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"Fresh, bright and homely with a rustic contemporary charm"

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The patio at Chez da Ma houses a large 8 person rustic wooden dining table with dark brown bamboo chairs bathed in light and surrounded by the plethora of plants and vines cascading down from the roof terrace creating a beautiful harmonious intimate atmosphere. The 2 salon seating area on the ground floor sit either side of a grand homely wooden fireplace, and furnished with a collection of sheepskin rugs, well rounded library and Moroccan furnishings both antique and modern, some of which have been crafted by the talented carpenter and assistant manager Hassan. Very well suited for an intimate romantic getaway in Essaouira or as a family holiday in Morocco to bring close people closer.

The kitchen at Chez dar Ma is located on the ground floor and crafted in a homely rustic countryside style with blue and yellow tiling and a wonderful collection of cooking utensils and Moroccan crockery. The kitchen at Chez dar Ma has 2 fridge freezers, electric oven and microwave as well as breakfast table, perfect for your relaxing family holiday in Morocco.

The bedrooms at Chez dar Ma have been individually crafted to create a warm, inviting and earthy feel, retaining the roots of their Moroccan surrounding but with a collection of more contemporary conveniences to make your stay in Essaouira very fresh and that bit more special.

Chez dar Ma boasts a large two tiered roof terrace, with spacious cosy bench seating area. On the 2 upper terraces, guests can intimately sunbath with no overlooking properties around or enjoy a small private seating area perfect for an evening aperitif in a romantic getaway in Essaouira.

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Please note: Local taxes of €2 - €3 per person per day are not included and are payable locally.

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In-House dining
Breakfast is included in the price of your room and comes in great portions, served wherever you feel like having your first meal of the day.
Diners can also be arranged, Hassan and Halima are excellent cooks who will be more than happy to share their great culinary skills with you.

If you feel like eating out, Essaouira bursts with wonderful restaurants. Below, a few recommended to try out:

Caravane Café
Tel: 00212(0) 524 78 31 11
Rue du Qadi Ayyad - Médina
Cuisine: World Cuisine From Every Continent

Le Châlet de la Plage
Tel: 00212(0) 524 47 59 72
Mohammed V Boulevard - Médina
Cuisine: Fish/ Seafood

Tel: 00212(0) 524 47 64 08
Placce Moulay Hassan, Medina
Cuisine: Fun and trendy Moroccan

Essaouira is one of the favourite coastal towns in Morocco, bursting with vibrant life and offering plenty of activities.
Alison and her team are happy to help you organise a stay in Essaouira tailored to your dreams and desires.
Below are a few examples:

- Wandering trough the lively streets of the médina and stopping by the numerous shops of Moroccan artcrafts
-Visits to the traditional framer's markets
-Horse riding and Quad biking
-Traditional Moroccan Hammam
-Day trips to Sidi Kaouki or Molay Bouzerktoum

"This was my favorite city and B&B; during our Morocco trip in April. At the last minute I had a hunch we were going to love it so I changed our visit from one night to two and I'm so happy that I did. I would recommend staying even longer, as I enjoyed the slower pace after enjoying the larger Moroccan cities.
The riad was lovely. It was so clean and it was nice to keep our doors open to enjoy the fresh air. We loved the town of Essaouira, but it was also tempting to stay in and enjoy the terraces (along with the riad's hosts - the cats and tortoise). The location was great as it was an easy walk from the bus stop and was also easy to navigate the town.
Allison, Anne (her mother), Halima and Hassan were all so kind and helpful. Allison and her mother gave us great recommendations for restaurants and even some shopping. There is a unique little shop down the street that is owned by a very nice French woman that I recommend visiting.
I hope this review expresses what a wonderful experience we had!"

Ashley from Las Vegas, January 2013

"We spent quite a while planning a family Christmas properly away from home. Big, complicated family - eight of us in all. And I'm delighted we chose Chez Dar Ma. Nearly all of us run our own various businesses, so time away and relaxation is seriously precious. And we really got it here!

From the start, Allison looked after us. She sat us down with several pots of mint tea (perfect after the flight and trip from the airport) and told us all about Essaouira. We knew where the best places to eat were, what to see, when to see it, where the best quads were, what time the restaurants shut. If she gives up the day job there's a new career as a tour guide waiting.

Halima was fantastic. Like instant sunshine (and we got plenty of the real stuff too). Nothing ever seemed to be too much fuss, she cracked jokes (that we enjoyed hugely even with basic French), made sure everything was alright and cooked like an angel. There seemed to be a never-ending stream of coffee every morning. Vital.

Hassan was great too. He was around before we'd even surfaced most mornings, sorting out world-class fruit salads, fresh orange juice and pancakes. And he was always smiling too. Hardly surprising in such a beautiful place.

The riad is big enough to lose eight people across various floors, rooms, snugs and terraces. For the internet junkies there was wi-fi. For the history junkies there were enough museums, buildings and architecture to keep them happy for days. Shopping? Plenty. Foodie? Ask Halima to sort out one of her world-class tagines. Just lazing about in the sun reading? Which terrace do you fancy?

It's an unreserved "recommended" from us."

Mark from Oxford, December 2013

"A riad with everything; amazing decor, a roof terrace that is hard to leave, beds so comfy and fresh fresh breakfast every morning. An oasis for sure. Our hosts, Allison (and her Mum Anne), so helpful in recommendations from places to eat to hammam. Couldn't ask for more, a home from home - didn't want to leave!
And Essaouira - from the medina to the beach a perfect place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere til the early hours :-)
I want to recommend this place to everyone!"

Ally from Newcastle, June 2013

Located on the quieter eastern medina wall, Chez dar Ma is a 5 minute walk from Essaouira beach and 10 minutes to the Moulay Hassan main square with its surrounding Essaouira cafes and nearby some of the best restaurants in Essaouira.

Green Room

The spacious Green room at Chez dar Ma has a cosy bedroom with large double bed and superior linen. This room has a large salon with L shaped low bench seating. Along with the cowskin rug, the salon created a natural fresh feel with plenty of natural light from the central patio.

The large bathroom is designed in a earthy green tadelakt with large walk in shower for 2. Perfect for a romantic getaway in Essaouira, or Honeymoon in Morocco.

The salon sofa beds can accommodate an extra 2 people upon request.

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Peach Room

The large Peach room has separate salon from the bedroom with small library and low Moroccan style bench seating. The bedroom has large double bed and antique Moroccan chest with some creative Berber artwork pieces on the walls to make your stay in Essaouira in keeping with more local traditions.

The bathroom is decorated in a Peach tadelakt and is a good size. It has a walk in shower and arched door entrance separated from the bedroom by thick orange curtain.

This room can accommodate and extra child on the salon sofa bed upon request.

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Beige Room

The Beige room at Chez dar Ma is a spacious room with large double bed and antique Moroccan furnishings with Tuareg artwork. There is a small 1 person seating area at the base of the bed and a large wicker woven central light covering giving the room a dark sensual atmosphere.

The bathroom is cosy with a large walk in shower and decorated with yellow tadelakt in a earthy natural feel.

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Gold Room

The Gold room is a double with queen sized bed in a sub-Saharan African style and theme. There isa a thick African floor rug and ornate wooden wardrobe door. The gold room has a small in room library with selection of travel books and novels.

This bathroom at Chez dar Ma has been decorated in a dark yellow/ gold tadelakt and has a very fresh feel with large walk in shower and Moroccan wash basin.

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Red Room

The Red room at Chez dar Ma is a good sized room with double bed sitting alongside an ornate antique Moroccan chest and traditional Berber rug. The ceiling has been constructed in a grand style out of locally sourced wood along with the small in room library, this room at Chez dar Ma is perfectly.

The bathroom has a separate cosy dressing room and designed in a deep red tadelakt. The bathroom has a shower.

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Whole Riad Rental

Chez dar Ma is available as a self catering whole Riad rental sleeping 8 with the option of an extra 4 at the cost of €10 per person per night extra.

With exclusive access to Riad Chez dar Ma, guests have all access to rooms and private terraces on the roof, along with large ground floor kitchen and small terrace kitchenette.

A daily maid service is included in the price, and breakfast is an optional extra at 50 dhs (€5) per person per day.

For a group or family self catering holiday in Essaouira, Chez dar Ma is a wonderful choice, both traditionally Moroccan in style but with a warm homely atmosphere.

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Please note:

  • The base rate price at Chez dar Ma 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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