Calling all honeymooners, romantics and wanderlusters, Le Jardin des Douars hotel is the perfect resort for you. Amongst in the argan-tree hills of Essaouria, you will find this gorgeous boutique hotel.
A hidden gem surrounded by beautiful and exotic flowers, the jardin surely doesn’t disappoint. The domed villas are nestled in bountiful walled gardens; French chic and North African exuberance abound in the nooks and alcoves of this laid-back palace.
Two jade-green pools, tantalising seasonal menus and a sensuous hammam complete this bohemian hang-out in the heart of the Maghreb.
At the hotel | Spa, botanical gardens with access to surrounding countryside and riverbed, boutique, terrace, lounge with fireplace, library, pétanque pitch, free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: Les Sens de Marrakech toiletries. Villas have a TV too.
Favourite rooms | The hotel is a celebration of Maghrebin colour and craft, with zelige tiling, smooth tadelakt plasterwork, pierced metalwork and tactile Berber rugs. Rooms have a shabby-chic feel with original wooden doors, and objets trouvés and African masks on the walls; in the bathrooms, you’ll find a mini hammam kit and luxurious Balzatex linens. At the back of the main house, Relax Room 6 is cosy and cute, with lots of sun in the morning and a shower room; Relax Room 8 has stunning valley views. Set in two-storey houses in the lush grounds, Luxe Rooms have a private feel, with king-size beds, private outside terraces, seductive sunken baths and a corner fireplace. If you’re travelling en famille, the Mogador Suite is a two-level extravaganza with a double bedroom, another bedroom with three single beds, a living area and two rooftop terraces from which to admire the grove-dotted hills and riverbed below.
Poolside | The adults-only infinity pool is a chic rectangular affair, tiled in blood-red and peacock-green zelige, surrounded by wrought iron day-bed and straw parasols. It’s heated from October to May and the perfect setting for some quiet sun-worshipping or purposeful laps. On the other side of the main house, the family-friendly pool is protected by a grove of olive and argan trees, with a shallow circular area perfect for babies, and some changing rooms nearby.
Spa | The region is famed for its precious argan oil, harvested by local women’s co-operatives and used in the marble-lined spa. Argan-tree bark is used to heat the eucalyptus-scented hammam, the pulp for scrubs; perfumed black-soap exfoliation, hot-stone massages and algae wraps leave skin prepped for the North African sun.
For more information visit: www.jardindesdouars.com