Magical Morocco


Set within a stunning botanical garden overlooking the Ksob River, the independently owned Le Jardin des Douars is quite possibly Essaouira’s finest hotel. Tania Jacobs pays a visit

When it comes to offering a personalised, bespoke service – Le Jardin des Douars certainly comes up trumps. This divine little hotel offers luxurious accommodation nestled in the heart of the Essaouira hills, yet is only 12 minutes by shuttle to the bustling medina situated in the old town. Sporting 19 bedrooms and 6 suites, the property also boasts 6 luxury villas each with their own heated swimming pool.

Guests and visitors can explore the lush gardens for hours, with their many varieties of tropical trees and plants. Maybe you might spot a phoenix canariensis or a butia capitata, callistermon linearis or sabal pamettos. If these are hard to find, just ask one of the many gardeners who will be more than happy to assist. The resident tortoises and peacocks are sure to also highlight hidden parts of the estate gardens, as they roam freely, adding to the unique charm of this property with views of argan-studded hills.

The hotel's facilities include two outdoor heated pools, three dining areas, a large  open plan restaurant, a ‘couples’ dining room and alfresco dining on the terrace. Other facilities include a hammam and spa where bespoke treatments are offered using the finest Argan oils.

This free-spirited destination is like nowhere else in Morocco. Visitors will encounter both bikinis and boards on the beach, but also an exciting, UNESCO World Heritage Site, cosmopolitan medina. Le Jardin des Douars offer a shuttle service to guests and visitors to connect the hotel with the old town centre and the beach.

Close to the medina is the famous port where Essaouira's outdoor fish grill stands are a lively option for lunch. These laid-back stands sit side-by-side and offer a truly unique dining experience. Visitors simply select from a selection of freshly caught fish, which is cooked to perfection on the grill and served with colourful salad and warm locally made flat bread.



Win A Three-night stay at Jardin des Douars in Essaouira on Morocco's Coast

Abode2 is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to stay at Jardin des Douars in Essaouira, Morocco. The prize includes:

- 3-night stay for 2 adults sharing a Luxe room (double)
Breakfast included

- 2 relaxing massages in the Spa

- Transfer from/to Essaouira airport

Subject to availability and open for 18 months

To enter, simply send your name, email address and contact number to competition@abode2.com by October 4th 2020

The winner will be notified directly by Abode2

Terms and conditions: Stays are subject to availability upon reservation and must be taken by 30th September 2021. Flights are not included

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