- 33 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Rooftop swimming pool
- Hammam spa
The Heure Bleue Palais is the only Relais & Châteaux in Essaouria, a 19th century riad built into the medina walls that was lovingly renovated into a charming hotel in 2004.
There are 33 rooms and suites arranged around a plant-filled courtyard, all traditional in style with a dash of colonial charm. Most suites also have fireplaces separating the bedrooms from the sitting areas.
Dining options are varied, ranging from tapas and cocktails at Kemia to elegant Moroccan cuisine at the candle-lit Salon Oriental. Atop this is an impressive roof terrace with the open-air Terrace Grill, heated swimming pool and sun loungers enjoying panoramic views over the town and ocean. There’s also a fine bar in the plush English Lounge.
Finally, as you’d expect from a hotel in region of essential oils and Argan, Heure Bleue Palais has a traditional Hammam and a range of wellness treatments available.
- 21 rooms and suites
- Roof terrace
- Bar and numerous dining spaces
- Sister villa with swimming pool
The Villa Maroc is a charming little riad formed from four 18th century houses in a fantastic location between the beach, harbour and the heart of the medina.
Interiors are shabby-chic with whitewashed walls, a scattering of antiques and traditional tiled floors. There are 21 room and suites in all manner of shapes and sizes, including two family friendly apartments.
Elsewhere in the slightly maze-like property you’ll find quiet spots to read, fire-warmed lounges, a bar, small spa and roof terrace with great views where light breakfasts are served. Traditional three-course dinners can be arranged as can barbecue lunches in the countryside at the property’s sister villa – Les Jardins de Villa Maroc – which also has a swimming pool and can be reached by shuttle.