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Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Villa Saada, Essaouira, Morocco - Page 2

Written by Christina Kay Bolton
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Villa Saada is a restful refuge on Morocco’s Atlantic coastline, close to Essaouira. When you’re ready for some peace after the hustle (& hustlers) of Marrakech – this is the place to escape to. When you arrive you’ll be greeted by the friendly smiles of all who work there, as everyone comes out to greet the guests, a very welcoming touch. As you enter the first courtyard you’ll notice the lovely décor inside these cool walls, and the quiet, as you are about 15 km from Essaouira and down a long driveway. We were offered tea upon arrival and took it in the nice salon in front of the fireplace. Even though it was not cold outside, Momo, the excellent waiter/driver/cook started a nice fire in minutes.

patioLili and Didou also offered to give us a ride into town whenever they were going, which we took them up on the next day. It was especially nice because they had a friend visiting from France as well and we went the scenic way and made a couple photo stops. Essaouira is the most relaxed city that we visited in Morocco and we had a nice afternoon there exploring the docks, the old fort, and the medina. We got a ride back as well and then went up to the roof to lay in the lounge chairs and watch the sunset.

Villa Saada has some wonderful cooks as well, we ate there two nights and the food was well prepared, nicely presented, and again excellent service. The first night we had grilled sardines followed by swordfish and then heavenly caramelized oranges, the second night’s menu was: rice and corn salad, lamb tajine, and a fruit tart with strawberries and cream. It was served in the beautiful salon and after you can relax on the deep couches loaded with pillows.

Breakfast was served in the courtyard in front of the pool and was fresh orange juice, coffee, bread with butter, jam, and fragrant honey and a Moroccan flatbread pancake. Although it is a very nice setting, there is a problem with bees getting into everything and swarming around. So if you are allergic, you probably want to sit inside.

villaVilla Saada is an excellent and affordable choice with outstanding service and décor. It is especially great if you have your own car (or get the number of a good taxi from Lili). My only regret is that we didn’t stay longer.

Villa Saada, www.villasaada.com,

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©Christina Kay Bolton

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