coast.
It enjoys this status because of a unique combination of factors: its sunny and temperate climate which hardly varies from one month to the next, the generosity and warmth offered by its inhabitants, its inheritance of treasures both architectural and cultural and, most crucially, the liberal and tolerant atmosphere which so strongly characterises the mood of its streets, where fishermen, locals, tourists both Moroccan and European, merchants, craftsmen, musicians, and artists of all kinds come to share their work, perspectives and friendship.
Its architecture is both harmonious and yet varied, displaying at different times its French, Portugese, and Berber heritages. In 2001 UNESCO designated it a World Heritage Site, describing it as ‘an outstanding and well preserved example of a late 18th century European fortified seaport town translated to a North African context’.
There is something in Essaouira for everyone. For those seeking a relaxing time, there are hammams and a spa to visit, innumerable cafes overlooking the beach, and a large soukh to potter about. For the more active, there is quadbiking, camel riding, horse riding, windsurfing or kitesurfing.
Culturally, the town itself is a huge, living museum. Architecturally, it is stunning, and you can see innumerable workshops with craftsmen making mosaics, marquetry, rugs, silks, wrought ironwork and so on. Food at the local market costs very little, and the restaurant prices are unbelievably cheap, certainly by British standards. The town is pretty cosmopolitan with many European visitors, particularly French.
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