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Covered seating area on terrace

Riad | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Chez Dar Ma is a newly renovated traditional riad on three levels with 5 en-suite bedrooms (3 double, 2 twin) that can sleep 12. All rooms face onto a sunny central courtyard. The riad is beautifully decorated and has a relaxed, cosy inviting feel.

The riad is fully-equipped with everything you need as well as a daily maid for a perfect, relaxing holiday.

Ideal for families and groups

On the edge of the medina, Chez DarMa is walking distance of many restaurants, galleries, the souk, harbour, ramparts, cafes and the beach. It is also 2 minutes from parking facilities and taxis.

We also offer 'Bed and Breakfast' - great for couples looking for the riad experience in a friendly, relaxed homely environment.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach 0.3
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Essaouira or Marrakesh
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Further details indoors

On the ground floor there is a large kitchen/breakfast room, TV/DVD/computer room with fireplace (idea for children), dining /living room with big fireplace and a spacious patio area with ample seating.

The bedrooms are situated on the 1st and 2nd floors, each with its own bathroom. Two rooms have an extra sofa-bed each allowing for a total of 12.

The terrace is south facing and has a very comfortable wind protected shaded seating area fantastic for having breakfast, lunch and even dinner. There is also a small kitchen and toilet on the terrace. There are two more terraces for sunbathing and relaxing with wonderful views over the medina.

Further details outdoors

Parking facilities 2 mins away.

Beach is only 5 - 10 mins away.

Further details

£200 breakage deposit on arrival, refundable.


Taxi - Minibus collection from airports available on request.

The Marrakech/Essaouira region

It doesn't get any better for holiday makers, sun guaranteed nearly every single day. Gentle breezes help keep Essaouira's temperature perfect. High medina walls protect shoppers and the craftsmen in the souks from the stronger winds in the afternoon but ideal for the windsurfers. Enjoyable cool evenings. End and beginning of the year is the rainy season which makes a Moroccan spring quite magical for 3 months.

Loaded with history and popular with film makers e.g. Orsan Wells, artists and musicians. Originally a haven for hippies. Cannons on the Ramparts face the eastern rocky coastline of the Atlantic which contrasts with the wide sandy bay on the south side. Between the two lies the busy Fishing Port where you are spoilt for choice of fish which can be cooked on the spot!


Chez DarMa is situated within the ancient walled medina of Essaouira, a Unesco World Heritage City.

Essaouira is famous for its well organized Gnaoua Music Festival at the end of June. The Alliance Franco Marocaine organizes many sculpture, music events throughout the year. Art Galleries and restaurants abound ranging from the very chic and international to the local Morrocan Berber cafes. Many hotels have swimming pools open to the public for a fee, serve alcohol and good meals.

Day trips include Diabat (new golf course), Sidi Kaouki, Had Draa -Traditional Sunday Market, the Potteries of Safi and Argan Oil Co-operatives.

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12 Oct 2014


"Perfect Moroccan experience"

My wife and I stayed at Chez Dar Ma for three nights in early October. Weather is perfect for us, not too hot, but still bright and warm. Essaouria is just the right size of place for our length of … More

6 May 2014


"A stunning Riad. I could have spent all my time relaxing on the multi-layered terrace!"

This is a beautifully appointed raid. I love craftsmanship and this riad is overflowing with examples of great skill, I was just blown away looking at the doors and furniture and thinking about the a… More

3 May 2014


"Beautiful and comfortable"

stayed in March wow what a beautiful place. any questions just ask Alison or Anne they were so helpful and seemed to want you to enjoy your stay. Fascinating markets and the people there were so frien… More

12 Mar 2014


"wonderful oasis by the sea"

We stayed 6 nights in Chez Dar Ma at the start of March 2014, after 2 weeks travelling around Morocco. Bliss. We were met at the bus station by Allison and had a lovely, relaxing week mooching around … More

23 Jan 2014


"A wonderful haven"

We rented the entire Riad for a week in January. As the first week of our holiday was spent travelling around southern Morocco, this provided the perfect balance.The Riad is everything that it promise… More

27 Jul 2013


"Everything we hoped for and more"

We have just returned from 10 days at Chez Dar Ma, having had a fantastic holiday in lovely Essaouira. The weather was lovely not too windy or too hot. The Riad is an oasis of beauty and calm in the old Medina and offers every home comfort alongside lovely interiors. Alison and Halima were kind and thoughtful in their care of us. They introduced us to the area and were always on hand to help us with any of our daft laddie questions about the area. The Riad is in the old Medina with all of the colour and interest you could wish for. The Riad gave our party of 11 plenty of room to enjoy group meals or to chill out in peace. A lot of love has obviously gone into the restoration of a lovely building. Alison's help was invaluable and she really went the extra mile to ensure that our stay was enjoyable and easy. Our best trip ever.

18 Jan 2013


"Home from Home - without the work!!"

This was my second visit to Morocco as a solo traveller, and after the blistering heat of Marrakech the sea breezes of Essaouria were a welcome surprise. As was Chez dar Ma... The owner, an artist, has decorated it beautifully using locally sourced materials and artifacts. It was spotlessly clean and Hassan and Halima were a joy, ensuring my stay was a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable experience. This included taking me to the souk , which is very close and on excursions. I was treated to exceptionally generous breakfasts on the terrace (which is the norm) and fabulous cooked meals in the evenings. Restaurants were recommended but I preferred the personal touch!
I would definately recommend the riad to anyone who asks and hope to return .

1 Aug 2012


"Great place to stay."

Highly recommendable! Cosy, friendly, spacious and clean. Excellent breakfasts. Hassan helped us with everything we needed, including cooking a delicious Tajine and giving us directions to the best restaurants in town!

24 May 2012


"Coastal Retreat"

Chez Dar Ma offers a brilliant casual and homey atmosphere- Allison and her staff (Helima) tend to our every need- providing excellent breakfast meals and clean, comfortable rooms.Our hostess Allison… More

21 May 2012


"Fantastic riad; spacious and comfortable"

I booked the whole riad for three nights for a group of friends following a long weekend in Marrakech; Chez Dar Ma and Essarouira provided the perfect contrast to end our holiday. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable and well-suited for our group's needs. Allison was a source of excellent information about the town and offered very helpful advice about the town and its amentiies. Her restaurant recommendations were all fantastic. Halima's delicious breakfasts on the roof terrace provided a great start to each day, with a plentiful selection of fresh and delicious items. Our stay at Chez Dar Ma provided excellent value for money and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting Essaouira.

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Allison J.

  • 5 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:14 Nov 2014

Based in Morocco

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish