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"Artistic charm and intimate relaxation throughout"

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Situated in a sea of peaceful greenery just south of Essaouira, is this beautifully crafted Moroccan Riad with interesting, unusual, architecture. Unlike Essaouira, this small hamlet is sheltered from coastal winds, and a feeling of well-being prevails in this calm, peaceful, and convivial space. 

Head south from Essaouira beach towards the surfing beaches of Sidi Kaouki, then cut seawards along a dusty track past errant donkeys, tiny farmsteads and waving children.

Arriving at Riad Baoussala will become a treasured memory.

You would never guess the pinky-salmon, crenellated walls of this kasbah-inspired building are less than a decade old. Antique window grilles, mature trees and a walled garden with rambling jasmines, roses and bougainvilleas suggest a much older building - enhanced when you step into its embracing, inner courtyard. The 6 bedrooms and suites are not grand but have been decorated with tender loving care by Dominique whose artistic, gentle touch permeates every corner.

The owners Dominique and Leah have created a unique charming Essaouira Riad that truly represents their personalities of excellent personal service, regional knowledge and deep relaxation. Open yet intimate seating areas throughout complement the wondrous massage lodge, hammam and pool.

This delightful guesthouse has the feel of home and sanctum, with an accent on authenticity and simplicity. Come to make new Moroccan friends, eat wholesome food, walk barefoot through dunes, hear Gnaoua music and enjoy being a long way away from the mundane.



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  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Safe
  • Hairdryers
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi throughout the Riad
  • Swimming pool
  • Hammam and Massage Room
  • Friendly communal areas
  • Lunch by the pool
  • Diner upon request
  • Fantastic moroccan chef happy to share her knowledge at anytime
Entrance
Entrance
Pool
Pool
Salon
Salon
Massage Room
Massage Room
Maison
Maison
Marabout Suite
Marabout Suite
Pool
Pool
Lounge
Lounge
Grounds
Grounds
Cuisine
Cuisine
Blue Suite
Blue Suite
Blue Suite Salon
Blue Suite Salon
Blue Suite Terrace
Blue Suite Terrace
Hammam Room
Hammam Room
Hammam Room
Hammam Room
Marabout Suite
Marabout Suite
Terrace Marabout
Terrace Marabout
Marabout Suite Bathroom
Marabout Suite Bathroom
Oasis Room
Oasis Room
Oasis Bathroom
Oasis Bathroom
Sahara Suite
Sahara Suite
Sahara Suite Bathroom
Sahara Suite Bathroom
Red Room
Red Room
Red Room Bathroom
Red Room Bathroom

in house cuisine, breakfast, lunch and dinner

Riad Baoussala offers a simple but wonderfully crafted menu of healthy and very well prepared food, salads and snacks. Can be enjoyed without moderation by the pool or in the warmth of the communal lounge.
The open-plan kitchen welcomes any one who desires to learn more about the techniques behind preparing delicious moroccan meals.

Walking day visiting traditional Berber villages

Areas to visit with a car
Cascades De Sidinba
Eda Ogoud
A wonderful flea market greets guests every Wednesday in this traditional Berber village
Taftna
A small fishing village built around an oasis, around 60k from Riad Baoussala

"Baoussala is a charming place to stay, made so special by Dominique and her team which is led by Leah. The accommodation, food and surroundings are excellent and nothing is too much trouble. I arrived with a damaged walker - essential for my mobility - and this was fixed on site with miminum fuss. Thank you Dominique, Leah and staff for a magical few days. Remembering my stay always makes me smile!"

Robyn from Melbourne, May 2013

"Recently returned from seven wonderful days at Riad Baussala. Dominique and Leah have created an oasis of sybaritic calm just outside the delightful historic fishing port of Essaouira. From the moment we arrived we felt we had come home.We ate a wonderful array of Moroccan food in the delightful firelit dining room every night - and most days enjoyed lunch by the pool, which, relying on the sun, was a bit parky for the adults but fine for the children who revelled in it.
We had a nightcap by the fire in our room most nights after looking at the starscape from the roof.
At the end of the most relaxing break we have had for ages nobody wanted to leave. A truly enjoyable and fulfilling week."

Malcolm from Aberdeen, April 2013

"Dominique, Leah, Rachid and the other staff always greet you with a smile, and bend over backwards to make the guests' stay as enjoyable as possible. For example, the cook was able to whip up some crepes for the kids, despite that we were in between the lunch and dinner hours. We also had trouble with a rental car and Dominique kindly inserted herself into the process, dealing directly with the car provider to resolve the issue. The pool area is lovely - a particular hit with our daughters (10 and 13).
Everything about this Riad conveys an understated style and level of comfort."

A Guest from London, April 2013

Riad Baoussala is located down a refeshing dirt path in a quiet secluded area of the small town Ghazoua with the coast 1km from the Riad. It takes 15 minutes to drive to Riad Baoussala from the town and beach of Essaouira.
Riad Baoussala is located inbetween Essaouira and the beach of Sidi Kaouki to the South which is a beautiful bohemian surfing beach.

Hammam Room

The Hammam Room is a lovely double room, sunny and fresh with an ensuite bathroom with shower, a fireplace and views of the garden.

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The Oasis Room

The Oasis Room is a lovely double room of with a Mediterranean style, comprising of a double and a single bed, a sitting-room with fireplace, and a bathroom with shower.

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Red Room

Junior Suite Rouge is a very romantic bedroom, comprising a double bed with a sitting area and fireplace and an ensuite bathroom with bath. Views of the garden and courtyard.

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Suite Sahara

The Sahara Suite is a large suite with an African style, comprising of two rooms one with a double bed and the other with two single beds, a sitting room with fireplace, and an ensuite bathroom with bath. Views of garden and courtyard.

Sleeps 2-4 guests.

An additional charge of 15 per person for guests 3 and 4.

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Blue Suite

The Blue Suite is a large suite taking its inspiration from the sea, comprising a double bedroom, a sitting room separated with two single beds, a bathroom with shower and a private terrace.

Sleeps 2-4 guests.

An additional charge of 15 per person for guests 3 and 4.

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Marabout Suite

The Marabout Cottage is a lovely traditional house situated near the pool, comprising of 2 double rooms (with kingsize beds) a separated living room with a fire place and a single bed, it is composed of 2 double bed rooms (king size beds), a living room with a fire place and a single bed, bathroom with shower, and private terrace.

sleeps 2-5 guests

Rates for extra beds
- free for kids until 4
- +15/night from 5 to 12 years old
- +20/night from 13 years old

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Please note:

  • The base rate price at Riad Baoussala is in pounds, euros, or Moroccan dirhams and exchange rates are approximate.
  • All prices are based on two people sharing and include breakfast and tva (VAT).
  • Most riads add local taxes which are generally about £2 per day per person, but vary from house to house

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