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Luxury Essaouira Holidays

Cool, laid-back beach hotspot


Essaouira is a breezy seaside resort with a laid-back vibe. Its fishing harbour is where it’s all happening, though. This lively, working hub is where the area’s freshest catch comes from. Then you have the sandy beach, which thanks to its location and windy nature, attracts windsurfers from all over.

Like Marrakech, Essaouira has a bustling medina – it’s slightly less chaotic, though, offering a more relaxing shopping experience. The colourful stalls are predominantly in the main medina, though they also spread out into the surrounding ancient streets. Shop for everything from spices and oranges, to dinner plates and hand-woven rugs. The medina lies within Essaouira’s old town and has ancient walls protecting it. 

There is a great dining scene, too, from chilled-out loft bars overlooking the medina, to beach front Ibiza-esque restaurants. A trip to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without a traditional hammam (a Turkish bath). You can grab yourself this treatment in any one of the spas in our selection of properties. 

Our pick of the top hotels in Essaouira
Each one handpicked and personally visited by our team

Dar L'Oussia

Morocco, Essaouira
• Boutique riad hotel with 24 rooms
Spa includes traditional Moroccan hammam
Stunning panoramic views from the solarium terrace

Heure Bleue Palais

Morocco, Essaouira
•  33 rooms and suites in a riad-style accommodation
•  Heated swimming pool on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views
•  Wellness Centre offers a traditional Hammam experience

Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa

Morocco, Essaouira
•  Nestled in 600 hectares of natural landscape, just one mile from an inviting beach
•  18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player
•  Villas with private pools are ideal for families
Flight Information

Morocco is around 3 hours 30 minutes from the UK.

Transfer Time

Transfer time from Marrakech airport to Essaouira is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

When to go

There are no two ways about it: Morocco is a scorcher. Summers can get up to 40°C in July and August, although in coastal areas like Agadir, you’ve got the sea breeze taking the edge off. The heat is more tolerable in spring and autumn, when averages hover in the mid-20s. Remember to pack a jacket, though – things can cool down rapidly once the sun goes down.

Visa Information

Visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Morocco.


There are no specific rules for tipping in Morocco. An upmarket restaurant may add on a service charge, so check your bill carefully. Otherwise, aim to leave around 10%. In taxis, it’s acceptable to just round up the fare. It’s a good idea to have some small change on you for paying taxis and tipping guides.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Morocco is Arabic. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.

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